The Farmington Continuing Education program has added many new classes to their schedule for the Spring 2013 term. They are open to all, whether or not you live in Farmington, so check out their catalog online if you didn't get one in your mailbox.
On pages 14 and 15 you will see familiar offerings such as the vegetarian Sushi class, Dim Sum I and II, and Basic Knife Skills. Now you can continue your knife skills training with Advanced Knife Skills, in which you learn basic butchering skills so that you can portion larger portions of meat (a cost savings!) and debone and portion a whole chicken. The class fee looks high until you realize it includes all the meat you will be preparing - be sure to bring a cooler to class so you can carry it all home!
While there is a class in Basic Cooking Techniques that would be useful for anybody having to prepare meals for the first time - students going away to college, recently divorced or widowed persons - you can quickly expand your repertoire. Vunay Sawyer offers classes in Vietnamese, Thai, vegetarian cooking, and "Oodles of Noodles" ranging from Chinese to Italian. Mounika Kasala offers three meal-preparation classes in which you cook a main dish (Chilli Chicken, Chicken Curry, or Shrimp Curry), a side dish (brown rice with yoghurt, mint and peas pulao, or chapatis), and dessert (rice pudding, vermicelli or noodle pudding, or crushed pineapple sweet).
If you have taken the bread baking class in Farmington before, the instructor advises that this term's recipes are all different. So if you love to bake and have wanted to make bread, or if you love to bake bread and want something new to try, check out the class listing for "Quick and Easy Breads."
Two other classes are parties offered in conjunction with Party To Cook. Kabob Cooking on March 22nd offers an entire meal on a stick, from appetizers through dessert. The Pizza Party is for adults or children and can be scheduled on a convenient night for a scout troop event, a birthday party, or a friendly get-together - up to eight persons are included in the fee. You learn a basic pizza crust dough, top with everybody's favourite toppings - you get to tell them which ones to bring - bake and eat! No fancy oven needed, you can reproduce both meals at home. They also offer classes in West Hartford and Middletown, but those districts don't have their Spring 2013 schedules available yet.