Culinary Arts

Monday, Apr 21, 2014
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Plan a Chef’s Garden

April 21, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Sarah Fish

Learn from a professional chef and avid gardener how to plan and plant for your kitchen. Chef Sarah Fish will show you how to layout and plan accordingly for herbs, fruits and vegetables that are must have’s for any chef’s garden. Start your seeds for the produce in class and go home with a layout for your space, plus learn some interesting ways to utilize your yield and create excellent recipes from food you grow yourself!

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
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Spring Waterbath Canning: LIMITED SPACE Call (518)273-0552 to Register

April 22, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Christina Davis

Let’s get ready to can the summer harvest! Waterbath canning is a tried and true method of preserving food year-round, that has enjoyed renewed interest with the resurgence of DIY methods, and eating “local and organic”. The class provides an intensive up-close opportunity to learn the boiling water-bath canning process, the kitchen safety & food safety issues. Students will learn the basics of canning by preparing some classic spring-early summer recipes such as pickled asparagus and a strawberry compote!

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
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Latin American Cuisine Series: Rice and Beans

April 24, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Julianna Glassanos

Join Chef and Latin American enthusiast Julianna Glassanos in a class solely dedicated to the dish of all dishes, rice and beans. Rice and beans is a hearty and nutritional dish that is beloved throughout Latin America. Join this class as we learn a few recipes from around Central American and the Caribbean and learn the proper methods to cook the perfect pot of rice and beans.

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014
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Cooking It with Sam’s

April 30, 2014 — 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM Instructor: Sam Zoleo

Come to the Arts Center and spend a lovely afternoon cooking with renowned Local Chef and restauranteur Sam Zoleo! Once a month, Sam will take to the kitchen and show you easy ways to prepare delicious Italian dishes with very little time and effort. Come learn the secrets that made Sam’s such a success in the kitchen, and earned Sam’s of Saratoga four stars and the title of Best Restaurant in the Northeast! The dishes prepared each session will be decided by what YOU want to learn, and upon registration you will be asked to let us know any ingredient or dish you are really interested in learning, and the class will be designed by your student input. You’ll cook, eat and chat, and eat some more and leave with fabulous and easy recipes to cook at home.

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014

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NEW DATE! Grain Series: Pies

April 30, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Amy Halloran

From Scratch Club Academy Goes With the Grain! Dive into whole grains and whole grain flours with Amy Halloran.
#3: Pies. Do you get cross eyed thinking of pie? This class will help you make friends with pie crust. We’ll cover the basics of flours and fats, and build your pie building skills from the crust up so you can tackle any pie with confidence, from apple to chicken pot, and everywhere in between.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
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Farms, Food and Photography with ASA: Urban Farm, Community Garden and Market

May 3, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM Instructor: Ellie Markovitch

The Arts Center is teaming up with the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) for this unique from farm to table program: Farms, Food, and Photography. You will meet teaching artist Ellie Markovitch of storycooking.com at the Arts Center. We will walk to Howard Stoner’s Urban Farm, and then be inspirited by our local growing movement as we visit the Community Garden Produce Project. We’ll end up at the Troy Farmer’s Market, experiencing the vibrancy of a bustling Farmer’s Market, and learn how to capture it best with our cameras. Back at the Arts Center Kitchen, you’ll help Ellie prepare your farm to table lunch and enjoy it together while documenting it all. After the class, you can review the photos you have taken, and select the best to submit to Ellie for selection for the ASA Farms, Food, Photography exhibit in August featuring the work from teens and adults who have participated in the ASA classes and camps. Then join us at the Arts Center for the opening featuring a food tasting at the August Troy Night Out to remind the community of the important role farms and food play in our lives. Don’t forget to bring your camera! For more information visit: http://agstewardship.org/index.php/events-and-programs/field-notes-blog CLASS INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL ONE AND A HALF HOUR IN THE DIGITAL ARTS LAB AT THE ARTS CENTER ON FOR EDITING AND PHOTOSHOP HELP.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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Grain Series: Pizza and Bread Doughs

May 6, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Amy Halloran

From Scratch Club Academy Goes With the Grain! Dive into whole grains and whole grain flours with Amy Halloran.
#4: Pizza and Bread Doughs. Are you ready to start making bread and pizza dough at home? This course will cover the science, art and timing of playing with bread dough for low-fuss, high flavor homemade pizza and bread. Whole grain flours will be featured, but white flour will get stage time, too. (Sorry, no gluten free recipes in this one.)

Monday, May 12, 2014
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Sausage Three Ways

May 12, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Sarah Fish

Join Chef Sarah Fish of The Hungry Fish Cafe and learn to make three kinds of sausage using pasture raised local pork, free range chicken and grass fed beef. A traditional breakfast sausage will showcase the fresh pork, and the Citrus Chicken sausage will wow your most critical dinner guest. Plus, try your hand at a beef Andouille recipe to use in gumbos, soups and stews. You’ll go home with recipes to use outside of class using the sausage you’ll learn to make that night.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Home Dairy 102

May 13, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Christina Davis

Taking off from where Christina Davis left off with Home Dairy 101, learn the next stage of home dairy processing: cultured soft cheeses! With hands-on demonstrations students will learn to make various cultured soft cheeses such as cottage cheese, cream cheese, quark, and neufchâtel .

Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Seasonal Surprises: Exploring the Farmer’s Market & Learning How to Cook Seasonally

May 17, 2014 — 11:00 AM to 01:30 PM Instructor: Julianna Glassanos

Join chef Julianna Glassanos once a month in an exciting new cooking class formed around the concepts of seasonal cooking and creativity. One Saturday each month, our class will meet at the Farmer’s Market and explore the seasonal and fresh offerings by local farmers and vendors. After gathering fresh items such as; produce, meat, dairy, breads, and herbs and spices, a hands-on instructional cooking class will follow at the Arts Center lead by chef Julianna. We will learn how to utilize what’s “in season” and create easy, wholesome, and delectable meals. This class is perfect for cooks of any skill level who are interested in learning how to shop at the Farmer’s Market to eat seasonally, and gain confidence in preparing dishes with unfamiliar ingredients. Chef Julianna Glassanos studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Monday, May 19, 2014
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No More Boring Breakfasts!

May 19, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Sarah Fish

Breakfast never has to be boring! Let Chef Sarah Fish from The Hungry Fish Cafe show you how to make your own breakfast sausage from scratch and incorporate it into your next breakfast at home. You will learn how to grind and season your own pasture raised local pork into delicious sausage and how to make a simple hash plate that your family will love. Other recipes taught at this class include a Gluten Free Quiche and how to poach the perfect egg (and other ways to cook them).

Thursday, May 22, 2014
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Latin American Cuisine Series: Empanadas

May 22, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Julianna Glassanos

Join Chef and Latin American enthusiast Julianna Glassanos in a class focusing on the delicious savory pastries found throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. In this class we will learn how to make various authentic and delicious savory and even sweet empanadas. Some of the ones we will make include a Manchego cheese and guava empanada, and a Chilean hearty empanada. Come and learn about the regional differences that make each recipe and method slightly different, and of course, eat some empanadas.!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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Cooking It with Sam’s

May 28, 2014 — 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM Instructor: Sam Zoleo

Come to the Arts Center and spend a lovely afternoon cooking with renowned Local Chef and restauranteur Sam Zoleo! Once a month, Sam will take to the kitchen and show you easy ways to prepare delicious Italian dishes with very little time and effort. Come learn the secrets that made Sam’s such a success in the kitchen, and earned Sam’s of Saratoga four stars and the title of Best Restaurant in the Northeast! The dishes prepared each session will be decided by what YOU want to learn, and upon registration you will be asked to let us know any ingredient or dish you are really interested in learning, and the class will be designed by your student input. You’ll cook, eat and chat, and eat some more and leave with fabulous and easy recipes to cook at home.

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014
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Grain Series: Crepes

June 3, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Instructor: Amy Halloran

From Scratch Club Academy Goes With the Grain! Dive into whole grains and whole grain flours with Amy Halloran.
#5: Crepes – If you think crepes are fancy, think again. These egg rich wrappers feature whole grain flours and can make a meal of leftovers or fresh spring vegetables. You’ll develop your crepe hand under a watchful eye, and leave with ideas for fillings savory and sweet.