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Savor culinary delights inspired by nature, where you will prepare and taste exciting new recipes in a fun, casual atmosphere. Meet fun people and try something new...a great way to start the day!

NEW! LIVE ONLINE format for Fall 2020

Prepare delicious recipes as you chop, prep, bake and roast along with us...all from the comfort and convenience of your home kitchen. Cook along in real time as you learn live via Zoom from the instructor's home kitchen. Or choose not to cook and simply watch, relax and enjoy the fun program!


scooping out a butternut squash, photo AndreaDeLaParra/shutterstock 

Cook-Along Online Live Class: Winter Squash Magic

Saturday, October 31, 2020
9-10:30 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Cook along in real time from your own kitchen as you watch and follow live with Ann from her home kitchen. Or choose to simply watch and enjoy the fun program.

Winter Squash season is upon us, let the Arboretum help you expand your repertoire for delicious ways to use squash! Cook along with Ann (or just watch!) as you learn about preparation techniques for using different winter squash varieties in several different recipes. Topics will include
  • How to select the right squash
  • How to prepare squash for use in salad, soup and pies
  • The best techniques for a simple, yet elegant stuffed squash
  • How to roast squash and creative ways to use in salads, soups and sandwiches
  • Flavor enhancers and ingredient additions

Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence in choosing and preparing winter squash in unique ways.Recipes and shopping list will be sent along with confirmation email.

Class Menu

  • Squash Risotto
  • Moroccan Stuffed Squash
  • Roasted Squash with Spinach, onions & Craisins
  • Pumpkin Pancakes

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

*How to Cook Along: If you plan to cook along, be sure to read the recipes thoroughly, and have the ingredients prepped as described, as well as any needed equipment out and ready!

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email, including recipes, shopping list and nutritional guidelines. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link 2 days prior to the start date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu
Limit 30, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Register 2 spots left!
$20 member household/$25 non-member household
("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes recipes, shopping list, and a live virtual class experience

hands arranging baking ingredients, photo GreenArt/shutterstock 

Cook-Along Online Live Class: Easy, Ethnic Sweets for the Holidays

Saturday, December 5, 2020
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Cook along in real time from your own kitchen as you watch and follow live with Ann from her home kitchen. Or choose to simply watch and enjoy the fun program.

So many ethnic traditions! So many celebrations in December! So little time! Cook along with Ann (or just watch!) during a baking day to create some sweets for your holiday celebrations. No matter your ethnic background, we will explore and bake many traditional and not so traditional holiday sweets from around the world. You will gain a collection of holiday recipes and baking techniques from around the world. Recipes and shopping list will be sent along with your confirmation email.

Class Menu (we'll cover as many as time allows, but you'll get recipes for all)
  • Santa Lucia Day (Sweden) - Hot Cross Buns 
  • Hanukkah - (Jewish) Doughnuts in Cardamom Syrup 
  • Kwanza (African American) - Sweet Potato Pie 
  • Festival of our Lady Guadalupe (Mexico) - Biscochitos Cookies
  • Hmong New Year - (Laos) - Ncuav Sawv (Steamed Rice Cakes)
  • Christmas Day - (USA/Britain) Figgy Pudding Cakes

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

*How to Cook Along: If you plan to cook along, be sure to read the recipes thoroughly, and have the ingredients prepped as described, as well as any needed equipment out and ready!

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email, including recipes, shopping list and nutritional guidelines. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link 2 days prior to the start date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu
Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Register $20 member household/$25 non-member household ("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes recipes, shopping list, and a live virtual class experience

root vegetables, photo FoodPictures/shutterstock 

Cook-Along Online Live Class: Discovering Your Root... Vegetables!

Saturday, January 16, 2021
9-10:30 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Cook along in real time from your own kitchen as you watch and follow live with Ann from her home kitchen. Or choose to simply watch and enjoy the fun program.

Historically, throughout the winter months, people survived on the root vegetables that they were able to store in their root cellars. Today, root vegetables are readily available at grocery stores, but have we overlooked the opportunity to use them in new ways?Cook along with Ann (or just watch!) as we explore easily stored root vegetables such as carrots, rutabaga, beets, potatoes, turnips, onions, and parsnips. Topics will include:
  • Knife skills for preparation of the roots
  • Cooking techniques including roasting, sautéing, and boiling
  • Flavor combinations and enhancements for root veggies
  • Ways to use roots in soup, salad, side and main dishes
  • Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence in choosing and using a variety of root vegetables in new ways. 

Recipes, shopping list and nutritional guidelines will be sent along with confirmation email.

Class Menu
  • Carrot & Ginger Soup
  • Rutabaga Stew
  • Roasted Roots with Maple Glaze
  • Root Vegetable Chips

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

*How to Cook Along: If you plan to cook along, be sure to read the recipes thoroughly, and have the ingredients prepped as described, as well as any needed equipment out and ready!

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email, including recipes, shopping list and nutritional guidelines. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link 2 days prior to the start date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu
Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Register $20 member household/$25 non-member household ("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes recipes, shopping list, and a live virtual class experience

ladel of hearty healthy soup in a bowl, photo Miyao/shutterstock 

Cook-Along Online Live Class: Soup du Jour

Saturday, February 20, 2021
9-10:30 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Cook along in real time from your own kitchen as you watch and follow live with Ann from her home kitchen. Or choose to simply watch and enjoy the fun program.

It is so cold out...a great time to make soup! Learn how to make your own homemade stock or broth and then add vegetables, meats, and/or beans. Explore flavor and texture combinations to create amazing and satisfying soups! Cook along with Ann (or just watch!). Topics will include:
  • The difference between and stock and broth
  • How to make homemade stock and broth
  • Selection of ingredients for texture and flavor
  • Fun embellishments for your finished product

You will gain knowledge and expertise to create your own signature soups. Recipes and shopping list will be sent along with confirmation email.

Class Menu
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Your Favorite Vegetable Soup
  • The Best Chicken Noodle Soup

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

*How to Cook Along: If you plan to cook along, be sure to read the recipes thoroughly, and have the ingredients prepped as described, as well as any needed equipment out and ready!

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email, including recipes, shopping list and nutritional guidelines. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link 2 days prior to the start date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu
Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Register $20 member household/$25 non-member household ("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes recipes, shopping list, and a live virtual class experience

crusty fresh bread, photo TyLim/shutterstock

Cook-Along Online Live Class: Artisan Bread for Your Inner Artist

Saturday, March 27, 2021
9-11 a.m.

Ann Bercher, Culinary Education Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Cook along in real time from your own kitchen as you watch and follow live with Ann from her home kitchen. Or choose to simply watch and enjoy the fun program.

Make your own artisan bread! Explore different types of breads, grains used and bread-making techniques. From sourdough to baguettes to whole wheat, there is a bread that is easy to make and delightful to use! Topics will include:
  • Starters including sponges, sourdough starters, and yeast
  • Quick breads versus raised breads
  • Flavor and texture additions
  • Bread machines
  • Ethnic influences

Knowledge and experience gained will increase your confidence to bake your own breads at home for your new favorite sandwich! Recipes and shopping list will be sent along with confirmation email.

Class Menu
  • Focaccia
  • English Muffin Bread
  • Whole Wheat Beer Bread
  • The Best Quick Breads Formula

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

*How to Cook Along: If you plan to cook along, be sure to read the recipes thoroughly, and have the ingredients prepped as described, as well as any needed equipment out and ready!

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. One registration can cover multiple people cooking together in your household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email, including recipes, shopping list and nutritional guidelines. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link 2 days prior to the start date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Ann Bercher, berc0010@umn.edu
Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Register $20 member household/$25 non-member household ("household" may include multiple people cooking together in the same household at the same computer). Includes recipes, shopping list, and a live virtual class experience

 
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