Beyond Cheesecake: pre-Shavuot Cooking Class

Eating delicious dairy meals on Shavuot doesn’t have to leave you feeling heavy or bloated. Learn the secrets to making some of your restaurant favorites and add lightness and enjoyment to your dairy holiday table. Pesto, homemade gnocchi, crostini with artichoke and tomato, and much more! Learn balanced menu planning tips and the deeper reasons behind Judaism’s only dairy holiday.


A Taste of Tishrei

Cooking for a Sweet New Year – Infuse your holiday meals with both meaning and flavor as we explore the traditional foods of the New Year. Inspired by the simanim (symbols) found on your Rosh Hashanah table, look forward to making Pomegranate glazed chicken, roasted beet and orange salad, rum-cherry apple cake and more.

 

Meatless Meals to Savor

– Without a doubt, the verdict is in that eating less meat is the way to go for better health, weight loss and less expense! But what are good, flavorful options that will satisfy? Filling alternatives abound – come learn about new ingredients and techniques that will expand your weekly repertoire…without expanding your waistline! Recipes may include: Pomegranate-glazed Eggplant with Tahini, Sauteed Millet Cakes with Arugula Salad, Asian Salmon with Roasted Bok Choy and Cabbage, and more!

Sushi Secrets

Everybody is crazy for sushi! We’ll take you step-by-step to learn how to prepare this ancient edible art form in your own home. Highlights include: A guide to selecting the best quality ingredients for sushi making; Maki rolls (Inside and Outside), Instruction for making sushi rice; Fun, sushi-inspired salads. Learn how to make sushi in your own home and the symbolism of fish in Judaism.

Challah Making 101

All the what’s, how’s and whys you always wanted to know about making challah. Learn step by step while we investigate the spiritual significance of our most important bread. Workshop highlights include; A guide to challah and general bread making, step-by-step instruction for proofing and kneading, Braiding techniques, Torah sources and ideas for understanding the mitzvah of Hafrashat Challah (Tithing the dough). The dough we will learn to make can also be used to make babka.

Dairy Pastry: Savory and Sweet…even for non-baker!

The best pastry is flaky and tender, wonderfully decadent, and well…all about the butter. Knowing the right technique and baking skills make the most memorable dishes possible, even for the “non-baker”. Learn savory and sweet applications for the best pies, tarts and quiche ever! Learn to make recipes like sweet Lattice Strawberry-Rhubarb pie, Chocolate Cheese Hand Pies, Savory Sundried Tomato Tart and Swiss-Mushroom Quiche.

Exploring the Seven Species: cooking with the ingredients of our heritage

 

 

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If all Tu B”shvat brings to mind is hard carob and stale dried fruits, boy have we got a class for you! Rediscover your connection to the Seven Species of Israel and what they have to teach us, both in our lives and kitchens. Spend this Tu B’Shvat learning creative dishes that bring out the best from our most ancient ingredients and what they represent. Recipes may include: Toasted Wheat Berry Salad with Grapes and Hazelnuts, Veal Roast with Muscato and Figs, Moroccan Couscous with Dates and Apricots, and More!

Feeling weighed down by weeks of holiday eating?

After a month of festive holidays, spiritually is not the only way we’ve grown. It seems our waistlines have grown too! Time to get our diets and eating habits back on track. Join us for a “Vegan Cleanse” to restore lightness and vitality to your diet. Add new, healthful recipes to your repertoire and learn tips for well-balanced vegetarian and vegan eating and menu planning. Enjoy learning new techniques and recipes that will not leave you craving or hungry. Recipes may include:

  • Warm Curried Lentil Salad, Seared Tofu with Peanut Sauce and “Zoodles”, Moroccan
  • Chickpea Stew and Poached Pears with Maple-Wine Reduction.

Indian Goes Kosher

cws7Open the door to a rainbow of colorful spices and flavors in this hands-on class. Learn essential skills like making your own homemade Roti (Indian bread), paneer (Indian cheese), and more! Will include a guide and explanation of Indian ingredients, spices and techniques. Recipes will also include classic dishes like Mutter Paneer, Dal Tadka, and samosas.

Wine & Cheese Pairing 101

Don’t know your Pecorino from your Provolone? Wondering what makes for a good wine and cheese pairing? Brush up on your cheese-know-how in this hands-on class by learning how to use cheese in great hors d’oeuvres, and taste expert-recommended wine & cheese pairings. Create a beautiful cheese board, and gain practical tips and hints for entertaining success. Menu to include: Creamy Stuffed Medjool Dates, Parmesan Herb Twists, Spinach-Feta Latkes with Yogurt-Chive Sauce and Crispy Provolone-Tomato Skewers.

Elegant Pesach Seder

cws10Modernize your Pesach Seder menu with a gourmet twist. What makes this night different from all other nights? This ain’t yo’ bubby’s brisket this year! Menu may include: Salmon-Avocado Tartare, Braised Short Ribs with Pomegranate Port Sauce, Celery Root and Potato Puree, Homemade Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Ganache