CSA cooking classes

NOTE: Date has been changed: from Saturday, July 14 to Thursday, July 12th.

‘Cook-from-the-Box’ cooking classes

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“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a life time.”

Roshambo, or rock-paper-scissors, is a ‘trump’ game where one hand gesture trumps another. I will show you how to bring the idea of this game into the kitchen. I’ll demonstrate how various flavors are used to ‘trump’ other flavors, such as:
salt trumps harsh peppery flavors of turnips and radishes
sour trumps the bitter taste of the chard
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These cooking parties are fun, informative and inspirational. All classes will be in my 10-person kitchen, at my home in Cupertino (near I280 and Foothill). See above for the payment link: $25 for each class, pre-payment is required. 10 people maximum capacity. Bring a chef knife and cutting board (optional). Each class will be 2 hours and includes a light meal of the food. All meals will be vegetarian (ideas can be given for meat, fish, poultry). Scholarships are available, contact me for details (408-320-5664jonisare@gmail.com). 
Last-minute signups are okay, just send an email or give me a call.
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These classes have culinary golden nuggets for every home chef, whether you are a beginner or seasoned chef. In each class you will learn:
  • flavor structure (ex: mire poix, herbs, spices)
  • cooking methods (ex: wet, dry)
  • knife skills (ex: roll cut, brunoise)
….. and so more.

Join fellow CSA members, bring your spouse, bring your kids, bring your non-CSA friends. All classes will be in Chef Joni’s 10-person kitchen, at her home in Cupertino (near i280 and Foothill).

Find the fun in cooking with me as I share with you the ease and grace of using the ‘boxed’ CSA* produce from High Ground Organics.

REGISTRATION:

  • $25 per class.
  • Click the PayPal link below, no need for a PayPal account.
  • Be sure to include the date you will join me, and number of people in your party.

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CLASS OVERVIEW:

  • anyone is welcome, no need to be a CSA member
  • teens are welcome, kids under 8 years old are free
  • $25 for each class, pre-payment is required, be sure to indicate any food allergies, sensitivities, major dislikes (as a therapeutic chef it is important to me to accommodate your needs)
  • 10 people maximum capacity, each person will have a work area
  • some “hands on,” — mostly knife skills and introduction to various gadgets and small appliances
  • ‘knife skills’ will be part of each class, you are welcome to bring a chef knife and cutting board (optional)
    (we will dice, slice, make triangles, rondelles, juliennes, and batonnet, brunoise, lozenge, paysanne cuts)
  • each class will be 2 hours
  • each class includes a light meal of the food we make, we’ll sit down together at the dinner table
  • all meals will be vegetarian (ideas can be given for meat, fish, poultry)
  • these classes are designed to be improv, those who attend will choose the dish, flavors, etc
  • I will have additional foods on hand to use, such as spices, herbs, oils, salts, nuts, seeds, tortillas, pasta, grains, cheese, etc.
  • every class will be gluten free
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Example of –previous and future– class content:

  • Dairy-free soups on the stove top
  • Broiled, braised and baked veggies
  • Simmered, sauteed and steamed veggies
  • Joni’s top 3 favorite spice and herb blends
  • A close look a cooking oils
  • Creamy, crunchy, chewy textures
  • Various shapes – triangles, dices and slices

*CSA: Community supported agriculture