The Basics

The Basics is a 7-class in-depth extensive training in the basics of cooking. 

Mise en place

  • Introduction and class outline
  • 1. What is “mise en place”
  • 2. Problems that “mise en place’ addresses
  • 3. “Mise en place” for weekly planning and your shopping list
  • 4. “Mise en place” for events and dinners
  • 5. “Mise en place” for a recipe
  • 5. Ten “mise” tips to live by in your kitchen
  • Recap
  • Bonus Lesson:  Food safety basics

About the food

  • Introduction and class outline
  • 1. Training to taste
  • 2. All about fat
  • 3. All about salt
  • 4. All about acid
  • 5. All about seasoning
  • 6. What’s in your pantry
  • Recap

About the equipment

  • Introduction and class outline
  • 1. Necessary pans
  • 2. Necessary Knives – about and care
  • 3. Necessary other stuff
  • 4. Not necessary, but fun
  • Recap

The Basics 2:

The chicken and the egg

  • Introduction and class outline
  • 1. The facts about chicken
  • 2. Safe handling and brining
  • 3. Roasted Lemon Chicken with Herbs and Veggies (recipe)
  • 4. Cutting up
  • 5. Making stock
  • 6. All about the egg
  • 7. Soft-boiled, hard-boiled, and poached
  • 8. More than a scramble
  • 9. Mayo and unpasteurized
  • Recap
  • Bonus lesson: Potato Crust Quiche
  • Bonus lesson: Torta Pasqua
  • Bonus lesson: Honey Pecan Chicken with Wild and Short-grain Rice Pilaf

The Basics 3

Vegetables, Fruits, and Grains

  • Introduction and class outline
  • 1. Shifting our thinking
  • 2. Whole grains- what are they?
  • 3. Simple versus complex carbohydrates
  • 4. What’s in your wallet – fridge?
  • 5. Rice cooker to the rescue
  • 6. The truth about fruit
  • 7. Vegetarian mains
  • 8. Show-stopping vegetarian sides
  • Recap
  • Bonus lesson: Lemon Pasta
  • Bonus lesson: Chili Rellenos with Homemade Ricotta
  • Bonus lesson: Rainbow Salad with Maple Basil Dressing and Farinata
  • Bonus lesson: Mushroom Asparagus Pasta with Rhubarb
  • Bonus lesson: Sweet Potato Barley Bowl
  • Bonus lesson: Fresh Fruit Gelato
  • Bonus lesson: Asparagus Tart and Asparagus Pâte

The Basics 4

Fish and Seafood

  • Introduction and class outline
  • 1. What’s the catch
  • 2. Shrimp
  • 3. Salmon
  • 4. In a shell – paella
  • 5. Canned Tuna – Greek Pasta Salad
  • 6. Raw fish and seafood
  • Recap
  • Bonus lesson: Strawberry and Crab Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
  • Bonus lesson: Cod en Papillote

The Basics 5

About Meat

  • Introduction and class outline
  • 1. The right cut for the job- pork
  • 2. Spicy Pork Tenderloin – recipe
  • 3. The right cut for the job- beef
  • 4. Beef Ragout – recipe
  • 5. Ground Meats- Rolled Italian Meatloaf – recipe
  • 6. Cured meats
  • Recap (About meat and The Basics)
  • Bonus lesson: Sous vide basics
  • Bonus lesson: Porchetta
  • Bonus lesson: Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry
  • Bonus lesson: Knife Skills

28-Day Happy New Year Reset

(will update yearly) 

The 28 Day Reset is full of recipes (over 50) guides, planning guides, and tons of inspiration.  The course is designed to change and improve your relationship with food, your health, and set positive and healthful expectations for the new year!

Class 1. Week 1

Introduction and Foundational Work

  • 1. Welcome to the 28-day reset
  • 2. Outline and objectives
  • 3. Paperwork
  • 4. What’s in your larder?

Class 2 – Week 1

  • 1. Menu and recipe review – Menu 1
  • 2. Menu and recipe review – Menu 2
  • 3. Bonus lesson: Cranberry Nut Granola

Class 3 – Week 2

  • Menu and recipe review – Menu 1
  • 2. Menu and recipe review – Menu 2
  • 3. Bonus Lesson: Broccoli Tofu Stir-fry

Class 4 – Week 3

  • 1. Menu and recipe review – Menu 1
  • 2. Menu and recipe review – Menu 2
  • 3. Bonus Lesson: Pistachio Encrusted Chicken with Mango Salsa
  • 4. Bonus Lesson: Walnut Croquettes with Blue Cheese Potatoes

Class 5: Week 4

  • Recap of 28-Day “Happy New Year” Reset
  • Bonus lesson: Halibut en Papillote (recipe)

Fall 2019

  • 1. Bonus content: Thai Filet Mignon Salad – recipe
  • 2. Bonus content: Piatti di Sole – recipe
  • 3. Bonus content: Zucchini Spaghetti with Macerated Tomatoes, Corn, and Pesto – recipe
  • 4. Bonus content: Farmers Market with Bonnie Dehn – Sprouts with Smoked Trout – recipe
  • 5. Bonus content: Sweet Corn Stuffed Chili Rellenos with Ground Cherry Salsa – recipe
  • 6. Bonus content: Butternut Squash Croquettes with Maple Cayenne Bacon – recipe
  • 7. Bonus content: Pomodoro a Riso – antipasti table – recipe
  • 8. Bonus content: Sourdough Rye Bread – recipe
  • 9. Bonus content: Ratatouille – recipe

Silver Linings Cooking Series

(on-going – new classes in production)

 

  • Beef Ragout – recipe and video
  • Spicy Chicken Chili – recipe and video
  • Pizza Party – recipe and video
  • Lemon Chicken – recipe and video
  • Lemon Pasta – recipe and video
  • Basic Tomato Sauce and Basil Pesto – recipe and video
  • Farro Bowl with Artichokes and Fresh Mozzarella – recipe and video
  • Pistachio Encrusted Chicken with Oven Fries – recipe and video
  • Maple Mustard Sheet Pan Chicken – recipe and video
  • Strawberry Chicken Salad – recipe and video
  • Torta Rustica – recipe and video
  • Asparagus Tart and Blue Cheese Tartlets – recipe and video
  • Vegetarian Cassoulet – recipe and video
  • Jalapeño Cornbread – recipe and video
  • Sweet Potato Barley Bowl – recipe and video
  • Italian Wedding Soup – recipe and video
  • Homemade Pasta – recipe and video
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