COOKING CLASSES

So you can't cook? Or maybe you just want to learn something new?  Regardless, cooking classes are FUN and also a great idea for that special get-together such as a birthday party!

I will provide everything you need, including the food, cooking utensils, i.e. knives, cutting boards, pots/pans, aprons, towels, etc. Each class includes hands-on cooking instruction or, if you prefer, cooking demonstration while you watch. Also enjoy specially-themed music and decor. Note: All students are required to watch an instructional video and sign a waiver for hands-on participation. Classes can be held in the privacy of your home or at another a pre-determined location for an extra charge, either one-on-one or as a small group.

Half Day Package – 4 hours, $299* Choose one option
Full Day Package – 8 hours, $499* Combine two options

*Price is based on 1-4 people per class. Additional charges may apply if class size exceeds 4 persons and for cooking instruction provided outside your home. (If facility rental is necessary) Packages are inclusive of setup and cleanup time.

COOKING INSTRUCTION CLASSES:

Taste of Thai | Traditional Italian | Favorite Mexican | Classic French | Comfort Foods | Japanese and Sushi | Spanish and Tapas | Indian, Greek and Mediterranean | Cooking For the Holiday Season | Just for Kids...and your pets | Weight Watchers | Southern Cooking Including Cajun and Creole | Jamaican Cooking | Californian and New American Cuisine

Taste of Thai

Thai Food: Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand. Thai cuisine places emphasis on lightly-Thaiprepared dishes with strong aromatic components. Thai cuisine is known for being spicy. Balance, detail and variety are important to Thai cooking. Thai food is known for its balance of five fundamental flavors in each dish or the overall meal: hot (spicy), sour, sweet, salty, and (optional) bitter. Students will learn about special ingredients that are required to cook Thai foods and where to find them in the grocery store.

Option #1: FAVORITE THAI APPETIZERS AND SOUPS. Learn how to make two favorite Thai appetizers and soups. Options include: Sa-tay: Grilled skewered marinated strips of chicken breast or beef sirloin. Served with Thai peanut sauce and fresh cucumber salad, Po-Pia-Sod (Fresh Salad Roll): Cooked shrimp, tofu, cucumber, mixed lettuce and rice noodles wrapped in rice paper served with savory Thai sauce. Tom-Yum-Soup (Thai Hot-'n-Sour): Infused by lemon grass, kafir lime leaves, onions, cilantro, mushrooms, a touch of lime juice and roasted curry with chicken or prawns, Tom-Kha-Gai-Soup (Thai Coconut-Soup): Creamy coconut milk broth infused by lemon grass, kafir lime leaves, onions, cilantro, mushrooms, a touch of lime juice and roasted curry, chicken or prawns.

Option #2: FAVORITE THAI DISHES. Learn how to make two popular Thai dishes. Choices include; Pad Thai: Thai style rice noodles sautéed in tangy sweet sauce with tofu, egg and bean sprouts; sprinkled with roasted peanuts., Pad-Kee-Mow (Drunken Noodles): Thick rice noodles pan-fried in spicy soy sauce with chopped garlic chilies, tomatoes and Thai basil, served over bed of lettuce and bean sprouts Pad-Prik-King: Sliced green beans and carrots sautéed in spicy ginger red curry, Gang-Garee-Gai (Yellow Curry with Chicken): Chicken, potatoes, onions and carrots simmered in mild yellow curry and coconut milk.

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Traditional Italian

ItalianItalian Cuisine: Italian cuisine has evolved through centuries of social and political changes, with roots as far back as the 4th century BCE. Significant changes occurred with the discovery of the New World with the introduction of items such as potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and maize, now central to the cuisine but not introduced in quantity until the 18th century. Ingredients and dishes vary by region. Many dishes that were once regional, however, have proliferated with variations across the country. Cheese and wine are a major part of the cuisine as well as coffee, specifically espresso, which has become important in Italian cuisine.

Option #1: HOMEMADE PASTA! Making fresh homemade pasta is easy and fun! Learn how to make the dough, roll out the pasta and run it through the pasta machine. Also learn how to make two popular homemade pasta sauces from scratch including a classic marinara sauce as well as a cream sauce. Enjoy time to dine with your choice of pasta and sauce!

Option #2: GOURMET PIZZA AND PANINIS. Gourmet pizza's are all the rage! Learn how to make the perfect pizza dough and crust as well as various sauce options along with experimenting with non traditional “gourmet” pizza toppings such as sundried tomatoes, artichokes, gourmet cheeses, etc. Also learn how to make the perfect panini, a classic Italian grillled sandwich. Easy bruschetta, foccacia bread too!

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Favorite Mexican

Mexican cuisine is known for its varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices andMexican ingredients, many of which are native to the country. The staples of Mexican cuisine are typically corn and beans. Corn, traditionally Mexico's staple grain, is a component in a number of dishes. Most corn, however, is used to make masa, a dough for tamales, tortillas, gorditas, and many other corn-based foods. Squash and peppers also play important roles in Mexican cuisine. The most important and frequently used spices in Mexican cuisine are chile powder, cumin, oregano, cilantro, epazote, cinnamon, and cocoa. Chipotle, a smoke-dried jalapeño chili, is also common in Mexican cuisine. Many Mexican dishes also contain garlic and onions.

Option #1: HOMEMADE TORTILLAS, SOUPS, SALSAS AND SAUCES! Learn how to make tortillas from scratch. Variations include white or whole wheat, adding fresh herbs, garlic, etc. Also learn how to make guacamole or a red or green sauce/salsa from scratch, as well as one of Mexico's most popular soups. Soup options include: Chicken Tortilla Soup, Albondigas (Mexican Meatball Soup) and Pozole (Green Chili Stew).

Option #2: FAVORITE MEXICAN DISHES. Learn how to make two Mexican Favorites. Choices include: Enchiladas, Tamales, Chili Rellenos, Mole Poblano, Carnitas, Fajitas and don't forget the Churros!

Combine option #1 and #2 for a full day of activities!

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Classic French

FrenchFrench cuisine has evolved from centuries of social and political change. The era of the French revolution, however, saw a move toward fewer spices and more liberal usage of herbs and refined techniques, developed by Marie-Antoine Carême, the famous chef of Napoleon and other dignitaries. Ingredients and dishes vary by region. Cheese and wine are a major part of the cuisine, playing different roles regionally and nationally with their many variations.

Option #1: CLASSIC FRENCH FAVORITES. Learn how to make three classic French favorites: Crepes (Dessert and Savory), Crème Brule and French Onion Soup!

Option #2:  CLASSIC FRENCH MAIN COURSES. Learn how to make two classic French main courses: Coq au Vin (Chicken in wine) and Boeuf (Beef) Bourguignon.

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Comfort Foods

Comfort foods are familiar, simple foods that are usually home-cooked or eaten at informalComfort Foods restaurants. They are foods that are often emotionally significant to a person and are sometimes related to pleasant memories of childhood. Comfort food is typically inexpensive, uncomplicated, and easy to prepare.

Option #1:  COMFORT FOOD SOUPS AND DESSERTS. Learn how to make one of your favorite soups and one of your favorite desserts! Soup choices include: Old Fashioned Chicken Noodle, Clam Chowder, Homemade Tomato and of course the world's best Chili! Also enjoy learning how to make a comfort food dessert such as: Old fashioned bread pudding, berry cobbler, chocolate chip cookies, pie and cakes!

Option #2:  OLD FASHIONED FAVORITES. Learn how to make two of your childhood favorites! Choices include: Old fashioned meatloaf, chicken pot pie, pot roast, lasagna, stuffed pork chops, fried chicken, and the world's best sandwiches and hamburgers!

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Japanese and Sushi

Japanese and SushiJapanese cuisine is known for its emphasis on seasonality of food and quality of ingredients and presentation.  One of the most popular of all Japanese dishes is Sushi which is basically cold cooked rice dressed with vinegar that is shaped into bite-sized pieces and topped with raw or cooked fish, or formed into a roll with fish, egg, or vegetables and wrapped in seaweed.

Option #1:  JAPANESE CLASSICS. Learn how to make two classic Japanese favorites, choices include: Miso Soup, Chicken Katsu, Gyoza (Japanese Potstickers), Shrimp Tempura and Teriyaki Chicken or Beef.

Option #2:  JUST SUSHI. Learn how make the famous California Roll as well as other popular Sushi dishes.

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Spanish

Spanish cuisine consists of a variety of dishes which stem from differences in geography, culture andSpanish and Tapas climate. It is heavily influenced by seafood available from the waters that surround the country, and reflects the country's deep maritime roots. Spain's extensive history with many cultural influences has led to an array of unique cuisines with literally thousands of recipes and flavors. It is also renowned for its health benefits and fresh ingredients. Contrary to popular belief, Spanish cuisine is actually less spicy in comparison to its North American counterpart, Mexican cuisine, despite the fact that the two countries share several culinary similarities.

Option #1:  SPANISH CLASSICS. Learn how to make classic Spanish dishes such as Paella, Gazpacho, Arroz con Polo and the famous Spanish Omelets.

Option #2:  JUST TAPAS. Learn how make some of Spain's most popular appetizer dishes.

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Indian, Greek and Mediterranean

Mediterranean cuisine is generally thought to be a very healthy diet. The terrain has tended to favour the raising of goats and sheep. Seafood is still prominent in many of the standard recipes. Olive oil and garlic are widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. It is widely believed that Mediterranean cuisine is particularly healthful. Grilled meats, pita bread, hummus, and falafel are very popular forms of the eastern type of the cuisine. The cuisine of India is characterized by the use of various spices, herbs Indianand other vegetables grown in India and also for the widespread practice of vegetarianism across many sections of its society. Indian cuisine varies from region to region, reflecting the varied demographics of the ethnically diverse Indian subcontinent.

Option #1:  INDIAN FAVORITES. Learn how to make two of your favorite Indian dishes! Choices include:  Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Vindaloo, Chicken Tikka Masala., and of course we will teach you how to make the deliciousGreek and Mediterranean Indian Nan bread!

Option #2:  MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK FAVORITES. Gyros, Falafels, Hummus, Pita Bread and Greek Salad!  In addition to making pita bread, we'll teach you how to make another one of these favorite dishes!

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Cooking for the Holiday Season

Holiday SeasonThe centerpiece of contemporary Thanksgiving in the United States is a large meal, generally centered around a large roasted turkey. The majority of the dishes in the traditional American version of Thanksgiving dinner are made from foods native to the New World, as according to tradition the Pilgrims received these foods from the Native Americans. Learn how to easily make your favorite holiday dishes!

Option #1:  FAVORITE HOLIDAY DISHES. Turkey, Mashed Potatoes/gravy and Dressing (stuffing). These are definitely the big 3 holiday favorites and we will teach you how to make them, no sweat!

Option #2:  FAVORITE HOLIDAY SIDES. Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Green Beans Casserole, Pumpkin Pie, Rolls. We will teach you how to make the basic variations of these popular holiday side dishes.

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Just for Kids...and your pets!

If you're a parent, you know that getting your finicky kid to eat is like trying to push a bolder up aKids mountain of molasses. It isn't easy. A kid's menu, at best consists of about five or six things that he or she will eat. So what's a parent to do? Well, at a recent survey taken in a small US town, about 100 kids gave the answer to their five favorite foods, not counting desserts. While this survey no way dictates that all kids will answer the same, this should give you a pretty decent idea of what you're kid will eat if you're having problems getting food in his or her mouth. So without further ado, our top five kids' goods.

Option #1:  TOP 5 KIDS FAVORITES. #5 Spaghetti and Meatballs, #4 Hamburger, #4 Hot Dog, #3 Fried Chicken, #1 Macaroni and Cheese. We will teach you and your kids easy recipes to make these favorite foods while giving tips to make them healthier by sneaking in vegetables here and there, using lower fat cheeses, unsaturated oils, poultry products instead of beef, etc.

Option #2:  MORE KIDS FAVORITES. Pizza, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. We will provide easy recipes along with instruction and tips on how to make these favorites a bit healthier.

Option #32:  HOMEMADE PET TREATS – Learn how to make healthy homemade treats for your pet! Gluten free too.

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Weight Watchers

Founded in 1963 by Brooklyn homemaker Jean Nidetch, Weight Watchers now operates in over 30Weight Watchers Logo countries around the world and is considered by most physicians as the best overall eating plan. The cornerstone of the plan is the points formula, which allocates each food a value based on its calories, fat, and fiber. Members are allocated a certain number of points each day based on their height, current weight, age, and activity level.

Members are also allowed 35 optional Points each week. Finally, members earn additional points Weight Watchersthrough exercise. These "Activity Points" are calculated based on the member's weight and the duration and intensity of the activity. Activity Points previously had to be consumed on the day that they were earned or they were lost; with the Momentum plan, they can be eaten on any day during the week. The Weight Watchers plan encourages members to choose healthier foods by meeting the "Good Health Guidelines." These include eating lean protein and whole grains, meeting target servings of fruits and vegetables and dairy or soy products, taking a multivitamin, exercising, eating healthy oils, drinking adequate liquids, and limiting sugar and alcohol. This stands in marked contrast to approaches such as the South Beach diet or the Atkins diet, in which some foods are completely forbidden and others are permitted in as great a quantity as the dieter likes. With a little imagination and know-how, you don't have to give up any of your favorites!

Option #1:  MAKING LOW POINT DISHES. Learn how to make Weight Watcher's Garden Vegetable Soup, an old standby O point favorite! Also learn how to make 1 point Blueberry or Apple Cranberry Bran Muffins. Other favorite low-point dish options include: Turkey Veggie Lasagna using whole wheat pasta, Turkey-Apple Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette, Chicken Cacciatore, Turkey-Veggie Meatloaf, Pasta Salad with Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Arugula, and Smoothie energy drinks.

Option #2:  LIGHTENING UP YOUR FAVORITE DISHES. Learn how to lighten up some of your favorite comfort food dishes! Options include: Meatloaf (Turkey-Veggie style), Pizza and Lasagna using whole grain wheat, lower fat meats and cheeses and lots of veggies! Also learn how to make your favorite burgers, tacos and chili the healthy way!

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Southern Cooking, including Cajun and Creole

Cajun cuisine (in French: Cuisine Acadienne) is named for the French-speaking Acadian or "Cajun" immigrants deported by the British from Acadia in Canada to the Acadiana region of Louisiana, USA. It is what could be called a rustic cuisine — locally available ingredients predominate, and preparation is simple. An authentic Cajun meal is usually a three-pot affair, with one pot dedicated to the main dish, one dedicated to steamed rice, skillet cornbread, or some other grain dish, and the third containingSouthern Cooking, Cajun and Creole whatever vegetable is plentiful or available.

The aromatic vegetables bell pepper, onion, and celery are called by some chefs the holy trinity of Creole and Cajun cuisines. Finely diced and combined in cooking, the method is similar to the use of the mire poix in traditional French cuisine — which blends finely diced onion, celery, and carrot. Characteristic seasonings include parsley, bay leaf, "green onions" or scallions, and dried cayenne pepper.

Option #1:  SOUTHERN CLASSICS. Learn how to make some of these wonderful southern “soul food” classics including: Chicken and Dumplings, Cobbler, Southern Fried Chicken, Biscuits and Gravy, Pulled Pork, Corn Bread, Chicken Fried Steak, and Shrimp and Grits!

Option #2:  CAJUN AND CREOLE. Learn how to prepare some of these colorful dishes from Louisiana's famous Cajun Country! Options include: Muffaletta Sandwiches, Jambalaya, Gumbo, Bananas Foster, Beignets, Red Beans and Rice.

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Jamaican Cooking

JamaicanCuisine of Jamaica and the Caribbean includes a mixture of cooking techniques, flavors, spices and influences from the indigenous people on the island, and the Spanish, British, Africans, Indians, and Chinese who have inhabited the islands. The cuisine includes various dishes from the different cultures brought to the island with the arrival of people from elsewhere. Other dishes are novel or a fusion of techniques and traditions. In addition to ingredients that are native to Jamaica and the Caribbean, many foods have been introduced and are now grown locally. A wide variety of seafood, tropical fruits and meats are available.

Option #1:  JUST JAMAICA. Learn how to make some of these Jamaican favorites including fried dumplings, ackee and salt fish (the national dish of Jamaica), fried plantain, "jerk", steamed cabbage and "rice and peas" (pigeon peas or kidney beans).

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California and New American Cuisine

California cuisine is a style of cuisine marked by an interest in "fusion" – integrating disparate cooking styles and ingredients. California cuisine emphasizes the freshest “in season” ingredients procured solely from local farms.  The food is typically prepared with particularly strong attention to presentation. The term California cuisine arose as a result of culinary movements in the last severalCalifornian decades and should not be confused with the traditional foods of California. Menus are changed to accommodate the availability of ingredients in season.

New American cuisine is a term for upscale, contemporary cooking served primarily in restaurants in the United States. Combining flavors from America's melting pot with traditional techniques, New American cuisine includes ethnic twists on old standbys, Old World peasant dishes made from luxury American ingredients and molecular gastronomy. It developed in the 1980s from fusion and California cuisines and features significant creative use of in-season produce and sauces. It is somewhat related to the French Nouvelle cuisine and often incorporates influences from Latin American, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine.

Option #1:  CALIFORNIA CUISINE.

Option #2:  NEW AMERICAN CUISINE. Grilled Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, Gulf Shrimp with mushrooms, roasted red pepper and basil cream sauce on fettuccini, Lobster Macaroni ‘n Cheese, Seared Sea Scallops, Grilled Flat Iron Steak.

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