Rancho La Puerta

Cooking How-To, How-To
on February 1, 2008

Looking for a little zen to go with your cooking school adventures? Try Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. The fitness and vacation spa began in 1940 in a sheltered valley only an hour’s drive from San Diego, California. Its 3,000-acre property offers world-class landscaped gardens, an organic farm, and mountainsides or meadows of great hiking and a cooking school that features world-class spa cuisine and array of talented guest instructors, including Relish Editor Jill Melton. Here’s a look at her 2007 line-up.

Hands-On Cooking Class

Here’s the menu that Jill presented during a three-hour hands-on cooking class at Rancho La Puerta. The group of 16 divided up into 8 pairs and each made a recipe.

  • Shrimp with Chimichurri Dipping Sauce
  • Roasted Red Pepper Pesto on Fish with Grilled Zuchinni
  • Gratin Dauphinois
  • Maple-Roasted Pumpkin Wedges
  • Garden Salad with Orange Cumin Vinaigrette
  • Lemon Frozen Yogurt with Fresh Fruit

Rancho La Puerta Demonstration Class

During a demonstration class at Rancho La Puerta, Jill explored the versatility of relishes, salsas and pestos. They’re all loaded with flavor and are great to have on-hand for dipping or dolloping over fish, beans or potatoes.

  1. Roasted Walnut and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
  2. Shrimp with Chimichurri Dipping Sauce
  3. Linguine with Cilantro Pesto
  4. Olive and Red Pepper Relish
  5. New Mexican Tomatillo Salsa
  6. Cranberry Jalapeno Relish