Techniques of Cooking

Break down the barriers of home cooking and baking from fridge to table in these multi-day cooking classes. Novices and culinary wizards alike will benefit from hands-on instruction on cooking and baking basics like knife skills, cooking techniques, and creating bakery-worthy pastries.

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Techniques of Cooking I – 6 Week Series

Week 1 – Knife Skills: Kick off this in-depth series by slicing and dicing your way to culinary proficiency. Learn how to select and sharpen knives, practice a variety of cuts, and work with uniquely shaped vegetables.

Week 2 – Eggs: Did you know the 100 folds of a classic chefs’ toque are said to represent the many ways a chef can cook an egg. Learn about the science of cooking an egg in many forms from whole to yolks and whites to foams. Recipes may include hollandaise sauce, omelets, soufflés, and custards.

Week 3 – Soups and Stocks: A good stock is the foundation of all great cooking. Start with the basics: beef, chicken, veal, and vegetable stocks. From these bases, you will make a variety of soups, like Southwest squash, fennel corn chowder, and vichyssoise.

Week 4 – Dry Heat Cooking: Discover the difference between radiant, conduction, and convection heat sources through roasting, grilling, and sautéing. You’ll learn and practice with the cuts of meat best cooked by the dry heat method. Possible recipes include skirt steak, grilled swordfish verde, and honey spiced pork.

Week 5 – Moist Heat Cooking: Learn the braising, stewing, and poaching methods categorized as moist heat cooking. Utilize the stove top and oven to discover differences between techniques, and the benefits of using aromatic stocks. Tackle recipes such as Ossobuco, braised short ribs, and rabbit fricassee.

Week 6 – Master Sauces: Nothing elevates good home cooking like a masterful sauce! This course will explore the classic mother sauces and their myriad of flavors, textures, and colors. Applying the skills you’ve honed over the past five weeks, you’ll learn the secret to making a truly impressive dish.

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Techniques of Cooking II – 6 Week Series

After mastering some impressive skills and techniques in Techniques of Cooking I, you will want to take your abilities to the next level. Learn additional techniques for preparing vegetables, chicken, meat, fish, and pasta; and make it all come together in a complete meal sure to wow even the pickiest dinner guests.

Week 1 – Vegetables, Grains, and Beans: Some techniques are best suited for cooking spring/summer vegetables, while others are best for fall/winter vegetables. Learn the differences while preparing soups, salads, sides, and vegetarian entrées.

Week 2 – Poultry: Buying a whole chicken is more economical than buying parts, so it’s time you learned some de-boning methods, dividing the whole chicken into workable parts. Practice your moist heat and dry heat cooking skills while turning chicken breasts, wings, and legs into novel dishes.

Week 3 – Meat: No one wants under or overcooked meat. Take the angst out of cooking meat by learning how to properly prepare different cuts of beef, pork, and lamb following the best methods for each protein type and cut. You’ll build complete dishes with pan sauces and sides.

Week 4 – Fish: Living in New England, you’ve got to learn how to properly cook fish! Practice techniques of preparing fin fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. You’ll incorporate many of the cooking techniques you’ve mastered up to this point, preparing some delicious seafood dishes sure to impress your friends and family.

Week 5 – Pasta: Who doesn’t love fresh pasta? This class covers the fundamentals of pasta making like rolling, cutting, filling, and pairing pasta shapes with sauces. You will make dough from scratch, form pasta in many shapes, and make some bold and flavorful sauces to complete each dish.

Week 6 – Company’s Coming: You are now ready to flaunt those skills! Working with the techniques and cooking methods covered in Techniques of Cooking I and the first 5 weeks of this series, build a complete menu to impress any dinner guests from appetizers though dessert.

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