Cooking Class

Exciting news from the kitchen! Cook Up a Storm classes are at farm cooking kitchens near you! I am bringing you closer to the farm, so that we can get that beautiful produce into the kitchen quicker! “Local” is the new sexy for veggies in 2017..
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Registration now open for my Canning and Preserving Series at The Silo in New Milford, Connecticut and Whitegate farm in East Lyme, Connecticut

at The Silo:

Did you know that the Silo is the oldest culinary school in Connecticut? (1 and 1/2 hours from NYC)

 

 at Whitegate Farm:

This beautiful working farm has the most gorgeous produce around, and a state of the art commercial kitchen to cook it in! Register:http://whitegatefarm.net

****WEDNESDAY August 23 – Tomatoes & Salsas- 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.

As always I WILL hold seasonal Pop Up Classes here in the kitchen at Cook Up A Storm in Wilton Ct when the produce and such is too good to miss. Keep checking In! Most classes are “hands-on” with seasonal ingredients & recipes provided

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 2018 NOW, contact me, I can teach you!Here are some class curriculums that I have developed and can customize for you:

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 201 : 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. 

 Jam Session: It’s Here! The Spring / Summer bounty of delicious veggies , fruits, and berries. Learn to make sweet and savory jams and jellies and take full advantage of what we wait for all year long here in the New England! Recipes using the best of the season become favorites as we explore fresh flavor profiles to accomodate trending spices such as chai, cardamom and coriander. Canning methods and food safety included.

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.

Herb Workshop: Infused Oils, 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 scrubs 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.

Bread Puddings 101 ◊Real Food For Entertaining + How to make caramel sauce.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!

 Edible Gifts For The Holidays (session 1) When Life Gives You Lemons: Preserved Lemons, Lemon Shrub, & Candied Lemon Peel with chocolate-all made by YOU and packaged for gifting.Takeaway 3.

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

Marmalades: Marmalade season is upon us! Now arriving: 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. Recipes include lemon & pink grapefruit marmalade and orange marmalade. Takeaway 2 jars.

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 bail oil, and move on to individually designed organic chocolate bark. Perfect for Valentines Day!

 

International:

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:

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!

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.

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

 Note:  Classes  In The Kitchen at Cook Up a Storm are scheduled throughout  year  .Reserve by email: pamlillis.health@gmail.com