Cooking Classes

 

2017  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 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.

 Fall

Sep. 12: Cooking with Herbs: Cooking with herbs (and spices) can enhance even the simplest of foods. It can also be a way to reduce the use of salt in cooking. In this class you’ll learn the basics of cooking with herbs, both fresh and dried. Buying, preserving and storing herbs will be discussed as well as extending their shelf life. There will be a cooking demo and plenty of food to taste and recipes to take home. Instructor’s cookbook will also be available. Food Fee $8.00.

Sep. 19: 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

Sep. 26: 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 much sampling to do and recipes to help you bring a little bit of Italy home with you. Food Fee $9.00.

Oct. 3: 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. 10: 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.

Oct. 17: Cooking with 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

Oct. 24: Cooking with 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.

Nov. 7: 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

Nov. 14: Around the World with Pizza: Does your family have pizza every Friday night?  Getting bored with the same old traditional pizza? Even though pizza originated in Italy, today we can enjoy it with the taste influence of many other cultures.  Take a trip around the world and learn how to prepare pizza such as Asian Pizza, Chicken Fajita Pizza, Greek Pizza, Double Dutch Extra Cheesy Pizza and more.  Samples will be available for everyone to enjoy!  Next Friday night surprise your family with one of these new pizza variations! Plenty of recipes to take home, too. Food fee $9.00.

Nov. 28: 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

Dec. 5: Appetizers, Fast and Easy: Entertaining can be fun, but can also wear us out. This class will give you plenty of recipes and ideas for simple, tasty appetizers. Many can be done 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. Food Fee $9.00

Dec. 12: 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. We will bake a lot of cookies so bring a baking sheet and an apron and be prepared to take home a plateful. Recipes included. 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.

Fall Classes

 

Sep. 11: 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

Sep. 18: Cooking with Herbs: Cooking with herbs (and spices) can enhance even the simplest of foods. It can also be a way to reduce the use of salt in cooking. In this class you’ll learn the basics of cooking with herbs, both fresh and dried. Buying, preserving and storing herbs will be discussed as well as extending their shelf life. There will be a cooking demo and plenty of food to taste and recipes to take home. Instructor’s cookbook will also be available. Food Fee $8.00.

Sep. 25: 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

Oct. 2: Soups of the World: Soup seems to be the universal comfort food. From hearty to light, piping hot to icy cold soup recipes are as different as the places they come from. This class will explore many cultural soup traditions. From Eastern Asia to Eastern Europe, South America to West Africa you will get a chance to sample soup from all over the globe. Recipes will also be provided. Food Fee $9.00

Oct. 16: 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.

Oct. 23: 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

Oct 30: Comfort Soups: Soups are foods that bring back memories of childhood and warming up on a chilly day. In class you’ll learn how to make soups for everyday and soups for special occasions. Recipes will include Mesclun Soup, Lentil Soup, Potato and Leek Soup, Polish Mushroom Soup and Sweet and Sour Duck Soup among others. There will be plenty to sample in class so come hungry. Food Fee $9.00.

Nov. 6: Skillet Dinners: 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. 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

Dec. 4: Gifts from the Kitchen: Homemade gifts are always appreciated. They are also 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. Lots of recipes to take home. Materials Fee $9.00

 Dec. 11: Appetizers, Fast and Easy: Entertaining can be fun, but can also wear us out. This class will give you plenty of recipes and ideas for simple, tasty appetizers. Many can be done 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. Food Fee $9.00

 

 

Mayfield Village Classes – Daytime!!!

Classes are held on various days from 13 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center, 6622Wilson Mills Road. Deadline to Register: The Monday before the class. Four easy ways to register. 1-4402332. Call Mayfield Village Senior Services with your registration and MasterCard, Visa, or DiscoverCard payment.

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 V illage to MV Senior Services, 6622Wilson Mills Road, Mayfield Village, Ohio, 44143.
Fall classes
Sep. 27: 5 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.Oct. 18: 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.

Nov. 1: Low Fat Cooking: Eating healthy can be fun and tasty. Reducing the fat in your diet does not mean that you have to give up flavor. In class you’ll learn how to trim down the fat in some of your favorite dishes including scalloped potatoes, fried chicken, pesto sauce, lasagna and more. There will be dishes to taste in class and plenty of recipes to take home. Food Fee $8.00

Nov. 15: Low Fat Desserts: It may sound too good to be true, but you can enjoy desserts that taste good and are not laden with fat. In class you’ll get to try several desserts and learn how to adapt old recipes to make them better for you. There will be plenty of recipes to take home. Food Fee $8.00

Nov. 29: 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. 14: Gifts from the Kitchen: Homemade gifts are always appreciated. They are also 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. Lots of recipes to take home. Materials 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.

 Fall Classes

Oct 11: 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 25: Cabbage Patch: Members of the cabbage family include broccoli, kale, cauliflower and more. These are some of the most nutritious veggies around. That doesn’t mean you can always get your family to eat them. In class you’ll get recipes for soups, salads, sides and mains loaded with flavor- and plenty of fiber, vitamins and minerals, too. Recipes to take home and plenty of food samples in class. Food Fee: $8.00

Nov. 8: Gifts from Herbs: If you are a lover (or grower) of herbs you have probably shared them with family and friends. In this class you’ll learn how to use herbs and spices to make flavorful and fragrant gifts. You’ll learn how to make herbal blends, teas, sachets, vinegars, jellies and more. Hands-on project in class and recipes for home. Materials Fee $8.00.

Dec. 7: Breads of the World: Nearly every country has their own special type of bread. In this class you will learn how to make bread from many cultures including Swedish, Finn, Italian, Polish, Jewish, Middle Eastern and others. There will be a cooking demo in class as well as a ‘hands-on’ session on pita bread. There will be tasting in class and recipes to take home. Food Fee $8.00

Dec. 13: 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Mount Union

Winter 2018

Sunday, Feb. 25: Cooking with 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.

 

 Note: The time for this class is from 2-4 pm.

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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