Typically I teach in person classes at The Baker’s Pin Cooking School and Cookware Shop located in Northampton, Ma. Since the pandemic, though, starting last July, we’ve been giving Zoom cooking classes. Dennis and Lisa Greco, the owners of the store, have set up a terrific tv cooking studio at the school where I and other teachers offer classes. From California to Maine as well s right here in western Massachusetts, people have signed up for our virtual classes!. We hope you’ll join in.
Students can ask real time questions of the teacher via Chat on Zoom and at the end of each class we have a drawing for a gift. I am listing my three winter classes here, but we have many others offered. To see full descriptions and sign up go to www.thebakerspin.com and click on “cooking school” then scroll down to see the class descriptions.
1.Winter Soup Nights- Wednesday, January 27, 2020, 6:30 to 8 PM
Cold Night Chili with Black Beans and Chipotles served with Warm Quesadillas with Smashed Avocado and Red Onion
Prepared with chili powder and chipotles in adobo sauce, this beef chili with colorful accents of black beans and corn, is garnished with dollops of sour cream, lime, and cilantro. Warm quesadillas, spread with grated cheese, smashed avocados, and sliced red onion, will accompany the chili.
Chicken and Wild Mushroom Noodle Soup with Parmigiano
Chicken breasts, poached in a rich, aromatic stock to form the base of this classic soup, are cubed and combined with earthy sautéed mushrooms and egg noodles. A hint of dry vermouth balances the potage’s richness.
Extra Smooth Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Swirls of Cider Cream
Diced butternut squash plus chopped apples and root vegetables are simmered in stock and cider, then puréed. Swirls of cider-scented sour cream garnish the silken potage. Some crumbled bacon is an optional garnish.
Dark Chocolate and Almond Studded Shortbread Bars
(Chunks of dark chocolate and toasted almonds are stirred into a buttery shortbread dough, which is pressed into a pan and baked. A hint of sea salt lends extra flavor.
2. Paris Winter Cooking- du Marché à la Table–Wednesday, February 17, 2021 6:30 to 8 PM
Spiced Duck Breasts with Cherry Port Wine Sauce
Creamy Polenta with Blue Cheese
Spice-rubbed boneless duck breasts, sautéed until golden and crisp, are napped with a pan reduction sauce made with dried cherries and port. The duck breasts are sliced and served with soft, creamy polenta scented with blue cheese.
Salad of Frisée, Red Leaf, and Bacon Lardons in Sherry Vinaigrette
A winter mix of peppery frisée and tender red leaf lettuce is tossed in a sherry vinaigrette and sprinkled with crispy bacon lardons.
Profiteroles with Vanilla Bean or Ginger Ice Cream with Warm Caramel Sauce and Crushed Salted Almonds
Golden profiteroles are filled with scoops of vanilla or ginger ice cream, then generously drizzled with homemade caramel sauce and a sprinkle of crushed almonds.
3. A Taste of Italy’s Fabulous Comfort Foods!–Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:30 to 8PM
Pan Roasted Grapes, Olives, and Walnuts with Taleggio, Gorgonzola, and Fontina
Three of Italy’s popular cheeses are served on a cheeseboard along with a pan of roasted grapes, olives, and walnuts and some grilled bruschette.
Osso Buco Style Veal Shanks Cooked in Red Wine with Tomatoes and Sage
Veal shanks, cut crosswise into round pieces, are simmered slowly in an aromatic mixture of vegetables, stock, and red wine until the meat is fork tender and the sauce thickened and richly flavored. Gremolata a mixture of chopped parsley, lemon zest, and garlic will top each serving.
Risotto alla milanese
Classic risotto cooked slowly in the style of Milan is scented with saffron so it turns a beautiful yellow hue.
Espresso Panna Cottas Drizzled with Dark Chocolate Sauce and Toasted Hazelnuts
Silken smooth panna cottas are scented with espresso powder, then topped with a luscious dark chocolate glaze and a sprinkle of crushed hazelnuts.