Techniques of Cooking
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Break down the barriers of home cooking and baking from fridge to table. 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.
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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Whether you are a novice looking to gain confidence in the kitchen, a total cooking whiz looking to add to your repertoire, a couple or group of friends seeking an alternative fun night out, or looking for the perfect gift for your favorite foodie, we have something here for you! Our chef instructors take pride in sharing their knowledge and expertise with students at all levels of proficiency in our intimate, hands-on environment. Our kitchens are professionally equipped, but you will leave understanding how to adapt every recipe for your home kitchen. Learn about our most popular offerings – the best cooking classes in the greater Boston area – and peruse our offerings to find the class you’ll most love. Visit our Class Calendar for adults or teens to sign up for upcoming classes and check back – we update our class postings all the time.