Cooking Classes

 

2018  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

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.com/play or by phone at 440 974 5720 from Cleveland call 440 942 8796.

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.

 

Aug. 7: Canning 101:  Canning, when done correctly, is a safe and relatively easy way to preserve food for later use. This class is all about learning the newest rules of canning. You will learn when to use a water bath and when a pressure canner is needed. We’ll discuss what foods are the easiest to can and even the foods that no one should can at home. We’ll also do some tasting in class of home canned foods. Food Fee: $8.00

Aug 14: 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

Aug 21: Pickle Barrel: From old-fashioned crock pickles to pickled peaches this class will teach all you need to know to make tasty pickled products for home and gifts. You’ll get to taste several pickled products and learn how to use them in cooking. You’ll get recipes for cucumbers and other pickles. You also learn how to make tasty relishes including one that uses up all those green tomatoes. There will also be recipes for home. Food Fee $8.00.

Aug. 28: Food Dehydrating: The oldest known method of food preservation is dehydrating. If you have a garden, a dehydrator or both come to class and learn how to get the most out summer’s harvest. We’ll discuss methods, safety and storage. From sun-dried tomatoes to vegetable soup mix and jerkies (including tofu jerky!) you’ll get a lot of ideas on how to dry food and how to use dried foods. You’ll get to taste several dishes in class and will have recipes for home. Food Fee$8.00.

Sep. 11: Tea Time: Serving tea in an English tradition that is gaining popularity here. Learn how to make proper tea and how to make all the tasty treats that are part of a proper tea party.  From scones to lemon cake and cucumber sandwiches to crumpets you will get a chance to taste several tea party foods and you will receive plenty of recipes to take home. Food Fee $9.00

Sep 18: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

Sep. 25: Liqueurs: Learn about the history of liqueurs and how their combination of fruit, herbs and spices can enhance your cooking. Sample recipes that, through the addition of liqueurs, go from ordinary to extraordinary. You’ll learn how to make your own liqueurs and how to use them in cooking. You will also get recipes to take home. No one under 21 is permitted to take this class. Food Fee: $10.00

Oct. 2: Apples and Pears: While available throughout the year these tasty fruits are certainly at there best in autumn. They are very versatile and can be used in desserts, baked goods and even in main dishes. In class you’ll learn about many of the varieties on the market and about many ways to use them. There will also be a section on freezing for later use. Plenty to sample in class and recipes for home. Food Fee $8.00

Oct. 9: Soup’s 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

Oct 16: Won Tons : These little squares and circles of dough are for more than just soup. Easy to work with and versatile they can be transformed in minutes into appetizers, main dishes, sides dishes and desserts. No time to cook- wontons may be the answer. In class we’ll learn how to roll and fold them to make many dishes including Crab Rolls, Chicken Chowder Bites, Pumpkin Ravioli, Cheddar Bacon Rolls, Pot Stickers, Chocolate Fried Pies and so many more. Some hands-on in this class. Food Fee $8.00

Oct. 30: Trick 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. For children and adults alike this class will give you plenty of ideas to make your Halloween party a howling success. Food Fee $8.00.

 Nov. 6: Wok This Way: Stir-frying can be a fun and fast way to prep dinner. With wok cooking vegetables are still crisp and colorful and you haven’t spent the whole evening in the kitchen. It also does not need to be only Asian-style dishes. In class you’ll learn to cook like a pro with a wok in dishes from all over the world. There will be plenty to taste in class and recipes for home. Food Fee: $9.00

Nov. 13: 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. There will be plenty to taste and take home (come hungry) and recipes for all the dishes. Food Fee: $9.00

Nov. 27: Cookies, Cookies, Cookies: What could be friendlier than a plate of fresh baked cookies? In class you’ll get hands-on experience making both traditional and innovative cookies including Holiday Fans, Ginger Cookies, Snow People and many more. Bring an apron and baking sheet and be prepared to have a sweet time. There will be cookies to take home and recipes, too. Food Fee $9.00

Dec. 11: Holiday Baking: Create that home for the holiday feeling by learning how to bake some traditional favorites. You’ll also learn how to bake some less-traditional foods, too. There will be several treats to sample in class including tree-shaped sweet rolls and cheese puffs. Use of these goodies as gifts will also be discussed. Many recipes to take home. Food Fee $9.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairview Hospital Wellness Center

   

Located at 3035 Wooster Rd., in Rocky River, the Wellness Center is operated by Fairview Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital. Unless otherwise noted classes here are on Mondays. For more information, or to register for classes, visit fairviewhospital.org/wellnesscenter or call 440-356-0670.

 2018

June 25: Jams and Jelly: Making homemade jams and jellies can be very rewarding and fun, too. You’ll learn the basics of jams, jellies, preserves, conserves and marmalades. There will be food to sample in class and everyone will have a jar of preserves to take home. Recipes included. Food Fee $9.00.

Aug. 6: Canning 101:  Canning, when done correctly, is a safe and relatively easy way to preserve food for later use. This class is all about learning the newest rules of canning. You will learn when to use a water bath and when a pressure canner is needed. We’ll discuss what foods are the easiest to can and even the foods that no one should can at home. We’ll also do some tasting in class of home canned foods. Food Fee: $8.00

Aug 13: 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

Aug 20: Pickle Barrel: From old-fashioned crock pickles to pickled peaches this class will teach all you need to know to make tasty pickled products for home and gifts. You’ll get to taste several pickled products and learn how to use them in cooking. You’ll get recipes for cucumbers and other pickles. You also learn how to make tasty relishes including one that uses up all those green tomatoes. There will also be recipes for home. Food Fee $8.00.

Aug. 27: Food Dehydrating: The oldest known method of food preservation is dehydrating. If you have a garden, a dehydrator or both come to class and learn how to get the most out summer’s harvest. We’ll discuss methods, safety and storage. From sun-dried tomatoes to vegetable soup mix and jerkies (including tofu jerky!) you’ll get a lot of ideas on how to dry food and how to use dried foods. You’ll get to taste several dishes in class and will have recipes for home. Food Fee$8.00.

 

Tea Time | Monday, Sept. 10 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $9 food fee due that evening

With the royal wedding still fresh in your memory, why not join us to learn how to make proper tea and all the tasty treats that are part of a proper tea party? From scones to lemon cake, cucumber sandwiches and crumpets you will get a chance to taste and learn how to make these delightfully English treats for the next royal celebration.

 

Go Green! Cook Leafy Green Vegetables | Monday, Sept. 17 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $8 food fee due that evening

We know we should eat them but many of us just aren’t sure what to do with leafy green vegetables. This class will give plenty of tasty recipes using all sorts of greens. From delicate salad greens to the hearty winter greens you will learn how to prepare them all. Collards, beet greens, kale, broccoli rabe, spinach, chard, dandelion greens and many more.

 

Cooking with Maple Syrup | Monday, Sept. 24 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $9 food fee due that evening

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.

 

Apples and Pears | Monday, Oct. 1 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $8 food fee due that evening

While available all year, these tasty fruits are at their best in autumn. They are very versatile and can be used in desserts, baked goods and even in main dishes. In class you’ll learn about many of the varieties on the market and about many ways to use them. There will also be a section on freezing for later use.

 

Soup’s On | Monday, Oct. 8 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $9 food fee due that evening

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 have a chance to taste Tomato Bisque, Cabbage Soup and Bean and Barley soup. Come hungry!

 

Wontons | Monday, Oct. 15 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $8 food fee due that evening

These little squares and circles of dough are for more than just soup. Easy to work with and versatile they can be transformed in minutes into appetizers, main dishes, sides dishes and desserts. No time to cook? Wontons may be the answer. In class you will learn how to roll and fold them to make many dishes including Crab Rolls, Chicken Chowder Bites, Pumpkin Ravioli, Cheddar Bacon Rolls, Pot Stickers, Chocolate Fried Pies and so many more.

 

Skillet Dinners | Monday, Oct. 22 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $9 food fee due that evening

Simple and fast is a good way to describe skillet dinners. In class you’ll get plenty of recipes and tasty samples of meals made on top of the stove. Many are made in 30 minutes or less, perfect for weekday dinners or any time you want a home-cooked meal in less time. Some take more time, but are well worth the wait.

 

Wok This Way | Monday, Nov. 5 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $8 food fee due that evening

Stir-frying can be a fun and fast way to prep dinner. With wok cooking vegetables are still crisp and colorful and you haven’t spent the whole evening in the kitchen. It also does not need to be only Asian-style dishes. In class you’ll learn to cook dishes from all over the world using a wok.

 

Turkey Dinner, Turkey Dinner, Gather Round! | Monday, Nov. 12 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $9 food fee due that evening

Who will eat the drumstick? If this will be your first time hosting Thanksgiving dinner, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered! From making a timeline and cooking the perfect turkey to making mouth-watering side dishes and desserts your dinner would make grandma proud. There will be plenty to taste and take home, so come hungry and bring a container for leftovers.

 

Appetizers, Fast and Easy | Monday, Nov. 19 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $9 food fee due that evening

Entertaining can be fun, but can also be time consuming and wear you out. Come to this fun class to learn about recipes and ideas for simple, tasty appetizers. Many can be prepared ahead and frozen until you need them. Some of the recipes include Brie Truffles, Artichoke Dip, Empanadas and many more. So if you have more friends and family than you have time learn how to make your next party fun for you, too.

 

Gifts from the Kitchen | Monday, Dec. 3 | 7 to 9 p.m. (Hands-On!)

$15 + $9 material fee due that evening

Homemade gifts are always appreciated because they are more personal than store bought gifts. In class you’ll get lots and lots of ideas on easy homemade gifts from food. You will also work on a hands-on project and will have samples to taste in class and lots of recipes to take home.

 

Holiday Baking | Monday, Dec 10 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $9 food fee due that evening

Create that home for the holiday feeling by learning how to bake some traditional favorites. You’ll also learn how to bake some less-traditional foods, too. There will be several treats to sample in class including tree-shaped sweet rolls and cheese puffs. Use of these goodies as gifts will also be discussed.

 

Make Brunch and have a Sunday Funday! | Monday, Dec 17 | 7 to 9 p.m.

$15 + $9 food fee due that evening

Whether it’s for a few friends or the whole neighborhood, brunch 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.

 

 

 

 

Mayfield Village Classes -Evenings

We decided to try evening classes in Mayfield starting this Fall. Times are 7-9 pm.

Classes are held at the Mayfield Village Community Center, 6621 Wilson Mills Road. Deadline to Register: The Monday before the class. Four easy ways to register. 1-440-919 2332. Call Mayfield Village Senior Services with your registration and MasterCard, Visa, or DiscoverCard payment. Classes cost $20, plus food fee.

Fax: 4409190207. Fax your registration and MasterCard, Visa, or DiscoverCard payment to the Senior Services Office.
In Person: Register in person from 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. MondayFriday at the Senior Services
Office, 6621 Wilson Mills Road, Mayfield Village. (Entrance to the Department is inside the
Community Room.)
Mail: Mail registration form with your check payable to Mayfield Village to MV Senior Services, 6622Wilson Mills Road, Mayfield Village, Ohio, 44143.

 2018 classes

Oct 4: Tea Time: Serving tea in an English tradition that is gaining popularity here. Learn how to make proper tea and how to make all the tasty treats that are part of a proper tea party.  From scones to lemon cake and cucumber sandwiches to crumpets you will get a chance to taste several tea party foods and you will receive plenty of recipes to take home. Food Fee $9.00

Oct. 11: Taste Of Asia: In this class you’ll get an introduction to Asian cooking from appetizers to desserts and everything in between. You’ll get to try several dishes in class and will get recipes to take home. Besides cooking techniques there will be a discussion of various Asian ingredients and where to find them. Food Fee $8.00

Oct 18: Focaccia, Bruschetta & Bread Sticks  Simple Italian Breads: Tell your family you’re serving Focaccia Bread or Bruschetta or and they may look at you funny.  But watch their faces change once they take their first bite!  Learn how to prepare Focaccia, a dimpled, Italian flat bread that is a “cousin” to pizza, Bruschetta, a classic Italian appetizer, and Bread Sticks that will compliment any Italian meal. Recipes include Herbed Focaccia and Fennel Breadsticks. There will plenty to taste in class and recipes for home. Food Fee $8.00.

Nov 1: Seafood Made Easy: Do you enjoy seafood when dining out but face disappointment when preparing it at home? If you know a few basics cooking seafood need not be difficult. From Salmon Quiche to Creole Jambalaya you will get a chance to taste several seafood dishes and learn how to make it right every time. Recipes will be handed out to take home. Food Fee $10.00.

Nov.15: The British Isles: Although not always seen as leaders in the world of fine dining the Brits have really come into their own. Today British cooking includes the classics like Yorkshire Pudding and Bubble and Squeak to dishes influenced by world cuisine. You’ll get recipes for many classic British dishes as well as newer dishes. Dishes will be sampled in class and there will be recipes for home. Food Fee $9.00

Nov. 29: Winter Salads: When the weather is cold outside the idea of a salad might not be the first idea that pops into your mind. Winter salads can be a way to beat those wintertime blues. Full of greens, citrus and some unexpected ingredients, these salads are a great first course. Some are a meal in themselves. You’ll get a chance to sample several salads in class and there are plenty of recipes to take home. Food Fee $9.00.

 

 

Concord

Students may enroll in classes directly at the Concord Community Center, at 7671 Auburn Road, Concord Township OH 44077.  They can call to inquire about classes at 440-639-4650.  You can register online- just go to Concordtownship.com. Look under classes in rec. department. They can register in person or send in registration to the above address.  A registration form is available on our website at concordtwp.com, under Current Happenings/Township Newsletter.  Or, in place of a registration form, they can just write a note stating their name, address, phone, the class they are enrolling in, dates, times and payment – and send it in with their check.

 2018

Sep. 20: Sushi for All: Sushi is fun to eat and is not hard to make, with a little practice.  . In this class you’ll get a hands-on chance to roll your own using some typical and untypical ingredients. From the California Roll to Sweet and Sour Sushi (made with chicken!) you will get a chance to have some fun and see sushi in a whole new way. Food Fee: $10.00 Note: There is no raw fish served in this class.

Nov. 14: 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. There will be plenty to taste and take home (come hungry) and recipes for all the dishes. Food Fee: $9.00

 

 

 

University of Mount Union

More classes will be scheduled soon.

Registration information

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
330-823-7487

twaddlb@mountunion.edu
For more information about our facility visit www.mountunion.edu/nature-center
Find us on Facebook @ HustonBrumbaughNatureCenter

 

 

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