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Here it is, the class list for the rest of 2012!!  Scroll down to the bottom and follow the links to register.  I don’t manage the registration, so you will need to follow the directions on those websites if you have any questions.

                                                                                                                                          

Speciality Fruit Canning

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, cute gift ideas will be discussed. Flavor choices and combinations will be discussed. Students will leave with their homemade jam and recipes.

Danville:

$30.00 Resident  • $36.00 Non-resident

Barcode: 27574

 Oct 19 Friday 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

 

Let’s BBQ!

BBQ may seem like a summer thing, but in California we can BBQ all year round! This hands-on class will teach you about rubs for meat and poultry, and veggie prep. We will BBQ our whole meal—not just the meat! We will also go over how to BBQ a turkey, a wonderful change for Thanksgiving. Class will end with us eating our wonderful BBQ lunch!

Consider taking this class with your teen or favorite cook’s helper.

Dublin:

$35 Resident .  $42 Non Resident

Activity #30019

November 10 Saturday  9:30 AM-12:30 PM

 

Easy Veggie Side dishes

We all know we should eat more veggies, but need to make it flavorful and easy!  Do ahead, or at least prep-ahead, makes weeknight and family gatherings go so much smoother.  We will make 3 veggie dishes – including roasted veggies, and the use of herbs –  This is hands on class, you will cook, taste and go home with recipes to fix again and again.

Livermore

$29

November 14,Wednesday  7-9pm

 

Registration info

Dublin: http://www.ci.dublin.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=262 or 925-556-4500

Danville: http://www.ci.danville.ca.us/Recreation/ or (925) 314-3400

Livermore: http://www.larpd.dst.ca.us/brochure.html or (925) 373-5700 Continue reading

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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


Lets get the new year started with a list of my up coming classes. This first list is for classes for 13+ age group.  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!

1.     Better Than Store Bought

Ever wondered how to make Chocolate syrup, mayonnaise (aioli), taco seasoning and beyond?   All of these are easier than you think and often cheaper than store bought.  You also have control of the ingredients, a great way to lower sugar, salt and/or control for food sensitivities.  This hands on class will give you a chance to make these recipes, taste test them, and may just save you that trip to the store!

In Dublin: #27813 January 22;  Sunday 2-4pm $25 resident, $30 non-resident
In Livermore: #2084 March 1; Thursday 6:30-9pm $29

2.     Quick Gourmet Appetizers

Appetizers make a meal special, impress that drop in company, or added with a bowl of soup make a great lunch. Don’t let the idea of a special appetizer scare you,  with a few quick tricks and use of some pre-prepared products you can create an unending supply of great appetizers we will make 3 in class and you will leave with ideas for many variations.

In Dublin: #27812 January 27;  Sunday 2-4pm $25 resident, $30 non-resident
In Livermore: # 2088 February 2; Thursday 6:30-8:30pm  $29 Continue reading


Not to be outdone by their southern neighbors, the Danville Community Center made their own gingerbread houses on December 10th .  Here are some of the pictures I took.  All of these houses were made by 3-8 year-olds in attendance(with parental assistance when required).

We also took photos of the children with their houses, email me at Livinggourmet@gmail.com  if you would like a copy of your child’s photo.


On December 3rd and 5th we made gingerbread houses at the Dublin Community Center .  Here are some of the pictures I took.  All of these houses were made by 3-8 year-olds in attendance(with parental assistance when required).

We also took photos of the children with their houses, email me at Livinggourmet@gmail.com  if you would like a copy of your child’s photo.


2011 was a busy year for Living Gourmet.  Living Gourmet has had two parts Living Gourmet – Classes, and Living Gourmet – Gardening Services: individual and small businesses, but in 2012 I have added a 3rd component.  Welcome to Living Gourmet – Machine Embroidery!

Classes – What a fun year, Danville community center invited me to teach there in addition to Dublin and Livermore.  Summer was kids cooking camps at Dublin Community Center – lots of baking, bbq, and making meals.   Fall was canning, apricot brandy jam, tomato sauce and more.  Winter was holiday baking and gingerbread houses – check out the cute pictures under the Photos category!  The houses kids and their folks made are beautiful!  My 2012 class list can be found under the Classes or Announcements category.  I took some classes “on the road” and taught in folk’s homes – what fun for all of us!  Customized to specific desires – so not just pickles, but a dill pickle and pickled beet class for example.

Gardening –  I added my first commercial account, I am now maintaining the patio/garden area at Gay 90’s Pizza in Pleasanton (great pizza, BTW!).  I also have a number of individual gardens I maintain, both edible and pretty.   I have done a garden plan for a condo yard, it is the first full yard I have designed and I am looking forward to implementing it in 2012.  January is trim your roses time, so grab those clippers or give me a call!

Machine Embroidery – I have bought an existing home based commercial Machine Embroidery business and moved it to my home.   I have commercial contracts and folks I have done work with, but am looking to help businesses with embroidered logo needs and to help each of you with personalized gifts, and fun items for your home.   The ideas are endless, initials, letterman jackets, names, artwork on most any fabric item…. This past month, I did a couple of sweat shirts (one with theatre masks, one with a pig), names on burp cloths for baby, family names on blankets.   What can I do for you?

 

Below are pictures of the sweatshirt:


The following are the upcoming classes that I am teaching for the 13+ age group.  To register,  go to the Dublin Rec Guide and search for the class title.  Register soon as classes fill up quick!

1.     Better Than Store Bought

Ever wondered how to make Chocolate syrup, mayonnaise (aioli), taco seasoning and beyond?   All of these are easier than you think and often cheaper than store bought.  You also have control of the ingredients, a great way to lower sugar, salt and/or control for food sensitivities.  This hands on class will give you a chance to make these recipes, taste test them, and may just save you that trip to the store!

In Dublin: January 22;  Sunday 2-4pm $25 resident, $30 non-resident

2.     Quick Gourmet Appetizers

Appetizers make a meal special, impress that drop in company, or added with a bowl of soup make a great lunch. Don’t let the idea of a special appetizer scare you,  with a few quick tricks and use of some pre-prepared products you can create an unending supply of great appetizers we will make 3 in class and you will leave with ideas for many variations.

In Dublin: January 27;  Sunday 2-4pm $25 resident, $30 non-resident

3.     Complete Pie

Would you like to make a pie from start to finish? Join this course and make a 2 crust fruit pie. Bring a rolling pin, pie plate, and 2 quart bowl; leave with a simply delicious finished fruit pie.  Tips for different fruits, seasoning and thickeners will be discussed.

In Dublin: February 9; Thursday 6-8 pm  $25 resident, $30 non-resident

4.     Loving Lavender

Lavender has a sweet floral flavor, with hints of lemon and citrus, is drought tolerant and great for cooking and crafts.  This class is a little bit of everything Lavender.  We will make a great beverage, eat lavender cookies and make 2 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.

In Dublin: February 15; Wednesday 6-9pm $20 resident, $24 non-resident

 

5.     Cooking with Herbs, Dinner

Our bay area climate allows us to grow certain herbs year ‘round, some examples are rosemary, thyme, sage, chives….we will focus on this bounty.  We will make an herbal dinner and enjoy it together.  We will use rosemary, thyme, and sage in some fun ways.  Thyme cookies, Rosemary beverage…. this full dinner will tantalize your taste buds!  All recipes and suggestions on growing your own herbs included.

In Dublin: March 23; Friday 6-9pm $35 resident, $42 non-resident

6.     Gardening Series

It is not too early to start gardening! Gardening is a great way to eat locally, organically and on a budget. Topics will include: essentials to a garden- planning; compost (touching on vermiculture); plant choices: veggies, herbs, fruits; starting from seed or seedlings; and irrigation with an emphasis on drip.

In Dublin; 3 Mondays March 5,12 and 19 from 7 to 9 pm $40 resident, $48 non-resident

If you have any questions about the class registration, please contact the Dublin Rec Guide tech support.