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Mirin Soy Sauce

I don’t remember where I got this recipe or what the inspiration for it was but Mirin Soy Sauce is a delicious topping that you can use on almost anything.  In fact, I often say that it [...]

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Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen–Adults (1:30-4pm)

Want to be able to give meaningful homemade holiday gifts?  Need something in a pinch for last-minute giving that will impress?  Learn about an amazing variety of great recipes for fun, easy and [...]

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Kids Holiday Treats (1–3:30pm)

Kids will spend a Saturday morning learning to make delicious holiday treats.  Participants will prepare the following recipes and will have plenty to take home to share (or not!)  On the menu: [...]

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Parent and Child Holiday Donuts (1:30-3:30pm)

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon—making (and eating) delicious fresh, homemade Donuts with a special child!  You will be making both Cake Donuts and Yeast Donuts.  Pairs will [...]

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Parent-Child Holiday Treats (9:30–11:30am)

Share a Saturday morning learning to make delicious holiday treats with Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, or a special friend!  Adult-child pairs will prepare all of the following recipes and will have [...]

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Parent and Child Chocolate Class (9:30am-12pm)

Who doesn’t love chocolate?  Parents and kids will learn about cooking with chocolate and will make these scrumptious chocolate eats and treats to try as well as to take some home to share (or [...]

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Kid’s Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate (1-3:30)

Who doesn’t love chocolate?  Kids will learn about cooking with chocolate and will make these scrumptious chocolate eats and treats to try as well as to take some home to share (or not!).  On the [...]

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Family Sushi Night (6-8pm)

  Tired of Turkey?  Want a great way to spend time with your family with an atypical Wisconsin Friday Fish Night?  This class is for you!  Sushi is fun to make, and it’s not just raw fish; [...]

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The Pie and Tart Class–Adults (1-4pm)

Have you ever wanted to learn to make delicious, easy, do-ahead pies and tarts to impress your family and holiday guests?  In this class, participants will learn how to prepare foolproof tart [...]

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Kids Homestyle Baking Workshop (12:30-3:30pm)

Fun class for kids who love to bake. This class will add to your kids’ baking repertoire with delicious new recipes and techniques for sweet and savory dishes.  Participants will make and bake [...]

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Kids Make Handmade/Hand-Shaped Pasta (9:30-11:30am)

Kids love pasta and learning to make their own homemade fresh pasta is inspiring!  In this hands-on cooking class, participants will learn the techniques of making Fresh Egg Pasta and rolling it [...]

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Kids Halloween Treats Class (4-6pm)

Kids will get to make delightfully disgusting-sounding but delicious-to-eat Halloween goodies in this hands-on class. There will be plenty for in-class consumption as well as some to take home to [...]

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Brownie Snacks Workshops: Keep Calm and Snack On! (4-6pm)

Complete all 5 steps of the Brownie Snacks Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/ Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  Discuss snack ingredients and what makes food local and [...]

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Brownie Snacks Workshops: Keep Calm and Snack On! (3-5pm)

Complete all 5 steps of the Brownie Snacks Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/ Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  Discuss snack ingredients and what makes food local and [...]

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Brownie Snacks Workshops: Keep Calm and Snack On! (12-2pm)

Complete all 5 steps of the Brownie Snacks Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/ Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  Discuss snack ingredients and what makes food local and [...]

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Brownie Snacks Workshops: Keep Calm and Snack On! (9-11am)

Complete all 5 steps of the Brownie Snacks Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/ Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  Discuss snack ingredients and what makes food local and [...]

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Teens and Tweens Make Ramen (5-7:30pm)

No packets of skinny noodles or pouches of MSG in this class.  Learn to make the noodle dough from scratch, then roll, stretch and cut the dough into fresh noodles to be boiled and enjoyed with a [...]

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Let’s Brunch for Parents and Kids (1:30-4pm)

Parents and Kids will learn not only how to put on a great brunch for family and friends but also how to fend for themselves in the morning!  Come and learn the basics of egg preparation and many [...]

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Cooking Simple Meals for Juniors Workshops: Take Charge: Cook It Yourself! (4-6pm)

Complete all 5 steps of the Junior Simple Meals Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  Discuss how to think like a chef and learn culinary [...]

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Cooking Simple Meals for Juniors Workshops: Take Charge: Cook It Yourself! (12-2pm)

Complete all 5 steps of the Junior Simple Meals Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  Discuss how to think like a chef and learn culinary [...]

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Cooking Simple Meals for Juniors Workshops: Take Charge: Cook It Yourself! (9-11am)

Complete all 5 steps of the Junior Simple Meals Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  Discuss how to think like a chef and learn culinary [...]

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Cooking Simple Meals for Juniors Workshops: Take Charge: Cook It Yourself! (3-5pm)

Complete all 5 steps of the Junior Simple Meals Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  Discuss how to think like a chef and learn culinary [...]

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Kids Japanese: Sushi, Soba and Sweets (4:30-6:30pm)

In this hands-on cooking class, participants will learn to make several Japanese favorites.  They will learn to roll sushi and make the following rolls (which are vegetarian with a cooked fish [...]

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Parent-Child Pasta Class (1:30-3:30pm)

What a great way to spend a fall Saturday morning with your child, grandchild or special friend.  Learn the techniques of making Fresh Egg Pasta and rolling it out using a pasta machine.  Fresh [...]

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Kids Bake: “Wrapped in Dough” Workshop (1:30-4pm)

Fun class for kids who love to bake and work with dough. This class will add to your kids’ baking repertoire with delicious new recipes and techniques for savory and sweet bakes.  Participants [...]

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Kids Cooking, Manners and Etiquette Workshop (9a-12:30p)

Tired of watching (and listening to) poor eating habits?  Tired of trying to correct your kids’ dining behavior unsuccessfully?  Sign up now for this highly popular and effective etiquette course [...]

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Tweens and Teens Indian Dinner (5-7:30pm)

Learn to cook some spicy (but not too!), sweet, delicious Indian vegetarian favorites to enjoy now and impress your friends with later!  Teens and tweens will do all the cooking in this hands-on [...]

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Kids Knife Skills Class (4:30-6:30pm)

Empower your child to help with the cooking by learning real knife skills/techniques that will stay with them for as long as they cook!  Children are great at chopping, dicing and mincing when [...]

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Cooking with Dad: Dumplings (1:30-3:30pm)

Dumplings are fun to make and delicious to eat!  In this class, adult-child pairs will make and eat the following scrumptious internationally-inspired dumplings:  Potato and Cheese Empanadas; [...]

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Kids International Breads Workshop (1-3:30pm)

If your child loves baking and especially bread-making, this class is for them!  Kids will practice basic baking techniques–measuring, stirring, kneading, proofing and working with yeast.  [...]

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Kid’s Fall Pies and Tarts (9:30am-12pm)

Kids will learn to make delicious sweet and savory tarts and have a chance to work with different doughs: Pâte Brisée, Pâte Sablée, and Chef Joel’s favorite Tart Dough.  They will get to [...]

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Food Moments I Missed While I Was Busy Cooking – July 2017

 Wow!  July was a busy month for me and as I reflect on what I did do, it dawned on me I should look to see what I didn’t do.  As you may have noticed, I sometimes use national food [...]

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The Art of a Picnic

I love picnics.  When I was a kid it seemed like we couldn’t travel anywhere that took longer than a couple of hours without stopping to have a picnic.  My parents had a Coleman picnic set [...]

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Fromage Fort (“Strong Cheese”)

We always have cheese on hand and usually lots of it.  I believe it may be law here in Wisconsin that you have to have at least some cheese on hand (or is it butter?).  When cheese goes on sale, [...]

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National Donut Day

I should have known this day was coming.  I try to stay current on important holidays but somehow this one slipped through the hole.  Thankfully, I was woken up just before sunrise by our [...]

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American Craft Beer Week

In honor of American Craft Beer Week I would like to make the following announcement: I like Beer.  I also like food.  And I really like beer with food.  And I find that sometimes food with beer [...]

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Leg of Lamb

I have many food memories that revolve around the procurement, preparation and pure enjoyment of eating lamb.  From cooking a whole spit-roasted lamb at the New Zealand embassy in Washington, DC, [...]

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Kids Summer Baking Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

Fun class for kids who love to bake.  We’ll heat up the kitchen for baked treats so you don’t have to heat up yours.  This class will add to your kids’ baking repertoire with delicious new [...]

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Kids Summer Rolls Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

Summer rolls are delicious and nutritious.  Fresh, not fried; filled with fragrant fresh herbs, rice vermicelli and protein; then wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper and served with dipping sauces, [...]

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Kids Dim Sum Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

This traditional style of Chinese cuisine involves small bite-sized portions served on small plates.  It’s fun both to make and eat!  Kids will enjoy making and then sharing these tasty treats:  [...]

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Kids Chocolate Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

Who doesn’t love chocolate?  Kids will make these scrumptious chocolate treats and will get to take some home to share (or not!).  On the menu:  Double Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies; White [...]

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Kids Hand Pies Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

What could be better than a delicious dessert that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand?  Maybe a savory meal in the palm of your hand!  They’re versatile, fun, and oh-so-tasty.  Kids will [...]

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Kids Whoopie Pies Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

Everyone loves this classic New England treat!  Kids will learn to make Classic Whoopie Pies and then will try some fun twists, including a savory Whoopie Pie recipe!  Kids will make, bake and [...]

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Kids Pizza! Pizza! Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)

Making pizza from scratch is a skill for life!  Once they get this down, you can have your children make pizza whenever they want.  Kids will work together in class to make classic pizza dough [...]

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Kids Knife Skills (5:30-7:30pm)

Empower your child to help with the cooking by learning real knife skills/techniques that will stay with them for as long as they cook!  Children are great at chopping, dicing and mincing when [...]

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National Orange Juice Day

Seeing that today is National Orange Juice Day got me to thinking about it.  Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in Wisconsin we didn’t have access to a lot of fresh-squeezed orange juice.  Mom [...]

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Badgerchef Truffle Day

Yesterday started out so promising.  I found out it was National Truffle Day, or so I thought.  Turns out it was National Truffles Day–the chocolate kind.  Now I can enjoy a chocolate [...]

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National BLT Sandwich Month

One of my favorite memories from growing up was one summer evening when we had Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches with fresh tomatoes from our garden.  As I remember it was a classic summer [...]

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Garlic

As almost any kid who has taken one of my summer cooking camps can attest, garlic (and for that matter, onions as well) go into just about every dish except dessert. Garlic is versatile. It can [...]

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