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 the hands-on classes is $19. Take a virtual tour of the West Davenport Center to see the cooking lab. Below is a list of the upcoming cooking classes available.

December 2014

Cupcake Creations

This fun class will teach you some easy decorating techniques without the fussy equipment. For example, you can decorate a Daisy cupcake with marshmallows and gumdrops or create a baseball cupcake with red licorice candy. We will learn two basic cupcake and frosting recipes, and travel through different stations to create many beautiful cupcakes to enjoy. Please bring some containers for your leftovers.
Monday, December 1
6 - 9 p.m.

Tour of the South

If you ever wanted to tour the South’s favorite dishes, then this is the class for you. We will make South Carolina Shrimp Perloo, Southern Sweet Corn Fritters, Cajun Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with homemade Cajun seasoning. I’ll bring the sweet tea to wash it down with so just bring your appetite.

Tuesday, December 2
6 - 9 p.m.

Homemade Pasta

Prepare fresh pasta as well as delicious red and white sauces.

Wednesday, December 3
6 - 9 p.m.

Russian Flavors

Cold Borsch: Traditional cold beetroot soup. It’s cooler than Gazpacho. Pelmeni: It’s like Russian ravioli, super tasty! Russian Baked Apples: It’s warm, comforting and delicious with a big scoop of ice cream.

Thursday, December 4
6 - 9 p.m.

Holiday Gifts

Make some homemade gifts that are sure to delight. Lip balm, truffles, hot cocoa mix and caramels are on the agenda for this evening. Please bring some containers or a grocery bag to take home your treats!

Monday, December 8
6 - 9 p.m.


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

Wednesday, December 10
6 - 9 p.m.


The versatile egg. Learn to make Challah (a European egg bread) to use to make decadent French toast. Master the skill of poaching eggs and make a rich Eggs Benedict, Quiche and round out your egg mastery with an easy Pavlova (meringue dessert from Australia).

Thursday, December 11
6 - 9 p.m.

Parent/Child Holiday Cookie

This is what holiday memories are made of! Come bake and decorate sugar cookies with the ladies from 2 Mamas Baking. Walk away with an entire batch of sugar cookies to share with friends and family over the holidays. It’s sure to be fun! We ask that children be 7 years of age or older. Also, please bring a cookie sheet (or 2) along to transport wet cookies.

Saturday, December 13
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


These are the perfect indulgence for that sweet tooth of yours. They also make the perfect gift. This class will teach students how to prepare three types of truffles: French cocoa- dusted ruffles, traditional chocolate covered truffles, and cake ball truffles. Please bring some containers for your goodies.

Monday, December 15
6 - 9 p.m.

German Holiday

Learn how to celebrate the holidays in Germany with roasted goose filled with apples, chestnuts, onions and spices, Weihnachtsrotkraut (Christmas red cabbage) and Marzipan Weinachtsplatzchen (Marzipan Christmas cookies) and other recipes. Find out the one thing you should never eat on New Year’s if you want good luck in the following year.

Tuesday, December 16
6 - 9 p.m.


January 2015

Fly Away!

Chicken wing lovers, unite. We will prepare baked wings that are both crispy and savory. Sauces will include a tangy Asian style and traditional buffalo, among others. Please bring some containers for your leftovers.

Monday, January 12
6 - 9 p.m.

Gluten-Free Breads

It’s getting cold out there, what better way is there to stay in and get warm than by baking breads? Avoiding gluten you say? No problem, these are all gluten-free. We will make a wonderful sandwich bread, a yummy zucchini and a slightly spicy pumpkin. All free of gluten but big on flavor.

Tuesday, January 13
6 - 9 p.m.

Pies/Pie Crust

Pie Crust - How to make, keep and freeze. Let’s make a pie! Hmmm….

Wednesday, January 14
6 - 9 p.m.

Stretch Your Food Budget

In a time when food prices continue to rise, we will look at ways to cut your expenses. We will prepare money-saving meals ... talk about different ideas to make a meal go further, and we’ll help evaluate your food budget. Bring your latest grocery receipt to help us find methods to save you money, and don’t forget a container to take home leftovers!

Wednesday, January 15
6 - 9 p.m.


You’ve heard of Quinoa and how good it is for you, but how do you cook it? We will make baked Quinoa with spiced apples and carrots, spicy Mexican Quinoa, plus you’ll take home more quinoa recipes and ideas.

Tuesday, January 20
6 - 9 p.m.

HomeMade Noodles

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

Wednesday, January 21
6 - 9 p.m.

Biscuits in the Oven

Biscuits are a quick and easy way to dress up any meal. We will be covering basic rolled biscuits and drop biscuits, including sweet and savory options.

Wednesday, January 21
6 - 9 p.m.
Pleasant Valley High School

Awesome Quick Breads

Walk away from the tube/box. Prepare a variety of breads; Biscuits, drop and rolled, Muffins and Popovers.

Thursday, January 22
6 - 9 p.m.

Baking 101

Work with your child to learn how to bake. We will go step-by-step to make simple, delicious desserts that your child can bake on their own. Terms, measuring skills and techniques will all be taught in the class. Have a fun morning with your child and take home a cake that they made with you. (Suggested age 10 and above)

Saturday, January 24
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Scones, Quick Breads & Spreads

Learn the basic techniques for preparing wedge scones and quick breads. We will also be preparing some easy freezer jams and spreads to go with our fabulous baked goods. Please bring some containers for your leftovers.
Monday, January 26
6 - 9 p.m.

Bread Puddings

Prepare the conventional bread pudding as well as variations using different breads, croissants and fruit flavors.

Tuesday, January 27
6 - 9 p.m.

Sushi Lovers/ Your Japanese Kitchen

Your Japanese Kitchen Sushi Lover-Let’s make Sushi! We will be making Sushi seasoning and Sushi rice. I’ll demonstrate sushi bowls and some rolls with fish and vegetables. You will experience a Japanese sushi tour. Please bring a bottle for sushi vinegar and containers for your leftovers.

Wednesday, January 28
6 - 9 p.m.

Crème Brulee & Other Custards

Come and prepare sumptuous Crème Caramel (Flan), Crème Brulee, Panna Cotta and Custard Filled Cream Puffs with Chef Barb.

Thursday, January 29
6 - 9 p.m.