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Cooking Classes in Connecticut
I have a wide variety of my own cooking classes in Connecticut which are offered in the ares of Madison, Guilford, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Essex, Branford, New London, New Haven. A complete meal is served at the end of each class and all classes are hands-on. You can sign up for my cooking classes online through this website by clicking on the Paypal button below each listing or, where indicated, through the locations themselves.
Group Classes in Connecticut

For the group classes you will be able to register directly with the school listed or through a pay pal link displayed below the class description . My cooking classes combine techniques and ethnic flavors to bring you an experience of world cuisine. Taught in Connecticut; I developed all the recipes to offer students a chance to try foods from many of the countries I have traveled to. All of the classes are hands-on and include a complete meal after the class. No experience necessary and all levels are welcome.

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Technique One - Fine Cooking Series

I have brought the highly successful Technique series from ICE in Manhattan to Connecticut. This is the best all around technique series ever - which I taught for fifteen years in New York.

The 5 classes will cover all your basic skills including knife use, sauteing, braising, simple sauces and dressings as well as classic desserts such as souffles, mousse and flambeed fruit.

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Private Cooking Classes in Connecticut

If you are interested in having a class at your home I can teach from two to twenty people and can travel to any area in Connecticut. Please click the button below to find out more about private cooking classes.

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Corporate Cooking Parties

Corporate Cooking Parties are offered for the novice or experienced cook. With menus from Thai to Tuscan. The price varies depending on your group size and location.

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If you cannot attend a class, you must cancel 48 hours in advance to receive credit towards a new class. You may send someone to take your place if you cannot attend and it is too late to cancel. You will have one year to use your credit towards another class.


Group Cooking Classes in Connecticut

cooking classes in los angeles For the White Gate Farm classes you will be able to register through a pay pal link displayed below the class description. These classes are completely hands-on and include a complete meal, a glass of wine, recipes and professional instruction. No experience necessary and all levels are welcome.

For the remaining group classes listed contact the schools directly to receive further details.

November 2014

November 15 - Moroccan Home Cooking - Sold Out
Location: Homeworks (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Cost: $To be paid directly to Homeworks
Menu: Chicken Tagine with Prunes and Cilantro, Pork Kebobs with Scallion, Mint Rice, Couscous with Feta and Lentils, Stuffed Flatbreads, Phyllo Bundles with Fig and Almonds

November 17 - Healthy Mediterranean
Location: Middletown Adult Education (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $To be paid directly to Middletown Ed
Menu: Greek Chick Pea Salad, Grilled Swordfish, Minted Zucchini Fritters with Citrus Yogurt Mint Sauce, Couscous with Lentils and Feta, and Lemon Semolina Cookies

November 20 - Easy and Delicious Thanksgiving
Location: White Gate Farm (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $90
Menu: Make ahead dishes that take the stress out of the holidays. Tips for storing, freezing and planning for the a calm and fun Thanksgiving. Citrus Glazed Turkey Breast, Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots, Parsnip Puree with Roasted Garlic, Cranberry, Orange, Apple Relish, Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Creme Fraiche, Warm Ginger Cake with Apple Compote

November 22 - Holiday Appetizers
Location: Homeworks (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Cost: $To be paid directly to Homeworks
Menu: Smoked Salmon on Black Bread with Dill butter, Sesame Tuna on Wonton Crisps and Wasabi Creme Fraiche, Crostini with Burrata, Caramelized Shallots and Bacon, Beef Negimaki with Scallions, Cheese Croquettes with Remoulade Sauce

December 2014

December 04 - New Year's Eve Dinner - Sold Out
Location: Middletown Adult Education (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $To be paid directly to Middletown Ed
Menu: Arugula and Watercress Salad with Parmesan Crisps, Seared Salmon with Balsamic Orange Sauce, Wild and Brown Rice Pilaf with Currants and Almonds, Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic and Shallots, Crepes Suzette with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

December 06 - Indian South and North - Hands On
Location: Homeworks (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 pm
Cost: $To be paid directly to Homeworks
Menu: Fish Curry in Tamarind Sauce, Hyderabad Garlic Tomatoes with Chilies, Pan Roasted Pointed Squash, Coconut Sesame Rice Pilaf, Aloo Paratha (Indian Bread Stuffed with Paneer), Mango Lassis

December 16 - Entertaining with Ease
Location: Homeworks (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $To be paid directly to Homeworks
Menu: Saffron Mussel and Lobster Chowder, Watercress and Orange Salad with Fennel and Pine Nuts, Chicken Roulade with Sun Dried Tomato and Chèvre, Parsnip and Carrot Purees, Bittersweet Chocolate Molten Cake with Raspberry Coulis

December 20 - Appetizers for Entertaining - One Spot Left
Location: White Gate Farm (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 pm
Cost: $90
Menu: Tuna Tartare on Sesame Rice Crackers with Wasabi Creme Fraiche, Thai Pork Skewers with Coconut Peanut Sauce, Crostini with Herbed Chevre and Caramelized Onions, Sesame Ginger Shrimp Skewers, Deep Fried Brie with Lingonberry Sauce

December 22 - Entertaining for the Holidays
Location: White Gate Farm (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $90
Menu: Crostini with Oven Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Parsley Pesto, Baby Lamb Chops with Balsamic Red Wine Glaze, Mini Potato Parsnip Pancakes with Horseradish Cream, Roasted Carrots with Rosemary, Pine Nuts and Currants, Flour-less Chocolate Torte with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Group Cooking Class Locations:

711 Boston Post Road Old Saybrook, CT, 06475
Contact: 860 388 3331

Middletown Adult Education
396 Main Street Middletown, CT. 06457
Contact: 860 343 6044

The Institute of Culinary Education
50 West 23 Street NY, NY 10010
Contact: 212 847 0700

The Silo Cooking School
44 Upland Road New Milford, Ct.
Contact: 860 355 0300

White Gate Farm
83 Upper Pattagansett Lane East Lyme, CT. 06333
Contact: 310 980 0139

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Technique One - Fine Cooking Series in Connecticut

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must be available for at least the first class and are required to bring your own chef's knife.
Make up classes will be offered throughout the year. Details on knives will be included in your registration email.

This is a 5-week series
Cost: $450 (You can register for these cooking classes by clicking on the Paypal button below.)
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: White Gate Farm • 83 Upper Pattagansett Lane East Lyme, CT. 06333

Lesson 1: Wednesday, November 5
Lesson: Basic Kitchen Information Knife Skills * Blanching * Sautéing* Proper Cooking of Protein * Fresh Herbs * Reduced Pan Sauce * Simple Salad * Classic Vinaigrette * Macerating

Menu: White Bean Soup with Parmesan Croutons * Sautéed Chicken Breast with Mustard and Rosemary * Sautéed Green Vegetables with Garlic and Ginger * Crispy Sautéed Potatoes with Garlic * Simple Salad with Classic Vinaigrette * Macerated Strawberries with Yogurt Cream

Lesson 2: Wednesday, November 12

Lesson: Stocks* Degreasing Stocks* Roasting of Proteins and Vegetables * Trussing and Carving of Poultry* Proper Grain Cooking *Gravy* Baked Fruit Dessert

Menu: Chicken Stock * Roast Chicken with Lemon and Thyme * Roasted Vegetables * Rice Pilaf * Spinach and Mushroom Salad with Bacon and Sherry Wine Vinaigrette * Fruit Cobbler with Chantilly Cream

Lesson 3: Wednesday, November 19

Lesson: Brown and White Braising * Handling Shellfish* Steaming* Cooking Legumes Creamy Vinaigrettes * Preparation of Eggs for Mousse * Working with Phyllo Dough

Menu: Mussels Steamed in White Wine with Garlic and Thyme * French Beef Stew * Braised Leeks with Mustard Bread Crumbs * Warm Lentils with Prosciutto * Watercress and Endive Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette * Dark Chocolate Mousse in Phyllo Cups

Lesson 4: Wednesday, December 10

Lesson: Vegetable Stock * Main Dish and Appetizer Soups * Thickening Soups * Homemade Mayonnaise * Molten Souffle

Menu: Vegetable Stock * Roasted Vegetable Soup with Saffron Mayonnaise * Asian Chicken Soup with Ginger and Soba Noodles * Chickpea Soup with Sausage and Swiss Chard * Classic Clam Chowder * Chocolate Souffle Cakes with Espresso Whipped Cream

Lesson 5: Wednesday, December 17

Lesson: Indoor Grilling * Marinades * Side Salads Composed Salads * Flambéing Fruit

Menu: Grilled Steak with the Best Ever Marinade * Grilled Portobellos with Balsamic Glaze * Grilled Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Salad * Classic Nicoise Salad * Brown and Wild Rice Salad with Currants and Scallions * Bananas Foster

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"You were certainly one of my favorite experiences in LA. I hope the east coast brings you all the joy and happiness that you have shared through your classes and meals" - Malinda

"It was a pleasure learning from you. Thank you for imparting your culinary wisdom, kitchen magic and patience. Best of luck on your new adventure!" - Pat

"I am sorry to see you go. I will always remember taking my first cooking class with my son at Surfas with you. You were just great with a 24 year old who was sure he wouldn't have a great time. BUT he sure did! He has made several of your Julie & Julia recipes. You gave him that skill. His girlfriend has been impressed with his cooking. My most recent class with you was the Tapas class with my foodie buddy Terri. It was her first class with you and she really enjoyed herself. We will miss your great teaching skills and your wonderful recipes with all the tips." - Sharon

"Thanks so much for making my cooking instruction so much fun. I've learned a great deal from you and have great admiration for your teaching abilities as well as your knowledge and experience in the kitchen. It's been a pleasure learning from you and my friends and family join me in thanking you for the wonderful meals we've enjoyed thanks to my time with you." - Robert

"You and your classes will be missed by the both of us. We wish you well in your move and future endeavors. Having experienced first hand your culinary knowledge and your caliber of teaching, you will always be successful. We would be very interested in seeing the culinary videos, let us know when they are ready." - Michael and Cheryl

"Since sampling a few of your classes, I have found that I really enjoy the pace and art of cooking, and have re-created many of your Indian dishes. (Thank you 1,000,000X) Cooking delicious food and being encouraged by your techniques (which I have taken to practicing) I am taking that next step forward & attending an open call for MasterChef – with visions of going even farther thanks to you. I know you will find an enthusiastic group of novice and experienced chefs in your new area. Keep up the wonderful work, you inspire us all." - Renette Christensen

"I love your teaching style and your relaxed approach to cooking. I learned so much from you, and now find cooking to be a complete pleasure. It's a fun challenge to look a what we have in the kitchen on any given evening and think "what would Amanda make with these ingredients?", and then throw something together. And I just hosted my book club and cooked the entire vegetarian meal from your recipes. It was such a hit the ladies all wanted to find out how to get copies of your book, so I gave them your website so they could get copies of their own! " - Diane

Simple, Real Food Book Simple, Real Food: Delicious clean food prepared simply

My cookbook Simple Real Food can be purchased online.

The price is $24.95 and the book can be sent to your home or office. It can be included with a gift certificate for a cooking class as the perfect present.

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