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Culinary Arts

Making Flatbreads


with Mary Elizabeth Bailey

Calendar May 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

From Three Different Cultures!

Once you taste these homemade, fresh hot flatbreads you won’t want to buy store-bought ever again! We’ll be making pita bread, flour tortillas and a soft potato flatbread. Make and taste them with items such as hummus, butter, cheese, jam and sandwich fillings. These recipes pair well with sweet and savory items and best of all, they are easy to make. Leave with recipes and any leftovers. Please bring your own apron. Tuition includes materials.

Required: Participants must wear hats, hair nets, beard guards and closed toe shoes in the kitchen, no exceptions. ​

Mary Bailey, an avid and talented baker, is a Culinary Arts major at YCCC. She is owner/operator of Thyme & Honey Bakery in Biddeford offering cakes for all occasions, specialty desserts and baked goods for on the go folks.

Quick Pickles!


with Jason Eckerson

Calendar May 14, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Ever wonder how to make pickles? Ever find yourself making a dish and think "This would be perfect if only there was a little extra zing"? It doesn't have to be that hard and it doesn't have to take that long. Learn a simple, basic technique for making all your favorite pickles: Dill, bread and butter, pickled peppers, giardiniera, pickled onions and more. Learn the differences between pour-over and lacto-fermented pickles, the basics of canning, and just plain delicious fridge pickles.

Required: Bring one or two jars and some vegetables to pickle, if you’d like (pickling cucumbers, peppers, etc.).

Jason Eckerson has worked in restaurants around the country for over 15 years, landing him most recently as sous chef at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland.

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Tea, Not Just for Winter Sipping!


with Marianne E Russo

Calendar May 21, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Explore ways to enjoy your favorite teas, plus some new ones, in warm weather. Think icy cold tea blends, tea infused ice cream, ices and smoothies; or even, green tea for the skin! Discuss best methods of making iced teas, incorporating tea into other icy beverages and dishes. Taste at least three creations and take home recipes and guidelines for many more!

Marianne Russo is a Certified Tea Specialist and owner of Nellie’s Tea Company. She has studied under experts from around the world, including Pearl Dexter, founding owner of Tea, A Magazine, and John Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. She has traveled to the tea fields and factories of China and Japan, the World Tea Expo, and numerous tea rooms in the US and abroad

Tour the Wines of the Loire Valley


with Gene A Barber

Calendar May 9, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join us for a wine tasting tour of one of France's largest and most diverse wine regions, the Loire valley. The Valley is immense and the terroir changes drastically through several hundred miles. Taste red and white wines that are made naturally and reflect the culture of this lovely region. Enjoy sampling four different wines paired with light, healthy appetizers courtesy of Vic & Whit’s. A great gift for Mothers day!

Gene A Barber, a wholesale rep for Devenish wines, started his first wine tasting club in 1974 and has been an avid student ever since. He deals primarily in low-yield, low-production wines that are sustainable, organic and natural.

Vegan Sauces


with Deborah Gordon

Calendar May 1, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Enjoy plant-based sauces that are good for your family and the planet. Make three delicious sauces with ingredients that you either already have on hand or will soon incorporate into your pantry’s must-haves. On the menu: Puttanesca, an original Italian Greco inspired salty, chewy sauce perfect over pasta; Cheezyccini, better than “real” cheese sauce - serve over pasta, rice or added to soups and finally Peanut Ginger, tangy, Thai-influenced and comparatively quick and easy to assemble - delicious over rice or rice pasta with vegetables. Registration closes 4/26.

Directions emailed week of class.

Deborah Gordon has been educated in and shares a love of fibre art, music, vegan cooking and photography. She is going on 50 years of a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.

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