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A new adventure

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Now that the Minnesota Renaissance Festival has ended for 2012, I am looking at creating new adventures.  Next Saturday, I will be auditioning for MasterChef season 4.  I don’t know if I will get called back, but it is worth a try.


Keep your fingers crossed.


A photography contest

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Would you like to win one of Alice the Cook‘s autographed, hard cover cookbooks and one of her hand crafted spice blends?

Alice the Cook is hosting a photography contest.  Photograph Alice the Cook, one of her assistants, their kitchen, and/or one of their dishes and post it on the Alice the Cook’s facebook fan page and you will be entered into a drawing.  Photos must must be taken at the 2012 Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

The winner will be announced in early October.  Photos already submitted already qualify for this contest.

This next weekend is the Royal Ale weekend and Alice the Cook and her assistants are focusing on the cuisine from the British Isles. 

Alice the Cook working at her wood-fired oven

 11am – Spice making demonstration – learn how to make curry, garam masala, and ras el hanout spice blends

12:30pm – Cooking demonstration:  Pasties (need I say more)

2pm – History of spices

4pm – cooking demonstration:  Bubble & Squeak and Lemon Bread Pudding

5pm – How to season your cast iron cookware and wood utensils

You can see a preview of this weekend at

See you this weekend!


First weekend glitch

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Due to circumstances beyond my control, Alice the Cook and her assistants will be performing only four shows this coming weekend at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

11a – Spice blends

1p – calamari with squid ink pasta – cooking demo

3p – History of spices

5p – Everything you wanted to know about pizza and were afraid to ask. – cooking demo

We are looking forward to our regular schedule next weekend:

11a, 12:30p, 2p, 4p and 5p.

As I mentioned in an earlier entry, I am posting out first weekend’s show schedule.  Once the weekend shows have been decided, I will be posting it here and on my facebook page at

11:00am – Spice Blends lecture (learning how to make curry, garam masala, and ras el hanout in your own kitchen)

12:30pm – Cooking demonstration:  Italian Calamari with Squid Ink Pasta

2:00pm – History of spices lecture (how they were used and where did they come from)

4:00pm – Cooking demonstration: Pizza Making (history, dough making, etc.)

We are adding a 5:00pm show on seasoning your cast iron pots and wooden utensils after the first weekend, but we may be having a run through first weekend. 

Four versions of our self-produced cookbooks and a limited number of our hard-cover cookbook will be for sale.  FOr a limited time, we will be selling our 2011 souvineer cookbook that contains all of the recipes we demonstrated last year at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  We have plenty of room for seating and shade to enjoy. We hope to see you there!



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