In my blog from May 23, I wrote that it’s time to catch up and to get in gear. Since then, I have been in a full swing—doing nothing but working…more precisely writing. Even my time spent with Chef Johannes is more in front of the computer than in the kitchen.
I just returned from Sapphire Valley in the beautiful North Carolina mountains, about 17 miles northeast of the Highlands. The drive there and back is always magical to me. Each season brings different colorful, powerful scenic views to me, making my drive memorable. Yet, this time it seemed as if the air was fresher, the colors more vibrant, and life was more vivid there with the sweeping mountain views and the waterfalls. Was it just the time of the year, or the energy that filled my days while I worked with Chef Johannes?
While still collaborating on our cookbook, Chef Johannes and I were preparing for the upcoming Lavender Festival, on June 24th between 10:00 and 5:00, in Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia, near Helen, hosted by The Lavender Cottage & Garden. At the festival we will share some dishes from the cookbook for you to try, so come out and see us.
We will feature four dishes from our upcoming cookbook at this festival in limited quantities: Creamy Gluten Free Hummus, Five-Seed Lavash Bread, Walnut and Pistachio Baklava, and Heavenly Strawberries Romanoff, also gluten free. These are exclusive recipes Chef Johannes and I created, all of which are preservative free and will be freshly made by us for the event.
While Johannes will sign free chef hats for children, I will sign copies of my novel, Pinnacle Lust, the companion book to the upcoming cookbook. Together we will keep the day shining bright with three drawings: one signed hardcover copy of Pinnacle Lust, one $25 gift card to The Lavender Cottage & Garden, and one $100 gift card to Chef Johannes’ restaurant, The Library Kitchen & Bar.
If you are in the area, please stop by, say hello, and take a bite from our upcoming cookbook.
Michelle (& Chef Johannes Klapdohr)