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Cooking Draws Folks Together

Cooking Draws Folks Together

Deborah Wheeler | Walton Sun, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

When Colleen Duffley was 22, she first took Lambert’s picture for her new company, and the two women have kept in touch ever since.

Duffley convinced Lambert to come to Alys Beach for three days of book-signing, cooking and cheesemaking classes last weekend at her newly-opened Studio b.

Using her cheeses, Lambert led five couples in preparing five dishes from her cookbook for a meal in the Studio b kitchen July 17. Gazpacho with chevre crème, watermelon and feta salad, panzanella with fresh mozzarella, roasted chicken stuffed with ricotta and mascarpone tart topped with fruit were on the menu.

Music played as everyone chopped, sliced and minced ingredients, and by the time the meal was toasted and enjoyed al fresco at poolside, all felt like old friends.

Lambert explained that is the way cooking classes are done in France, where she occasionally teaches.

“Cooking brings everyone together,” she said.

Lambert will return to Studio b in the fall for more cooking classes.

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