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.  


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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Simply Snacking

Create afternoon snacks that are healthy, quick and easy. (ie., granola, puppy chow, etc.)

Tuesday, September 13
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Lemon Curd Dessert

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

Wednesday, September 14
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Pizza Pizzaz

Don’t reach for the phone, reach for these great & easy recipes.

Thursday, September 15
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Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Where to get them... your own garden or the local grocery store? How to choose and which one to use? What do you do with the rest of the bunch you just bought? How do I store fresh herbs? How do I handle them? How do you use them other than a sprinkle or to decorate a dish? When and how should they be added during cooking? Woody stems vs. soft stems - stems vs. leaves - what to use? If I’m growing herbs, can I use the flowers? Once you have the answers to these questions, you’ll reach for the bundle of fresh herbs at the market more often or you may just decide to start your own herb garden.

Monday, September 19
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Dry Rubs & Marinades

Infuse flavor into almost anything with dry rubs and marinades.

Tuesday, September 20
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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!

Wednesday, September 21
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What's Up Grill Friend?

Grilling & Chilling side dishes & more.

Thursday, September 22
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Canned Seasoned Tomatoes

Italian, Cajun and Mexican Tomatoes will be prepared and canned. Perfect for instant meals. Recipes will be tasted in a prepared dish.

Monday, September 26
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Crock Pot

All in one meals. Taste it, make it and take it home to cook.

Tuesday, September 27  
West Liberty Center
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Master of Meatballs

No matter the meat or the sauce, it’s the technique that makes it what it is. Three different meatballs you can put in almost anything.

Tuesday, September 27  
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Salsa Camp

Just like a quilting party but with tortilla chips!! Lets get together and combine our chopping ability and make a great salsa to enjoy all winter. We will have a couple of canners running .... and everyone should get to take home several jars of salsa. This is totally hands on! Wear your apron ... cuz the tomatoes will be flying! Bring a box to help carry the hot jars home.

Wednesday, September 28  
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Pho All Seasons

Learn how to make Pho and other Vietnamese dishes.

Thursday, September 29  
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Matchmaker ..... Herbs and Food

Try time-honored ways first so you get to know the flavors, then get creative! Recipes/demonstration/sampling with an example of using fresh herb in each course of the meal.

Monday, October 3
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Alfredo Sauce

Mastering this white wine cream sauce opens up to more than just pasta.

Tuesday, October 4  
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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 Oct 4
6 - 8:30 p.m.
The Outing Club
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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, October 5  #174440
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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!

Thursday, October 6  
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Fantasy Food Tour

Visit the magic lands of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter through baking cakes and pastries fit for a wizard.

Sat. October 8
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Crazy About Cupcakers

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

Monday, October 10  
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It's Game Time


Tuesday, October 11  
West Liberty Center
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Heavy Hors D'oeurves

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

Tuesday, October 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, October 12  
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Camera Action

Dishes from the movies.

Thursday, October 13  
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Gluten Free Baking 101

A brief tour of wheat substitutes, demonstration on grinding your own flours, and detailed preparation of allergy-friendly desserts.

Sat. October 15
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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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, October 17  
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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)

Tuesday, October 18  
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Make your own dairy products and simple cheese. We will make sour cream, buttermilk, Ricotta, Mozzarella, and cottage cheese.

Wednesday, October 19  
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Ole What's Paella?

You’ll find out & make it.

Thursday, October 20  
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Plant Based Snacks and Treats

Treats to satisfy the plant based diet - including lime/coconut cupcakes - Spiced Apple Tea cake.

Monday, October 24  
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Let's Get Squashed

Cooking with spaghetti squash and butternut squash.

Tuesday, October 25  
West Liberty Center
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Homemade Lasagna

Make the noodles and the sauce then see the proper technique for building. Bring a pan to take one home.

Tuesday, October 25  
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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!!!

Wednesday, October 26  
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It's the Great Pumpkin

More than pumpkin pie.

Thursday, October 27  
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Fun with Frosting

Just in time for Halloween! Learn first-hand from an expert cake decorator how to decorate cupcakes and cookies with frosting you can make at home. You even get to take some Fall themed goodies home! All supplies and recipes included. Supplies fee of $5 is payable to the Inst. at time of class. Cost: $15

Thursday, October 27
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
CCC Maquoketa Center
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Crostatas, Galetter 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.

Monday, October 31  
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