Cooking Classes

2022  Schedule

My classes are held in a number of different venues. It is important to register early so you won’t be shut out. Most classes are demonstrations with plenty of food for tasting and recipes to take home. Some are hands-on. Registration fees vary from one location to the next. Food fees are payable to me the night of the class. Unless otherwise noted, all evening classes are from 7-9 pm. Please bring containers along so you can take leftovers home with you.


Mentor classes are held at Wildwood Cultural Center at 7645 Little Mountain Road. Unless otherwise noted all Mentor classes are held on Tuesdays. You can register online at CityofMentor/play or by phone at 440 974 5720 or 440 974 5735.

Classes in Mentor sell out quickly. Please be sure to ask to go on the waiting list if the class you want to attend is full. We do get openings and if there are enough people on the waiting list we can always schedule an additional session. Cost to residents is $14, non-resident fee is $17. That does not include the food fee paid to me the night of the class. Unless noted- all evening Mentor classes are on Tuesdays.


Jan 18: Soups On: What could be nicer than a simmering pot of homemade soup? In this class you’ll learn how to make wonderful soups staring with how to make stock from scratch. You’ll get to taste Tomato Bisque and Cabbage Soup along with Bean and Barley. There will plenty of recipes to take home, too. Food Fee $9.00
Jan 25: Bread Baking: Nothing beats the aroma of fresh baked bread. In this class you’ll learn how to bake a perfect loaf of bread every time. There will be a demonstration of braiding bread and shaping dinner rolls. You’ll also see a loaf of yeast bread that can be made in one hour! Plenty to taste in class and recipes to take home. Food Fee $8.00.
Feb. 1: Chowders and Stews: This class is all about the ultimate comfort foods. Learn how to make all kinds of warm, thick and creamy dishes for chilly nights You will get a chance to sample several dishes in class and will have plenty of recipes for home. You will also learn how to thicken chowders and stews without flour or cornstarch. Food Fee $10.00
Feb. 8: For Chocolate Lovers: For many people consuming chocolate is one of life’s great joys. Cooking with chocolate can be enjoyable, too. From the basics of handling and working with chocolate to baked treats this class will give you plenty of ways to indulge. You will get a chance to taste plenty of chocolate treats and will have recipes to take home. Food Fee: $9.00
Feb 15:  Scones and Muffins: The smell of fresh baked scones or muffins is a great way to start any day. In class you’ll learn how to make scones, muffins, quick breads and biscuits. From choosing the right flour to mixing the right way you’ll learn how to make fast and easy home-baked treats. Lots of food to taste in class and recipes for home. Food fee $8.00
Feb 22: Doughnuts, Fritters and Other Fried Treats: Fried dough is a treat enjoyed in many cultures throughout the world. In this class, you will learn how to make all sorts of fried goodies- doughnuts, fritters, churros and more. You be making them in class and taking plenty of recipes home with you. Food Fee $9.00
Mar 1:  Vegetarian Cooking: Watching your cholesterol? Looking for an alternative to meat and potatoes? In this class you will learn the basics of eating meatless meals including ‘protein pairing’ and how to make food the family will enjoy, too. Whether you are already a vegetarian or just want a change of pace this class will give you a lot of information and plenty of good food. There will recipes to take home and samples to taste in class. Food Fee $8.00.
Mar 8: Spring Holiday Baking: This is a class to celebrate the holidays of Spring. Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, Cinco de Mayo and even recipes to welcome the coming of Spring itself!!!  Breads, scones, desserts and more. Some traditional recipes, and some recipes that might just become classics in your house. Food Fee $9.00
Mar 15: Pierogi Making:  If you want to learn to make your own pierogi- this is the class!! They take a little time, but aren’t hard to make at all. Pierogi, filled dumplings, are a traditional Polish dish.They are often filled with potatoes, but they can be filled with any number of ingredients. In class you will get hands-on experience making your own pierogi. Various fillings will be available. Food Fee $9.00
Note: The first class is sold out, as is the second class. A third class is scheduled for March 23.
Mar 22:  Coffeehouse Treats:We all love to eat them and we all pay outrageous prices for them. Why not learn how to make some of these tasty treats at home? From bear claws to biscotti, coffeecakes and much more you will earn how to make them all. You will get plenty of recipes and a lot of samples in class. Food Fee $9.00   
Mar 29: Sunday Brunch:Whether it’s for a few friends or the whole neighborhood, brunches can be a fun way to entertain. Brunch enchiladas, easy Danish and stuffed French toast are just a few of the recipes you will receive in class. You will get plenty to try in class and recipes to take home. Food Fee $9.00.
Apr 5: Marvelous Mushrooms: Mushrooms are available in a wide array these days and are very versatile. If you are unsure how to maximize them in cooking this class is for you. Learn how to cook with all sorts of mushrooms and get a chance to taste several dishes that focus on using them. You will also get recipes for home. Food Fee $8.00.
Apr 12: Onions and Garlic: While these aromatic foods are a staple in most cuisines some people are hesitant to use them. Both onions and garlic are more than just tasty, they are good for you. In class you will learn how to roast, grill, caramelize and much more. Plenty to taste in class and to recipes to take home, too. Food Fee $8.00
Apr 26: Pies, Tarts, Quiches and Other Flaky Treats: Learn how to make a perfect pie, quiche and tart every time. You will get recipes for several types of crusts including sweet, savory, low fat, no-bake and even a yeast raised crust.  Learn how to pair up the right crusts with fillings. There will be recipes for fruit and cream pies, quiches and hints from a baker’s daughter. Food Fee $9.00


May 3: Cooking with Honey: Did you know that honey is the only food source that contains everything you need to live? It contains anti oxidants, vitamins and minerals that we need, even water! It also never goes bad. Honey can be used for so much more than just sweetening your tea. Learn how to use honey in savory dishes, baking, beverages and more. Food fee $9.00

May 10: Bagels: Bagels are one of the most popular breakfast foods around. They aren’t like most breads in that they are boiled before baking. Learn to make classic bagels and all sorts of variations in this fun class. Bagel serving suggestions and topping recipes also included. Food Fee : $9.00.   

May 17: A World of Dumplings: The word dumpling means different things to different people. Dumplings can be noodle like spaetzle, soft bready biscuits sitting on top of stew or Asian dough filled with any number of ingredients. In this class we will explore all sorts of foods that fall under the category of “dumpling”. Food Fee: $9.00.

May 24: Eat Better for Less: In today’s economic environment every penny counts. Food prices are making it harder to feed your family on a budget. This class will focus on strategies for eating good food and saving money, too. Seasonal shopping, food storage, preservation and where to shop are among the topics. There will recipes to sample in class and many recipes for home. Food Fee $8.00

June 7: Calzones : A popular food at pizzerias, calzones can hold a lot more than Italian ingredients. They are also easy to make. This class will be all about making and baking calzones. You’ll get recipe for Reuben calzones, Curried Vegetable, Spinach and Artichoke, BBQ Pork (or chicken), Tex-Mex and more. This will be a class about thinking outside the pizza box and it is a hands-on class as well. Food Fee $9.00

June 14: Foods of New Orleans: This class is for anyone who has enjoyed the food of New Orleans or always wanted to. With a rich ethnic heritage New Orleans cooking is like no where else. From earthy Cajun dishes to classy Creole you’ll learn how to make everything from savory Gumbo to melt in your mouth pralines. Food Fee $9.00

June 21 Bacon: There is almost no finer smell than that of bacon cooking. In this class you’ll learn how to add the flavor and crunch of bacon to all sorts of dishes. Recipes include Bacon Cornbread, Bacon Yorkshire Pudding, Bacon Buttermilk Waffles and many more. Bacon- it’s not just for Breakfast anymore. Plenty to taste in class and recipes for home. Food Fee $10.00

June 28: Five or Fewer: If you are tired of recipes with long ingredient lists try this class. All the recipes use 5 or fewer ingredients. Mostly main dishes and sides there are also some delectable desserts. Learn to make dinner simply, often using items you can have on hand and by using some convenience foods. Food Fee $9.00.

August 9: Totally Terrific Tomatoes: They are powerhouses of nutrition and very versatile. Fresh, cooked or dried they can be used in salads, sauces, soups and more. In class we will learn how to make the most of this tasty food. You will also learn how to preserve fresh tomatoes by dehydrating, freezing and canning. Plenty to sample in class and recipes for home. Food Fee $8.00   

August 16: Canning: This class will give you the information you need to get the most out of your garden and summer produce specials. From canning basics to freezing you’ll learn how to safely store many fruits and vegetables. You’ll also get recipes using fresh, frozen and canned produce. Learn how to make super salsa and pie fillings and much more. There will be plenty to sample in class and recipes for home. Food Fee $8.00

August 23: Southern Comfort: No matter where you live you have probably enjoyed some of the wonderful dishes from this regional cuisine. With long growing seasons and a rich multicultural heritage Southern cooking combines simple, classic dishes and homey favorites. From grits to praline this class will give you the chance to taste an array of dishes with many more recipes for home. Food Fee $9.00

August 30: Maple Syrup: This natural sweetener provides both sweetness and unique flavor to everything. From desserts to salads to main dishes. Learn how to cook with maple syrup in ways you never thought of before. It’s more than just a topping for pancakes. Plenty to sample in class and recipes for home.  Food Fee $9.00.








Classes in Independence are held at the Community Center. To register you can go online at or call the front desk at 216-524-7373. Independence classes are DAYTIME classes held from 11:15-12:15. They are cooking demos highlighting one or more recipes, that you see made and then get to sample. Recipes provided.

Note: These classes are currently only for Independence senior residents. If that changes I will let you know.

April, 11/22 – Easter Baking: Baking is very much a part of our holiday traditions. Some breads are associated with springtime and Easter. In class you’ll taste breads and other baked treats from different cultures. You’ll get recipes from hot cross buns and Easter bunny rolls to Bird’s Nest Biscotti. You’ll also get tips on how to bake better bread. 

  • 5/02/22 – Cinco Di Mayo: Mexican and Tex-Mex foods are really hot! Popular and spicy these are foods that always make the party. If you don’t know your ancho from your poblano its time to take the toro by the horns. Class will include a glossary of ingredients as well as sources. There will be plenty of food for tasting in class and recipes for home. Ole!
  • 6/20/22 – Cool Summer Dining; Summer is a time of year when we like to entertain family and friends at picnics, parties and cookouts, but still want time to relax. You can do both. In class you’ll get plenty of recipes and tips for preparing meals requiring little or no cooking that still taste great. You might even have time for the beach. 
  • 8/15/22 – Foods of Italy: A country of diverse regions, people and cuisine, Italy has long been the home of great cooking. From classics like polenta, risotto and tiaramisu to earthy country dishes this class will expose you the foods of Italy in all their many forms. There will of course be sampling to do and recipes to help you bring a little bit of Italy home with you.
  • 9/19/22 – Mediterranean: With a beautiful climate and access to the sea the foods of the Mediterranean will awake your senses. From the Grecian Isles to foods of the Middle East you will get a chance to try some tasty, simple dishes that you can easily duplicate at home.
  • 10/17/22 – Treat or Treat: Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in America today. If you are planning a party don’t miss this class. You’ll learn how to make ghoulish goodies and boo-tiful decorations. 
  • 11/21/22 – Turkey 101: If making Thanksgiving dinner makes you nervous this could be the class for you. From making a timeline and cooking the perfect turkey to mouth-watering side dishes and desserts you will be taught how to make a dinner that would make a pilgrim proud.
  • 12/19/22 – Cookie Dreams: All new cookie recipes that are sure to please the cookie monsters in your home. Recipes include lemon Meltaways, maple cookies, craisin cookies and so many more.


University of Mount Union

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The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center
of the University of Mount Union
Mailing address – 1972 Clark Ave., Alliance, OH  44601
Location address – 16146 Daniel St. NE, Minerva, OH  44657
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