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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.

January

FRESH BREAD AND CINNAMON ROLLS

Enjoy the aroma of fresh baked bread. Come and prepare homemade bread and cinnamon rolls.

Monday, January 23  
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LOVE CREME BRULEE

Learn how to make a Cream Brulee cake that will have your family and guests coming back for more.

Tuesday, January 24  
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ROBERT BURNS NIGHT

Robbie Burns Night (no kilt required). Traditional dishes served on Robbie Burns night will be prepared.
 
Wednesday, January 25  
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PIZZA!! PIZZA!

Nothing is better than a great healthy pizza. We will be making gourmet pizza, using herb and whole wheat flour crusts. And you can make fresh mozzarella cheese in your own kitchen using ingredients right from the grocery store. I’ll demonstrate and show you techniques and tips that I have learned. Only equipment you need is a colander and a thermometer! We will finish off that hot and delicious pizza while discussing making your own sauces and different toppings you can use. And yes, I will talk with my mouth full!!!!

Thursday, January 26  
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CRAZY ABOUT CUPCAKERS

Learn the tricks of great moist cupcakes, gourmet flavors and simple but eye catching decorations.

Monday, January 30  
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SCALLOPS & MUSSELS

Cooking Scallops and Mussels: Learn how to handle and prepare these salt water gems. Prepare a pan seared scallop dish and mussels in a Saffron broth. Learn how timing is everything when it comes to the Mollusk.

Tuesday, January 31  
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February

APPETIZERS

It's Game Time!!

Tuesday, February 1
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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.

Wednesday, February 1  
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UNCOOKING / 101

Raw vegan "uncooking" is healthy, tasty and easy! Learn simple steps to add more fruits and veggies into your diet that are easy to prepare and are packed full of nutrition. Nut Milk, Power Smoothie, Creamy Corn Chowder and Dessert will be demonstrated with yummy tastings included. All Raw, Vegan, Dairy and Gluten Free.

Thursday, February 2  
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FRESH BREAD AND CINNAMON ROLLS

Enjoy the aroma of fresh baked bread. Come
and prepare homemade bread and cinnamon
rolls.

Monday, February 6  
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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 goingover city ordinances about raising hens.

Monday, February 6  
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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, February 7  
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6 Wks Thursday,
Begins February 9
6:30 - 8:30PM
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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!

Wednesday, February 8  
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BAKE 101/EQUIPMENT & TECHNIQUE

Baking 101 .... Equipment, technique and kitchen explosions. If you are new to baking, we will cover the equipment needs and its use. We will explain baking terms and demonstrate the differences. We will also explain different leavening agents and how they work. Finally, everyone will take home a small simple cake .... baked from scratch. This would be a great class for parents with their children. Please bring a carrier to take home the hot cake.

Thursday, February 9
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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)

Monday, February 13  
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CRAZY ABOUT CUPCAKES

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

Monday, February 13  
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CHOCOLATE KISS

Learn how to incorporate this into three wonderful and easy deserts.

Tuesday, February 14  
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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!

Wednesday, February 15  
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BAKING 101 / CAKES

Discover how easy baking can be. We will make different cakes ..... depending on the size of enrollment.....that may include Sour cream chocolate cake, Bonnie Butter cake and Pineapple Upside down cake. Please bring a container to take home leftovers.

Thursday, February 16  
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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.

Monday, February 20  
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THROW AN OSCAR PARTY

Learn how to prepare some of the dishes the Stars dine on at the Governor's Ball in Hollywood.

Tuesday, February 21  
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PLANT BASED/GLUTEN FREE SWEETS & TREATS

Sweets & 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.

Wednesday, February 22  
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BAKING 101 / MUFFINS

The simplest of all baking items but often, we grab for the box mix. We will make carrot cake muffins, blueberry muffins, cinnamon apple muffins and more. Please bring a container to take home leftovers.

Thursday, February 23  
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HOMEMADE NOODLES

There is something so comforting about homemade noodles - from the blending process that feels old worldly to their substantial taste and bite. We'll incorporate them into main dishes, side dishes and soups. Truly a comfort food!

Monday, February 27  
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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, February 28  
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March

YOU'RE A SAUCY ONE

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

Wednesday, March 1  
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BAKING 101 / BREAKFAST TREATS

Throw away that boxed pancake mix!! We will make drop biscuits and rolled biscuits and discuss the differences. We will make biscuits, pancakes, waffles and delicious crepes..... easily and quickly for your breakfast pleasure. Please bring your appetite and a container to take home leftovers.

Thursday, March 2  
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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.

Monday, March 6  
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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.

Tuesday, March 7
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MIXOLOGY

What to stock, how to shake, stir and serve like a pro. Learn how to make a better drink for yourself and your friends and become a more discerning consumer when you are enjoying spirits and cocktails. You will be introduced to the essential tools of bartending, the proper techniques and preparation methods. Once you know these basics you will be prepared to tackle any drink recipe, experiment with your own original cocktails and plan a cocktail party. Cost: $89

4 Wks Tuesday,
Begins March 7
6 - 8:30 p.m.
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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.

Wednesday, March 8  
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BAKING 101/EGG WHITE CHALLENGE

Why are we so scared of whipping egg whites? We will make meringue shells, meringue topping on a pie, an angel food cake, and a souffle. Tame your fear and find out why making these items from scratch is so delicious and easy. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Thursday, March 9  
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PIES/PIE CRUST

Pie Crust - How to make, keep and freeze. Then we'll make a pie. Hmmm...

Monday, March 13  
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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, March 14  
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SALADS

Lets get serious!

Tuesday, March 15  
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IT'S NOT A CROCK

Recipes to be prepared in the Crock Pot cooker (the original set it and forget it). Bring your crock pot to class!

Wednesday, March 15  
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BAKING 101 / BAR COOKIES

Brownies from a box??? Making them from scratch is quicker and easier than you think. We will make several different brownie recipes along with other bar cookies. Please bring a container for leftovers.

Thursday, March 16  
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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.

Monday, March 20  
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REAL HIGH TEA

Learn to prepare the traditional dishes served at a true High tea.

Tuesday, March 21  
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ANGEL FOOD CAKE

We will explore Angel Food cake from scratch. From chocolate to classic white .. we will fill them and frost them. Be sure to bring an Angel Food cake pan to class so you may take the cake home.

Wednesday, March 22  
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CHEESEMAKING

Make your own dairy products and simple cheese. We will make sour cream, buttermilk, Ricotta, Mozzarella, and cottage cheese.

Thursday, March 23  
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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, March 27  
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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, March 28  
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POWER WOKING

Learn to use this versatile Chinese cooking pan and make fun Oriental dishes.

Wednesday, March 29  
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BAGELS & CREAM CHEESE

Nothing is better than a toasty warm bagel and cream cheese. We will bake a variety of bagels and make homemade cream cheese for your weekend breakfast.

Thursday, March 30  
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April

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)

Monday, April 3  
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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.

Tuesday, April 4  
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CRACKERS

Crackers .....Have you ever thought of making crackers yourself? Let's take this store bought staple and create simple crackers to snack on. We will start out making delicious graham crackers and move to savory delights. Now, who will bring the cheese spread?

Wednesday, April 5  
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PIZZA!! PIZZA!

Nothing is better than a great healthy pizza. We will be making gourmet pizza, using herb and whole wheat flour crusts. And you can make fresh mozzarella cheese in your own kitchen using ingredients right from the grocery store. I'll demonstrate and show you techniques and tips that I have learned. Only equipment you need is a colander and a thermometer! We will finish off that hot and delicious pizza while discussing making your own sauces and different toppings you can use. And yes, I will talk with my mouth full!!!!

Thursday, April 6  
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HEAVY HORS D'OEUVRES

Appetizers for a few or a crowd - Crab Cakes, Potato Skins, Buffalo Shrimp, and Bacon Wrapped Chicken.

Monday, April 10  
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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.

Tuesday, April 11  
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CHOUX PASTRY SURPRISES

Nothing is better than a great cream puff but let's go beyond the basics to get both sweet and savory treats.

Wednesday, April 12  
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CHICKEN

Lots of uses! Prepare a variety of entrees.

Tuesday, April 12  
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GIVE ME FIVE MINUTES A DAY....

Want to bake your own bread but you think you don't have the time? I will share the wonders of the "Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day". We will be making many different baked items out of one dough. You must bring a 5-6 qts plastic storage container with lid.......... an ice cream bucket is perfect! You will want to take this dough home!!!

Thursday, April 13  
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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.

Monday, April 17  
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THAI ONE ON

Explore Thai cooking, exotic and tasty.

Tuesday, April 18  
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GREEN CLEAN

Trying to live a greener lifestyle? Let's start with easy homemade cleaning products that will take minutes to make. From laundry soap to bathroom cleaner, making your own cleaning products is easier than you would think!

Wednesday, April 19
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CANNING 101

Have you ever wanted to learn how to can? We will go into the do's and don'ts of canning so you can preserve nutritious, local food safely. We will discuss boiling water baths, pressure canning, jars, lids and all sorts of equipment. Bring your questions .... and who knows, you may take something special home with you!

Thursday, April 20
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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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