Since I’ve been hosting chefs from around Panama and other parts in the world, the response to my “Host Chef Program” has been overwhelming. The chefs love to cook in my kitchen, the views are spectacular. Everything is provided for them, so they can relax and have fun doing what they like to do best.

Residents and visitors to Boquete want to take cooking classes while they’re here. They not only learn new ideas and techniques from the chefs, but enjoy a full dinner with drinks, get a book of the recipes presented, meet new friends, and other nice “take-home” surprises, depending on the subject of the class.

In my quest to find the most talented and fun-loving chefs to host, I “discovered” Mickey & Squirt at their own dinner party on Christmas Eve. It was a wonderful party, fine friends and delicious dishes, including Squirt’s home-made lemon meringue pie. If Nashville stars can cook as well as they can sing, my “Host Chef Program” made a whole new discovery, “Musical Fun in the Kitchen”, with Mickey & Squirt!

Classic Lemon Meringue Pie
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3 egg yolks
1 (9-inch) baked pie shell or crumb crust
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream or tartar
1/4 cup sugar

In a medium bowl, combine milk, lemon juice, and zest. Stir in egg yolks and pour into cooled crust. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar until stiff. Spread over filling, being sure to seal to edge of crust. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.

Boquete was lucky when Mickey & Squirt moved here several years ago. Since then, they have written and produced two very successful musical theater productions, “Postcards From Paradise” and ‘Fat Katz and Ex-Patz”. This is the perfect clipart to show Mickey serenading and singing with Squirt. They really look like this. Can you imagine these country-music stars floating down the Chiriqui River in the Highlands of Panama?

Squirt has developed her own special techniques to cook “under pressure”, using a modern, stainless steel pressure cooker. Once you learn how to use this cooker, you’ll want to get one for yourself. Her menu will also include several accompanying dishes, French Bread from scratch, a rich chocolate dessert, a sip of Tennessee Jack Daniels Whiskey to remind Mickey of Nashville, and a few delightful songs by the duo, live and in the kitchen.

This is a not-to-miss cooking class, dinner and musical evening at $25.00. Save the date, Friday, May 21, beginning at 5:00pm and make your reservations now, at or by commenting on this blog. Squirt is a featured writer in the new “Boquete Gourmet Community Cookbook”, coming out next month.
Don’t miss it!