Home and Garden

 CULINARY INSTITUTE

All classes offered by Kim Hendrikson,
Offered in cooperation with Ramsey Community School
All classes held at Ramsey High School

 

DUMPLINGS - Asian and American Versions         FEE: $50

Mon. & Tues., 7:00-9:30 p.m. (2 sess. Mar 4 & 5)    (plus $30 mat. fee

payable at reg.)

In two nights, the traditional fluffy bread/flour/cornmeal/potato varieties served in stews or under gravy will be demonstrated by Kim then prepared by you! Night two will focus on making Asian dumplings with a variety of fillings. Some will be steamed, some pan fried for you to taste. A total of 8 different kinds will be tasted and prepared in these two nights. Bring to class: apron, dishtowel and take home containers.

 

RUGELACH BASICS           FEE: $30 (plus $15 mat. fee

Monday, 7:00-10:00 p.m. (1 sess. Mar. 11)   payable at reg.)

These cream cheese pastry filled delights are costly to buy but very easy to make if you know how. Kim will demonstrate a basic recipe and while they are baking you will make a batch of your own. If Raspberry Nut Rugelach or Rum Raisin Cinnamon Rugelach make you drool, join us. We will collectively prepare 4 different kinds that evening. Bring to class: apron, dish towel and take home containers.

 

CAST IRON ONE POT MEALS       FEE: $50

Tuesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m. (2 sess. Mar. 26 & Apr. 2)  (plus $40 mat. fee payable at reg.)

Think merging the concept of the French Tartin (sweet/savory items cooked in a skillet with the crust on the top; inverted for beautiful presentation and flavor) with the ease of a one pot skillet meal. In this class we will prepare 8 different cast iron meals, using the flipped crust (polenta, pastry, potato) to create a base to hold the contents pans contents. Each one will serve a well balanced meal for 4. Mushroom Marsala-Onion Tartine, Brussels Sprout Sausage Tartin, are few of the meals we will prepare. Cast iron seasoning and cleaning info will be included. Bring to class: apron, dish towel, chopping knife and take home containers.

 

GNOCCHI SAMPLER          FEE: $25

Monday, 7:00-9:30 p.m. (1 sess. Apr. 1)(plus $15 mat. fee payable at reg.)

We order this dish in restaurants because it is something we don’t make it at home. Laments like, I can’t make them fluffy or they’re too difficult are common. This class will walk you through the pitfalls. Kim will demonstrate how to make fluffy, airy gnocchi - then you will make a batch yourselves. We will test/eat them with a few quick sauces at the end of the evening. Bring to class: apron, dish towel and take home containers.

 

SCONES & CLOTTED CREAM      FEE: $60

Mon. & Tues., 7:00-10:00 p.m.(2 sess. Apr. 8 & 9)   (plus $20 mat. fee payable at reg.)

A good scone is a wonderful thing. It needs to be crunchy on the outside and flaky tender on the inside, tasting buttery and delicious. If you are tired of the hockey-pucks that are often sold and want to see how very easy homemade ones are, this is the class for you. Kim will demonstrated the basics and you will each make a batch to take home. Fresh blueberry or strawberry scones, anyone? We always think of scone’s pared with clotted cream, so Kim will also demonstrate how to hake home-made clotted cream easily during night two. Plan on bringing some home or eat it all with your scones from the night before! Bring to class: apron, dish towel and take home containers.

 

SUMMER SOUPS     FEE: $50

Mon. & Tues., 7:00-9:30 p.m. (2 sess. Apr. 29 & 30)    (plus $40 mat. fee payable at reg.)

With an emphasis on the season’s veggies and herbs, this class will prepare 8 different soups that are lighter than traditional fall soup fare. Whether it be for it’s ease, nutrition, or comfort, everyone loves soups! These are not just your basic chicken noodle soup recipes, but just as easy and flavorful. If Vietnamese Beef & Noodle Soup and Spring Minestrone Verde with Pistachio Pesto interest you, come and see what other recipes we will prepare and eat. Bring to class: apron, dish towel, chopping knife and take home containers.

 

YEAR ROUND GARDENING         FEE: $45

Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.         (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor)

(1 sess. Mar. 6)           Midland Park H.S.    

Why settle for frozen or canned vegetables or dried herbs when you can grow your own fresh produce practically year-round here in New Jersey? It’s easier than you might think.  We’ll discuss techniques to get you started from the simplest window sill garden to hot house gardening and everything in between. Knowing which varieties to plant and when can make all the difference. These time-tested and proven techniques will have you amazing your friends and neighbors as you harvest vegetables just when they are beginning to plant them!   We always have a great Q & A session at the end of the class and our gardeners share their success stories as well as questions. Join us for a fun-filled evening! Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

 

INTRODUCTION TO SQUARE FOOT GARDENING         FEE: $45

Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.         (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor)

(1 sess.  Mar. 13)        Midland Park H.S.

If you want to have the prettiest flowers and eat the freshest, tastiest, and most healthy produce ever, but hate to weed and don’t have much time to spend in the garden each day, then you’re in luck. A SF Garden is: 50% of the cost, 20% of the space, 10% of the water, 5% of the seeds, 2% of the work and 100% as much harvest as a traditional back yard row garden. It makes gardening success easy. No weeding. No digging. No tilling. No kidding! Is your backyard soil as hard as a brick? No problem! You won’t be using it in your raised beds, and as a bonus the soil is totally organic! Join us for a light and fun-filled evening of useful gardening information, class participation and a question and answer session. You will be amazed to learn what you can grow all year long by using some of our simple tricks. Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

 

INTERPLANTING AND SUCCESSION PLANTING           Fee: $45

Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.         (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor)

(1 sess. Mar. 20)         Midland Park H.S.

Plant basil or carrots by your tomatoes for a better harvest and better tasting tomatoes, but don’t plant anything in the onion family near your peas or you will stunt their growth! Sounds crazy but it’s true. Gardeners and farmers have known this for hundreds of years. The proper layout of your garden patch will greatly enhance its productivity and taste. Knowing what to plant next after harvesting one type of vegetable in your garden is just as crucial. Each plant variety has different requirements. This course will teach you how to successfully do both for a productive and disease and pest resistant garden. Instructor: DONALD J. KANARR

 

SPROUTS, MICROGREENS & BABY GREENS  FEE: $45

Wednesday 7-9:30 pm            (plus $30 cash mat. fee to Instructor)

(1 sess. Mar. 27)         Midland Park H.S.

Together we’ll explore the differences between sprouts, microgreens and baby greens and how to grow all of them year-round in your home. Sprouts have very important health properties due to their high levels of nutrients and enzymes, which give our body valuable energy to detox and strengthen our immune system. Broccoli sprouts contain 20 to 50 times more nutrients than mature broccoli and have sulforaphane, a powerful anti-cancer compound that helps fight and reduce the risk of developing cancer. Every participant will plant a tray of organic broccoli sprouts to take home. We will also discuss the benefits of growing and juicing wheat grass which is another powerhouse for good health. Join us for a fun-filled evening of tips for living a healthier life. Instructor: Donald J. Kanarr

 

VERMICULTURE AND THE HOME GARDENER          FEE: $45

Wednesday 7-9:30 pm            (plus $35 cash mat. fee to instructor)

(1 sess.  Apr. 3)           Midland Park H.S.

Vermiculture is the process of worm farming. When we use worms to create compost, we are vermicomposting. Experienced gardeners will tell you that worm excrement (castings) are the best natural fertilizer on the face of the earth. The lowly worm is the gardener’s best friend. They turn our kitchen scraps into “black gold.” When done properly, there are no odors, flies, or downsides. Worm castings have a woodsy, earthy, pleasant aroma. This course will enlighten you about worms and how to harness their power year-round to the benefit of your garden. Each participant will build a simple worm composting tub including worm bedding, natural additives and powdered food to take home along with detailed instructions for success.  Actual worms must be ordered on-line after the tub has been completed and allowed to sit for several days. Your garden will thank you with healthier vegetables and bigger blooms. It’s natural and all organic! Instructor: Donald J. Kanarr

 

SEWING - BEGINNERS (Ages 14 & up)     FEE: $130

Monday, 6:30-9 p.m. (9 sess. beg. Feb. 25)(no class 4/15)    Midland Park H.S.

Students will learn the basics of sewing including seams, hems, zippers, buttonholes,pattern selection & layout. Each student is required to bring their own sewing machines with instruction manual in order to learn how to operate them more effectively. Please bring it the first night of class along with a 3 ring binder and a ½ yard of muslin fabric. Class limited to 14 students. Instructor: KAREN SKOGLUND

 

SEWING - ADVANCED (Ages 14 & up)                   FEE: $130

Wednesday, 6:30-9 p.m.  (9 sess. beg. Feb. 27) (no class 4/17)         Midland Park H.S.

Advanced sewing techniques will be taught. Prerequisite for this class is sewing for beginners. STUDENTS MUST HAVE SEWING EXPERIENCE!  Students should bring their own sewing machines and a project to the first class. Class limited to14 students. 

Instructor: KAREN SKOGLUND

           

UPHOLSTERY – BEGINNER         FEE: $143 (SR CIT $136)

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. (8 sess. beg. Feb. 19)        ($30 mat. fee due at registration)

Ramsey High School (Shop)

Offered in cooperation with Ramsey Community School. Register through M.P.C.E.

Here’s your opportunity to learn how to upholster and master the ‘tricks of the trade’. Work on your own piece (we suggest a small piece: small chair, ottoman). Professional work is expensive; save a lot of money by learning to do it yourself. You will receive a survey via your email. Please keep a current email address in your student profile. Material fee: $30 material fee payable at time of registration. Larger pieces (i.e. loveseat, armchair, etc.) will incur an extra material fee applied at class time. Park at Ramsey High School, 256 E. Main St. Parking Lot next to football field. Instructor: GREG GEORGI



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