Fall 2018 Cooking Courses

Specialty offerings in:


Cooking Classroom
The college has created a dedicated space (Day Care Center, room 135) for our cooking classes! We'll offer classes to help you discover food that's healthy, nutritious and delicious! Learn from local chefs, cooks and bakers, and discover healthy food ideas for your busy lifestyle!

What to expect
Most cooking classes are hands-on and interactive and all are led by qualified instructors. Please wear comfortable clothes/shoes with hair pulled back. Unless indicated, you will have an opportunity to taste the dishes prepared in class.

Disclaimer: The kitchen and recipes used in our cooking classes may contain ingredients or other substances which could cause allergic reactions in some individuals. The college cannot be and is not responsible for any allergic reaction(s) that may occur as a result of participating in any of our cooking classes. Hudson Valley Community College does not assume any liability or responsibility for any allergic and/or adverse reactions to food touched or consumed or substances or items one may come into contact with while participating in culinary classes.

Course Offerings

Meal Planning for Families on the Go
Between dance recitals and soccer practice, our families are always on the go. In this course, learn how to reduce the time spent making dinner and increase the few hours your family gets to spend together. Participants will learn the basics, and usefulness, of freezer meals and crockpot meal planning. Course fee includes $30 materials fee.
51114
$45
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Mon., 9/24, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Sarah Diamond, Instructor

Instant Pot™ Part II
We found out what the buzz was about in Instant Pot™ I this past summer, now it's time to return for Instant Pot II! With even more simple and home-cooked meals made in 30 minutes or less, there will be endless options for your family to choose from. Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
51096
$29
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Sun., 9/30, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sarah Diamond, Instructor

Basics of Home Food Preservation
This class offers an introduction to several techniques of home food preservation including water bath canning, pressure canning, pickling and dehydrating. You will learn about the safest methods and necessary equipment to preserve the local harvest, and give gifts from the heart this holiday season. Course fee includes $3 materials fee.
51098
$35
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Tues., 11/27, 6 - 8 p.m.
Karen Mort, Instructor

Couples' Date Night
Whether you started dating last week or have been married for 50 years, there is nothing more romantic than cooking a meal together. Learn how to create simple yet elegant meals you can share on a busy week night or when grandma takes the kids for a sleepover. Course fee includes $45 materials fee and is for one couple. Both must be registered.
51097
$65
51113 – partner's registration
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Mon., 10/15, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Sarah Diamond, Instructor

Tour of the World
Food is the heart of so many cultures, and can be experienced without a passport. Throughout the course of four weeks, come experience the rich cultures of France, Greece, Chile, and Scotland through their unique dishes. Course fee includes $75 materials fee.
50893
$125
4 Sessions, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Sun., 10/14 - 11/4, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sarah Diamond, Instructor

Senior Cooking
Whether you have been cooking for friends and family all your life or have never set foot in a kitchen, it's never too late to learn a new recipe or skill. Together we will foster an appreciation for the art of cooking and life-long learning. Course fee includes $8 materials fee.
51110
$33
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Tues., 9/11, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mirissa Casey, Instructor

Healthy Comfort Food
Who says comfort food can't be healthy? Join Mirissa Casey of the Chic Chef for this culinary adventure where we will cook (and taste) delicious recipes that are both comforting and good for your diet. Course fee includes $8 materials fee.
51111
$33
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Fri., 9/21, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mirissa Casey, Instructor

Cooking on the Mediterranean
Let's travel to Spain, Italy, France, Turkey and Greece! We will experience the tastes of the Mediterranean while cooking with native recipes from these countries and more. We will journey throughout the Mediterranean to find new favorites that we can share with our family and friends. Grab your passports and your appetites, and prepare for some cooking fun! For kids ages 8 – 14. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee.
51103
$55
3 Sessions, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Sat., 10/13 - 10/27, 9 a.m. - noon
Brianna Marchese, Instructor

Let's Bake!

Beginner Cookie Decorating Class
Learn the use of royal icing to decorate cookies. If you've never worked with royal icing or have dabbled just a little, this class will help you get the ball rolling. We will briefly talk about the basics of baking cookies and offer tips and tricks of the trade, but then we'll move right into the world of decorating. We will learn, hands-on, the various decorating techniques used with two different types of royal icing: piping consistency and flood consistency. Open to ages 12 and up.

We've planned five to six cookie designs, including Fall Harvest on 9/26, Halloween on 10/16, Thanksgiving on 11/7 and Christmas on 12/1, and we will keep things rolling to get them all completed by the end of class.
50855
$65
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Wed., 9/26, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

50856
$65
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Tues., 10/16, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

51093
$65
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Wed., 11/7, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

51094
$65
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Sat., 12/1, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cindy Burek of Buttercup Cookie, Instructor

Learn to Make Sweets with Your Lil' Sweetie
You will work with your child (ages 5 - 10) to create delicious no bake desserts. This is a chance to spend quality time with your lil' sweetie and learn recipes you'll both want
to create over and over again. Course fee includes $20 materials fee and is for one parent and one child. Both must be registered.
50890
$35
50891 – child's registration
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Fri., 10/5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Diamond, Instructor

Fat Burning Brownies
You can have your sweets and lose fat at the same time! In this practical workshop, Hollan will teach you how to make sugar free chocolate delights that will knock your socks off… and maybe even a couple pounds. These nourishing treats work great for quick breakfasts, lunches or mid-day fat-blasting snacks. They are nutrient-dense, Paleo, keto, and whole foods compliant. Course fee includes $5 materials fee.
51079
$55
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Sun., 9/23, 4 - 6 p.m.
Hollan Bonjukian of Tru Fitness, Instructor

Sweet Potato Pie
Move over, pumpkin pie! It's time for sweet potato pie to take center stage on your table this Thanksgiving. Join us in preparing this southern classic — just like your grandmother used to make it. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
51108
$35
1 Session, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Tues., 9/25, 6 - 8 p.m.
Nevillene White, Instructor

Pinterest Cakes
Learn to make the show-stopping cakes you see on Pinterest and your favorite baking shows. From hand-piped buttercream flowers to whimsical unicorns and drippy chocolate drizzles, this class will lead you through cake decorating techniques sure to improve your next celebration. Learn to achieve a flawless frosting finish and practice more than 9 buttercream flowers, as well as improving basic cake baking and an introduction to fondant. This class is perfect for baking enthusiasts and welcomes culinary beginners as well. Course fee includes $200 materials fee.
51109
$449
8 Sessions, DCC 135 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Thurs., 9/27 - 11/15, 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Ella Montelone of Butter and Sugar Company, Instructor

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