Home and Garden

CULINARY CORNER

 All classes offered by Kim Hendrikson,

Offered in cooperation with Ramsey Community School

All classes held at Ramsey High School

 

SCONES SIMPLIFIED         FEE: $30

Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. (1 sess. Mar. 7)          (plus $15 mat. fee due at reg.)

Want to make the best scones ever? All it takes is a few basic techniques, a very simple recipe and Kim’s guidance and you will be baking off scones like professional bakeries serve! Kim will demonstrate the basics of scone making and a variety of scone recipes will be baked and shared that evening. Like the sound of Pear-Thyme Scones? Blueberry-Lemon Scones? Join Kim in preparing several different scone recipes that you’ll be able to take home. Bring to class: apron, dish towel, and take home containers.

 

SERVED ON A STICK - SKEWERED FOODS    FEE: $60

Monday & Tuesday, 7:00-10:00 p.m. (2 sess. Mar. 27 & 28) (plus $30 mat. fee                   due at reg.)

This is the new “IN” restaurant trend for serving your favorite food combinations. Kim will coach you through an assortment of savory recipes that feature meat, fish, veggies and sweet treats (that you’ve probably never even contemplated skewering!) via the skewered approach. If Grilled Eggplant Rolls, Sandwich & Salad on a Stick or Prosciutto Papaya Skewers with Basil and Raspberries intrigue you and you want a new way to serve a healthy meal, join us! The possibilities for skewering foods are endless. This is a unique and easy way to entertain and makes a beautiful presentation. Bring to class: apron, oven mitt, take home containers.

 

CAKE COUTURE - A CAKE DECORATING WORKSHOP  FEE:  $60

Monday & Tuesday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.             (plus $30 mat. fee)

(2 sess. Apr. 17 & 18)                                        due at reg.)

People are finally over the pretty (but horrible tasting!) fondant decorations. Buttercream is back and this class will show you how to use it to decorate like a bakery. This is a basic decorating class that anyone can do! The first night we'll practice basic pastry tip designs; by the end of the evening you'll be piping decorations on a vertical surface, which will prepare you for night two when you will be frosting and decorating the cake layers you bring to class. You will be required to bring two baked cake layers/cupcakes (store bought is fine) OR styrofoam discs to the second class.). Night two, we'll apply our new decorating skills to the cake layers you bring. Frosting, buttercream and fondant recipes will be demo’d and recipes handed out, tips on filling and frosting layer cakes discussed and tricks and tips provided. Take the fear and cost out of your next celebration and decorate your own cake! The first night we'll talk about tips and tricks to frost and fill layer cakes for that professional look, then practice basic decorating skills. Why pay a ton of money for a fancy birthday cake when you can make a great tasting, customized cake to celebrate any event. Pastry bags and tips will be provided to give you the basic tools needed for your future creations. Bring to class: apron, plastic containers, either cake layers/cupcakes or styrofoam layers to class. Bring a baking sheet or box to carry home your decorated cake.

 

SCANDINAVIAN BRAID MADE EASY FEE: $60

Monday & Tuesday, 7:00-10:00 p.m. (plus $30 mat. fee due at reg.)

(2 sess. Apr. 24 & 25)

Scandinavian braid bread is the soft, buttery, yeast based dough braid filled with fruit or cheese that is cut and sold by the pound in old fashion bakeries. Some people incorrectly call this a strudel, but it is a very dramatic dessert or brunch item that is actually very easy to make. Don't be intimidated - Kim will walk you through the basics of making this delightful dough. While it chills she will bake and serve the demo braid. There will be time for each person to make a small braid the very first night to take home. Night two will be your opportunity to fill and bake another braid with your favorite filling, sweet or savory, to take home to eat or freeze. No baking experience required, its that simple to make. Bring to class: apron, dish towel and take home containers.

 

ICE CREAM TASTING        FEE: $30

Tuesday, 7-9:30 p.m. (1 sess.  May 2)            (plus $15 mat. fee due at reg.)

You think you have a favorite kind of cold sweet treat, but are you sure? Kim will offer over 12 different kinds of ice cream, gelatos and sorbets, to expose and train your taste buds to the nuance of good ice cream. The evening of tastes will include a conversation of the history of ice cream, how each ice cream is made, and the differences between these cold treats. She may not change your mind, but she guarantees you will never taste ice cream the same way again! NO COOKING, just eating and a night out! Please bring an empty stomach!

 

 

YEAR ROUND GARDENING       FEE: $45

Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.         (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor)

(1 sess. Mar. 8)            Midland Park H.S.    

Why settle for frozen or canned vegetables or dried herbs when you can grow your own fresh produce practically year-round here in New Jersey? It’s easier than you might think.  We’ll discuss techniques to get you started from the simplest window sill garden to hot house gardening and everything in between. Knowing which varieties to plant and when can make all the difference. These time-tested and proven techniques will have you amazing your friends and neighbors as you harvest vegetables just when they are beginning to plant them!   We always have a great Q & A session at the end of the class and our gardeners share their success stories as well as questions. Join us for a fun-filled evening!

Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO SQUARE FOOT GARDENING        FEE: $45

Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.         (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor)

(New Date: 1 sess. Mar. 22)          Midland Park H.S.

If you want to have the prettiest flowers and eat the freshest, tastiest, and most healthy produce ever, but hate to weed and don’t have much time to spend in the garden each day, then you’re in luck. A SF Garden is: 50% of the cost, 20% of the space, 10% of the water, 5% of the seeds, 2% of the work and 100% as much harvest as a traditional back yard row garden. It makes gardening success easy. No weeding. No digging. No tilling. No kidding! Is your backyard soil as hard as a brick? No problem! You won’t be using it in your raised beds, and as a bonus the soil is totally organic! Join us for a light and fun-filled evening of useful gardening information, class participation and a question and answer session. You will be amazed to learn what you can grow all year long by using some of our simple tricks. Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

 

Canceled: INTERPLANTING and SUCCESSION PLANTING            FEE: $45

Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.         (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor)

(1 sess. Mar. 22)          Midland Park H.S.

Plant basil or carrots by your tomatoes for a better harvest and better tasting tomatoes, but don’t plant anything in the onion family near your peas or you will stunt their growth! Sounds crazy but it’s true. Gardeners and farmers have known this for hundreds of years. The proper layout of your garden patch will greatly enhance its productivity and taste. Knowing what to plant next after harvesting one type of vegetable in your garden is just as crucial. Each plant variety has different requirements. This course will teach you how to successfully do both for a productive and disease and pest resistant garden. Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

 

VERMICULTURE AND THE HOME GARDENER         FEE: $45

Wednesday 7-9:30 pm            (plus $35 cash mat. fee to instructor)

(1 sess. Mar. 29)          Midland Park H.S.

Vermiculture is the process of worm farming. When we use worms to create compost, we are vermicomposting. Experienced gardeners will tell you that worm excrement (castings) are the best natural fertilizer on the face of the earth. The lowly worm is the gardener’s best friend. They turn our kitchen scraps into “black gold.” When done properly, there are no odors, flies, or downsides. Worm castings have a woodsy, earthy, pleasant aroma. This course will enlighten you about worms and how to harness their power year-round to the benefit of your garden. Each participant will build a simple worm composting tub including worm bedding, natural additives and powdered food to take home along with detailed instructions for success.  Actual worms must be ordered on-line after the tub has been completed and allowed to sit for several days. Your garden will thank you with healthier vegetables and bigger blooms. It’s natural and all organic! Instructor: Donald J. Kanarr

 

SPROUTS, MICROGREENS & BABY GREENS FEE: $45

Wednesday 7-9:30 pm            (plus $30 cash mat. fee to Instructor)

(1 sess. April 5)           Midland Park H.S.

Together we’ll explore the differences between sprouts, microgreens and baby greens and how to grow all of them year-round in your home. Sprouts have very important health properties due to their high levels of nutrients and enzymes, which give our body valuable energy to detox and strengthen our immune system. Broccoli sprouts contain 20 to 50 times more nutrients than mature broccoli and have sulforaphane, a powerful anti-cancer compound that helps fight and reduce the risk of developing cancer. Every participant will plant a tray of organic broccoli sprouts to take home. We will also discuss the benefits of growing and juicing wheat grass which is another powerhouse for good health. Join us for a fun-filled evening of tips for living a healthier life. Instructor: Donald J. Kanarr

 

SEWING - BEGINNERS (Ages 14 & up)    FEE: $125

Monday, 6:30-9 p.m. Midland Park H.S.

(9 sess. beg. Feb. 27)(no class 4/10)

Students will learn the basics of sewing including seams, hems, zippers, buttonholes,pattern selection & layout. Each student is required to bring their own sewing machines with instruction manual in order to learn how to operate them more effectively. Please bring it the first night of class along with a 3 ring binder and a ½ yard of muslin fabric. Class limited to 14 students. Instructor: KAREN SKOGLUND

 

SEWING - ADVANCED (Ages 14 & up)                  FEE: $125

Wednesday, 6:30-9 p.m.         Midland Park H.S

(9 sess. beg. Mar. 1)(no class 4/12)

Advanced sewing techniques will be taught. Prerequisite for this class is sewing for beginners. STUDENTS MUST HAVE SEWING EXPERIENCE!  Students should bring their own sewing machines and a project to the first class. Class limited to14 students. 

Instructor: KAREN SKOGLUND

           

UPHOLSTERY – BEGINNER         FEE: $143 (SR CIT $136)

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. (8 sess. beg.  Feb. 14)        ($30 mat. fee due at registration)

            Ramsey High School (Shop)

Offered in cooperation with Ramsey Community School. Register through M.P.C.E.

Here’s your opportunity to learn how to upholster and master the ‘tricks of the trade’. Work on your own piece (we suggest a small piece: small chair, ottoman). Professional work is expensive; save a lot of money by learning to do it yourself. You will receive a survey via your email. Please keep a current email address in your student profile. Material fee: $30 material fee payable at time of registration. Larger pieces (i.e. loveseat, armchair, etc.) will incur an extra material fee applied at class time. Park at Ramsey High School, 256 E. Main St. Parking Lot next to football field. Instructor: GREG GEORGI




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