The last few months have been pretty busy with everything going on and the blog has suffered from a lack of love.  As summer fast approaches, I’ve finally gotten my schedule put together and I’m happy to share it with all of you.  To register,  go to the Dublin Rec Guide or the Danville Rec Guide or the Livermore online registration  and search for the class number.  Register soon as classes fill up quick!

In Danville, I will be teaching the following classes:

Quick Easy Chocolate Truffles

Age 14Y and up

Chocolate truffles are a little bite of true delight. Truffles can be all chocolate or a combination of fillings covered in chocolate, but chocolate ganache is the requirement, inside for a pure chocolate truffle or surrounding a bite of flavor.

Come and make ganache and use it in the making of truffles.

Location: Veterans Memorial Building, Room A

Fees: $35.00(R) • $42.00(N)

Barcode: 25903 May 11 F 6:30 pm–9:00 pm

Let’s Make Jam

Age 14Y and up

Jam is a great introduction to canning; all the basics you learn in this class will open up the world of canning to you. It is a yummy treat, a great gift, and a wonderful way to extend the flavor of summer fruit. We will make 2 different jams, one sugar free. Storing and cute gift ideas will be discussed. Flavor choices and combinations will be

discussed. Students will leave with their homemade jam and recipes.

Location: Danville Community Center, Art Room

Fees: $27.00(R) • $32.00(N)

Barcode: 25900 Jun 5 Tu 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

In Livermore I will be teaching the following classes:

Specialty Fruit Canning

14 yrs+

In this semi-advanced class, learn to can sliced fruit (great for a pie, crisp or on its own) and a fancy jam. Depending on availability, possibilities include brandied apricots, lavender peach jam, spiced fruit. Recipes and ideas included. 1 class.

Sun 7/22 Noon–2:30 pm $33

Loving Lavender

14 yrs+

Lavender has a sweet floral flavor, with hints of lemon and citrus, it is drought tolerant and great for cooking and crafts. Class is a little bit of everything lavender. Make a great beverage, eat lavender cookies, make two great crafts and see and talk about lavender varieties. Understand the growing needs and which variety is best for your location.

Recipes, samples and the wonderful scent of lavender will abound. 1 class.

W 6–9 pm 6/6 $32

Canning Tomatoes

14 yrs+

The next best thing to garden-fresh tomatoes! Get the hands-on experience you need to can tomatoes at home. Learn to can whole tomatoes, marinara sauce and your own special blend. Class includes canning two batches–traditional and roasted tomato. 1 class.

W 8/22 6–9 pm $32

Christmas in July

14 yrs+

Are homemade holiday cookies, candies and fun gifts from your kitchen in your plans each year? Having problems finding the time during the busy holiday season? Learn some tricks and new recipes in this hands on class. Leave with recipes and samples. A great class to take with a family member. 1 class.

M 7/9 7–10 pm $35

In Dublin, I will be teaching the following classes:

Canning Tomatoes – 29167

Ages: 16 Yrs. and over

Sunday 8/19 2-5 pm
Fees:
– Resident $26.00
– Non Resident $31.00

Description:
Fresh tomatoes are amazing; with the next best thing being home ‘canned’ ones. Tomato sauce, whole tomatoes, marinara, or even your own special blend will be discussed. Students will ‘can’ a batch of tomatoes, giving them the hands-on experience and the confidence to ‘can’ at home. 1 Class. Instructor: K. Billingsley

Christmas in July NEW – 29164

Ages: 13 Yrs. and over
Thursday 7/26 7-10pm
Fees:
– Resident $32.00
– Non Resident $38.00

Description:
Christmas cookies, candies, and a fun gift from your kitchen; we all think we’ll do that this year! But December comes and time gets away from us. Let’s learn some tricks and new recipes, this is a hands on class – you will leave with recipes, and samples. This is a great class to do with a family member.1 Class. Instructor: K. Billingsley

Cooking a Mexican Fiesta – 28776

Ages: 14 Yrs. and over

Wednesday 5/16 6:30-8:30 pm
Fees:
– Resident $35.00
– Non Resident $42.00

Description:
Join us to prepare a tasty four-course Mexican Fiesta with Quick Spanish Rice, Chili Rellenos, and more. Mexican cooking is fun for a party and is also a great budget option. Enjoy this hands-on class that culminates with a wonderful dinner. Students will leave with recipes and ideas on options for future meals.1 Class. Instructor: K. Billingsley

Cooking with Herbs – 28772

Tuesday 6/5/12 7-9pm
Ages: 18 Yrs. and over

Fees:
– Resident $15.00
– Non Resident $18.00

Description:
This is a discussion and demo class. We will discuss herbs, how to grow, harvest, store and use. I will bring in samples of fresh herbs, and herbal products for you to taste. You will leave with recipes and pairing lists. 1 Class. Instructor: K. Billingsley 

Lets Make Jam – Canning Introduction – 28775

Ages: 14 Yrs. and over
Tuesday 6/12/2012 6:30-8:30pm
Fees:
– Resident $27.00
– Non Resident $32.00

Description:
Fruit jam is a yummy treat, a great gift and a wonderful way to store your harvest. Students will make two different jams; one traditional and one sugar free. Students will learn how to store and present jam as a gift. Jam is a great introduction to canning; all the basics you learn in this class will open up the world of canning to you. Students will leave with their homemade jam and recipes. 1 Class. Instructor: K. Billingsley

Specialty Fruit Canning – 29166

Ages: 16 Yrs. and over
Saturday 7/14/2012  9:30-11:30am
Fees:
– Resident $30.00
– Non Resident $36.00

Description:
A bit more advanced class, students will ‘can’ a fancy jam, and sliced fruit for a pie, crisp, or on its own. Canning possibilities include brandied apricots, lavender peach jam, and spiced fruit. Recipes and ideas included. 1 Class. Instructor: K. Billingsley

The Complete Pie – 28771

Ages: 14 Yrs. and over
Wednesday 5/9/2012 6:30-8:30pm
Fees:
– Resident $26.00
– Non Resident $31.00

Description:
All you need to bring is a rolling pin, a pie plate, a 2 quart bowl-and you will leave with a simply delicious finished two crust fruit pie. Students will also learn tips on different fruits, and using seasoning and thickeners for your pie. 1 Class. Instructor: K. Billingsley

Kids in the Kitchen – Desserts – 29075

Ages: 10 Yrs. to 15 Yrs.
Monday- Friday 6/18,19,20,21,22  9:30-Noon
Fees:
– Resident $175.00
– Non Resident $210.00

Description:
This is a ‘hands on’ baking class is for the baker with some experience, knowledge of baking terms and familiarity with following recipes. Students will make every day and special occasion desserts, rolled cake, pies, cookies and candies. Kids need to wear closed toe shoes and bring an apron; on Thursday bring a pie plate and rolling pin. 5 Classes. Instructor: K. Billingsley

Kids in the Kitchen – Italian Cooking NEW – 29077

Ages: 10 Yrs. to 14 Yrs.
Monday- Friday 8/13,14,15,16,17  9:30am-noon
Fees:
– Resident $175.00
– Non Resident $210.00

Description:
Lots of us love Italian food, let’s spend a week cooking Italian! This is a more advanced class, kids should be comfortable reading and following recipes. Working in small groups we will create marinara sauce, minestrone, biscotti, antipasto, and more. 5 Classes. Instructor: K. Billingsley

Kids in the Kitchen BBQ Camp – 29078

Ages: 11 Yrs. to 16 Yrs.
Monday – Friday 7/30,31,8/1,2,3  1pm-4pm
Fees:
– Resident $195.00
– Non Resident $234.00

Description:
A BBQ meal is not created to ‘just throw it on a fire.’ Students will learn how to safely start a BBQ, handle meat/poultry safely, marinade, make and use a rub, BBQ, and carve meat. Students will also learn how to create side dishes from the kitchen to put on the grill, so they can make a complete meal. We will taste our creations, and go home with great recipes. Closed toe shoes mandatory. 5 Classes. Instructor: K. Billingsley

Kids in the Kitchen Simple Yummy Meals Camp – 29076

Ages: 9 Yrs. to 13 Yrs.
Monday, Tuesday – Thursday and Friday 7/2,3,5,6
Fees:
– Resident $140.00
– Non Resident $168.00

Description:
Create great simple meals which are perfect for lunch or a family dinner. Students will make healthy lunches each day, eat together and clean up. Meals will include: BBQ, corn dogs, lemonade, and more! 4 Classes. Instructor: K. Billingsley

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