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.

May

Pies/Pie Crust

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

Wednesday, May 25
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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.

Thursday, May 26
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Eggs-Stravaganza

Eggs as a main course or ingredient.

Tuesday, May 31
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June

Cool, Calm & Refreshed

A selection of refreshing drinks which can easily be made either alcoholic or non-alcoholic.

Wednesday, June 1
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The Great Tuber

Learn about the potato and make classic French mash, potato chips and amazing Potato au Gratin with caramelized onion and fresh cream.

Thursday, June 2
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Doctor Up Your Cake Mix

Learn to take your boxed cake from ordinary to extraordinary; simple cake decorating ideas will be shared and practiced.

Monday, June 6
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BBQ Ribs

A flavorful, smoky homemade BBQ sauce highlights these delicious BBQ Ribs.

Tuesday, June 7
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Salad Insane

Salad choices, more than Iceberg.

Wednesday, June 8
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Cooking with Fire

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

Thursday, June 9
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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.

Monday, June 13
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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.

Tuesday, June 14
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MMMMMAHREVELLOUS MMMMMUFFINS

Some new twists on some old favorites.
 
Wednesday, June 15
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Classic Risotto

Fear it no longer. Learn the tricks to this delicious rice dish, make a base that can be frozen and used in the future. Make a Spicy Sausage and Seafood Risotto that is sure to impress.

Thursday, June 16
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Cake Pops & Truffles

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

Monday, June 20
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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.

Tuesday, June 21
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Quick, Easy & Fast

Not a romance novel but easy & nutritious dishes.

Wednesday, June 22
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Gluten-Free Torte

Learn to prepare a gluten-free flourless Chocolate Torte.

Thursday, June 23
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Farmer's/Gourmet Markets Chicago

Have a day, of culinary adventure in Chicago with Stephanie Godke. Wear your walking shoes and bring a cooler for your purchases. We will start the day, at a farmer’s market and progress to some of Chicago’s best gourmet stores. Cost: $89

Thursday, June 23
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Beer Can Chicken on the Grill

Learn how to season the chicken and the beer. We’ll make Tortellini salad, awesome brownies, and a delicious corn dip appetizer too!

Monday, June 27
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July

Off the Beaten Path Gourmet

Experience Chef Stephanie’s secret gourmet spots in the Chicago area. Wear your walking shoes, bring a cell phone, an insulated container with ice for perishables, an umbrella, and be ready for a gourmet adventure. Cost: $89

Wednesday, July 6
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Debone a Whole Chicken

Debone a whole chicken to include the hind quarter and stuff with sausage and cranberry forcemeat.

Thursday, July 7
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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!
Monday, July 11
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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.

Tuesday, July 12
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Virtually Vegetarian

Healthy meatless recipes that will please even the carnivores in your family.

Wednesday, July 13
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Seasonal Taste/Central Plains

Learn how to care for and prepare the goods found in our front yard. Seasonal ingredients and ideas.

Thursday, July 14
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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.

Monday, July 18
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Three Little Fishes

Fish dishes for the faint of heart. Fish is often cooked poorly, and in this class you’ll learn the tips and tricks to make your fish taste superb.

Tuesday, July 19
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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 Crème Brûlée, Chocolate pudding, and Mexican flan.

Wednesday, July 20
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Lemon Curd Dessert

No longer fear this custard! Learn how to make a Lemon Curd Icebox cake.

Thursday, July 21
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No Bake Desserts

Try these interesting desserts.

Monday, July 25
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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.

Tuesday, July 26
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Power Woking

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

Wednesday, July 27
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Wheat Berries & Flax

Make a salad with them whole, and mill them into flour to make bread.

Thursday, July 28
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August

Boozy Cakes

Includes recipes for cakes made with Champaign, Rum, Amaretto and Guinness Beer.

Monday, August 1
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Pies

In this class, we will learn a versatile pie dough recipe that can be used for sweet or savory dishes. Included in this class will be a stunning quiche, Apple pie and Peach pie... perfect for your summer table!

Tuesday, August 2
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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 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.

Thursday, August 4
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Fun with Phyllo

Bring in the dough - Recipes for each course, from appetizer through dessert.

Monday, August 8
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Pasta

Never buy dried pasta again. This fresh pasta class will teach you the basics of making pasta, and then will offer up different uses, including Ravioli and Fettuccini.

Tuesday, August 9
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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.
 
Wednesday, August 10
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Farmer's/Ethnic Markets Chicago

A whirl wind tour with lots of stops including the Farmer’s Market and some ethnic markets. As always, a stop at Trader Joe’s to stock up on some goodies. Wear your walking shoes, and bring a cell phone and a cooler. Cost: $89

Wednesday, August 10
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Dry Rubs & Marinades

Infuse flavor into almost anything with dry rubs and marinades.
 
Thursday, August 11
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All Things Chocolate...

Poured Chocolate Ganache’: Take your cake to the next level with this gourmet cake icing, learn how to make molding chocolate and the art of chocolate roses.

Monday, August 15
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All Things Dairy

Who says you can’t have ice cream all year long? Featured in this class will be homemade ice cream, Ricotta cheese, and Mozzarella cheese.

Tuesday, August 16
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Knead Some Dough?

Not money, but bread! Have fun raising what you knead to make meals complete.

Wednesday, August 17
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Knife Skills

Knife skills and vegetable preparation: Learn skills to reduce time and increase efficiency in the kitchen. Cut various fruits and vegetables and prepare a display.

Thursday, August 18
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All Things Meringue!

Cookies, kisses, crusts and pies-learn the secrets of this great light and fluffy dessert!

Monday, August 22
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Cheesecake

Learn a cheesecake base that can be made into any flavor you want. All you need to decide is... what crust?

Tuesday, August 23
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Ham It Up

Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.

Wednesday, August 24
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The Amazing Beet

Learn how to select, care for and prepare this great root vegetable. See just how it can be used for more than just a pickle. Make a Beet Risotto, a Beet Vinaigrette and even a soup.

Thursday, August 25
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Love Creme Brulee

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

Monday, August 29
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What's Up Grill Friend?

More than Burgers and Brats.
 
Tuesday, August 30
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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)

Wednesday, August 31
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