May
15
to May 22

Brookline Adult & Community Ed - Spring Session: Discovering Grains

From breakfast to midnight snacks, grains are healthy and add delicious diversity to your diet. In this class, you will learn the secrets to obtaining great grains at home, such as how to make steel cut oats in one minute. Learn new techniques and tools to give you the building blocks of whole grain cooking, even for busy weeknight meals. You will discover sweet and savory recipes such as Grains, Greens, and Fruit Salad; Oat-based Smoothies; rich Cinnamon-scented Lamb Stew with Wheat Berries; Mussels with Farro and White Wine; and dramatic Black Quinoa with Golden Beets, Sumac, and Cumin. You'll explore the uses of grains, pseudo-cereals, and seeds in cooking and baking, including the use of whole grains in desserts such as Black Rice Pudding with a hint of Rose, chewy Fruit and Nut Bar Cookies, Rye Berries with Harissa-maple Glazed Carrots and Roasted Onions, and Barley with Green Butter Oatmeal Peanut Butter Lace Cookies. Rediscover whole grains for a healthy heart and happy table. A $40 food fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

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Apr
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Brookline Adult & Community Ed - Spring Session: Tender Spring Veggies

 

Shake off the cold months by enjoying all the fresh green delights popping up in your garden or at the grocery store. In this class, you will learn to harness the flavors of the season as you create delicate Green Velvet Soup and bright, invigorating Smoothies using the freshest ingredients. Next, you'll create fragrant Asparagus Risotto with fresh Herbs. Finally, you will learn make Vietnamese Fresh Rolls with beautiful edible flowers. Nothing says spring like light, healthy, and abundant meals made with tender vegetables and edible flowers. 

Tender Spring Vegetables

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Apr
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

Brookline Adult & Community Ed - Knife Skills

KNIFE SKILLS WORKSHOP   

Better technique makes cooking more efficient and more fun! Come enjoy a one night course with me and learn how to improve your skills. If you don't yet have a knife, we'll teach you what to look for as well and you may use one of mine for the night or one from our BACE pantry.)

Do you know your brunoise from your batonnet? What is the difference between chiffonade and julienne? The knife is one of the most used tools in the kitchen, so it is important to know how to use it safely and effectively. In this introduction to knife skills, we'll hone basic skills, learn tips and tricks, then practice fundamental cuts for vegetables. We will mince, dice, brunoisejulienne, and chop our way to dishes like hearty Vegetable Soup, caramelized Onion Tart, and Apple Crumble. Finally, we'll cover how to purchase, clean, sharpen, and store knives. Bring one large and one small knife to class (chef's knife and paring knife). A $20 food fee is included in the course fee.

 

Knives at Kitchenwares a favorite shop!

Knives at Kitchenwares a favorite shop!

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Apr
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

Brookline Adult & Community Ed - Spring Session: Wok with Me

Come Wok with Me!

While most everyone enjoys a takeout dinner or a trip to Chinatown, too few people know the joys and benefits of wok cooking at home. In this class, you will learn how to choose a wok, the proper way to season your wok, how to clean it and how not to. I will introduce you to several key ingredients, easy to find in any grocery store, that are the building blocks of fabulous at-home stir-fry meals. You will also learn what kind of oil to use, how to pick the right soy sauce, rice wine, and more, all while putting your skills to use cooking up wok recipes such as Perfect Fried Rice, Velvet Chicken with Wok-seared Vegetables, Crystal Shrimp, and Beef Chow Fun. You will review essential knife skills and you will leave with a resource guide that includes cookbook recommendations and additional recipes to try at home. Please bring a wok. 

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Mar
30
to May 4

Brookline Adult & Community Ed - Spring Session: Beginning Cooking

This session has SOLD OUT. Please join me in the summer session!

In six sessions, we will cover a set of basic techniques any new cook can and should master. Gain confidence as we explore essential skills like braising and roasting, poaching and baking. Learn how to build and extract flavors, safe knife skills, and gain a host of tips for making your cooking experience at home more fun, efficient, and delicious. This is a hands-on course, we'll dive right in and begin learning skills for a lifetime of joy in the kitchen. Gadgets, tips and tricks, strategies for quick weeknight meals, and fun will all be included. Recipes may include Moroccan Vegetable Tagine and Couscous; Fish en Papillote (baked in parchment); roast Chicken and Rice; succulent Beer-steamed Ribs with Chipotle Honey Glaze; and more. Desserts may include homemade Apple Pie. An $80 food fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

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Mar
24
9:30am 9:30am

Oysters & Beer for a Cause - Hingham Whole Foods Event - FRIDAY!

Come enjoy oysters and craft beer as we learn about pairing these two delicious and historic favorites. All proceeds go to the Whole Planet Foundation! Tickets can be purchased here, and they're going fast.

 

Here's a little oyster and beer trivia to whet your appetite: In 1635 a travel guide written to encourage more visitors to the new colony said those that drink it were "healthfull, fresh, and lustie" - were they speaking of the pristine waters of Massachusetts? Or the beer? Early settlers drank beer in place of water. What was "small beer"? a) first brew of the seasons b) children's beer c) a half-pint, usually for women What's a "cicerone"?  a) a vessel for drinking beer, usually pewter b) a beer sommelier c) the casks settlers stored beer in

Here's a little oyster and beer trivia to whet your appetite:

In 1635 a travel guide written to encourage more visitors to the new colony said those that drink it were "healthfull, fresh, and lustie" - were they speaking of the pristine waters of Massachusetts? Or the beer?

Early settlers drank beer in place of water. What was "small beer"?
a) first brew of the seasons
b) children's beer
c) a half-pint, usually for women

What's a "cicerone"? 
a) a vessel for drinking beer, usually pewter
b) a beer sommelier
c) the casks settlers stored beer in

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Feb
2
to Mar 16

Brookline Adult & Community Ed - Winter Session: Beginning Cooking

Teaching a Beginning Cooking Course for BACE Winter Session. 

In six sessions, we will cover a set of basic techniques any new cook can, and should, master. Gain confidence as we explore essential skills like braising and roasting, poaching and baking. Learn how to build and extract flavors, safe knife skills, and gain a host of tips for making your cooking experience at home more fun, efficient, and delicious. This is a hands-on course, we'll dive right in and begin learning skills for a lifetime of joy in the kitchen. Gadgets, tips and tricks, strategies for quick weeknight meals, and fun will all be included. Recipes may include Moroccan Vegetable Tagine and Couscous; Fish en Papillote (baked in parchment); roast Chicken and Rice; succulent Beer-steamed Ribs with Chipotle Honey Glaze; and more. Desserts may include homemade Apple Pie.

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