Don’t let the word casserole conjure up an image from the 50’s or church mystery potlucks. These one dish wonders have endless possible combinations with the exotic grains available to us in the 21st century. A base of noodles, rice, farro, quinoa, amaranth, etc. with seasonal vegetables smothered in a sauce are all that’s needed for a complete the meal. The make-ahead and portable qualities of these dishes have ensured their place in posterity. For dessert, we’ll even explore fruit gratins!
With Sheila’s signature Master Recipes, students will learn how to make sweet and savory cakes and quick breads with grains, cheeses, vegetables, herbs, spices, and fruits. The endless custom variations and flavors will open up a world of ideas. Paired with soups, salads, stews, or just eaten out of hand, these are sure to delight. They adapt to cupcake and muffin size and are great to make-ahead and keep for days. You’ll get 100’s of seasonal ideas to mix and match for your individual tastes. This isn’t just your plain zucchini bread we’re talking about here.
Stop! Don’t you dare order pies for the holidays. Once you’ve brilliantly mastered the art of the pie crust in this class (don’t worry – it’s easy), you’ll use vegetables, herbs and fruits to create a sampling of sweet and savory pies and tarts. There’s no way you’ll taste a pie that equals one that you made with love in your own kitchen. Don’t worry about the holiday crush; pies taste fantastic the next day, so they can be made in advance. I’ll also have a gorgeous salad to go with lunch, so that no one is overcome by butter.
BREAD BAKING $65
The aroma of bread just pulled from the oven will not be the only highlight of this class. There are a few techniques out there that allow the home cook to make crusty loaves just like an artisan bakery. You’ll learn the no-knead Dutch oven method with recipes for 100’s of variations thrown in. Recipes for adding grains, seeds, nuts, cheese, vegetables, fruits, spices, and herbs will be shared, so that you may craft your own artisan breads right at home. Soup and dessert will be served with 6 different loaves and you will take a small boule home that you baked yourself.
SOUP ANATOMY $65
My favorite! We will start with the bare bones of soup making, learning how to make homemade stock. The class will cover the four types of soup: Broths with Noodles or Grains, Chowders, Creamed, and Beans or Legumes. Then with a flick of the wrist and a dash of some spice and herb mixtures, we will travel to all of the continents of the world, creating soups that will make our taste buds zing! I’ll give you spice mixture recipes from India, Morocco, Lebanon, and South America and herb mixtures from Europe so that everyday can be soup day with no chance of boredom. The combinations are endless. Homemade bread and dessert will also be served with lunch.
Saturday, January 27th 10am-1:30pm
WORLD CURRIES $65
Curries are the ultimate winter warmers. Our world travels will take us to India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. Don’t worry; most of the ingredients can be sourced at your local grocery store. The exotics can be mail ordered. Check out my Pantry page. We’ll make our curry pastes from scratch and add them to an assortment of seasonal vegetables. The beauty of curry is that it can be added to any recipe; think of a Thai restaurant menu – vegetable, meat, fish, tofu, or chicken. We’ll pair them with the starch of their country, including rice, noodles, and flatbread.
SOUP ANATOMY $65
My favorite! We will start with the bare bones of soup making, learning how to make homemade stock. The class will cover the four types of soup: Broths with Noodles or Grains, Chowders, Creamed, and Beans or Legumes. Then with a flick of the wrist and a dash of some spice and herb mixtures, we will travel to all of the continents of the world, creating soups that will make our tastebuds zing! I’ll give you spice mixture recipes from India, Morocco, Lebanon, and South America and herb mixtures from Europe so that everyday can be soup day with no chance of boredom. The combinations are endless. Homemade bread and dessert will also be served with lunch.
SWEET AND SAVORY SAUCES $65
Where would we be without sauces. Forget about opening up that expensive jar of tomato sauce (guilty) or, heaven forbid, a can of mushroom soup (unless you’re fearful that your sodium intake is below an acceptable level). From bechamel (white sauce) to lemon curd, sauce vierge to mornay,(oh, and chocolate) our sauces will be paired with pasta, vegetables and tart shells. Yum.
Saturday, March 10th 10am-1:30pm
HOMEMADE PASTA $65
Quick, easy and incredibly delicious, homemade pasta doesn’t have to be intimidating when you take this class. We’ll make fettucine, ravioli, and lasagna. This is a hands-on class and students will learn techniques for hand rolling, using a Kitchenaid Mixer or a hand-cranked roller. You can’t buy the delicate texture of pasta made by hand with the freshest eggs, in your own kitchen. Bread and dessert will also be served and you’ll take some of your pasta home to show off!
Saturday, March 17th 10am-1:30pm
With just a baking steel, a no-knead dough and some carefully finessed oven techniques, you (yes, you the home-cook) can create gourmet pizza in your own kitchen. And once prepped, your crafted pizza only takes minutes to turn into a crispy-crusted, bubbly, cheesy, gustatory delight. Of course, true to form, Sheila will provide you with hundreds of ideas and seasonal vegetable, herb, spice, and cheese combinations. This is a hands-on class with students making their own pizza. Sheila will demonstrate a few different pizzas to taste before you dive into your own creations. Dessert will also be served.
SMALL BITES FROM AROUND THE WORLD $65
The latest craze is tasting menus and parties. Not confining ourselves to Spanish tapas, this class will start you off with ideas for savory appetizers. Some will become favorites that you can add a salad to for a lunch or light dinner. By selecting the best bite-sized morsels from Spain, France Italy, India, North Africa, Lebanon, Mexico, and Thailand, we’ll be world travelers by the end of class. Desserts will also be included in the recipes.
FRITTATA, FRITTER, CROQUETTE, SOUFFLE, AND BREAD PUDDING $65
The freshest, pastured eggs, crispy fritters, delicate croquettes, and a puffed up, cheesey delight are in store for this class. Bread Pudding, both savory and sweet, will end our Spring Feast. As with all of the classes, students will start with Master Recipes and improvise with herbs, vegetables, spices, and fruit to create 100’s of variations.