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    Hands-on Egyptian Cuisine

    Chef Sausan
    If your everyday, all-American meals are starting to bore you (and your family, your friends, and even your dog), it might be time to learn an exciting cuisine from another part of the world. How about Egypt? In this class you will learn to make a tasty three course Egyptian meal including Baba Ghanouj, Salatet Sabanekh, and Lahma. You will start with the Baba Ghanouj in which you will pure, bake, and then roast eggplant with sesame seed tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt. You will follow with a spinach salad tossed with a house dressing and topped with grilled scallions, pine nuts, and roasted garlic. Then you will move to medallions of pounded tenderloin stuffed with two kinds of cheese and seasonings rolled into balls, baked, and topped with a tangy onion, garlic, lemon juice, and nutmeg sauce. After all that delicious and fun hard work, you'll sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor with a beverage and end with a cup of Arabic coffee. Look how cultured you are.
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    Sonoma Culinary Retreat

    Route To India
    Enjoy a day of culinary exploration and excitement! Kick off your day with a tour of the herb and vegetable garden, followed by outdoor yoga and a cooking session, full of fresh gatherings from the farm. The marriage of food and healthy lifestyle is a core value for at the Sonoma Institute, and you'll understand why when you chow down on organic, healthful, and delicious meals that not only taste good, but make you feel good, too! Feel more full while eating less, and get inspired by great teachers who will introduce you to the wide and wonderful world of healthful eating.
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    Date Night Couples Cooking Class

    Parties That Cook
    No matter how much you love watching a movie and cuddling on the couch with takeout, sometimes you just have to spice up date night! Treat your special someone to a special Date Night with this romantic evening of hands-on cooking and delicious fun. Heat up the kitchen with your partner as you help make a meal that's sure to be both delicious and memorable. Your lead chef and instructor will feature tips and tricks while upbeat music sets the mood. As you break into teams and work together to prepare two recipes from the evening's small plates menu, savor the fruits of your labor hot from the oven while sipping on a glass of whichever wine you prefer to bring. Bon appetite!
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    Pizza-Making Workshop

    Sour Flour
    Whether thick crust or thin, vegetarian or meat, oven baked or wood-fired, eating the perfect pie can be life changing. But re-creating your favorite restaurant pie at home can be elusive and downright frustrating... until now! This class will take you on a step-by-step journey to demystify the art of making the perfect dough with that little extra bit of flavor, using a naturally fermented, wild-yeast sourdough starter. You'll learn every step of the process, from mixing, balling, stretching, shaping, to baking the final product: a deliciously light, crisp bite with serious flavor and chew -- the real pizzaiolo deal!
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    Survivor Basics Cooking (No longer offered NJP 5/25/2020)

    Kitchen on Fire
    Pop tarts, hot pockets, and cake frosting might have seemed like great idea going in ... but at some point you're going to start missing the gentle comforts of a home cooked meal. If you're lost when it comes to the kitchen, this class was built for you. You'll be presented with solutions to some of the common quibbles that turn many off from making use of their kitchen, including time, waste, and recipes that read like they were written in cipher. And, you'll be diving into cooking a meal yourself, getting hand-on practical experience that will teach you such skills as how to choose and handle a knife, what spices to use, and - the big one - how to turn on a stove. The dishes prepared in this class are the perfect starting point with which to work on a kitchen techniques that you will be able to use with a variety of different meals, and feature healthy ingredients. Don't worry, the fast food industry will survive without you.
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    Bagel Making Workshop

    Sour Flour
    Nothing beats the flavor and aroma of hot-from-the-oven bagels, made with a fermented, wild yeast starter! During this workshop, you'll learn all about maintaining your own wild yeast starter culture and using it to make fabulous bagels that you can boil and bake in less than 30 minutes, perfect for breakfast or brunch anytime. Be sure to arrive hungry, as you'll boil and bake bagels -- sesame, onion, poppy seed or everything -- to enjoy with cream cheese and jam during the class, and even go home with rising bagels, which will be ready to finish boiling and baking the next day at home. Yum!
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    Authentic Thai Cooking

    Mama Thai Cooking Club
    Let's be real: If you complied with your daily pad thai cravings and ordered in from the local Thai joint every night, you wouldn't be in the best place, health-wise. But why practice self-restraint when you can get the best of both worlds -- holistic nutrition AND flavorful Thai cuisine? During this hands-on cooking class, you'll learn how to cook authentic and healthy Thai meals, using only organic, non-GMO produce. Plus, you'll also discover how to avoid MSG and gluten completely and use minimal sodium in your cooking. You'll pick up new techniques, knife skills, culinary theories, and recipes as you prepare a delicious three-course meal comprised of special chicken wings with spicy tamarind sweet chili sauce, spicy eggplant with ground pork and basil, and northern style curry soup with shrimp. And yes, you'll get to devour your meal at the end of the class, so it's best to come hungry!
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    Thai Cooking

    Thai Cooking with Sunshine
    Do you ever get that insatiable craving that nothing else but Thai food can satisfy? During this three hour class, any Thai lovers dream, you will learn simple and practical Thai meal preparation to recreate great tasting food right at home! Go over the best local markets to purchase fresh ingredients, as well as the top brands for Thai spices, vegetables, rice, and other ingredients. Get experience chopping, peeling, and mixing a variety of ingredients for a few separate dishes. And of course, no Thai cooking class would be complete without a crash course of rice and noodle cooking! Practice your wok skills, adding the spices and ingredients in the correct sequence and time. The best part? At the end of the class, you'll get to enjoy a sit down meal, and savor the fruits of your labor!
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    The Art of Pickling

    McVicker Pickles
    Finding yourself in a pickle with too many garden veggies on hand? Sometimes all you need is a can-do attitude! During this hands-on workshop, you'll receive expert instruction in the art of vegetable preservation. After learning the history of pickling, you'll get practical experience with delicious seasonal vegetables. You'll also receive advice on flavor combinations, how to experiment with recipes, and how to work your pickled delights into your meal plan. Plus, you'll learn to use the water-bath canning method to package your work for shelf storage. Classes are limited to just 10 students, meaning you'll receive plenty of personalized instruction to hone your skills. When the class is over, you'll have two types of pickled vegetables and a set of recipes to bring home with you!
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    Indian Cooking (Private)

    Crimson Kitchen
    Got a serious love of Indian food? Add a little spice to your culinary repertoire during this cooking class! This is your chance to learn to cook authentic Indian food in an intimate and comfortable setting. Featuring private tutelage, this class is designed to appeal to cooks of all levels, with a menu built around the preexisting skills of the class participants. It's a great chance to learn from and interact with fellow foodies, add a few choice dishes to your home-cooking lineup, and "curry" a little favor at your dining table!
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