Cooking Basics

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    Knife Skills

    Fresh ingredients in hand, you grab the knife and prepare to slice. It’s your finger, ouch! Whether you’re struggling to not cut your finger or you can’t differentiate between chop and mince, your stress will end. Just cut it out! Join Helen's Kitchen Cooking School and learn to slice, dice, and mince in a casual, supportive environment. Class begins with a discussion about which knives are used for which cuts, how to shop for a decent knife in any price range, and proper sharpening and caring for your knives. To practice, you’ll prepare a scrumptuous vegetarian dinner that may include fennel orange salad, potato leek soup, and possibly even a classic ratatouille. Cut out and change your knife habits. Your meals, and fingers, will thank you. If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please note them in special requests.
    Knife Skills

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Learn how to properly slice, dice, and mince in a supportive environment
    • Prepare a delicious meal filled with veggie dishes to practice your newfound cutting skills
    • Discuss which knives are used to perform which cuts, how to shop for knives, and proper knife care
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    2 positive reviews
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    Cooking Fish

    Whether you don’t know how to cook it, or you’re bored with fish and a squirt of lemon, come and explore the bounty of the sea available in New England. Oh yes, fish paradise! Class begins with a lesson in finding a good fish market in your area, and how to buy the freshest fish for your palate. After that, take to the kitchen and cook up some salmon teriyaki, trout in almonds, and even an exquisite swordfish. Fish shouldn’t be fishy from your kitchen. It should be fresh and delicious. Make it happen! If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please note them in special requests.
    Cooking Fish

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Learn how to find a good fish market and what to examine when you shop for fresh fish
    • Cook up a collection of unique dishes, including salmon, trout, and even swordfish
    • Taste your creations featuring these New England essentials
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    2 positive reviews
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    Homemade Sauces

    A sauce can make or break a meal. A meat can’t recover from a salty gravy. An over-oiled salad makes for a soggy dish. And, even with the pressure on, sauce making is probably one of the most enjoyable kitchen tasks, unleashing your creativity and room for infinite variations. Once you understand the basic principles of contemporary sauces, you’ll no longer be a slave to recipes. With Helen's Kitchen Cooking School, learn how to dress up your dishes with quick, vibrant sauces. Choose the right ingredients and equipment and create pan sauces that can be perfect for any dish. No more clumps, no more burns. Savor the deliciousness. If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please note them in special requests.
    Homemade Sauces

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Dress up your dishes with vibrant sauces in less than fifteen minutes
    • Learn how to choose the right ingredients and equipment when you make each sauce
    • Explore techniques to reduce and thicken any sauce without the worry of clumps or burns
    • Create a collection of sauces and toppings
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    2 positive reviews
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    Soup it up!

    Soup is the ultimate comfort food. Maybe that’s why they say that it’s good for the soul! This class will take you through the essential building blocks of creating soups using fresh and seasonal ingredients and encourage you to stop relying on restricting recipes. You will learn to make your own stock, build layers of flavor with tasty vegetables and zesty seasonings, and top your creations with eye-pleasing garnishes to make you look like a pro. From quick soup served as a first course, to complete and delicious meals in a bowl, you will learn to create it all. Learn helpful tips like using a pressure cookers to cut your time in half. Possible soups covered during this class include bouillabaisse (fish soup from Provence), truffled cauliflower, split pea, and creamy asparagus; depending on the season and availability of fresh ingredients. Brush up your soup palate as you dig into scrumptious varieties of soul-tingling soups!
    Soup it up!

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Learn to cook delicious soup varieties under the guidance of a skilled instructor
    • Gain confidence in your cooking so you can depart from strict recipes and improvise your own creations inspired by the season
    • Practice making your own stocks, building layers of flavor with aromatic vegetables, and seasoning
    • Enhance your soups with garnishes to make them look as good as they taste
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    2 positive reviews
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    Cooking with Burgundy

    World-renowned for its wines and cheeses, Burgundy’s home to the most celebrated chardonnays and pinot noirs to ever grace a pair of lips. But you must not forget about the food. This cooking class delves into the wonderful culinary side of Bourguignonne style cuisine. You'll learn to think about the elements behind scrumptious beef braised in red wine or a coq au vin. Let the aromas fill the kitchen. Practice these fundamental kitchen techniques and transform your culinary skills into something much more exquisite.
    Cooking with Burgundy

    2067 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

    • Learn how to braise your meals Bourguignonne style
    • Explore these fundamental techniques with classical French dishes
    • Receive an authentic taste of traditional French cooking
    • No experience necessary
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    Jams, Jellies, and Preserves Workshop

    Want to know what goes into creating your favorite jams, jellies, and preserves? This class will walk you through the necessary steps and techniques to making your very own. During this class, you'll get hands-on experience and enjoy learning the process of cooking and creating your ideal spread. Using a step by step process, you'll learn to cook and jar your own fruit! Enjoy the process and chemistry of making the perfect balance of flavors, while receiving expert instruction from a professional. Whether strawberries or lemons are your fruit of choice, you’ll learn everything you need to make the perfect breakfast spread!
    Jams, Jellies, and Preserves Workshop

    Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain

    • Learn how to make a variety of jarred, fruit-based spreads like jams and preserves
    • Balance fresh and tasty flavors to create a product you can be proud of
    • Taste the fruits of your labor in this relaxing and peaceful environment
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    Gourmet And Gluten Free Cooking

    A gluten-free diet doesn’t need constant worry. There’s no need for celiacs to sacrifice taste or texture. In fact, make your dishes taste better! In this gourmet cooking class, you’ll prepare a rich, exciting, gourmet, gluten-free meal with a strong global influence. Combining worldly culinary elements, this class offers fresh inspirations to add to your culinary repertoire. Feed your inner celiac. Prepare a unique meal that’s able to accompany any dietary restriction. Gluten-free noshing can be even more delightful than you would’ve ever imagined!
    Gourmet And Gluten Free Cooking

    900 Beacon St, Boston

    • Prepare a gourmet, gluten-free meal with strong global influences
    • Inspire your culinary ambition and explore the gluten-free diet
    • Learn a variety of new cooking techniques to add to your repertoire
    • No experience necessary
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    Quick And Easy Reduction Sauces

    No dish is complete without a sauce, so say the French. But maybe they're onto something. Imagine a lumpy gravy or a sage butter that’s been burned? Not appetizing at all. You’re about to become a classically trained and sophisticated French chef. With the help of a professional chef, learn an assortment of easy and quick French techniques to create pan sauces that’ll complement all types of meat, poultry, and seafood. Spruce up your meals and ensure your dishes are the most memorable at the table.
    Quick And Easy Reduction Sauces

    900 Beacon St, Boston

    • Learn quick and easy French techniques to create an array of sauces
    • Compliment your dishes with sauces perfect for meat, poultry, and seafood
    • Add instant flavor and character to your dishes
    • No experience necessary
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    Homemade Pasta

    How are your pasta making skills? This isn’t boiling a bag of Barilla and pouring over it some Prego -- the lazy way to make pasta. This is rolling and kneading homemade dough. This is shaping a noodle of your liking. This is the pleasure of a perfect bite of fresh rigatoni or spaghetti. In this culinary class, you’ll become a dough-making pro through rolling, shaping, kneading, and cooking perfect al dente noodles. As you prepare the dough, you will also learn how to cook up several sauces to match your pasta, such as a pici with wild mushrooms, leek ravioli with sage butter, or even orcchiette with cauliflower and broccoli. You want to take this class. You need this class. If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please note them in special requests.
    Homemade Pasta

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Learn how to create your own pasta noodles by preparing, rolling, shaping, and cooking perfect al dente noodles
    • Pair each homemade pasta with a unique sauce to bring out the noodle’s texture and flavor
    • Feast on your delicious pasta creations
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    2 positive reviews
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    Eggspertise: Cooking Eggs

    Delicately cutting through the egg, you notice the yellow yolk. Is it overcooked? No, you cut once more and the yolk pours out. Simply delightful. For all of the egg’s simplicity, this ingredient strikes fear into the hearts of even professional chefs. Will the poached egg resemble egg drop soup or will it be the ultimate highlight? Whether you’re struggling to flip an omelet or poach an egg, stress no more because this class will make you an eggspert. In this class, you’ll cover the techniques of poaching, hard boiling, soft boiling, scrambling, and cooking up omelettes. Accompanied with seasonal veggies, sauces, soups, and grains, you’ll create dishes highlighting the egg. If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please note them in special requests.
    Eggspertise: Cooking Eggs

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Learn the culinary techniques behind poaching, hard boiling, soft boiling, scrambling, and making omelettes
    • Create a collection of unique dishes that highlight the egg
    • Answer all of your egg-related questions and fret no more about cooking with this ingredient
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    2 positive reviews

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