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All Thai'd Up


with Chris Toy

Calendar Oct 28, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Who needs takeout when you can easily create delicious authentic Thai dishes at home? With Chris Toy you will create the flavors that make Thai cuisine uniquely delicious. Learn the techniques for making the perfect Pad Thai, Summer Spring Rolls, and Thai Wonton Soup. As a bonus, Chris will share tips for using and maintaining a wok. Food fee of $10 included in cost. No discounts.

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Creative Cake Mix Desserts


with Pat Casey

Calendar Nov 9, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Crème-filled chocolate ganache cakes, yummy petit fours, and fancy fruit tarts all begin with a simple cake mix. Once you know the basics, the options are endless! $10 material fee included in the cost of the course. No discounts.

Fun with Phyllo


with Pat Casey

Calendar Oct 19, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

We all admire fancy pastries and desserts in the bakery, but now you too can make them at home! Impress your dinner guests or make fancy holiday gifts. Learn to make delicious pastries from a retired chef with some simple ingredients and a few tricks and shortcuts. Students will participate in making the pastries and have treats to take home. Who doesn’t love baklava? Anyone can make this delicious pastry with just a few ingredients and a little know-how. Learn to use store-bought phyllo dough to make exotic baklava, sweet strudel, and savory appetizers. $10 material fee included in the cost of the course. No discounts.

In the Dough, In the Know


with Deb Arter

Calendar Nov 5, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Who can resist the smell of fresh bread baking? We will learn how to mix, knead, proof and shape basic yeast dough. Participants will learn how to create cloverleaf rolls, butter crescents, cinnamon swirls, tea rings and whole-wheat rolls as well as an economical savory braid that comes together quickly. Various yeast bread recipes will be shared and discussed. Each student will go home with a basket of yummy warm samples. Bring an apron, rolling pin, cutting board and a plastic tub to fill and take home. Winter in Maine is made for an activity like this! $10 material fee included in price of class. No discounts.

Joys of Puff Pastry


with Pat Casey

Calendar Nov 23, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 1 week

Cream puffs, napoleons, fruit turnovers … the list of puff pastry delights is endless. You don’t have to make this delicate pastry from scratch; you can find it in the freezer section of the grocery store! Using a few additional ingredients, you too can make cream-filled delights. $10 material fee included in the cost of the course. No discounts.

Make & Can Spiced Pear Jam


with Allison Carroll Duffy

Calendar Oct 8, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Fall is here, and pears are in season in Maine! With local orchards and farmers markets overflowing with these beauties, why not preserve some of them, so that you can enjoy them year round? Making jam with pears is easy and delicious, and pear jam also makes a great holiday gift! Join Allison Carroll Duffy, Master Food Preserver and cookbook author, for this hands-on workshop, where you’ll learn not only how to make pear jam, but also how to can and preserve it. We’ll cover the basics of safe home canning, including proper procedures, techniques, and use of tools and equipment. Then you will learn hands-on by making a big batch of spiced pear jam, and canning it using the boiling water bath method. There will be plenty of jam to taste, and each participant will go home with a jar to enjoy. $10 materials fee included. No discounts.

Northern Italian Cooking - Mangiare!


with Deb Arter

Calendar Sep 24, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

In this new, one-night cooking class, we will make three traditional Northern Italian dishes. Cacio e Pepe Pie (Spaghetti Pie), Escarole with Italian Sausage and White Beans, and close with Italian Butterball Cookies. Come prepared to enjoy dinner and take home what is left to savor the next day. No experience needed. Class is part observation and part participation. Debra lived in Florence for a summer and longs to share some of these delectable and easy to prepare dishes with you. Bring tubs to take home samples. All recipes provided. $10 material fee included. No discounts.

Pies & Tarts, Oh My!


with Deb Arter

Calendar Oct 29, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Have you suffered through pastry mishaps or despaired over runny pie filling? Let Deb help you with that. In one evening, we will make a standard two-crust Strawberry Rhubarb pie that will get rave reviews every time you make it, as well as a fresh fruit tart that is sure to please. Hands-on time with instruction, recipes, tips and liberal tasting opportunities assure that this is a class you won’t want to miss. Be sure to bring a plastic tub to take home samples, as well as an apron and your favorite rolling pin that has been gathering dust in the closet! Class size limited. $10 material fee included in price of class. No discounts.

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