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Bay leaves, known also as laurel, are what Ancient Emperors and Poet Laureates wore as crowns. (Sometimes they were gilden in gold, as in the case of the emperors, but the leaves you see adorning the heads of regal ancient statues are not from the olive tree; they are laurel. The laurel leaves were a symbol of wisdom in the ancient world, as myth has it Daphne transformed herself into a laurel bush in order to stay off the advances of Apollo who desired her. A couple leaves in a soup or stew would also be a wise choice. Bay leaves:
Hope you’ll come to Miami again soon. I’ve been making the recipes I learned at Kara’s class and I am actually enjoying it!!! Definitely keep me posted. I’d love to host something at my house next time.
This a milestone in my life. I have never been called a good cook. Ever. Tonight Jeremy said, “You are such a good cook!” – I cooked Maria’s chicken and healthiest veggies ever plus leftover sauce with pasta! Love you, Elana.
Thank you Elana for such an incredible meal & being such a generous, passionate and fun host! You almost have me wanting to start cooking (which is saying a lot, believe me).
Jeremy Blaise Crane
This makes me believe in myself.
Cindy Apparicchio, after tasting the Green Monster Smoothie
I LOVED your cooking class Elana, and look forward to 1) cooking and 2) the next class!! You are so REAL and make healthy eating goals so much more manageable. THANK YOU!
Thank you for a wonderful class! You definitely inspired me to want to cook outside my normal flavors. I look forward to reading through your site and emails!
Better than Spago, Cecconi’s, or any other restaurant!
Thank you for this enlightening class! Delicious and fun. I so rarely cook fish – but am off to Citarella for a branzino for the kids today!
See you again soon.
Thank you for all the love & laughter you put in to our cooking class! It was a truly great night and I’m so appreciative of your passion and energy for food and your ability to bring people together!
Elana, thank you so much for last night! It was so much fun and I can’t wait to make the dinner for my hubby. He is the cook in our family and I can’t wait to impress him. You made it fun and not intimidating for all of us.