Home and Garden

 

Culinary Corner

 

 

FALL PIE BASICS FEE: $60 (plus $16 mat. fee due at reg.)

Get prepared for the holidays!! Ramsey H.S., Rm 102, Ramsey

Monday & Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (2 sess. Nov. 15 & 16)

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

Is making pie crust a challenge for you? Or, do you usually run out of time to make a pie for Thanksgiving? If your answer is “yes” to either question, then you need to join this class. Kim will explain the details of making a flaky, buttery crust, then give each person a chance to make their own pastry which will be taken home to rest until night two. You will choose what kind of pie you will make before the second night so that by the end of class you have a pie to save or freeze. If making an apple, cranberry/pear (Kim’s favorite), pecan, Dutch nut pie, lemon meringue or sweet potato pie tickles your taste buds; join us.  Bring to class: apron, dish towel, oven mitts, paring knife and 9-10 inch glass or metal pie pan.    Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON 

 

 

RISOTTO FEE: $30 (plus $20 mat. fee due at reg.)

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (1 sess. Oct. 12) Ramsey H.S., Rm 102, Ramsey

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

Restaurant chefs have demanded high prices for this menu item, when most of risotto’s difficulty is all a myth. Instead of saving this dish for a special dinner out, Kim will walk you through the basics of making risotto so you can make it at home, OFTEN.  In one night, you will learn the basics of making this creamy rice dish bolstered with veggies and/or seafood. Once her demo concludes, the entire class will prepare a differently flavored risotto (maybe mushroom, crab meat to name a few) using the techniques shown. Come hungry.  Bring to class:  apron, dish towel, dutch oven or deep fry pan and take home containers. Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON 

 

FRENCH APPLE TART & MADELINES - NEW! FEE: $60 (plus $18 mat. fee due at reg.)

Monday, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (1 sess. Oct. 18) Ramsey H.S., Rm 102, Ramsey

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

We know French tarts from the custard lined fruit ones sold in most bakeries. But, if you have never had a classic apple tart you are truly missing out.   A crisp, rich, sweet crust with buttery apples beautifully arranged is what will be demoed by Kim Hendrickson on the first evening. After she walks you through the basics, everyone will make and take home a tart of their own.  Madelines are another seemingly simple little cake, but there is a lot of technique involved to get the batter light enough, the expected French bump on the back and the buttery edge. Walk through the techniques with Kim, then make a batch of Madelines yourself to share on night two.  Bring to class:  apron, dish towel, oven mitts, 9 tart pan and a baking sheet.    Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON 

 

ITALIAN RAINBOW COOKIES & ALMOND HORNS                           FEE: $60 (plus $26 mat. fee due at reg.)

Monday & Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (2 sess. Nov. 29 & 30)             Ramsey H.S., Rm 102, Ramsey Offered in cooperation with Ramsey Community School.  Register through M.P.C.E.

Almond flavor is what both of these cookies have in common, but each has its own unique technique. Once mastered you will be able to delight your friends and family with desserts that are generally thought to be too hard/expensive/fussy to make! Kim will demonstrate each cookie then allow each student to make their own in two nights.  Both cookies can be made in advance and kept in a cool, airtight container for weeks.  The correct size baking pan will be included in the price of the class to insure you have the correct tool to make the Rainbow Cookies. Plan on bringing over 3 pounds of cookies home!  Bring to class:  apron, dish towel, oven mitts and take home container.

Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON 

 

CHOCOLATE BARK FOR HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING - NEW! FEE: $60 (plus $35 mat. fee due at reg.)

Monday, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (2 sess. Dec. 6 & 7) Ramsey H.S., Rm 102, Ramsey

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

First night Kim will explain how to temper chocolate and the steps of “bark basics” then the class will make one bark per person (4 different recipes) to share at the end of class. Simple, one/two flavor barks will be done this night to get used to working with the chocolate. On night two, 4 more bark recipes will be created under Kim’s watchful eye that will give you the experience of a variety of flavors, chocolates, marbling and drizzling.  Bacon Bark, Bird Seed Bark, Classic Peppermint Bark, Tropical Bark are a few of the recipes the class will prepare and taste. (Barks made this night can be saved in a cool place until Christmas!).  Please wear clothes that you don’t mind being stained by chocolate; it is hard to wash out. Bring to class:  apron, dish towel, oven mitts and take home container.  Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON 

      

BASIC HOME ELECTRICITY FEE: $90 (Sr. Cit. $85)

Thursday, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (3 sess. beg. Sept. 30) (plus $10 mat. fee due at reg.)

Ramsey High School (Rm 104)

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

Provides basic understanding of home electricity in three sessions.  This is for students who want to learn, understand and practice minor electrical repairs.  This course takes the student through hands-on activities based on common electrical home repairs and follows a Black & Decker outline.  Topics include:  Electrical circuit, safety, testing and tools, fuses and circuit breakers, replacing plugs, switches, receptacles and light fixtures and wiring a new fixture.  

Instructor:  GEORGE CHRISAFIS

 

BASIC HOME PLUMBING FEE: $90 (Sr. Cit. $85)

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (3 sess. beg. Sept. 28)  (plus $10 mat. fee due at reg.)

( Ramsey High School (Rm 104)

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

Students in this class learn basic knowledge in home plumbing repairs. There will be videos, repair demonstrations and hands-on practice.  Topics covered: repairing and replacing faucets, repairing and replacing P traps, leaking toilets, repairing and replacing shower heads, basic tools and types of pipes. Instructor:  GEORGE CHRISAFIS

 

 

YEAR ROUND GARDENING FEE: $45

Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.   (plus $10 cash mat. fee due to instructor)

 (1 sess. Sept. 29) 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, 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (plus $10 cash mat. fee due to instructor)

 (1 sess. Oct. 6) 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 backyard 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

 

INTERPLANTING AND SUCCESSION PLANTING FEE: $45

Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (plus $10 cash mat. fee due to instructor)

(1 sess. Oct. 13) 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

SPROUTS, MICROGREENS & BABY GREENS   FEE: $45

Wednesday 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (plus $30 cash mat. fee due to instructor)

(1 sess. Oct. 20) 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 sulfora- phane, a powerful anti-cancer compound that helps fight and reduce the risk of developing cancer.  We will also discuss the benefits of growing and juicing wheatgrass which is another powerhouse for good health. Join us for a fun-filled evening of tips for living a healthier life.  Each student will receive a tray of organic broccoli sprouts to take home. 

Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

SEWING - BEGINNERS (Ages 14 & up) FEE: $170

Monday, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (10 sess. beg. Sept. 20) Midland Park H.S.

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 12 students. Instructor: KAREN SKOGLUND

 

SEWING - ADVANCED (Ages 14 & up) FEE: $170

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  (10 sess. beg. Sept. 22)(no class 11/24) Midland Park H.S.

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 to 12 students. Instructor: KAREN SKOGLUND


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