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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.

August 2014

August 06 - Best Ever Appetizers- Sold Out
Location: The Institute of Culinary Education (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Cost: $To be paid directly to ICE
Menu: Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Shrimp and Avocado, Spicy Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce Crostini with Manchego, Roasted Peppers and Grilled Eggplant, Homemade Ricotta on Crostoni with Parsley Chiffonade, Roasted Portobello Bruschetta with Caramelized Onions, Arugula and Rosemary Aioli, Crostini with Oven Roasted Tomatoes, Herbed Chevre and Pesto, Hoisin Pork Skewers with Mango Mayonnaise

August 07 - Quick and Easy Fish - Sold Out
Location: The Institute of Culinary Education (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 10:00 - 2:00 pm
Cost: $To be paid directly to ICE
Menu: Grilled Shrimp with Lemongrass, Sautéed Crispy Tilapia with Asparagus and Ginger Tomatoes, Arctic Char with Thai Basil and Tamarind Sauce, Provencale Halibut with Olive Caper Tapenade Seared Tuna Burgers with Wasabi Mayonnaise, Sesame Crusted Salmon with Indonesian Soy Sauce, Peach and Blueberry Cobbler, Orange Almond Biscotti

August 11 - 20 Minute Meals for Busy People
Location: White Gate Farm (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $90
Menu: A terrific class for busy people either with or families or single. How to get home from work and have dinner on the table in 20 minutes - a delicious class with tips on time management and quick, healthy meals. We will make; Tuna with Olive Tapenade, Couscous with Feta, Arugula and Tomatoes, Herb Lemon Chicken Breasts, Quinoa with Scallions and Pine Nuts, Baby Spinach Salad with Mango, Cilantro and Lime, Crunchy Cabbage Salad

August 21 - Main Dish Summer Salads
Location: Homeworks (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $To be paid directly to Homeworks
Menu: Arugula, Watercress, Fennel Salad with Grilled Chicken, Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Mango and Black Bean Salad, Asian Grilled Ahi with Wasabi Vinaigrette, Thai Beef Salad with Cucumbers and Red Onion, Strawberry and Blueberry Shortcakes with Chantilly Cream

August 27 - Truly Vegan and Lovin' It
Location: White Gate Farm (Address & Contact Information)
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $90
Menu: This class is gluten free with no sugar, no dairy or animal products. We will make delicious vegan dishes such as; Thai Rice Noodles with Cilantro, Peanuts and Mint, Tofu Shitake Patties with Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce, Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Pan Seared Tofu, Red Quinoa with Parsley Pesto and Grilled Summer Vegetables, Grilled Tempeh Salad with Haricot Verts and Arugula, Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

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, July 2
Lesson: Basic Kitchen Information Knife Skills * Blanching * Sautéing* Proper Cooking of Protein * Fresh Herbs * Reduced Pan Sauce * Simple Salad * Classic Vinaigrette * Macerating

Menu: Gazpacho with Garlic 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 Balsamic Berries

Lesson 2: Wednesday, July 9

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, July 16

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, July 23

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, July 30

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

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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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