Cooking Classes

Welcome! Please pre-register and prepay for classes. To pay online, click the green register buttons underneath each class. To register and pay with cash or check, contact Hilary at classes@briarpatch.coop or (530) 272-5333 ext. 134.
We hope to see you at a class soon!

Hummus and Beyond: Middle Eastern Secrets

With Noam Halpert

Learn the secrets of homemade Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, and Tabouli so that you can enjoy the fresh taste of these classics at home. We will also make Mediterranean-style fermented vegetables, and learn different traditional serving options for Hummus: Hummus Pine Nuts, and Hummus with Garbanzo Beans and Lemon Dressing. Please bring a pint jar so you can take your pickles home! Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Thursday,
March 5, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 5

Fresh Cheeses: Fromage Blanc, Cream Cheese, Crème Fraiche

With Barbara Jenness

In this class we will concentrate on cheeses that are easily made in your home kitchen, including cream cheese, crème fraiche, and others. Fresh cheeses require no special tools or aging. Students will learn how to make and taste these cheeses, and how to use them in home cooking. Vegetarian, gluten-free.
Barbara is a retired cheese-maker who just relocated to our town. She is a member of the American Cheese Society and the California Cheese Guild. Barbara owned and ran an award-winning creamery in Michigan and has taught cheese-making at Michigan State University, among other places. She earned her Master Cheese-making Certificate from the University of Vermont.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Tuesday,
March 10, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 0

Gluten-free and Dairy-free Breakfast Baking

With Katy Davis of New Dawn Bakery

Learn how to make an amazing gluten- and dairy-free breakfast at home — whether you want to entertain guests for brunch or have breakfast in bed. We will be making Pancetta Cinnamon Buckwheat Waffles and an Upside-down Apple Walnut Cake. We will also be making granola to enjoy as is or as an accompaniment with different options for additions and flavors. Will be discussing different gluten-free flours and dairy alternatives within the class as we cook.
Katy is the owner of New Dawn Bakery and an all around foodie, with breakfast being her favorite meal.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Wednesday,
March 11, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 5

Pizza from Around the Mediterranean

With Doug Schma

In this class you will learn how to make pizza dough and three different pizzas from the Mediterranean region: Turkish Lamb, Tomato and Cheese Pizza; Gorgonzola and Pine Nut Pizza; and Greek Cheese and Tomato Pizza, made with filo dough.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Saturday,
March 14, 2015

Start Time: 10:30 am
End Time: 12:30 pm

Available Spaces: 3

Lunch to Go – Fresh and Simple Lunches for Working Folks

With Leah Walsh

Do you pack your lunch every day? Leah shares some of her favorite recipes for making healthy and varied lunches using raw foods. Get ideas for salads, wraps, burritos, and sandwiches, focusing on easy preparation of quantities that will stretch your lunches for several days — with variety. We will prepare and sample Pineapple and Lemongrass Dressing, Not Tuna Salad, and Mexican Burritos. Vegan, gluten-free.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Tuesday,
March 17, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 7

Custom and Cultured Condiments

With Misha Rauchwerger

Save money and make custom condiments that are exactly to your liking. Misha shares some of his favorite recipes for creating healthy, unique condiments. Learn to make quick ketchup and mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressings, hot sauce, and even lacto-fermented condiments (without vinegar), which are beneficial living foods that produce healthy gut flora. Vegetarian, gluten-free.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Wednesday,
March 18, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 8

Beautiful Fruit Tarts and Sauces

With Marie Wolfe

Experienced pastry chef Marie Wolfe will teach you how to make a sweet dough crust with almond filling, topped with fresh berries, as well as a Lemon Custard and Crème Anglaise.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Thursday,
March 19, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 9

Celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year

With Hassan

Hassan will showcase signature Persian dishes with a vegetarian emphasis.
Two main dishes — stews, called Koresht in Farsi — will showcase Persians' love of eggplant and mixed greens, spiced with the rich flavors of saffron for one dish, and fenugreek with dried limes for the mixed green stew.
All of this will be served on Iran's staple food of rice cooked in its traditional style. Side dishes will complement the main courses. Come celebrate this ancient culture and traditional springtime New Year with a unique and enticing meal. Vegan options, gluten-free.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Friday,
March 20, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 8

Tamales

With Teresita Juarez Lyon

Teresita of Teresita's Haute Tamales will show you the Way of the Tamale. We’ll mix masa, prepare fillings and sauces, and steam these ancient delicacies in corn husks. This season's class will feature a Classic Chicken Tamale, accompanied by a rich Red Chili Sauce, a vegetarian / vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tamale, and a sweet Pineapple Coconut Dessert Tamale. Vegetarian, vegan options, gluten-free.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Sunday,
March 22, 2015

Start Time: 10:30 am
End Time: 12:30 pm

Available Spaces: 3

Gluten-free Baking

With Kayla Wexelberg
Tuesday, March 24, 6pm – 8pm
Enjoy cozy comfort foods with a twist – learn new gluten-free baking tips and recipes! We will discuss the ins and outs of gluten-free baking, flours, and more. Leave with your tummy full of yummy treats and your head full of new ideas. We will bake a loaf of bread with mixed flours, fruit bread, cornbread muffins, and pizza dough.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Tuesday,
March 24, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 10

Demystifying Electric Kitchen Tools

With Kayla Wexelberg

Come and learn about electric kitchen helpers that help us save time in the kitchen. This class aims to inspire you to a new level of excitement in the kitchen, and teaches fun ways to create and enjoy your own home-cooked food in a timely manner. We will explore a wide range of recipes for each piece of equipment. With a food processor we’ll make Olive Tapenade, Nut and Seed Burgers. With a Vitamix we’ll make soup, Chocolate Mousse, and salad dressings. With a Kitchen Aid mixer we’ll make bread, muffins, and pie dough. Vegetarian, gluten-free.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Wednesday,
March 25, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 9

3 Fish 3 ways

With Kayla Wexelberg

We will explore different ways to prepare and cook salmon, white fish, and a whole trout, as well as introduce fun and flavorful sides like Cauliflower Mash and Parsley Pesto that add zest to your meal. We invite you to bring some wine to enjoy. It’s bound to be a lovely evening! Gluten-free.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Thursday,
March 26, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 3

Macrobiotic Brown Rice Sushi Rolls

With Migiwa Kawasaki

In this class you will learn to make colorful, healthy, easy, and low-cost Brown Rice Sushi Rolls that amaze and satisfy both you and your guests. Along with delicious dipping sauces (of course!) Migiwa’s recipes can easily fit into your modern life-style. Migiwa will also teach you more about the Macrobiotic diet. Vegan, gluten-free.

Price: $30.00 (Co-op Owner) $35.00 (General Admission)

Date:
Friday,
March 27, 2015

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Available Spaces: 10