Feeling Overwhelmed and Clueless in the Kitchen? We Can Help!
Cooking shows abound and have increased interest in food preparation. But there are many individuals who don’t feel confident when making food choices and preparing their own foods. Whether you’re single, recently married or widowed; you want to save money by preparing foods at home; or you want to prepare more healthy foods that provide more variety, it’s all about knowing the basics and feeling confident. The Clueless in the Kitchen series will improve your knowledge and skills.
UD Cooperative Extension Master Food Educator volunteers have been working on developing a four-part series for those who need answers. Through hands‐on learning and guidance by our Master Food Educator volunteers, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about cooking tools and methods, kitchen and food safety, and terminology so you can begin to gain experience in preparing quick, easy, and convenient recipes.
Clueless in the Kitchen will be offered Wednesday evenings, October 23, October 30, November 6, and November 13, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The cost will be $70 and the program will be held at the New Castle County Extension Office, 461 Wyoming Road, in Newark.
Each evening, we’ll focus on a different cooking technique and you’ll get practice by helping to prepare recipes. Along the way, you’ll be introduced to different styles of cooking as well as techniques. Session I will focus on basics. You’ll learn how to read recipes and determine if a recipe would be easy or complicated to prepare; explain standard measurements and terminology used in recipes; understand the concept of a pantry and what items should be considered standard “pantry” items; understand knives as tools and practice cutting with various types of knives; food safety.
In Session II, we’ll teach a simple stir fry technique. You’ll build on the skills practiced in the first session and you’ll prepare vegetables for stir fry and prepare grains to serve with them. You’ll better understand stir frying as a cooking technique and gain experience about preparing simple foods quickly. You’ll learn a bit about different grains and how best to cook them.
Session III will focus on pasta and Italian sauce, and will include recipes, concepts and basic cooking methods. We will discuss types of pasta, herbs, oils, canned tomatoes and parmesan cheeses. You’ll prepare various types of pasta and some quick, simple and tasty basic sauces.
“Let’s Cook with Meats” is Session IV. Basic information on selecting, safely storing, and preparation methods for beef will be the focus of this session. You’ll practice knife skills when working with beef. You’ll learn which cooking techniques work with which cuts of meat and how to prepare healthy, easy beef recipes.
You’ll be learning about food safety, cooking techniques and items to keep in your pantry over the series. Of course, you’ll get to eat the foods you prepare! Everyone is welcome to attend. If you’re interested in attending, please call the office at 831-1239 for registration information. Register early because seating is limited.
University of Delaware Cooperative Extension provides information on agriculture, gardening, 4-H and youth development, nutrition and food safety, personal finances, child care, and related subjects. For more information, visit: http://extension.udel.edu/index.php
Article by Maria Pippidis