Writing a Cookbook: From Fundraiser to Family Hierloom

Do you come from a family of great cooks? Are you a chef? Or have you spent years collecting recipes from friends, family and the back of boxes and cans? Or do you belong to an organization that needs a special fundraiser treasure? These are all great reasons for compiling a cookbook. Learn how to make the process as organized and simple as possible (especially important if you are working with collaborators). This course will cover everything from taste testing recipes to choosing a printer to how to submit your cookbook for consideration by publishers. Some sessions will include hands-on practice for laying out your work attractively.

Fundamentals of Canning

Learn the fundamentals of open-bath canning, so that you can capture the harvest at the peak of summer to enjoy during the winter. Home canned foods also make perfect gifts. But you need to take a few precautions to make sure what you are giving to people is safe. We will discuss how to properly prepare canned foods safely, how to properly use canning tools and methods (we will discuss pressure canning, but it will not be demonstrated) then the class will make a batch of strawberry jam and bread-and-butter pickles.

Petite Pastry Chef (Grades 1-3)

Petite Pastry ChefOpen up your eyes to the new world of BAKING! Campers will learn the basics from kitchen safety, measuring ingredients to baking and even decorating those scrumptious goodies. Several different decorating techniques will be covered including buttercream icing, working with a decorating bag, and even fondant! Your “Pastry Chef” will come home with a variety of delicious goodies that they helped create.”

Educational Benefits:

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science

Mommy and Me Cookie Class

Mommy and Me Cookie ClassLittle ones and their parent can sign up together for this sugary fun class. They will cut out sugar cookies relating to a theme, bake them, and decorate them using a different technique. While the cookies are cooling, the instructor will read a book relating to the theme which will be: afternoon tea. Although titled as Mommy and Me, Daddy’s are also welcomed.

Writing Young Adult Books: The Path To Publication

The teen book market is hotter than ever before-readers are devouring quality titles and publishers are eager to acquire them. If you’ve ever been interested in upping your game and writing excellent books for Young Adults, this class is for you! In five sessions, you’ll learn how to recognize the earmarks of a great YA book, how to craft an authentic writing voice, how to effectively plot and pace a novel, and how to submit work to quality literary agents and editors. Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to get pages of your work critiqued. In addition, via virtual Q&A, you’ll also glean advice from industry experts.

Decadent Chocolate Desserts

Learn how to make your own decadent chocolate creations in this hands-on cooking class.

Students will make:

  • Double Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Chocolate Mousse (garnished with a chocolate dipped strawberry)
  • “Turtle” Brownies

Students will also learn about the history of chocolate, as well as techniques for successfully working with it.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

The speculative fiction genre is presenting more opportunity for innovation than ever before. Whether your interest is in hard science fiction, epic fantasy, or any of the sub-genres that allow you to create new worlds tailored to your vision, this class is for you. In five sessions, you will learn how to create a consistent world and believable alien/fantastic characters, how to focus a story that enhances the world rather than being lost in it, and how to balance respect for speculative fiction traditions with originality. Throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to get pages of your work critiqued. In addition, via virtual Q&A, you’ll also glean advice from industry experts.