Cooking Classes at Whispering Pines
Classes are offered only with advanced reservations or check our cooking events page; we may have classes currently scheduled.
No previous cooking skills are required. Some classes have limited class sizes due to space available. Classes are Limited Hands On/Demonstration. You go home with all the recipes. Come hungry, ready to learn and have some fun!
Knife Skills Make cooking much easier – and safer – when you learn about choosing, holding, sharpening and storing your knife. We’ll chop, dice, mince, julienne, and chiffonade our way around vegetables, fruits and herbs. And, no worries on leaving hungry – we’ll have plenty to taste throughout the evening. 2 Hours $44/person
Sauces There are 5 ‘mother’ sauces: Veloute, Bechamel, esponole (sauce brown), hollandaise, tomato; all the basis for many other sauces. From these sauces, there are endless variations so there’s no limit to the sauce making possibilities. We’ll learn about “roux”, “mise en place” and deglazing. So we can taste the ‘fruits’ of our labor, we’ll have some pasta to compliment. 2.5 Hours $44/person
Breads: Fresh from the Oven Heat up that oven or plug in that bread machine! We’ll cover the basics of breads and baking them. There is nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking or the taste of warm bread as you pull it apart and the steam releases. We’ll introduce you the versatile artisan bread that can be used in so many different ways. You’ll learn biscotti is easy and scones can be sweet or savory. And, we’ll cover flat and quick breads. You take a ‘boulle’ of dough with you so you can create your ‘choice’ bread at home. 2.5 Hours $54/person
Soups: Comfort in a Bowl A chilly winter day is the perfect time to set a pot on the stove to simmer all day or put a stew in the oven on low and slow. We’ll give you the basic techniques you’ll need to create a variety of tasty seasonal soup and stews. We’ll cover broths, stocks and ‘roux’ as well as other options for thickening a soup. Is there really a difference between braising and stewing? Making a homemade stock is easy and what is ‘Mirepoix?’ We’ll touch on the classics and share some new and unique recipes to get your creative juices flowing. 2.5 hours $54/person
Pizza on the Grill From top to bottom, we’ll prepare the dough, make the sauces, chop and dice, sauté and bake pizza on the grill. From a traditional herbed garlic red to specialty sauces like a white roasted garlic and feta or a Thai peanut sauce, we’ll try a variety of pizza’s and toppings and Jeanna’s favorite combinations; including a breakfast pizza and a dessert pizza! A fun night of cooking filled with flavors. You’ll take home pizza dough, recipes and you’ll never call for take-out pizza again! 2.5 hours $54/person
It’s a Wrap – Thai Asian Spring Rolls Thai night will explore the unique flavor combinations of this delicious cuisine and teach you to prepare an entire menu that’s fun for a group or the family and gets everyone involved. Starting with soup and appetizer, we’ll prepare all the filling ingredients and sauces, along with minted pork balls, lemongrass marinated flank steak, and puffed shrimp balls. Then using rice papers, you can roll up your own personal delectable and delicious Spring roll with all your favorite fillings and dip it in your favorite sauce. 2.5 hours $54/person
Pasta, Pasta and More Pasta What a versatile food and so tasty! We’ll review the history of pasta, the three typical type of pasta dishes and prepare fresh pasta (and accompanying sauces). From short shape to long shapes, sheets or filled; the varieties are endless. And which sauce goes best with which pasta? Believe it or not, there is a general rule and we’ll cover that, too. You can make it by hand or with gadgets and we’ll show you how. You even get to take home some pasta to prepare at home! 2.5 hours $54/person
Meatball Madness Let’s get creative with the “meat - ball!” In addition to the ever-popular classic Italian Sausage, we’ll make a variety of combinations using beef, pork, shrimp, turkey and even vegetarian. Learn the make ahead options and the different methods of preparation: slow cooking, sautéing, baking and broiling. From appetizers to a main course, we’ll cover the suggestions for sauces, dips and what would be a good perch for your flavor filled pillow. You’re sure to have a BALL! 2.5 hours $54/person
The Best of Breakfast We’ll share our secrets and favorite recipes to get breakfast (or brunch) on the table for a crowd. You’ll prepare our signature French baked pancakes and the many options for toppings, learn the ease and varieties you can create with an egg frittata, and the many uses of granola and homemade breads. We’ll cover some fun fruit cutting techniques, how to prepare eggs and our favorite breakfast sauces. Whether treating yourself, your family or entertaining a group, eating breakfast like a King is the way to start the day! 2.5 hours $54/person
Kid's Cooking Classes Kids are wecome at any of the above classes or we have customized shorter courses just for kids. Jeanna is willing to travel to teach these to groups where appropriate kitchen space is available. Here's an example of our mini winter workshop.
“Just wanted to tell you how much fun your pasta class was for us all. You even won over the teenager!!”
– CJ, Pasta Class Student
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