Cooking Classes

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ Continuing Education Department offers a variety of cooking classes. Most classes take place at the college’s West Davenport Center, 2950 N. Fairmount St. Cost for the hands-on classes is $19. Take a virtual tour of the West Davenport Center to see the cooking lab. Below is a list of the upcoming cooking classes available.

August 2014

Lasagna Dinner

We will make an awesome Italian salad, homemade lasagna, garlic bread and cannoli. Cost: $19

Wednesday, August 13
Course #138244

SX3/Soups, Salads & Shortcakes

Triple S-Soups, Salads, and Shortcakes: Are you planning to host a shower or other celebration? This class will give you the perfect menu to seamlessly prepare an elegant celebration for your guests. You will learn a recipe for basic shortcake with many variations. In addition, each group will prepare a different soup and salad, allowing students to try many different options throughout the course of the evening. Cost: $19

Monday, August 18
Course #138016

BBQ Sauces

Ready to travel the south for the perfect "liquid gold"? We will make South Carolina style mustard BBQ sauce, Memphis style BBQ sauce, North Carolina style BBQ sauce, Texas style BBQ sauce and Kansas city style BBQ sauce. We will try them all on grilled chicken and then make an ice cream desert to cool off. Cost: $19

Tuesday, August 19
Course #138421

Simply Sumptious Salads

Not just Iceberg with Ranch. Cost: $19

Wednesday, August 20
Course #138263

Easy Elegance

Oysters Rockefeller, bruschetta, and lemon berry tarts are among the few items that are sure to dazzle your next dinner guests. Please bring some containers for your leftovers. Cost: $19

Monday, August 25
Course #138103

Harvest the Harvest

Preserving fruits and vegetables from your garden. Cost: $19

Thursday, August 28
Course #138267

 

September 2014

Smoked Turkey Breast

Learn how to brine and then smoke a turkey breast. This is the juiciest turkey we have ever eaten. We will also prepare party potatoes, fresh green beans and apple dumplings for dessert.

Wednesday, September 3
Course #144107

Simple Simon Met a Pieman

See what he learned how to make.

Thursday, September 4  
Course #143628

Chinese Dumplings

Dumpling is a kind of traditional and popular Chinese food. If you’d like to learn how to make it, I’ll be there to help... Please bring your container for leftovers.

Monday,  September 8  
Course #143589

Ethnic Markets of Chicago

We are hitting the little known ethnic treasures of Chicago. Some Greek, some Russian, some Italian some a fun mixture of cultures. Bring a cooler, cell phone, walking shoes and an adventurous spirit. Cost: $79

Tuesday, September 9
7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.  
Course #143141
Kimberly Center-Alternative

Your Japanese Kitchen Sushi Lovers

Your Japanese Kitchen Sushi Lovers, Let’s make Sushi! We will be making Sushi seasoning and Sushi rice. I’ll demonstrate sushi bowls and some rolls with fish and vegetables. You will experience a Japanese sushi tour. Please bring a bottle for sushi vinegar and containers for your leftovers.

Tuesday, September 9   
Course #142685

Hispanic Food Tour

Participants will sample a variety of grocery and restaurant items from the famed Hispanic businesses of Columbus Junction. Learn about different peppers and how to use them in cooking and try every salsa in town and decide which your favorite is. Class is held in the Youth Center at Louisa Co. Fair Grounds, Columbus Junction, Iowa. Cost: $20

Wednesday, September 10
6 - 8 p.m.  
Course #143184
Louisa Co. Fair Grounds

Salsa Camp

Just like a quilting party but with tortilla chips!! Let’s get together and combine our chopping ability and make a great salsa to enjoy all winter. We will have a couple of canners running.... and everyone should get to take home several jars of salsa. This is totally hands on! Wear your apron ... cuz the tomatoes will be flying! Bring a box to help carry the hot jars home.

Wednesday, September 10  
Course #143156

Vegan Entrees

Have you considered the health benefits of a Plant-Based Diet? We will be experimenting with several different combinations of food, including beans and legumes, vegetables, and alternate sources of protein such as Quinoa and Tofu. We will make Lentil Stuffed Mushrooms, Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, Hummus Veggie pizza and Vegan Alfredo sauce. Please bring some containers for your leftovers.

Thursday, September 11  
Course #143151

Great Grains!

Grains are an essential element in a healthy diet, and eating high-fiber whole grains may help reduce your risk of heart disease, ward off diabetes, and control cholesterol. In this class we will experiment with several grains including Barley, Bulgur, Farro, Quinoa, and Wheat Berries. Please bring some containers for your leftovers

Monday, September 15   
Course #143152

Cast Iron Cookery

Bring your cast iron skillet or Dutch oven. This class will season a few items and learn to cook unexpected yummy foods in cast iron.

Tuesday, September 16
1 - 4 p.m.  
Course #142686

Introduction to Royal Icing

Try your hand at the latest dessert craze - sugar cookies decorated with royal icing. Join the ladies of 2 Mamas Baking as we cover the necessary tools, piping, flooding, wet on wet techniques, quilting, icing transfers, and more. Walk away with at least a dozen cookies and some fun new skills. Bring a cookie sheet to transport your wet cookies.

Tuesday, September 16   
Course #143185

Hot & Spicy

Home-canned goods to put some heat in your life. Chili sauce and hot pepper jelly will be a couple of the goodies we will make and send home with you.

Wednesday, September 17   
Course #143190

Appetizers/India

Prepare Punjabi vegan favorites: Spinach Pakora, Bread Pakora, Matter Ke Kachori (spicy pastry with green peas and beans) and Pani Puri a popular road side treat.

Thursday, September 18   
Course #143563

A Mexican Feast

Let’s prepare some authentic Mexican. You will learn how to make the perfect flan, delicious salsas, the perfect rice, and maybe even a taco or two. Please bring some containers for your leftovers.

Monday, September 22  
Course #143149

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon

It’s not just for breakfast anymore! Let’s cook up some bacon monkey bread, bacon buffalo mac and cheese and peanut butter bacon bars and get lots of other bacon ideas! Life is better with more bacon.

Tuesday, September 23   
Course #143189

Pizza!! Pizza!

Nothing is better than a great healthy pizza. We will be making gourmet pizza, using herb and whole wheat flour crusts. And you can make fresh mozzarella cheese in your own kitchen using ingredients right from the grocery store. I’ll demonstrate and show you techniques and tips that I have learned. Only equipment you need is a colander and a thermometer! We will finish off that hot and delicious pizza while discussing making your own sauces and different toppings you can use. And yes, I will talk with my mouth full!!!!

Wednesday, September 24   
Course #143195

Curry Dishes/India

Try a variety of Punjabi vegan curry entrees; Butter Paneer Masala, Cabbage Kofta, Chole (chickpea curry), Rajima (bean curry), Saag Polak, Punjabi Kadhi (yogurt) and Aloo Pudi.

Thursday, September 25  
Course #143561

Five Under $50

Yes, it’s possible. Feed your family five dinners for under fifty dollars a week. We will discuss shopping and organizational strategies as well as menu planning. Chicken tacos, pasta with Bolognese sauce, and healthy Chinese are among the entrees. Please bring some containers for your leftovers.

Monday, September 29   
Course #143126

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day

But these Italian dishes won’t take that long!

Tuesday, September 30   
Course #143485

 

October 2014

Mixology

What to stock, how to shake, stir and serve like a pro. Learn how to make a better drink for yourself and your friends and become a more discerning consumer when you are enjoying spirits and cocktails. You will be introduced to the essential tools of bartending, the proper techniques and preparation methods. Once you know these basics you will be prepared to tackle any drink recipe, experiment with your own original cocktails and plan a cocktail party. Cost: $89

4 Wks Wednesdays, Begins October 1
6 – 8:30 a.m.
Course #143124
The Outing Club

Give Me Five Minutes a Day....

Want to bake your own bread but you think you don’t have the time? I will share the wonders of the Artisian Bread in 5 minutes a Day. We will be making many different baked items out of one dough. You must bring a 5-6 qts plastic storage container with lid.......... an ice cream bucket is perfect! You will want to take this dough home!!!

Wednesdays, October 1   
Course #143192

Chutneys/India

Enhance your menu with these Punjabi vegan sauces: Coconut Chutney, Mint Chutney, Lmli Chutney, Mango Chutney, Tomato Chutney and Raita (yogurt) Spinach and Vegetable.

Thursday, October 2   
Course #143650

Go Fish!

The health benefits of fish are well known, but preparing it can be a mystery for some. Come and learn some easy and healthful ways to prepare fish, including baked in parchment, poached, pan fried, and broiled/grilled. We will also make some healthy sides to complement each dish. Please bring some containers for your leftovers.

Monday, October 6  
Course #143154

What's for Dinner?

Want to serve fresh food fast? We’ll make Pistachio-Crusted grouper with Lavender Honey sauce and Minted Sugar snap peas, then Lemon artichoke Halibut en papillote and top it off with Zabaglione with fresh berries. Get lots of other ideas for fresh food fast for when you need dinner in a hurry!

Tuesday, October 7   
Course #143188

Basic Dairy

Embrace your inner milkmaid and learn how to make basic dairy products in your kitchen. In class we will make Buttermilk, Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese, Quark and whole milk Ricotta Cheese. Please bring a large covered container to take cottage cheese home.

Wednesdays, October 8  
Course #143155

Burmese Food Tour

This is your chance to try tea leaf salad! Participants will eat a four course Burmese meal featuring stir fry, rice and salad. Class is held at OK Restaurant, 216 Main Street, Columbus Junction, Iowa. Cost: $20

Wednesdays, October 8
6 - 8 p.m.  
Course #143182
OK Restaurant, Columbus Junction, IA

 

Desserts/India

Try and prepare these Punjabi vegan desserts: Gajan Halwa (soft carrot cake), Basen Hadoo, Kheer (rice pudding) and Coconut Milk cake bites.

Thursday, October 9  
Course #143630

All Baking

Use seasonal produce and impress everyone with Apple Tarte Tatin, Pumpkin Flan, and Pear Crisp. Yummy!

Monday, October 13   
Course #143138

Power Woking

Learn to use this versatile Chinese cooking pan and make fun Oriental dishes.

Tuesday, October 14   
Course #143538

Entree Pies

Pies aren’t only for dessert. Prepare main dish pies including Shepherd’s Pie, Chicken Pot Pie and a yummy Beef Pie with a puff pastry crust.

Wednesday, October 15  
Course #143663

Chicago Gourmet

Get ready for holiday cooking and stock up your pantry with gourmet goodies we gather in some of the finest shops in Chicago. Wear your walking shoes and bring a cell phone and cooler. Cost: $79

Thursday, October 16
7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.  
Course #143142
Kimberly Center-Alternative

Ole What's Paella?

You’ll find out & make it.

Thursday, October 16   
Course #143651

100 Calorie Desserts

Are you looking to indulge your sweet tooth without feeling guilty? In this class we will prepare several low calorie yet tasty desserts including Lemon Angel cupcakes, Berry Pavlovas, and Chocolate Mousse with a secret ingredient. Please bring some containers for your leftovers.

Monday, October 20  
Course #143153

Cooking with Wine & Spirits

Enhance desserts and sauces with wine and spirits. Over 21 years of age please.

Tuesday, October 21
11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Course #142688

Cookie Painting

We all know that sugar cookies decorated with royal icing are the next big thing. But, have you ever seen a painted cookie? Whether you enjoy painting or baking (or both!), you’ll love this class. 2 Mamas Baking will provide you with a dozen cookies that are already base-coated with royal icing and ready for some paint. Come and have some fun with us! Please bring a cookie sheet to transport wet cookies.

Tuesday, October 21   
Course #143186

Brunch Favorites

Quiches, crepes, stratas ... fun recipes for your Sunday morning breakfast.

Wednesdays, October 22   
Course #143157

Thai One On

Explore Thai cooking, exotic and tasty.

Thursday, October 23   
Course #143553

Quick and Easy Chinese

Learn the technique for healthy stir-frying using a wok or a large skillet. We will practice dishes with meat, vegetables, and tofu. Included in this class will be beef and broccoli, General Tso’s chicken, and baked egg rolls. Please bring some containers for your leftovers.

Monday, October 27  
Course #143150

Gluten Free Chinese

If you are avoiding Chinese restaurants because you are avoiding gluten, then this is the class for you. Come make Orange Beef and Broccoli, Ginger-lime Beef Stir Fry with rice noodles, Five Spice Grilled Chicken thighs with blackberry glaze and yellow rice with spring peas. Who needs to eat out when you can enjoy all this in the comfort of your home?

Tuesday, October 28   
Course #143187

Fresh Pasta, Pestos & Sauces

Learn how to create traditional Italian pastas including ravioli, fettuccini, gnocchi, and classic pesto and tomato based sauces. Delizioso! Please bring some containers for your leftovers.

Wednesdays, October 29   
Course #143140
Pleasant Valley High School

Winter Soups

Corn chowder, French onion soup, Creamy wild rice and mushroom.

Wednesdays, October 29  
Course #143341

Crepe Expectations

This traditional French dish is versatile and really easy to make. The class will learn how to make crepes for all the courses of a meal not just dessert.

Thursday, October 30   
Course #143484