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Need to up the “Wow!” factor for your winter veggies? A judicious sprinkling of spices will turn your produce staples into luxurious dishes that everyone will crave. Use all your senses to get to know some spices better as you help prepare Lesa’s Creamy Carrot-Sweet Potato Cardamom Soup with Sumac; Spicy Sicilian Broccoli Salad with Saffron and Currants; and Savory Leek and Green Apple Sauté with Juniper and Caraway. You’ll also sample and receive a bonus recipe for Chocolate and Beet Babycakes with Cinnamon. Vegetarian; no dairy or eggs.
Emilia Romagna is a region rich in culinary tradition and the origin of three revered ingredients: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, balsamic vinegar and prosciutto. Join Paola to recreate some of the famed Emilia Romagna fresh pastas as part of an irresistible Northern Italian menu. You’ll work hands-on making fresh pasta for Tortelloni Romagnoli (ravioli filled with Parmesan with butter and truffle salt); Tagliatelle Pasta with Bolognese Sauce; and Fragole al Balsamico (strawberries with balsamic drizzle and vanilla ice cream). With meat, dairy and eggs.
If you’ve ever wondered how to make restaurant quality sauces, then this is your class. We will explore stock making and how important it is for creating flavorful, show-stopping dishes. Join Chef Darin to make vinaigrettes, demi-glace, and reduction sauces using classic techniques. We'll prepare Seared Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnuts, Bacon and Maple Vinaigrette; Cod with Roasted Cauliflower and Balsamic Brown Butter; New York Strip with Peppercorn Demi-glace; and Seared Chicken with Mushroom and Garlic Jus. With meat, poultry and dairy; no eggs.
A good pan is one the most indispensible tools in the kitchen. Learn how to successfully cook meat indoors over high heat with Chef Darin’s extensive recipes, tips and techniques. He will guide you through pan selection and care, “reading” oil, temperature control and gauging doneness. You’re likely to find a new favorite as we prepare three complete dishes — Crispy Brined Chicken Breast with Piperade and Garlic Jus; Red Quinoa Cakes with Almond and Olive Relish and Arugula Pesto; and Seared Grass-fed Ribeye with Sautéed Mushrooms and Smoked Blue Cheese Butter. With meat, dairy and eggs.
Join Chef Lynne for a hands-on tribute to one of Spain’s signature dishes. You’ll learn how to perfectly cook paella rice (and all the other ingredients joining the party) as you help prepare two paella recipes sure to find a space in your “favorites” file — Chicken, Chorizo and Smoked Paprika Paella; and Seafood and Saffron Paella. Your paella will be perfectly accompanied by Orange, Fennel and Olive Salad; an array of almond-studded dark chocolate for dessert; and samplings of two specially chosen Spanish wines. With meat, seafood, dairy and eggs.
Szechuan cuisine, from the southwestern province in China, is world-renowned for its diverse, intense and fiery flavors. In this class, we’ll focus on Szechuan-style stir-frying while learning different traditional cooking skills for each dish. Using key ingredients such as chiles, peppercorns, garlic, ginger and pickles, we’ll make Wok-seared Prawns Braised in Garlicky Pickled Pepper Sauce; Peppercorn and Chile-spiced Crisp-tender Shredded Beef; and Sliced Chicken with Pickled Ginger in Spicy Soy Caramel Sauce. With meat, poultry, seafood and eggs; no dairy.
Pair your love of cheese with deeper knowledge to expand your appreciation for the world of cheese. PCC Cheese Specialist Diana will share her expertise and show you techniques and tips for putting together an impressive, well-balanced cheese plate. You’ll taste and experiment with a variety of cow, goat and sheep cheeses and learn how to better recognize their flavors and nuances. Diana will also supply ideas and samples for complementary foods to pair with different cheeses (we heard rumor of Bacon Jam!). After this informative class, you’ll be ready for your next gathering with an irresistible cheese plate and your new title of “Turophile.” With dairy and optional meat; no eggs.