Lucy Torres-Gomez @lucytgomez: Some 17 years ago, one of the very first things I did was enroll in a series of cooking classes. My very first teacher was Beth Romualdez. She was wonderful. She taught our class many recipes, a lot of which our kitchen has made many times through the years. Back then, from not knowing how to cook AT ALL, I would go home, empowered, recipes tucked in my bag, assured that if I followed instructions according to how they were taught in class, I can and will be able to come up with something delicious. And I did, each time. My favorites were Crab in Black Bean Sauce, Claypot Rice, and Vietnamese Spring Rolls. The pages of those handouts are somewhat tattered and yellowed with age (as you can see in the photo) with oil stains here and there, and they are precious to me. I am not a kitchen goddess in any way, but I like knowing that I have an arsenal of fool-proof recipes I can turn to anytime. Thank you, Teacher Beth!🌺 This week I plan to make Claypot Rice!😋

Some 17 years ago, one of the very first things I did was enroll in a series of cooking classes. My very first teacher was Beth Romualdez. She was wonderful. She taught our class many recipes, a lot of which our kitchen has made many times through the years. Back then, from not knowing how to cook AT ALL, I would go home, empowered, recipes tucked in my bag, assured that if I followed instructions according to how they were taught in class, I can and will be able to come up with something delicious. And I did, each time. My favorites were Crab in Black Bean Sauce, Claypot Rice, and Vietnamese Spring Rolls. The pages of those handouts are somewhat tattered and yellowed with age (as you can see in the photo) with oil stains here and there, and they are precious to me. I am not a kitchen goddess in any way, but I like knowing that I have an arsenal of fool-proof recipes I can turn to anytime. Thank you, Teacher Beth!🌺 This week I plan to make Claypot Rice!😋 via @lucytgomez