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From our kitchens to yours... connect with your favorite cooking instructors in online cooking meetings this summer!

 

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Using the Whole Chicken

Save money and reduce waste! Learn to appreciate various cuts of chicken: breasts, thighs, drums, wings as well as the bones. You will learn how to break down a whole chicken to make golden brown chicken breasts, easy braised thighs, roasted wings and drums as well as making stock from the leftover bones. Ask Paul Tseng any pressing poultry questions you might have!

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Knife Skills Overview

What does it mean to julienne, dice or to make a batonette cut? In what circumstances do you use different cuts? Learning how to work a knife properly may change your life as a cook. Get yourself a good knife and get ready. Paul Tseng will show you how to sharpen your knife and answer all of your questions regarding these sharp and pointy superstars of the kitchen.

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If You Can Only Boil Water...

…then you can cook a lot more than you thought! What you do with hot water makes a big difference in terms of energy, saving money, retaining nutrition and elapsed time. Leverage the power of water to add some new tricks to your basic cooking skills and preserve the nutrients in your foods. Learn simple poaching, steaming without a steamer, cooking pasta with a small amount of water, and more. Join us in a live online meeting to ask any questions that that may bubble up.

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Pasta Made Easy

Out of pre-made pasta? A little flour and liquid, and our dinner is almost ready. Join our online meeting to learn how to make a simple fresh pasta and tomato sauce. We’ll be making pasta with our hands as the tools, starting from dough to the delicious final product.

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Fried Rice

No wok? No problem. Learn some easy steps to complete a scrumptious fried rice in an online kitchen meeting. What goes into the rice? What rice to use? What oil is preferable to fry? It’s a great time to put this easy and inexpensive favorite into your meal rotation.

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Savory Spring Onion Pancake

It is so easy. All we need is flour, water, oil, spring onion (scallion), and salt. With a golden brown crust outside and fragrant scallion inside, the scallion pancake is a comfort food for any time of the year and pairs splendidly with many meal plans. Watch Paul Tseng fry some up and then have a nice chat about what else we might serve with it.

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Pan-Fried Fish

How do you choose seafood? Fry with skin on or off? What is the best seasoning? How do you check to see when it's done? Bring your own questions about frying fish to our online meeting.

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Hand-Made Truffles

Truffles are the perfect treat, gift or pick-me-up. With only a few ingredients, truffles are fun and easy to make. In this live online meeting, cook along with the instructor to make dark chocolate truffles with 3 different ganache fillings and 2 types of finishing. We will also cover the basics of tempering chocolate at home.

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Making the Most of What You Have

What can you buy on your stock-up trips to give you the most bang for your buck? What do you already have in the pantry that would make a delicious and hearty meal. Join Shaileena online to work on meal planning and figure out what new things you can make with your favorite ingredients or what's already in your pantry.

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Paleo/Low Carb Taco Night

Are you aiming for weight control but staying too close to a kitchen full of no-nos? Satisfy those cravings without the carbs! Join Shaileena online to learn how to make a low carb and healthy-yet-delicious street style cilantro lime shrimp and chicken chorizo tacos.

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Plan-Ahead One-Pot Indian Meals

Learn how to make a couple of delicious one-pot hearty meals which can be made in bulk, divided into portions and stored in a freezer for later.

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Easy Indian Meals on a Budget

In each class, learn a salad, soup and a main dish with easy to find, affordable ingredients. Delicious, easy and a change from the everyday!

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Instant Pot Soups Online

Learn to make home-made soups the Instant Pot way! Delicious easy to make soups that won't need to simmer all day. Also get some tips on how to get the best use from your multi-cooker. Vegetarian recipes included.

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The Essential Instant Pot

So, you bought an Instant Pot…. Now what? Accelerate past the learning curve and see and taste for yourself the easy, fast and delicious results of this amazing tool. After a basic use demonstration, we'll learn to make satisfying soups, stews, starches, sides and desserts. You may never cook the same way again.

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French Breads

In towns and villages of France, bakery shops known as "boulangeries" sell fresh French bread daily, and many bakers make it with personal recipes. Real traditional French bread must use fresh flour, salt and yeast. Many types of supermarket breads use frozen dough, but this isn't regarded as real French bread. With so many types of delicious French breads, there's something that everyone can enjoy. Join us to learn how to master the classic french breads.

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Detroit Style Pizza

Chicago has deep dish, NYC has thin, foldable pizza. Did you know the Midwest has its own unique and delicious type of pizza? Detroit, and northeast Pennsylvania, have been making a thick crust pizza for over 70 years. The crust is the star, slightly crisp on the bottom, pillowy and soft on top, then covered with sauce and a blend of cheese. This pizza is traditionally made in blue steel pans, but we will use household items like cast iron pans and cake pans. Follow along at home as we make Detroit pizza.

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Basic Knife Skills

It’s simple, really. Mealtime gets a lot easier (and less expensive) when you have, and know how to use, a good knife. In this class, we’ll go over the basics of knife selection and care. Then, it’s time to get to work slicing and dicing! Learn to cut up chickens and use the whole bird. We’ll prepare braised thighs in red wine with chorizo, chicken marsala and homemade stock with the bones! We’ll also make mounds of roasted veggies.

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The Essential Instant Pot

So, you bought an Instant Pot…. Now what? Accelerate past the learning curve to and see and taste for yourself the easy, fast and delicious results of this amazing tool. After a basic use demonstration, we'll plug in five instant pots and work in groups to make satisfying soups, stews, starches, sides and desserts. You may never cook the same way again.

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Slow Cooker Favorites

Want to come home to wonderful smells and a warm meal waiting just for you? Make the best slower cooker meals ever. Learn how to get the most from your cooker with proven tips and tricks for how to cook different meats, starches and vegetables. Find out when to brown, how to layer and how to get the best textures. Practice hands-on making delicious recipes that will become your new favorites. We’ll even make a few things you may not have thought of using your slow cooker for including desserts.

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Nourish Bowls

Have you ever wondered what all the hype is about grain bowls? Or what actually is acai? In this class you will create a colorful, energizing and fruit-filled acai bowl and a customizable and nourishing grain bowl. Learn how to make a full meal in a single bowl layering texture and flavors. You will learn more about each of the ingredients and what makes them so beneficial to your body.

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Venezuelan Cuisine

Join us as we explore the flavors of traditional Venezuelan dishes like Pabellon Criollo. You will learn how to prepare this culinary delight and then sit down and enjoy the meal with your fellow classmates.

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Veggie-Centric Dishes

Ready to make vegetables the star of your next meal? Join us as we push meat, grains, and dairy into support roles. We will walk you through a full day menu – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – with each meal including at least two servings of vegetables. Along our journey we will discuss tips and trick to bulk up your veggie intake and maximize nutrition.

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Sushi Basics

Don’t let the sushi chef have all the fun! Come and learn how to spread, layer, tuck and roll your way to sushi heaven. In this fun, hands-on class, you’ll learn all the skills needed to make sushi-rolls at home, including how to prepare sushi rice, select sushi-grade fish, and experiment with other conventional, and less conventional ingredients.

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Bento Boxes

Bento boxes are just another way of saying brown bag lunch in Asian culture. The bento box is an easy, convenient and economical solution to lunch on the go. Leverage your frugal traits to make a delicious lunch to enjoy anywhere. We will tackle each step of making a bento box from choice of starch and protein to fiber and and dessert too. Get ready to go biking, hiking or picnicking with a special meal.

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Creative Ideas for Poultry

Learn how to fabricate the different cuts and utilize them. We will prepare and enjoy chicken vindaloo, duck confit, chicken visuvio, coq au vin, and Peking duck. Join us to explore this fun and informative class about cooking with poultry.

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Making Tofu from Soy Milk

Tofu is an Asian cheese, a vegetarian protein with hundreds of years of history, and is still popular and generates many opinions on its health impacts. Learn how to make tofu from scratch with soy milk. Once a coagulant is added, the process of straining and pressing will finish the tofu making. Tofu can be used for baking, grilling, sautéing and more than you may imagine.

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Middle Eastern Cuisine

Would you like to be able to make your favorite Middle Eastern dishes at home? Join us for an evening of learning to prepare then enjoying scrumptious entrees like falafel and chicken shawarma sandwiches topped with hummus and garlic, tahini sauce with a side of yellow basmati rice pilaf, and cucumber side salad.

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Paleo/Low Carb Meals

Are you trying to lose weight and eat healthier, but getting bored with your diet options? Learn some creative ways to eat healthy and make your diet sustainable without craving the carbs. In this class, you will make healthy yet delicious seasonal salads, curries, soups, entrees, and sides.

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Instant Pot: Tacos

Instant pot plus beef or pork equals tacos, tacos, tacos! Learn to make delicious taco fillings in your Instant Pot as a real time saver! Have gourmet tacos ready in no-time and use the time you saved to make fresh tortillas! You will work in groups to make taco fillings such as beef barbacoa and pork carnitas for the class to enjoy. Come hungry and leave full!

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Fresh Pasta and Sauces

If you have ever wondered how to make fresh pasta from scratch, here is the opportunity to get your hands covered in flour! You will make and form egg pasta into different shapes and stuffed pasta. Then the class will create delicious sauces to accompany freshly made pasta.

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Cooking: Thai Cuisine

Prepare and enjoy three delightful Thai meals. The menu will include Thai green curry paste with chicken, turmeric & coconut rice, grapefruit and shrimp salad, warm eggplant & pork salad, coconut ginger soup with prawns, Bangkok fruit salad, and Thai fried noodles.

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Cooking: Indian Cuisine 2

Learn to prepare more delectable Indian favorites! Week 1 features Chicken Biryani (layers of aromatic rice with chicken marinated in aromatic spices and steamed to perfection). Week 2 features Beef Korma (curry in special saffron and nut sauce) with Roomali Roti/bread served with side of onion/tomato relish. Week 3 features Goan style shrimp curry (shrimp in fragrant coconut sauce) served with Aapam (fermented rice crepes) and Masala Chai.

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Dim Sum and Then Some

Dim sum: A Cantonese pronunciation for “touch of heart.” It carries the idea of serving a delicious and wide variety of hors d’oeuvres. Usually, tea is served with dim sum. If a friend says, “Let’s go drink tea,” it means that you are going to eat dim sum in Chinese cuisine. A push cart with various hot and steaming food items is circling tables and trying to entice your appetite. Learn how to make jiao-zi, potstickers, shao-mai and fried noodles. More ideas of small dishes to enjoy will be shared and discussed. No chicken feet however. After this class, you can enjoy making home-made dim sum easily.

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Cooking: Mediterranean Cuisine

For almost 50 years, the Mediterranean diet has been the standard bearer for healthy eating, mostly because it’s so darned good! In this class, we’ll explore easy ways to add the ingredients and flavors of the Levant to your table. Make your own falafel and accompaniments, braise chicken thighs with lemon and olives, grill beef and serve with the world’s best garlic sauce. We’ll also construct a grain bowl with slow roasted salmon.

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Pocket Pies/Empanadas/Pasties

Learn and practice how to make pocket sized pies from home and around the world. Yooper Pasties, Argentinean Empanada's, Dutch Turnovers and more! They're easy to cook and easy to freeze. Serve them warm or pack them for lunch. They're also the perfect appetizer for parties.

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Fish & Chips

This classic workman's street food in England has gained popularity throughout the world. The deep-fried fish with thinly sliced salty potato chips makes our taste buds salivate. Come and experience this hands-on fish and chips class. We will cover selecting fish and portioning, batters & breading, oil for deep-frying and temperature control, potato selection & slicing and making the perfect condiments to go with our fish and chips.

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Cooking for One or Two

Create desserts, entrees, meats, soups and more for 1-2 people. Recipes can be increased for more servings. Learn how to cook/bake without leftovers and learn how to make "leftovers" into "plan-overs." Recipes include healthy, diabetic, and many more. No experience is necessary.

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What can I do with an Air Fryer?

First, forget everything you know about frying foods, as this is a game changer. With very little oil, you can crisp your favorite foods to a golden brown. We’ll work with a variety of proteins, veggies, and maybe even a dessert or two. Think puff pastry desserts, spanokopita, and corn fritter bites with chipotle ranch.

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Instant Pot Summer Soups

Have you been wondering what else you might do with that marvelous Instant Pot? Let’s try out some easy ideas that fit the season, use some fresh summer produce, and also beat the heat! Join us to prepare and enjoy a chicken corn chowder, pasta fagioli, vegetable beef soup, and broccoli cheddar soup.

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Instant Pot Mexico

Enjoy speedy and easy South of the border cooking the Instant Pot way. Learn multi-cooker tips and tricks while creating bold flavored fare like tacos, tostadas, and enchiladas filled with Carnitas, Chicken Mole and Black Beans as well as Chicken Tortilla Soup and Flan for dessert. Then sit down and enjoy the delicious results with your fellow amigos.

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Taiwanese Danzi Noodles

Danzi is named after 19th century Taiwanese street vendors and the gear they used to convey their food and cooking equipment to customers. We will recreate everything but the bamboo paddle. Making this delightful freshly-made egg pasta, shrimp broth, and meat sauce is a cultural food experience that will inspire you spiritually and gastronomically.

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Arepas

"Arepas" are a corn flour bread-like traditional of Venezuela and Colombia. A variety of fillings make them a very versatile meal. Join this class to learn all the tricks and secrets of making the perfect arepa. Whether it's baked, fried, sweet or savory, you'll be ready to make them at home.

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Cooking: Indian Cuisine

Indian Cuisine, as understood outside of India, is mostly a small collection of popular dishes and does not do justice to the variety and diversity it offers. Indian cuisine offers appetizers, curries, stews, rice dishes and desserts based on a variety of vegetables and meats, spice levels from zero to extremely spicy, and a rich variety of grains. Week 1 features Vegetable Samosa, Spinach and Paneer Curry (Palak Paneer) and Fragrant Cumin (Jeera) Rice. Week 2 features Mixed Vegetable Pakora with Green Cilantro Chutney, Home Style Chicken Curry and Coconut Rice. Week 3 features Naan Bread, Butter Chicken (Chicken Tikka Masala) and Mango Lassi.

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Indian Vegetarian Comfort Food

Learn how to make healthy and scrumptious Indian vegetarian delights and enjoy them with your classmates! We will prepare yellow potato curry with poori bread, vegetable masala pilaf and halwa, which is a traditional desert made with clarified butter and semolina.

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Indian Restaurant Favorites

Put some of your favorite Indian restaurant dishes into your home cooking rotation! Prepare mouth-watering paneer tikka masala, saag chicken, garlic naan and mango ice cream and enjoy them with your classmates.

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Cooking: Indian Barbeque

Try a new twist on barbeque, for indoors or out, with Indian flavor! Week 1- Tandoori Chicken (chicken marinated in Indian spices and grilled to perfection), Bihari Kabab (marinated cubes of lamb or other meat) served with cucumber raita dip and grilled vegetables. Week 2- Sheek kabab (marinated minced meat of your choice and grilled on skewers served with paratha bread).

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The International Grill

Want to expand on your grill repertoire? There’s a whole wide world out there that loves cooking over fire, and we’ll explore some of the options in this class. From the Far East to the Middle East and south of the border, we’ll cook up some easy and delicious meals that you’ll want to try again at home the next time the grill comes out. Our menu will include Char Siu Pork, Tandoori Chicken, Beef Shawarma, Al Pastor, and grilled pineapple.

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Asian Dumplings

Do you love potstickers? Want to learn how to make them at home? In this class, learn how to create dough and shape a variety of potstickers, gyoza, momos and other dumplings used in cuisines from various parts of Asia.

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Pick Your Pickle

Pickling is one of the oldest forms of preservation, beginning 4,000 years ago. Great pickles can be made not only from cucumbers, but also okra, green beans, jalapeno peppers and a host of other fruits and vegetables. Pickling is a great way to use food that would otherwise spoil and many pickles can be made quickly and stored in the fridge when time is too short to can. In this one session class, we'll learn the basic methods of pickling, and then make an assortment of pickles to take home. A demonstration on canning is included.

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Veggie-Centric Dishes

Ready to make vegetables the star of your next meal? Join us as we push meat, grains, and dairy into support roles. We will walk you through a full day menu – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – with each meal including at least two servings of vegetables. Along our journey we will discuss tips and trick to bulk up your veggie intake and maximize nutrition.

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Every Night is Grill Night

Don’t wait until the weekend to haul out the BBQ… we’ll explore some easy and fast recipes for you to try the next time you want to cook outside. Plus, we’ll show you some big batch techniques so that you can cook ahead and have some outdoor flavor on your dinner table even on a rainy day. Our menu will include cedar plank salmon, spatchcocked chicken, big flank steak, grilled eggplant relish, and grilled veggies.

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Friday Night Fish Fry

Get your fry on! Learn how to create the perfect Wisconsin Fish Fry. You'll learn and practice making different batters with different types of fish. Then you'll make and enjoy traditional accompaniments like home-made tartar sauce, cole slaw, French fries and more.

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Building a Burger Bar

Let’s start by making up a terrific burger and we’ll fire up the grill for a perfect sear on the patties while working up a complete buffet of creative toppings, cheeses and condiments such as secret burger sauce, onions, house-made pickles, crunchy fried onion straws and bun alternatives such as GF stellas buns. You’ll be able to give friends and family options to create their own perfect burger to accompany terrific sides like grilled Mexican street corn.

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Baking

Naan and Other Easy Breads

Naan is versatile Indian yeast-leavened bread that goes great with Indian food but can easily be a dinner-time staple due to its quick prep time. Along with our naan, we will make and taste several other easy dinner-time bread recipes such as roti, parantha, and poori while we explore how we can partner them with our other meal components.

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Scallion Pancake in Two Forms

Scallion pancake is a savory and delicious comfort food that is also vegetarian-friendly. There are various styles, but in this class you will learn how to make this pan-cooked bread from a yeast dough and a hot water dough. The flaky layers with aromatic scallion and sesame seeds will entice you to think of many other ingredients we could add in. Join us to make and enjoy our own tasty scallion pancakes. The results will delight you!

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Croissants

Flaky, delicious croissants are within your reach! Learn how to make your own savory and sweet croissants from scratch as well as tasty sweet roll pastries. Your instructor will demonstrate and guide you through all the techniques so you can prepare and eat these delicious treats.

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Pizza on the Grill

If you haven't made pizza on the grill, you're missing out! Learn the basics, explore endless options, and let your creativity take over. Your taste buds will thank you!

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Perfect Pizzas

If you enjoy a great pizza, you will really enjoy making a great pizza from scratch. We will be making dough from scratch for a thin crust, flatbread and deep dish pizzas. This class will also give you tips and tricks for toppings and getting that combination of ingredients to create that crave for you and your friends and family. Who makes the best pizza in town? You will after this class!!

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Gluten-Free Breads

Are you sensitive to gluten but love breads? Come join us in learning to prepare some unprocessed, healthy, and easy yet delicious breads from scratch using natural ingredients without any fillers. We will make delicious breads with rice, almond, millet and sorghum flours in this hands-on class.

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French Breads

In towns and villages of France, bakery shops known as "boulangeries" sell fresh French bread daily, and many bakers make it with personal recipes. Real traditional French bread must use fresh flour, salt and yeast. Many types of supermarket breads use frozen dough, but this isn't regarded as real French bread. With so many types of delicious French breads, there's something that everyone can enjoy. Join us to learn how to master the classic french breads.

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Desserts

No-Bake Desserts

Don’t preheat the oven… we’re going to whip up some easy and delicious desserts that won’t add degrees to the thermostat. Let’s get creative with Boston Cheesecake, Chocolate peanut/nut butter icebox pie, cherry cheesecake and chocolate mousse.

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Make-Ahead Cookies

Need cookies on short notice for a bake sale? Or to enjoy just a few at a time? Make-ahead cookie recipes are a must for this season! Make four different kinds of cookies to try in class and take some home to freeze so you can bake as desired any time of the week!

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Cookies: French Macarons

This cookie is perhaps the most difficult to make correctly without professional-level techniques. Even though there are only four ingredients, the method of putting those ingredients together is extremely technical. We’ll go through the process step-by-step so that you learn how to make this French cookie correctly. We’ll make a Swiss meringue buttercream filling and a chocolate ganache filling to complete the perfect macaron.

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Holiday Macarons

This cookie is perhaps the most difficult to make correctly. We’ll go through the process step-by-step so that you learn how to make this French cookie with incredible holiday season flavors and variations.

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Hand-Rolled Truffles

In this class, we will cover the basics of making hand-rolled truffles. Learn the basics of making ganaches and flavoring ganaches. We will create truffles in several flavors. Students will take home an assortment of finished candies to enjoy.

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Perfect Cheesecake!

Have you had a hard time making cheesecake? Let us help you perfect your skills with an old-time classic! Your class will form groups with each making a different cheesecake. Each cheesecake will represent a different season in order to present a show-stopping dessert at a variety of holidays and events.

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Mastering Tortes

When you finish this class, you will definitely know tortes from tarts! Tortes are usually low in flour and have many eggs. In this class you will learn to make decadent chocolate and non chocolate tortes from scratch. Come spend the evening talking tortes and drinking coffee!

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Baking: Cake from Scratch

There’s nothing like a homemade cake, especially when it is made from fresh, natural ingredients. In this class, you will learn how to prepare the batter, bake the cake, and cover it in a homemade buttercream frosting. The instructor will share many tips for ensuring success and minimizing mess.

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Perfect Pies

Learn how to take the basic pie structure made of flour, butter and liquid and transform the pie into En Croute, tartlets, spanikopitas, samosas and more. Students will create basic pie dough and pate sucree, and learn about sweet and savory fillings. An option for gluten free dough will be discussed.

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Beverages

Introduction to Wine

Take the mystery and confusion out of enjoying a glass of wine. Become familiar with commonly known types of wine, wine terminology, how to buy and store wine, proper glassware and proper serving temperatures... Learn tasting tips and compare notes while sampling white and red wines. Wine sampling discussion will combine wine history, geography, chemistry and fun.

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Exploring New Vs Old-World Wines

Traverse the globe as you taste the difference between a traditional Bordeaux from France and a Napa Cabernet, in addition to other popular whites and reds. As European countries continue their rich traditions of winemaking, exciting new producers emerge. We will discuss the impact of region on the flavor profile of a wine and you will learn to identify notes on the palate that reveal if your glass of wine was produced in a new or old-world winery. Journey on a sensory exploration while discovering your favorite wine-making styles!

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Wines of California

Take a virtual wine tasting tour through northern California where you will learn about the rich and historic traditions of some of the state’s finest wine regions, including Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, and more. You will taste red and white wine varietals, compare notes, and engage in a lively discussion with your fellow classmates. Please join us for a wine exploration of this great wine region that promises to be a fun introduction to a famous and noteworthy wine country. Some wine tasting experience would be beneficial but is not necessary.

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Registration

To register, use the course links above to locate an upcoming section or note the 5-digit class number and phone (608) 258-2301, ext 2, for registration assistance.