Helen's Kitchen Cooking School

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    Perfect Pizza Making

    If you’ve been searching for Boston’s best slice of pie, look no further because you’ll soon be making it in your kitchen. One of the simplest dishes to make, and one of the simplest to mess up, pizza making starts with the dough and ends... with the dough. So if you’re struggling to mold your dough, or make your crust crisp, then look no further than this pizza extravaganza. During this cooking adventure, learn how to make a quick homemade crust. (It’s so easy it’ll only take five minutes!) From there, you’ll make four versatile sauces. Spice ‘em up the way you like. More garlic? Done. Finally, top off your pie and bake it. Mangia! If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please note them in special requests.
    Perfect Pizza Making

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Create a perfect homemade pizza crust in five minutes
    • Make four versatile pizza sauces and spruce ‘em up any way you like
    • Add delicious toppings and bake your perfect pizza
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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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    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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    Cooking Orgasmic Vegetables

    Oh, the texture. Mmm, so much flavor. Meat may fill you up, but a pound of tenderloin won’t satisfy you quite like the soft, delicate touch of a veggie, exploding with flavor. In this vegetarian cooking class, practice blanching, roasting, pan searing, braising, sautéing, and preparing vegetables. This class isn’t merely about cooking, however. You’ll also learn how to buy, wash, and store veggies, ensuring they’ll last so, so long. How do you make a good salad? How do you prevent asparagus from going flaccid? What the heck is swiss chard? Find out veggies’ secret pleasures. If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please note them in special requests.
    Cooking Orgasmic Vegetables

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Practice blanching, roasting, pan searing, braising, and sauteing fresh, garden vegetables
    • Learn how to buy, wash, and store vegetables, improving their overall quality
    • Cook up a variety of vegetarian dishes that’ll make your taste buds tingle
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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 Beans and Grains

    Need more beans and grains in your diet that aren’t from the Kashi box? Cooking lentils, beans, chickpeas, barley, and quinoa from scratch isn’t as hard as you think. During this class, you’ll learn how to avoid making your grains taste like healthy cardboard. Through bean and grain based dishes like chickpea stew and barley salad, practice cooking beans so they keep their shape, explore which lentils are best for which application, and discover how to master the art of healthful, tasteful dishes. Your recipes will be so delicious, you might even forget how healthy they are. If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please note them in special requests.
    Cooking with Beans and Grains

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Learn how to cook beans, lentils, and grains so they remain tasteful and healthy
    • Discover which beans and grains are best for each application
    • Practice cooking these ingredients through crafty, delicious dishes such as cannellini bean soup and quinoa pilaf
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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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    Spanish Seafood

    Frozen fish sticks got you feeling a little crabby? If you’re a seafood foodie looking to learn to make exotic dishes, this class will show you how. The dishes prepared in each class vary by season, but common selections include pan roasted monkfish, tuna with caramelized onions, seafood paella, and squid stew with chickpeas. You’ll receive expert instruction and hand-on practice making delicious comfort foods, expanding your culinary repertoire to include some truly unique fare. Numerous dishes covered can be prepared in advance of serving, making them great for parties. Be sure to pair with some catchy music!
    Spanish Seafood

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Learn to prepare delectable, authentic Spanish seafood dishes
    • Develop your culinary skills with hand-on practice under the guidance of a professional chef
    • Make new friends who are also interested in cooking
    • Delight your senses with flavorful and deeply aromatic dishes
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    Cooking Meat: Tender at the Bone

    How well do you know your meats? What about the cuts? While anyone can toss a slab of meat on a grill, ensuring it’s flavorful and cooked to perfection is a different story. This class will answer all of your meaty questions, from buying to cooking. You’ll discuss cuts of beef, lamb, and pork, learn appropriate cooking methods, and practice trimming steaks and roasts. Eliminate the guess work out of testing meat for its completion. In this class, you may cook beef steak, lamb roast, or baby-back ribs. Cook a succulent steak that’s perfect every time. Your recipes are sure to get rave reviews from everyone, including your stomach!
    Cooking Meat: Tender at the Bone

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Learn about various cuts of beef, lamb, and pork
    • Discuss appropriate cooking methods for each cut
    • Practice cooking each of these meats and testing each one’s doneness
    • Answer all of your meat buying and cooking questions
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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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    Things with Wings: Cooking Chicken

    How’s your chicken? Overcooked? Undercooked? Skin stuck to the pan? Bland? An infinite number of concerns arrive when it comes to cooking this pesky but delicious bird. With Helen's Kitchen Cooking School, uncover the the solutions to any poultry problem. Which chicken’s the tastiest: local, free-range, organic, kosher? So many choices! Should you rinse your poultry? Stick butter under the skin? You’ll practice cutting up chicken, trussing, roasting, pan searing, braising, and making pan sauces to accompany your dish. With so many questions to such a popular ingredient, you’re going to need the answers. Don’t be chicken. It’s just... chicken! If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please note them in special requests.
    Things with Wings: Cooking Chicken

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Practice cutting up poultry, trussing, roasting, pan searing, and braising the bird
    • Create a variety of dishes that highlight the chicken
    • Answer any question you may have about cooking or preparing poultry
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    French Pastry 101: Pate a Choux

    In your dreams are you surrounded by delicious eclairs, cream puffs, Paris-Brest, and fancy hors d'oeuvres just waiting to be eaten? Make your dreams a reality after you take this class and learn art of creating the perfect French puff pastry dough or the pâte à choux! You will learn about the science behind the process and get hands on training from a skilled instructor who will teach you to avoid the disasters of collapsed or soggy puffs. In addition, you will also learn to make pastry cream, ganache and other sumptuous fillings for savory and sweet pastries.
    French Pastry 101: Pate a Choux

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Discover the science, technique, and skill behind making the perfect French Puff Pastry
    • Create pastry cream, ganache, and other sumptuous fillings
    • Learn to avoid common pitfalls such as collapse or soggyness
    • Eat your tasty creations, and show off your tasty new skills at your next dinner party
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    Pie Making

    Easy as pie? Why aren’t there more great pies and tarts in the world? The world needs you to contribute! If you’ve been too intimidated to try pie making or you’re struggling to craft the perfect dough, you don’t need to worry anymore. With Helen's Kitchen Cooking School, dive into pie making with a hands-on experience forming dough, making delectable fillings, and baking these tasty creations. Delicious pies and tarts you might create include tomato tart with caramelized onions and gruyere, spinach and mushroom quiche, and a sweet pear tarte tatin. Once you finish, you’ll probably understand what they mean when they say “easy as pie.” If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please note them in special requests.
    Pie Making

    3 Ingleside Rd, Natick

    • Enjoy a hands-on experience forming dough, creating filling, and baking delicious pies and tarts
    • Bake an easy and delicious Pâte Brisée crust
    • Create a collection of seasonal pies under expert instruction
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