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Saturday, January 24, 3PM Pies and Tarts with Marta Mirecki
Thursday, January 29, 6:30PM (FULL) Basic Knife Skills with Marta Mirecki (FULL)
Sunday, February 1, 11AM French Bistro Dinner with Marta Mirecki
Tuesday, February 3, 6:30PM (FULL) Basic Knife Skills with Marta Mirecki (FULL)
Thursday, February 12, 6:30PM (FULL) Handmade Pasta with Marta Mirecki (FULL)
Sunday, February 22, 3PM Pressure Cooker Basics with Marta Mirecki
Saturday, March 14, 11AM Cookies and Bars with Marta Mirecki
Thursday, March 19, 6:30PM (FULL) Basic Knife Skills with Marta Mirecki (FULL)
Saturday, March 28, 11AM (FULL) Pierogi with Marta Mirecki (FULL)
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30PM (FULL) Pasta with Marta Mirecki (FULL)
Basic Knife Skills, $50
Learning basic knife skills can change cooking from a chore to a real pleasure! This class will teach you the basic cuts and give you the chance to practice them in a fun and relaxed environment. Hill’s Kitchen will provide excellent quality Mac and Wusthof knives to practice with–so just bring yourself! Covering everything from knife selection to knife use to knife storage, this class will make you feel more comfortable in the kitchen and help you keep your fingers safe. Vegetarian.
Cookies and Bars, $45
Making beautiful, bakeshop-worthy baked goods takes more than a great recipe. During this demonstration class Chef Marta will show tricks and techniques to make your cookies and bars look and taste their best. Demonstrated recipes will include drop cookies, whoopie pies, and Texas sheet cake. Vegetarian.
Handmade pasta is something special: chewy and toothsome but just sticky enough to carry the right amount of sauce. A great accompaniment to dishes like beef bourguignon or braised lamb, or as a simple main dish tossed with pesto and early summer tomatoes; handmade pasta is a skill to master for colder weather. This is a participation class, so everyone will be making their own batch of pasta, with enough to take home. Wear an old shirt and bring good questions!
French Bistro Dinner, $65
Learn how easy it can be to prepare a classic French Bistro Dinner! Chef Marta will prepare Frisee Salad with Bacon, Mussels Mariniere, and Poached Pears. Wine recommendations will be included. This is a demonstration class. Not Vegetarian.
Pies and Tarts 1, $50
Cool weather means pie season! During this demonstration class, Chef Marta will discuss equipment, rolling techniques, glazes, and dough variations. Recipes demonstrated will include the following: Savory Vegetable and Cheese Tart, Classic Apple Pie, Hand Pies, and Tarte Tatin (subject to change). Vegetarian
Why buy pierogi during Christmas and Easter holidays when it´s so easy to make your own? During this hands-on class you will learn techniques for perfect dough, delicious fillings, and easy assembly. This is a participation class. Vegetarian-friendly.
Pressure Cooker Basics, $50
Pressure cookers have changed! Never mind the hissing, weight-wobbling-on-top pressure cookers from years ago. In this demonstration class, Chef Marta will show how the pressure cooker reduces cooking times dramatically and produces amazing dishes in a fraction of the time. The following recipes will be prepared in class: Black Beans, Three Meat Bolognese, Collards, and Risotto. This is a demonstration class. Vegetarian Friendly.
Marta Mirecki is a graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine’s Culinary Arts Program. She has worked as a line cook at French restaurants, taught cooking classes at community centers, and cooked up 80 gallons of soup at a time for Food & Friends, an organization that provides meals and groceries for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses. These days Marta is the head cook and bottle washer with Tiny House Chef Personal Chef Service (www.tinyhousechef.com). She and her family live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.