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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 chef Jackie Freeman to learn the basics of home preserving while making festive seasonal treats to give as gifts or to stock your own pantry! This entry-level class will focus on water-bath canning. While discussing basic principles of canning, safety, ingredients and equipment, we’ll prepare Citrus Marmalade and Tarragon-Champagne Mustard. By the end of class, you will leave with the knowledge and confidence to begin canning at home as well as sweet little samples of your classwork. Vegetarian; no dairy or 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.
For ages 12 and up, without adult accompaniment. Everyone loves a gift from the kitchen made with love. Here’s a good way to get all the ideas you need to make holiday gifts for your friends and family at home. We’ll start out by making cinnamon rolls, followed by apple butter in cute little jars. You’ll also learn to mix up your own signature brand of granola — perfect for giving. We’ll finish by making hot cocoa mix, a gift that promises warmth throughout the winter months. Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.
For ages 8 to 12, with one adult guest. Kids on a gluten-free diet will get to enjoy some holiday cheer, without having to worry about the ingredients. We’ll work in small groups preparing and decorating Gingerbread Cookies, Crispy Rice Ball Ornaments and Chocolate Peppermint Crunchies. Although the class has gluten-free kids in mind, it’s equally fun for siblings, friends or any kid who just wants to join in the fun! Vegetarian with eggs and optional dairy; no gluten. Price includes one child and one adult guest.
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.
For ages 7 to 9, without adult accompaniment. Kids will bake holiday goodies that the whole family will enjoy. Working together in small groups, they’ll make, shape and bake Gingerbread Cookies and Candy Cane Cookies. With a cup of Spiced Apple Cider and a take-home project of Orange and Clove Pomanders to capture the scent of the season, kids will be prepared for a festive holiday! (Psst ... while they’re at class, you can do a little holiday shopping.) Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.
For ages 2 to 3, accompanied by one adult guest. Baking cookies is a fun holiday activity, especially for the very young. Parent and child will work together to roll, cut and decorate Gingerbread People and make Jam Thumbprint Cookies. After decorating their own gift bag, the little bakers will be ready to share their holiday goodies with everyone on their list. Vegetarian, with dairy and eggs. Class price includes one child and one adult helper.
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.
For ages 4 to 6, accompanied by one adult guest. This fun and creative class features ideal treats for young bakers to make. There will be plenty of opportunities to mix, roll, shape and frost in this hands-on holiday workshop. Each child and parent team will make Maple Spice Cookies with Fabulous Frosting and Jewel Cookies. Vegetarian with dairy and eggs. Class price includes one child and one adult helper.
It’s easy to get your five-a-day with some tried-and-true recipes from our resident expert. Expand your understanding of all things vegetable in this informative class as Devra walks you through the basics of choosing, prepping and cooking seasonal produce. She’ll share bushels of information about various vegetable families as we prepare user-friendly recipes including Vegetable-Walnut Pâté; Lentil and Quinoa-stuffed Cabbage; Acorn Squash and Wild Rice Patties; Harvest Roasted Vegetables; and Sautéed Autumn Greens. Vegetarian; no dairy or eggs.
As the temperature begins to drop, nothing says, “Welcome!” to the autumn season better than a steaming bowl of soup. In this fun workshop, you’ll get a comprehensive overview on creating delicious, inspired soups and tips on the fundamentals of soup stocks. Help prepare three warming fall soups from Olaiya’s extensive soup recipe files. You’ll make Lemony Kale, White Bean and Parsnip Soup; Cauliflower Soup with Brown Butter, Crispy Capers and Smoked Paprika; and Chestnut and Farro Soup with Parsley Oil. Vegetarian with dairy; no eggs.