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For Chocolate Lover’s Only
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
For many people consuming chocolate is one of life’s great joys. Cooking with chocolate can be enjoyable, too. From the basics of handling and working with chocolate to baked treats this class will give you plenty of ways to indulge.

Eat Better for Less
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
In today’s economic environment every penny counts. Food prices are making it harder to feed your family on a budget. This class will focus on strategies for eating good food and saving money, too. Seasonal shopping, food storage, preservation and where to shop are among the topics. There will recipes to sample in class and many recipes for home.

More One- Pot Meals
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
One-pot meals can be casseroles, crock pot meals, stews, soups and skillet dinners. Most are easy to prepare and leave behind a minimum of dishes. They are also comfort foods everybody loves. In this follow-up class the instructor will share even more of her favorite one-pot dinners including both meat-based and vegetarian meals. There will also be hints on getting the most from a crock pot.

Foods of Italy
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
A country of diverse regions, people and cuisine, Italy has long been the home of great cooking. From classics like polenta, risotto and tiramisu to earthy country dishes this class will expose you the foods of Italy in all their many forms and help you bring a little bit of Italy home with you.

Morocco and North Africa
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
Treat yourself to something a little different in this class. You’ll learn how to make rich savory dishes with spices that will be certain to expand your cooking skills. Both the meat-based and vegetarian dishes of this part of the world will delight you with both their flavor and simplicity.

South America
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
The foods of Brazil, Argentina and Chile are more popular than even. In class you will learn how to make some of the dishes that is making the world take notice. From soups to salads to tasty main dishes these rich cultures have created a rich cuisine

Southern Comfort
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
No matter where you live you have probably enjoyed some of the wonderful dishes from this regional cuisine. With long growing seasons and a rich multicultural heritage Southern cooking combines simple, classic dishes and homey favorites.

Easter Baking
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
Baking is very much a part of our holiday traditions. Some breads are associated with springtime and Easter. In class you’ll taste breads and other baked treats from different cultures. You’ll get recipes from hot cross buns and Easter bunny rolls to Bird’s Nest Biscotti plus you’ll have the chance to do some hands on work. You’ll also get tips on how to bake better bread.

Herb Gardening
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
Have you ever thought about growing your own herbs? Fresh herbs are easy to grow and most require little maintenance. In class you’ll learn how to plant and maintain an herb garden and we will discuss many specific herbs and their uses. Harvest and storage will also be discussed. Optional text will be available in class.

Tea Time
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
Serving tea in an English tradition that is gaining popularity here. Learn how to make proper tea and how to make all the tasty treats that are part of a proper tea party. From scones to lemon cake and cucumber sandwiches to crumpets you will get a chance to taste several tea party.

Skillet Dinners
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
Simple and fast is a good way to describe skillet dinners. In class you’ll get plenty of recipes and tasty samples of meals made on top of the stove. Many are made in 30 minutes or less, perfect for weekday dinners or any time you want a home-cooked meal in less time. Some take more time, but are well worth the wait.

Cupcakes
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
Get in on the hottest trend in baking. Cupcakes are loved by young and old and can be the right dessert for casual and formal events alike. In class you will get recipes for a variety of cupcakes and frostings including chocolate mint, very vanilla, lemon, strawberry, pumpkin and many more. This will be a hands-on class with a chance to bake and decorate cupcakes.

Breakfast in Bed
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
Pamper the ones you love as well as yourself with picture perfect breakfast foods. Besides learning the basics of preparing eggs and omelets you will also learn how to make fun foods like chocolate waffles, peanut butter pancakes and even homemade granola.

Go Green, Cooking with Leafy Green Vegetables
Adult
Instructor: Judi Strauss
We know we should eat them but many of us just aren’t sure what to do with leafy green vegetables. This class will give plenty of tasty recipes using all sorts of greens. From delicate salad greens to the hearty winter greens you will learn how to prepare them all. Collards, beet greens, kale, broccoli rabe, spinach, chard, dandelion greens and many more.