2008-2009 Cooking Classes

– All classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6-8 PM unless otherwise noted

-Register by e-mail, snail-mail, fax, phone, or come on in!

-Classes are demonstration-style and conversational

-A complimentary glass of wine is offered at each class.

-Entire store is 10% off on the night of the cooking classes for all attendees!

-Cancellation policy: Full refund only if you cancel one week prior to the class. NO EXCEPTIONS. You may move to another class if you cannot make the class you were scheduled for.

-We reserve the right to cancel any class, all payments will be refunded in full.

Classes fill up fast! Class capacity if 14-16 students. Call today to reserve your spot! 608-356-3133

Aug 21, 2008

Herbs Class $30

Back by popular demand!  This class has become an annual event with new recipes and info every time. Our own local Herb Enthusiast Susan Vrabec will show you how to use fresh herbs and flowers to enhance your favorite recipes.  She will be presenting all new recipes and as always, she will bring the bounties of her own gardens with her to educate us all!

Aug 28, 2008

Can you Can? $25

Preserve that garden fresh tomato taste and savor it all winter.  Preserve your own homemade applesauce to use all winter long.  And we’ve saved the best for last, we will reveal our family’s secret recipe for Grandma Jo’s Dill Pickles!

Sep 18, 2008

30 Minute Suppers! $45

This is the class for all of you busy parents!  This class will help you create delicious and nutritious foods for your family that can be ready in 30 minutes or less!  Bring your family back to the table in no time.

Sep 25, 2008

Learning to Love Le Creuset $75

Do you appreciate the timeless beauty of Le Creuset but are intimidated by cooking with cast iron or stoneware? Join our Le Creuset vendor rep Deb as she discusses how this line is made, the different uses of Le Creuset items and how to care for them.
Meanwhile, Chef Heather will whip up a delicious meal using exclusively Le Creuset. As an added bonus, all students will go home with a Square Covered Baker (retail price of $70.00) of their very own! Register by Sept. 1st and choose from a variety of fantastic colors including cherry, cobalt, chestnut, kiwi, Caribbean and white. Sign up after Sept. 1st and receive our favorite option – cherry!

Oct 2, 2008

Fall Caramel Desserts $45

There is nothing like homemade caramel.  Caramel refers to a range of confections that are beige to dark brown in color, derived from the caramelization of one or several types of sugars, often occurring in the traditional cooking method of a sweet.  Learn to use this delicious sweet treat or flavoring as an ooey gooey filling, sauce or as part of an awesome autumn dessert.

Oct 9, 2008

20 Minute Pastas $45

Another class to help you put real food on the tablefast!  Simple sauces paired with complimentary pasta shapes make everyday meals a reason for celebration. These are quick and easy pasta dishes that are ready in a flash. 

Oct 16, 2008

Pressure Cooker 101 $20

Do you have a fear of pressure cookers?  This class will teach you the basics of this energy efficient, fast and healthy way of cooking.  Taught by our very own European Pressure Cooker Representative, Charlie will show you how to make delicious gourmet dishes! Lots of Door prizes in this class!


Oct 30, 2008

Wusthof Knife Skills 101 $45

 Clark will demonstrate the best way to sharpen your knives, carve your holiday turkey, and other knife handling techniques.  Attendees receive a complimentary Wusthof Paring Knife (value of $35) and enjoy a delicious turkey sandwich!  Bring your own knives and we will sharpen them for $3 each.  Limit class size of 12, so sign up now!



Nov 6, 2008

Holiday Appetizers $45

No holiday festivity is complete without fabulous appetizers.  Learn to make tantalizing starters and bites for your cocktail party.  We will share easy and delicious recipes to wow your guests.



Nov 13, 2008

Simply Sensational Cheesecake $45

Back again by popular demand, learn to make rich, decadent cheesecakes from an award-winning baker and restauranteur.  Make everything from the light, graham cracker crust to delicious jelly, berry and chocolate toppers.  Perfect your cheesecake skills for the upcoming holiday season!



Dec 4, 2008

Homemade Pasta $35

 Once you’ve had your own homemade pasta, it’ll never again taste the same out of the box!  We will demonstrate how to use a pasta machine to create fresh fettucini, ravioli and Other interesting pasta shapes as well as a few simple sauces to serve with your fresh pasta.  This class is always  a favorite and sells out quickly!



Dec 7, 2008, 1:30-3:00 PM

Kids Class -Gingerbread Houses w/ Graham Crackers

These houses will be pre-constructed with graham crackers so all you have to do is the fun part…Decorate Decorate Decorate! 



Jan 15, 2009

Intro to Classic French Pastries $45

Learn to make the classic components of French Pastries such as Cream Puffs, Famous Eclairs, and savory Gourgeres.  No need to drool over them at the pastry counter anymore, now you can make them at home!



Jan 22, 2009

Warming Soups and Stews $45

Warm your insides this winter with soups and stews you can prepare easily, without committing your entire day.  The recipes we share will create memories as you will surely want to make them over and over.



Jan 29, 2009

Sushi at Home $45

SUSHI is essentially a selection of toppings pressed onto seasoned rice.  Although traditionally made with raw fish, modern SUSHI can be made from a wide range of cooked fish, meats, vegetables, and eggs.  All are used to make colorful, interesting and innovative toppings and fillings.  Explore the unlimited options of raw and cooked ingredients.  We will make fun and delicious creations for your enjoyment and the enjoyment of your friends and family.



Feb 12, 2009

Chocolate Chocolate!! $45

Enjoy an evening of Chocolate delights as Chef Susan wows us with her fabulous chocolate recipes.  Chocolate Souffle and Chocolate Mousse are just two of the delights on the menu.  You will be able to woo the one you love on Valentine’s Day with any one of these recipes!



Mar 5, 2009

Spanish Series Part I : Tapas and Wine $45

The name Tapas is used for the wide variety of appetizers in Spanish Cuisine.  Popular throughout Spain in bars and restaurants, tapas are appetizers that usually accompany wine.  Chef Heather will create a sampling of tapas and we will provide the wine!  Discover Spanish Cuisine in this first part our Spanish series.



Mar 12, 2009

Master Class on Tiramisu $45

The Italian Classic from scratch! We are calling this a “master class” because you will be learning to make all of the components of this complex dessert from scratch.  Join Chef Susan as she makes Ladyfinger sponge cake, Mascarpone filling and her own special secret ingredient to make this delightful dessert.


Mar 28, 2009, 1:30-3:00 PM

Kid’s Class – April Fool’s Foods

Fool your friends and family with this fun and tasty way to make “real” meals a whole new way.  Just in time for April Fools Day.



Mar 28, 2009, 1:30-3:00 PM

Kid’s Class – Snacks on a Stick

Kids love to eat things off of sticks, but not everything has to be a popsicle! Teach them all of the fun healthy snacks and meals that they can help make…all on a stick! Leave your kids with us and shop, or join in the fun with them! Ages 4 and up.

Apr 2, 2009

Sunset in Sicily

Sicilian cooking is undeniably the most complex and colorful in Italy. The dishes on a Sicilian table represent the various cuisines of the many civilizations that have passed through the island. Susan and Peter will be bringing back their culinary adventures to share with us and as always…fabulous recipes prepared with style.

Apr 9, 2009

Spanish Series Part II : Paella and Frittata

Two traditional favorites in Spain! Paella is a typical valencian rice dish. We will use the three main ingredients: rice, saffron, and olive oil to create our own version. The Spanish Potato Frittata is a fabulous versatile meal that can be made from almost anything and served for everything from breakfast to late-night snack.

Apr 23, 2009

Cooking for Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians in One

We are trying to make it easier to co-exist at the family dinner table! Create hearty vegetarian cuisine with the easy addition of fish or poultry for the “non-vegetarian.” It is easy to do when you use the poaching, grilling and sauteing skills you will learn in this class.


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