Welcome to your Culinary Arts class! This cooking class is intended for people who want to create inexpensive meals and snacks that use few ingredients, that are very flexible for modern day living, and can be modified to be prepared healthier or more indulgent- for few people or many- depending on your plans. Some of these ideas can be put together quickly if your plans suddenly change. I don’t use spices or ingredients you’ve never heard of. You probably have most supplies in your kitchen already.
First you need to decide if you are merely watching the class videos, or if you want to participate as a chef. If you plan to cook, next you should plan your food budget and take a peek at what ingredients are required for each lesson. You can opt in or out of some of the ingredients, and skip lessons that don’t interest you.
You’ll need standard kitchen equipment- a working oven (a toaster oven will do), and a stove top (a stand-alone burner can work). You’ll also need standard kitchen supplies, such as baking sheets, pots, and frying pans, with utensils and potholders to safely handle hot items. Nothing outside of ordinary kitchen gear will be required.
Some of these lessons rely on using leftovers. The plan is to make enough meat for your regular meals to have precooked meat for additional meals later in the week. How many lessons you need depends on your situation. For example: if you already know how to cook chicken and want to skip that lesson, you can move on ahead to the ideas for using chicken leftovers. Those who want to learn different ways to cook chicken, or have never had much experience cooking it, will want to try both lessons.
The goal for this class is to help you learn how to be more creative in the kitchen, using simple supplies and stress-free methods. Cooking should feel fun, sometimes even peaceful and meditative.
Food is pleasurable and a joyful blessing. All too often, the process of preparing it is rushed and cooking it is a chore. Life doesn’t have to be this way! Every meal can be an event to look forward to. Celebrate the gift of food on your plate. The best chefs love to eat!
Enjoying good food and good company doesn’t mean neglecting our health. Lessons will include tips for how to make savory meals without sacrificing fitness goals. Nearly every family struggles with dietary concerns and the stress of this can make meals miserable. Skip lessons that absolutely don’t work for your situation, but perhaps you can creatively modify these ideas with substitutions. I trust that you know what you need to do to tweak meals to fit your needs (when possible) for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, low salt, etc.
The goal of this class is not only to suggest new ideas and new ways of preparing foods, but also to empower you to feel excited about cooking for yourself and your family. It can be difficult to maintain the joy of cooking when life is difficult or busy, when money is tight, and when supplies and morale are low. But no matter what your challenges are, I hope to inspire you to approach your meals with renewed energy.
If you are new to cooking, or have never felt confident in the kitchen, this class will help you master basic meals that can be modified to meet your occasion. This class will inspire you to share your culinary skills, eat well, and stay on budget. There is nothing you can’t do, if you believe you can.
Learn at your own pace. Relax and have fun. Be joyful, be free!
Be inspired to cook!
/See next documents: Class Syllabus and Lessons/