Cooking Class


2019 ClassesLocations at Farms & Kitchens in Essex, Ct / East Lyme, Ct / Wilton, Ct / New Milford, Ct / Westport, Ct / and Coastal RI


Just Announced! Pop-Up Classes – Edible Gifts at Wilton Continuing Education

in Wilton, Ct

Thursday, November 14th 6:30-8:30  Cranberry Orange Jam & Dark Chocolate Bark with dried Cherries

Wednesday, December 11th 6:30-8:30 Ginger Pear Jam & Lemon Lavender Shrub

Just in time for the holidays! Make these goodies to serve to family and friends or bring to your hosts. The jewel-like jam is a perfect accompanyment to a variety of cheeses or with your favorite shortbread cookies. As gifts go, nobody says “no” to chocolate or a lemon lavendar shrub! Take away one jar of jam and a gift bag of dark chocolate bark with dried cherries or a lemon lavender shrub.

Sign up for one or both and enjoy!

To Register:

Friday Night Sushi Rolling 

Weekend Kitchen


Friday 10/25, 6:00 to 9:00
Welcome to Japan!  Pam lived in Japan and learned the skills to make the perfect sushi rolls.  So, break out the hashi (chopsticks) and roll out the sushi! In this class we will prepare sushi rice, learn new knife techniques with fish and veggies, and all the tricks to make gorgeous sushi rolls.  There will be enough variety for the vegans and pescatarians alike!
  • Pickled Ginger
  • Japanese Restaurant Style Ginger Dressing (with salad of course!)
  • Vegetable Sushi (Assorted)
  • Spicy Tuna Roll
Hand Roll:
  • Salmon & Avocado

Green Tea and maybe a nip of sake?!?!?!


Let’s Make Marmalade!Marmalade season is upon us! Now arriving: beautiful, exciting citrus! Marmalades are best made in a group, a little extra work, but worth it! We are ready to preserve it for the year ahead.Your toast will reach new (and very British) heights! Takeaway 1 jar

 Edible Gifts (session 1) : When Life Gives You Lemons: Preserved Lemons & Lemon Shrub made by YOU and packaged for gifting.Takeaway 2.              ( 3 hours)

Edible Gifts (session 2) Easy Dessert Sauces: Vanilla Bourbon Caramel Sauce & Orange Cardamom Curd  made by YOU  and packaged for gifting. Takeaway 2  (3 hours)

 **Just added- Edible Gifts for The Holidays:  The time for giving is upon us! This hands-on workshop is right on time for little gifts of your own homemade small batch jams. Learn to make jewel- like jams in little jars to gift or serve at your holiday table. Takeaway 2 jars packaged for gifting, and the confidence to DIY!

Fall/ Winter Jam Session:Winter flavors of delicious  fruits are more complex, more comforting! Learn to make a jam and a chutney for toast, cheeses,and meats.Recipes using the best of the season become favorites as we explore fresh flavor profiles . Canning methods and food safety included.Takeaway 2 jars  (3 hours)

Bread Puddings 101 ◊Real Food For Entertaining + How to make caramel sauce.Make and take individual bread puddings and sauces (Salted Caramel & Lemon Curd)We add healthy seeds, fresh fruit,and whole grains without turning everything too “crunchy”! Learn to make these puddings and impress friends and family. It’s easier than you think!

For January:

Your  Nutritious & Delicious Pantry – 

In this class we will learn to make easy  condiments and salsas that compliment cheese platters and casual meals. We will also prepare a crowd pleasing main for any summer evening and talk about food strategies for keeping yourself healthy and happy. Learn to cook- and take a break!

Are you an individual, group, or club interested in booking a Private Class? Are you a Farm, School, or Organization with a kitchen? A Garden Club? Maybe you are a restaurant who would like to train kitchen staff in methods of preservation (think jars of things made in advance) or perhaps a group of friends who love to cook! I’m programming my Classes for 2020 NOW, contact me, I can teach you!Here are some class curriculums that I have developed and can customize for you:


Contact me to book any of these classes, anytime of year:

Canning 101:Preserving The Bounty – Introduction to small batch hot water bath canning. This class covers food safety  and general procedures for a successful seal every time! This is a “hands-on” class with each participant taking home freshly made jars of seasonal goodness- plus recipes. (Ingredients vary by season).We will preserve  fruit compote & dilly beans . Takeway 2 jars and the confidence to DIY!

Canning 102: “Yes, I Can!”: Do you know how to can? Need a refresher? Would you like to experiment with new flavor trends and foods safely? This is not your grandmother’s kitchen (although I love your grandmother).Let’s get started right away…you already know the basics! Recipes vary. Takeaway 2 jars.

Canning Under Pressure : Introduction to Pressure Canning :Innovative and fun for those ready to take it up a notch! Pressure canners make it all very easy. We’ll can and preserve low acid vegetables and recipes with no stress. Food safety fully covered. “hands-on” class participation /Take away 2 Jars of “Best of Season” Recipes

Slow Jam Session: These jams take a little more time & can be a little more complex. We will not use added pectin, but learn to test for desired consistency. You will learn some tricks for infusing flavors into jam, and creating an artisanal product. Let’s get creative.Takeaway 2 jars.

Summer Tomatoes and Salsas : In this class we’re doing everything tomato! Recipes include Original Gazpacho Salsa & Roasted Tomato Puree. You’ll also learn  how to can whole or diced tomatoes to enjoy all winter long.Takeaway 2 jars.

Community Jam:  Perfect for groups, clubs, and  non-profit organizations. This is a loosely organized get-together in which  I am your fearless leader. We combine continuous demonstration with a little hands on  for interested foodies, and a  tasting for all. A little social,  a little work! Let’s get together and make something good. Creatively personalized for your needs.

Infusion Workshop: Vinegars & Shrubs.Learn to make your own herb infused  oils for dipping and recipes. Create flavored vinegars that are not only delicious,but beautiful to look at, and explore fruit shrubs and Fire Cider in creative combinations for cocktails and mocktails! Leave with one bottle of each.Great for home gardeners, garden clubs,and gift giving.

Love Your Health: Infused Oils & Dark Chocolate Almond Bark ◊Heart healthy Omega 3’s and flavonoids come together to form a healthy luxury that ‘s not so bad for your health, and known to enhance your mood! We’ll learn how to make basil oil, and move on to individually designed organic chocolate bark. Perfect for Valentines Day!


Sushi Rolling –Welcome to Japan! Introduction to sushi and how to put it together with healthy lunch combos for children & adults. BYO lunch the healthy way!

Indian Vegetarian Cooking*  – Biryani,Palak Paneer, and Lentil Dal                                                                    Explore the spices of the silk  road and prepare healthy and delicious Indian vegetarian recipes.You don’t have to be a vegetarian to love this food  . 

New to Cooking:

Cooking on your Own ◊ (discounted class for singles over 21) Have a new Apartment? Job? Life?  Want to learn the basics? Congratulations! We discuss food safety & storage, shopping and pantry basics, easy cooking methods, & make tons of easy recipes for any diet. You’ll leave with a toolbox of ideas for even the busiest person! Great for college grads,  new roommates, and newlyweds.


Curious?Have you something that you would like to learn In the Kitchen? Let me know and we’ll design your very own class!I

I am located in Westport Connecticut …but have kitchen? Will travel!