Farm School Life Changer

It is not often an experience happens upon you and life changes. I went to Quillisascut Farm School in 2004 because I wanted to milk a goat. It was that simple. I grew up with milk goats and daily homestead chores. The desire to reconnect led me to a week at Quillisacut Farm School. It’s an opportunity I think everyone should take – forget saving for a food tour of Italy – get your ass in the car and drive to Eastern Washington for an experience of a lifetime. Quiet your brain, wake up early, bust your butt and experience life as it’s meant to be. It will shake your core, I promise. Here is a small excerpt from an interview I gave to Lora Lea at Quillisascut last week. I hope it inspires you. Keep in touch! How did the Quillisascut experience help shape your decisions? I kept a … Continue reading

Summer Classes

I have some great events coming up this summer and I’d love to see all of your faces. I’m working to add more canning classes this year, as you know. Come learn how to preserve cherries 3 ways OR build your pantry with savory spreads like mostarda, Asian plum sauce & habanero hot sauce. I also FINALLY reschedule the SUPER VIP Italian class! You’ll want to save the date for this class that is near and dear to my heart – Italian, Long Island Style. This two hour class will cover the Perfect Meat Sauce & Meatballs. We may even sneak in a quick Homemade Pasta. This class is a total winner and a must for anyone wanting to cook like the grannies do it back home. And speaking of Croatia, I’m also offering a redux of the popular Croatian Cooking Class I taught earlier this year. Strudel pulling, dishes … Continue reading

Croatian Cooking Class

My grandfather is Croatian, arriving to NYC from Krk – the northernmost island in Croatia. My grandmother is of Yugoslavian descent, as well, so I have double eastern european roots and I love it. A few years ago, I decided I HAD to get over to meet all of my family – cousins, aunts and most importantly my barbara Vlado, my grandfathers brother. He was ill and I knew the opportunity wouldn’t be around for long. So, I set my mind to it, bought a ticket and took private Croatian lessons for about 9 months in anticipation of a major language barrier. Croatia was awesome. I absorbed as much of the food culture as I could, forced myself to go in bakeries and markets and speak to the bakers and farmers (Ne govorim hrvatska dobro) and walked away with memories of family and food that are seared in my mind. What a gift! My cousins in Slovenia made … Continue reading

Learning to Cook

I just received the best email from a young Seattle mom. “I have only just now decided I’m a good cook ………… But only because of you and your AMAZING cookbook!!! I know of you from my dear friend Gretchen, and now my mom is using Urban Garden Share…but I bought your cookbook when I saw you listed as a speaker at Elliott Bay (though, sadly I had to miss it because I’m a busy mama). I have made 4 or 5 things from Urban Pantry and I love love love them all! I have never considered myself a good cook and always fret about not feeding my family wholesome enough food, but that has changed now! I am sitting here at my desk enjoying my Quinoa Vanilla Pudding and I feel totally nourished and smug 🙂 thank you!!!” My favorite quote is “I feel totally nourished and smug.” THAT … Continue reading

Citrus Preservation

I had another awesome class in my apartment this weekend past. I am always amazed at how I find the coolest people and they find me. While the marmalade did not co-operate and took more time than expected to set up, we had a fun casual evening at home. One of my students, Stacee, took pictures all night and while I didn’t think of it at all at the time, it turns out her work is STUNNING. Check out more on her adorable site, My Digs – she’s a great writer and it’s a wonderful read in the morning over coffee.   The next Super VIP Classes are on February 12th and February 19th. If you’re interested, email me here for deets.

December Classes

SUPER VIP CANNING CLASS Sunday, Dec 12th – 6pm – Preserving Citrus .preserved lemons, meyer lemon jam & bourbon orange marmalade Monday, Dec 13th – 6pm – Homemade DIY Gifts .fennel-steeped cordial, vanilla sugar, thyme-infused salt & minted apple butter I am loving the intimate class structure of teaching at home.  If you’re interested making your own holiday gifts this year or curious about how best to preserve citrus these casual nights are a great resource. We’ll do some basic recipes and I’ll demo some creative packaging. My kitchen is  easy to peer into and there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions and pitch in. My kitchen is tiny, so this class will be small and intimate. This is an AWESOME time of year for preseving. It’s the kick off for winter citrus and a great time for DIY gift-making or stocking the pantry. Students will actively participate, but … Continue reading

Economical Gourmet

Urban Pantry – Economically Gourmet with me! 6-8:30PM – Come to Class! Amy Pennington, author of “Urban Pantry Cookbook—Tips for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonal Kitchen” will prepare recipes featured in her recently released book. She will show us how to make quick, tasty meals without a trip to the grocery store. Menu: Walnut Garlic Chicken, Minestrone Soup, Panzanella Salad, and Ravioli. Please note that when purchasing cooking classes online, your seats are not confirmed until you receive a receipt in the mail via US Postal Service. If there is no availability you will be notified as soon as possible by phone or email and not charged for your order. at Dish it Up in Magnolia. cost: $75