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Get festive for the holidays with good food and tasty treats.
As your dance card fills up with all manner of seasonal activities, wouldn’t it be nice to have a few easy, fallback appetizers that work for any occasion? Join Chef Erin for an entertaining class making quick, delicious appetizers just right for the season. You’ll join Erin hands-on to prepare Bourbon Brie (a quick baked brie with a bourbon and brown sugar glaze); Orange Canapés with Goat Cheese and Cranberry Chutney; Moroccan-spiced Bean Dip; Arugula and Edamame Crostini; Asiago-stuffed Dates with Smoked Paprika; Sugar and Spice Nuts; and Baked Olives in Red Wine. Vegetarian with dairy; no eggs.
Take the mystery out of candy making with these simple and luscious confections. Laurie will expertly walk you through the chocolate tempering process with a variety of chocolates, and garnishes including nuts, dried fruit and classic candy canes. Learn how to make nut brittles working with nuts, citrus zest and herbs. You'll make Dark Chocolate, Pistachio and Cranberry Bark; White Chocolate and Candy Cane Bark; and Almond Brittle with Rosemary and Orange. Learn to package your confections beautifully for perfect holiday gifts. Vegetarian with dairy; no eggs.
Join in for some Danish holiday cheer! We will work hands-on in small groups to create some traditional goodies made at Christmastime in Denmark. Learn how to make homemade Marzipan, to layer with Danish Nougat (hazelnut chocolate truffle) and dip into warm, melted chocolate to create homemade confections. You’ll also sample Gløgg, a traditional Scandinavian hot spiced drink, served with Æbleskiver (irresistible pancake puffs). Birgitte will also show you how to use marzipan to make Napoleon’s Hats (almond-filled pastries shaped like three-cornered hats). Vegetarian with eggs and dairy.
Make the holidays more personal by creating gifts with your own hands tailored to the culinary interests of the friends and family on your holiday list. Denise will demonstrate a stocking full of doable ideas, and you’ll sample Lavender Honey, Chili Lime Cashews, Coconut Granola and Apple Cranberry Jam. She’ll also talk about some bonus gift ideas — Zippy Hot Sauce, A Trio of Flavored Salts, Dilly Beans and Quiet Spirit Tea. You’ll go home with great plans for checking names off your list, plus a gift for you of one of the examples from class. Vegetarian; no dairy or eggs.
If you ask a sampling of PCC Cooks students what they make every year at the holidays, many will tell you, “Iole’s Biscotti!” These twice-baked Italian cookies are delicious on their own and a perfect companion to afternoon tea or coffee. Best of all, they make wonderful (and eagerly anticipated) holiday gifts. This year, Iole will demonstrate three fabulous flavors: Chocolate Almond; Cardamom; and Hazelnut Orange dipped in Chocolate. She’ll also demonstrate easy, beautiful and elegant ways to wrap and present your gifts to the special people on your list. Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.
On New Year's Eve, shortly before the clock strikes midnight, Russians sit down for a festive meal that will last into the early hours. Prepare for the New Year by learning to make five kinds of traditional Zakuski, or hors d'ouevres, including Garlicky Cheese Spread; Georgian White Bean Salad with Herbs; Beet Salad with Walnuts; Mushroom “Caviar”; and Olivier Salad. The delicious dishes you prepare will be served alongside a selection of cured meats, fish, cheeses and bread for make-your-own open-faced sandwiches. Start a new tradition for New Year’s or any special gathering! With dairy and eggs; meat and seafood optional.