Cooking Classes

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ Continuing Education Department offers a variety of cooking classes. Most classes take place at the college’s West Davenport Center, 2950 N. Fairmount St. Cost for most of the hands-on classes is $24. Take a virtual tour of the West Davenport Center to see the cooking lab. Below is a list of the upcoming cooking classes available. Classes are from 6 - 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Register online or call the college’s Registration Center at 563-441-4100 or 1-888-336-3907.

April

TUIILES FORTUNE COOKIES

Learn the art of making and forming this thin pastry cookie into fun fortune cookies. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Monday, April 24
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SUPER SOUFFLES

Learn how to make these tasty French dishes.

Tuesday, April 25
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PHO ALL SEASONS

Learn how to make Pho and other Vietnamese dishes.

Wednesday, April 26
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CHICKENS IN YOUR BACKYARD

Ever want really fresh eggs? We will discuss raising chickens in your backyard. Learn about different breeds, where and how to buy chicks, different types of coops and egg safety. Wear your garden clothes as we will be handling chicks and mature hens. We will also be going over city ordinances about raising hens. Cost:$24

Wednesday, April 26
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HOMEMADE ICE CREAM & TOPPINGS

Nothing taste better on a warm summer day than homemade ice cream. We will be making a variety of toppings to take home to your family. But the ice cream ..... that's just for you!

Thursday, April 27
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May

KITCHEN 101

Can't tell a spatula from a spoon? After tonight you'll have the skills to make great food.

Monday, May 1
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MINI IS MORE!

Small cakes that pack a big punch! Learn the art of making individual size cakes for that special dinner or event! Put several of these desserts together in a platter so your family or guests can choose their favorite!

Tuesday, May 2
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BREAKFAST FOR DINNER

Everyone loves breakfast for dinner, but this class will teach you to take it to another level. Simple yet delicious kicked up French Toast with fresh fruit compote and homemade breakfast sausage will be highlighted in this class.

Wednesday, May 3
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PLANT BASED SOUPS

Plant Based Soups -use bounty from your garden to make wonderful soups that are also gluten free! Recipes and tasting! If you've taken this class before, we will be making all new recipes.

Thursday, May 4
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DESIGN YOUR CHICKEN COOP

Design the perfect coop for you and your chickens including: meeting the basic needs of chickens, design considerations and details, the use of alternative materials and restructuring existing structures. View a variety of coops and design ideas and begin to design your plan. (In order to integrate the style of the coop, please bring basic measurements of the area, photos of your home, and the space for the coop) Cost: $24

Monday, May 8
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CAST IRON COOKERY

See how versatile these classic pans really are as we prepare an oven chicken and Peach Cobbler. Learn how to properly season your cast iron pans for easy maintenance. (If you have a cast iron pan that needs to be seasoned, please bring it to class)

Monday, May 8
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LITTLE BUT FIERCE CHEESE CAKES!

Bite size cheese cakes - these mini cheese cake treats will have your family and guests coming back for more!

Tuesday, May 9
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CAMERA ACTION

Dishes from the movies.

Wednesday, May 10
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MOTHER'S DAY COOKIE BOUQUET

Decorate some beautiful iced sugar cookies for your mom, (or yourself!), with the help of the girls from 2 Mamas Baking. Please bring the mug or small flowerpot of your choice along with you to class to create your bouquet. Also, bring a cookie sheet for extra cookies.

Thursday, May 11
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CURRY IN A HURRY

Delicious Indian cooking quickly & simply.

Monday, May 15
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ITALIAN LEMON DROP COOKIES

Learn how to make these flaky cookies with lemon zest as well as the delicious lemon glaze topping.

Tuesday, May 16
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MEXICAN MADE EASY

Learn how to make flour and corn tortillas. Then the fun begins... with our freshly made tortillas, we will learn how to make authentic Baja fish tacos and Ancho Chile beef enchiladas. Bring a cast iron skillet if you have one.

Wednesday, May 17
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COOKING WITH FRESH HERBS

Learn how to store and keep fresh herbs - make new recipes including salads, drinks, desserts - tasting and recipes! If you've taken this class before, we will be making all new recipes.

Thursday, May 18
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HARRY POTTER THEME

Happy Potter themed class making sweets and movie theme items.

Saturday, May 20
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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FRUIT CRISP/HOMEMADE ICE CREAM

Fruit crisp and home made ice cream. Enjoy the sweet tart and creamy combination that you craft from start to finish. Bring ice cream maker if you have one.

Monday, May 22
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MASON JAR BREADS & PIES!

What fun we are going to have baking breads and cakes in mason jars- these are great for picnics , back yard events or a sweet treat in front of the TV!

Tuesday, May 23
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FRENCH PROVINCIAL

Not the furniture but the cuisine. Cost: $39

Wednesday, May 24
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A BEAUTIFUL ENGLISH TEA

Celebrate high tea - we'll be making and sharing traditional recipes and delicious teas - just like Downton Abbey! A wonderful way to entertain.

Thursday, May 25
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CRESCENT ROLLS 101

A multitude of uses for crescent rolls.... from appetizer to dessert this versatile pre-made dough will make any dinner party easy! Take away lots of recipes to try at home! Bring containers for leftovers.

Tuesday, May 30
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OLE WHAT'S PAELLA?

You'll find out & make it. Cost: $39

Wednesday, May 31
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June

BASICS OF HOME BREWED BEER

Explore the world of home brewing while learning the basics to produce quality beer. Learn what goes into making beer from a standard recipe kit, how to use basic equipment, and how to bottle homemade beer for future enjoyment. You will have the opportunity to use basic beer making equipment, learn about different beer styles, and tour a local brewery. This course includes all informational material and at the conclusion you will have beer made during the class to take. (Participants must be 21 years of age) Cost: $79

4 Wks Thursday
Begins June 1
6 - 9 p.m.
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QUICHE

Who says real men don't eat quiche? Learn some simple yet satisfying quiche recipes in this class...the secret ingredient? One word... Vodka.

Thursday, June 1
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TWICE BAKED POTATO

Twice baked potato.... on the grill. Left over taters were never so tasty.

Monday, June 5
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FUN WITH PHYLLO

Bring in the dough - Recipes for each course, from appetizer through dessert. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, June 6
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SUPER SOUFFLES

Learn how to make these tasty French dishes.

Thursday, June 7
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DELICIOUS PLANT BASED ENTREES

Delicious Plant Based Main Dishes - take a break from meat and learn how to make delicious protein-rich meals that are easy and will become new favorites. Tasting, sharing and recipes!

Thursday, June 8
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INTRODUCTION CRAFT BEER STYLE

Ever wonder what the difference is between a lager and a stout? Have you ever been curious as to what IPA stands for and how it is different from other pale ales? Explore some of the differences among basic styles of beer that are in the craft beer market. Learn about the ingredients that go into different styles, as well as taste samples from a variety of craft breweries. (Participants must be 21 years of age) Cost: $15

Thursday, June 8
7 - 9 p.m.
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NOT YOUR MAMA'S GRILLED CHEESE

Who doesn't love an ooey, gooey grilled cheese? Featured in this class will be the French classics: Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame, and an adult grilled cheese that's sure to become a family favorite. Bring a cast iron skillet if you have one.

Monday, June 12
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MINI FRUIT TARTS

Dress up your table with simple but elegant morsels.

Tuesday, June 13
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IF YOU KNEW SUSHI IS BACK AGAIN

Have fun making sushi; we promise that by the end of the class you will be rocking and rolling. Cost: $39

Wednesday, June 14
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GLUTEN FREE BREADS

Gluten free Breads - leavened - Learn to make some of the most difficult gluten free baked goods - multi-grain breads and rolls - tasting and recipes!

Thursday, June 15
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WOK & ROLL

Chinese cooking.

Monday, June 19
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HOMEMADE BISCOTTI

Twice-baked crisp Italian cookies make great gifts!

Tuesday, June 20
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PHO HEAVEN'S SAKE!

Take an exciting culinary tour of Vietnam with this flavorful soup. In this class, we will explore different regions of Vietnam with different variations of this delicious soup and noodle dish.

Wednesday, June 21
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GLUTEN FREE QUICK BREADS

Beyond banana bread - make delicious quick breads using gluten free and plant based ingredients - tasting and recipes!

Thursday, June 22
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PARENT/CHILD SUMMER COOKIES

There's nothing better than baking and decorating cookies with children. Spend few hours making some delicious cookies and creating fun memories with your favorite kid. We'll be making summer-themed sugar cookies, decorated with royal icing. Join us! Please bring a cookie sheet to transport your cookies home.

Saturday, June 24
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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NOT SO SLOW COOKED RIBS

In a rush and still want those fall off the bone ribs? Cut your cooking time and still have tasty ribs that are sure to impress. Cost: $39

Monday, June 26
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ROLLED FONDANT & BUTTERCREAM

Learn how to make and use rolled fondant and how to take basic flavored buttercream to the next level.

Tuesday, June 27
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PIZZA ON THE GRILL

With this easy flatbread recipe, you'll never order out again! These pizzas are ideal on the grill, but can easily be made in your oven as well. We'll show you how to make these delicious pizzas at home for a fraction of the cost of take out.

Wednesday, June 28
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GLUTEN FREE CELEBRATION CAKE

Just because you can't eat gluten doesn't mean you can't have a beautiful cake to celebrate a special occasion - fun filled evening of baking and tasting - recipes!

Thursday, June 29
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July

LOVE CREME BRULEE

Learn how to make a Cream Brulee cake that will have your family and guests coming back for more.(Please bring a container for leftovers)

Wednesday, July 5
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CUSTARDS & PUDDINGS

After learning just how easy it is to make these dessert favorites, you'll never have to buy them again! Featured in this class will be classic Creme Brulee, Chocolate pudding, and Mexican flan.

Thursday, July 6
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CHEESECAKES

Make cheesecakes from scratch; plain, chocolate, vanilla and berry. This hands-on training will give you experience in blending the ingredients and how to decorate, garnish and top cheesecakes that look fabulous.

Monday, July 10
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TIERED CAKES

Build your own tiered cake for that special occasion such as a Birthday, Wedding, or Anniversary. Learn to bake, level, and decorate. It is easier than it looks! Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, July 11
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YOU'RE A SAUCY ONE

Learn the secrets of making great sauces that will transform you meals from ordinary to WOW!

Wednesday, July 12
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BEST EVER GLUTEN FREE CRUSTS

Pizza crust, bread/rolls, and pie crust - some of the most difficult to reproduce gluten free.

Thursday, July 13
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COOKING WILD GAME

Pan fried rabbit and roasted venison loin with port reduction will be prepared. Cost: $39

Monday, July 17
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CAKE POPS & TRUFFLES

Hosting a shower or special event? Looking for a sweet treat to serve to reflect your party theme? How about specialty cake pops and truffles? Learn how to create and decorate these delectable treats for your next event - so easy! Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, July 18
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PASTABILITIES

More than Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Wednesday, July 19
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STEAK NIGHT

Learn the secrets the restaurants don't want you to know. This class is all about the beef. Rounding off this amazing meal will be steakhouse favorites such as hash brown casserole and grilled vegetables. Cost: $39

Thursday, July 20
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FLAMBE

Classic Flambe dishes you can make for the whole family. Prepare Bananas Foster, Cherries Jubilee and Steak Diane.

Monday, July 24
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CRAZY ABOUT CUPCAKERS

Learn the tricks of great moist cupcakes, gourmet flavors and simple but eye catching decorations. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, July 25
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WHAT'S UP GRILL FRIEND?

Grilling & Chilling side dishes & more.

Wednesday, July 26
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GLUTEN FREE/CUPCAKES & MUFFINS

Delicious recipes - gluten free - Whoopee Pies, fudge cupcakes, banana and maple cream, and more - baking, tasting, and recipes!

Thursday, July 27
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DRY RUBS & MARINADES

Infuse flavor into almost anything with dry rubs and marinades. Cost: $35

Monday, July 31
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August

TUILE CONES

Tuile cookie dough can be baked and formed into many shapes. Learn how to form these delicate cookies into cones that we will fill and display as individual desserts. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, August 1
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LET'S GO DUTCH

Use a Dutch oven and crock pots to cook everyday meals.

Wednesday, August 2
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WHEAT FREE WINNERS

Gluten free cookies for the holidays or any time. Pumpkin, White Chocolate, Lemon Shortbread.

Thursday, August 3
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ARTICHOKE, ARTICHOKE

Artichokes from the can or fresh. Learn how to prepare this edible thistle, and see what you can and cannot eat. Make a delicious artichoke dip and clarify butter.

Monday, August 7
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ITALIAN CAKES

When you think Italian you might just think Tiramisu! Come learn how to make three different Italian cream and fruit based cakes! Italy might be best known for wine and pasta, but these cakes will make you a believer in their desserts! Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, August 8
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SUMMER SOUPS

Hot and cold summer soups. Included in this class will be chilled Avocado and Ginger soup, and a creamy Carrot-Leek soup.

Wednesday, August 9
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THAI ONE ON

Explore Thai cooking, exotic and tasty.

Thursday, August 10
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QUICK MENUS

Meals you can make in about 15 minutes for the small household.

Monday, August 14
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FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE GUINNESS STOUT CAKE

Flourless Chocolate Guinness Stout cake (Bring a 9" spring form pan to class) The flavor of this cake is multi-dimensional: the presence of the stout gives it a much more interesting finish; the hops from the beer act as a counterpoint to the sugar in the cake. It's an incredibly moist cake, too, and its rich, dark color comes mostly from the beer! Learn how to make this delicious flourless cake as well as two sauces for drizzling, your guests will be wowed by your creativeness!

Tuesday, August 15
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SUMMERS IN TUSCANY / ITALIAN COOKING

You read the book. You saw the movie. Now come and learn how to make some Tuscan dishes.

Wednesday, August 16
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BBQ RIBS

A flavorful, smoky homemade BBQ sauce highlights these delicious BBQ Ribs. Cost: $39

Thursday, August 17
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TUILES FORTUNE COOKIES

Learn the art of making and forming this thin pastry cookie into fun fortune cookies. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Monday, August 21
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ALL THINGS MERINGUE!

Cookies, kisses, crusts and pies - learn the secrets of this great light and fluffy dessert! Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, August 22
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IRON MAN

Recipes using Cast Iron Cookware will be prepared. Bring your cast iron cookware and learn how to season your cast iron pans.

Wednesday, August 23
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PLANT BASED/GLUTEN FREESWEETS & TREATS

A fun evening of baking, tasting, and recipes for those interested in gluten free and/or exploring plant based recipes - so good you would never know.

Thursday, August 24
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MASTER A CAKE ROLL

Ever wonder how to make a cake roll, this class is for you! Learn the tips and tricks of cake rolls and a variety of ways to fill and decorate this versatile dessert! Please bring a container for leftovers.

Monday, August 28
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THE MYSTERY OF POUND CAKE

When we think of cakes we mostly think of light and fluffy....learn how to make and garnish a delicious homemade pound cake. During this class we will also explore ways to doctor up this recipe with a variety of fruits, chocolate and nuts! Please bring a container for leftovers.

Tuesday, August 29
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PHO ALL SEASONS

Learn how to make Pho and other Vietnamese dishes.

Wednesday, August 30
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CROSTATAS, GALETTES AND CASUAL CRUSTS

Learn to make easy and delicious rustic crusts - make a cheese and tomato galettes to start your meal and a fruit crostata to complete it. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Thursday, August 31
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