Winter/Spring Offerings: Cooking

Learn from local chefs, cooks and bakers, and discover delicious, healthy food ideas for your busy lifestyle!

2020 Offerings

Most cooking classes are hands-on and interactive and all are led by qualified instructors. Please wear comfortable clothes/shoes with hair pulled back. Unless indicated, you will have an opportunity to taste the dishes prepared in class.

Mexican Cooking

Get ready to surprise your family and friends by adding a little Mexican flare to spice up your weeknight Taco Tuesday or to wow them at your upcoming Cinco de Mayo party.

Class tasting menu may include items such as: traditional salsa, pineapple mango salsa, fresh guacamole, fish tacos, spice rubbed skirt steak tacos, roasted vegetable tacos, shrimp ceviche, chorizo and potato flautas, Mexican coconut flan and a cucumber and strawberry margarita mocktail. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.

Mexican Cooking Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC 135
Thurs., 4/30, 6 - 9 p.m.
60291 Mirissa Casey $39

The Basics of Gluten Free

Join us in learning the basic fundamentals of what gluten is, where it’s found and how you can learn to cook without it while keeping your recipes tasting wonderful. Class tasting menu recipes may include socca, eggplant, slow roasted tomatoes, mozzarella towers with zucchini noodles, bistro salad, and dark chocolate pudding with hazelnut brittle. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.

The Basics of Gluten Free Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC 135
Tues., 5/12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
60292 Mirissa Casey $39

Artful Appetizers

In this class, we will focus on how to easily and elegantly offer an entire meal, for any number of guests, created solely out of fresh, quick appetizers spanning many cuisines. It’s a great alternative for those seeking a different party menu and for those who are looking for easier make-ahead entertaining options. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.

Artful Appetizers Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC 135
Tues., 3/31, 1 - 4 p.m.
60293 Rosemary Davis $39

Celtic Country Dinner

Learn how to cook a traditional Celtic country dinner just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. No grey corned beef here – just an full but simple dinner menu with fresh, healthy ingredients, plus a heaping helping of Celtic food folklore. Save room for the Guinness stout chocolate cake – it’s always a hit! Course fee includes $15 materials fee.

Celtic Country Dinner Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC 135
Thurs., 3/12, 6 - 9 p.m.
60296 Rosemary Davis $39

North End Night: Make Homemade Fresh Pasta AND Cheese!

This is a double-whammy workshop where we first make a fresh ricotta from scratch, and while it’s draining make our own fresh pasta – each student has a choice of stuffed pasta or pasta shapes. Your handmade food can be cooked and eaten right there, or you can take your work home to devour later. Given enough time, we can also address how to make fantastic marinara sauce with fresh herbs. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.

North End Night: Make Homemade Fresh Pasta AND Cheese! Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC 135
Tues., 4/21, 6 - 9 p.m.
60295 Rosemary Davis $39

An Evening in Paris

In this class, we’ll prepare a full dinner menu in the classic French tradition, geared for simple home cooks who don’t have a huge amount of prep time to spare. We’ll emphasize classic and affordable ingredients that vary with the season, and we’ll make and eat the entire menu in class. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.

An Evening in Paris Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC 135
Tues., 2/25, 6 - 9 p.m.
60297 Rosemary Davis $39

Kitchen Confidence for Kids

(Ages 8 – 14)

Has your child shown an interest in cooking? If so, this is the class for them. Students will learn the basics of cooking: knife skills, prepping raw ingredients, sautéing, soups and stocks, simple sauces and more! Course fee includes $15 materials fee.

Kitchen Confidence for Kids Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC 135
Sat., 4/25, 9 a.m. - noon
60294 Rosemary Davis $35

Beginner Cookie Decorating Class

If you’ve never worked with royal icing or have dabbled just a little, this class will help you get the ball rolling. We’ll briefly talk about the basics of baking cookies and some tips and tricks of the trade, but then we’ll move right into the world of decorating. We will work step by step on each cookie to learn the various decorating techniques used with royal icing. There are five cookie designs planned, and we will keep things rolling to get them all completed by the end of class. You will be taking them home with you along with an icing recipe, a sugar cookie recipe, decorating tool, cookie cutter, piping bags and a packet of seasonal sprinkles and/or cookie decorations. We’ll also discuss websites to check for additional tutorials, instructional blogs, recipes and vendors/suppliers. Open to students ages 12 and up. Students who have to withdraw must do so at least one week prior to the start of the course for a full refund.

Beginner Cookie Decorating Class Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
Valentine’s Day Theme
1 Session, DCC 135
Thurs., 2/6, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
60273 Cindy Burek of Buttercup Cookie $65
1 Session, DCC 135
Mon., 3/9, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Theme
60274 Cindy Burek of Buttercup Cookie $65
1 Session, DCC 135
Tues., 4/7, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Easter Theme
60275 Cindy Burek of Buttercup Cookie $65
1 Session, DCC 135
Tues., 5/5, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Spring Theme
60276 Cindy Burek of Buttercup Cookie $65

Learn to Make Sweets with Your Lil’ Sweetie

You will work with your child (ages 5-10) to create delicious, no-bake desserts. This is a chance to spend quality time with your lil’ sweetie and learn recipes you’ll both want to create over and over again. Course fee includes $15 materials fee and is for one parent and one child. Both must be registered.

Learn to Make Sweets with Your Lil’ Sweetie Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC 135
Fri., 3/6, 6 - 8 p.m.
60181
*60182- Child’s Registration
Sarah Diamond $35

Intermediate Cookie Decorating

This intermediate class builds on the skills learned in the beginner class. We will be learning different techniques such as airbrushing, stenciling, using silicone molds with fondant, piping icing transfers and painting and/or brush embroidery, among other techniques. You will leave this class with a hands-on understanding of these various skills along with four decorated cookies and goodie bag! Prerequisite: Beginner Cookie Decorating. Open to students ages 12 and up. Students who have to withdraw must do so at least one week prior to the start of the course for a full refund.

Intermediate Cookie Decorating Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC 135
Tues., 2/11, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Valentine’s Day Theme
60277 Cindy Burek of Buttercup Cookie $99
1 Session, DCC 135
Thurs., 4/2, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Easter Theme
60278 Cindy Burek of Buttercup Cookie $99

How to Make Royal Icing

When you first try making royal icing, it can be challenging to get the consistency right. This class aims to make the process easier so you can move right into the fun part of making cookies: decorating!

Using meringue powder instead of raw egg whites (to be on the safe side), we’ll go over the recipe basics and then make the icing step by step. Then we’ll break into groups so everyone can participate in making more batches of icing. After that we will divide the icing batches, color them with gel paste food coloring and fill pastry bags or containers for everyone to take home. We’ll also learn how to store the icing and how to use any leftovers. All supplies are provided. Students will go home with their freshly made icing and a 2 oz. supply of meringue powder, four-color gel starter kit and pastry bags for piping, a $20 value. Students who have to withdraw must do so at least one week prior to the start of the course for a full refund.

How to Make Royal Icing Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, DCC 135
Wed., 3/4, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
60279 Cindy Burek of Buttercup Cookie $60

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