Cooking Classes with Chef Peter: FALL 2011

All classes will be held on a Monday evening from 4:45-7PM at Southside‘s “Without Boundaries” station (except the Pastry class). Classes are FREE and will be filmed by the talented Ashlee Duncan and crew for the Mason Cable Network.

Details are here (including what we expect from participants)

Sept. 12th – Starches

Lecture topics:  Understanding the different varieties and cooking rice, grains, pastas and potatoes.  Demonstrations and participation:  (1) Making Homemade French Fries (knife skills and technique)  (2) Making Risotto (knife skills and technique).

[SIGNUPS are closed]

[Recipes from the Starches class]

Sept. 26th – Date Night Dinner

How to prepare a three course dinner to impress a date.  We will prepare an elegant salad course, entree course with a starch, vegetable, protein, sauce and garnish and then a simple but elegant dessert.  (Knife skills, starch cookery, vegetable cookery, sauce making, protein cookery and pastry)

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[Recipes for Date Night class]


Oct. 17th – Healthy Cooking Choices

Techniques of healthy cooking.  Using spices, herbs and modern sauces for flavors and healthy low fat quick cooking techniques like grilling, wok cooking and poaching.  (Knife skills, vegetable cookery and protein cookery)

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[Recipes for Healthy Cooking Class]

During the class, Chef Peter expertly heated pans to the correct cooking temperature without using a thermometer and a student asked how we’d learn that skill, so we found a video with a “water test” to teach how to properly heat a pan —>

Oct. 31st – Spice Class

How to use the proper spices and blends to season foods. Various spices and flavors from around the world.  How to get different simple world flavors with the same protein.  (Knife skills and protein & vegetable cookery)

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Recipes not available from this class; you had to be there 🙂

!Bonus! Nov.10th – Guest Chef

This is NOT a Monday class!

Chef Mai Pham of the Lemongrass Restaurant in Sacramento is going to teach us how to make Shrimp Spring Rolls and Thai Green Curry Shrimp with Kabocha Squash on Jasmine Rice.

Recipes not available from this class; but she did give out copies of her recipe book!

Thank you Mason Dining and Chef Peter for being awesome and inviting us to this!

[SIGNUPS are closed]

Nov. 14th – Protein Cookery: Poultry

How to roast a whole chicken, turkey or duck.  Boning an entire chicken.  How to properly cook a duck breast.  (Knife skills and protein cookery).

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[Recipes from the Protein Cookery class]

Dec. 5th – Pastry

How to work with puff pastry and some simple kitchen desserts.  This class will be held in the Southside bakery (Meet us at Gold Rush, downstairs, in the Southside building).  (Baking skills)

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[Pastry class recipes courtesy of General Mills] (37 recipes total!)

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