Home and Garden

BASIC HOME ELECTRICITY         FEE: $70 (Sr. Cit. $66)

Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (3 sess. beg. Oct. 3 )      (Plus $10 mat. fee due at reg.)

Ramsey High School(Rm 104)

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

Provide basic understanding of home electricity in three sessions. This is for students who want to learn, understand and practice minor electrical repairs. This course takes the student through hands-on activities based on common electrical home repairs and follows a Black & Decker outline. Topics include: Electrical circuit, safety, testing and tools, fuses and circuit breakers, replacing plugs, switches, receptacles and light fixtures and wiring a new fixture.  Instructor:  GEORGE CHRISAFIS



 The following classes are offered in cooperation with Ramsey Community School


A WING FLING        FEE: $30

Tuesday, 7-10 p.m. (1 sess. Oct. 8)    (plus $18 mat. fee due at reg.)

Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Get ready for those football gatherings in front of the TV or tailgating! Wings are a traditional staple of sports cuisine and one of those fun foods that can be eaten hot or room temperature and are easily portable, making them easy for large group parties. After Kim walks you through the basics and some tips and tricks, we’ll divide up into groups to prepare some very different wings - you’ll learn to prepare jalapeno-lime chicken wings, double fried wings with miso mustard Old Bay sauce, and sticky Korean spiced wings. Forget the same old ho-hum Buffalo wings - add some zing to your wing! Bring to class: apron, dishtowel and take home containers. Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON



Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.        (plus $45 mat. fee due at reg.)

(2 sess. Oct. 17 & 24) Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Cooking fish is easier than you think so don’t be afraid to join this exciting class. Our first evening will feature scallop scampi, seafood quiche, brown rice with pignoli nuts and sautéed escarole to compliment. Our second evening, we will prepare shrimp parmigiana with homemade marinara sauce, mussels with butter wine basil sauce, scalloped potatoes and lemon mousse dessert. Do not eat prior to class since you will eat and taste all items prepared in class. Bring to class: apron, dishtowel, chopping knife and take home containers. Instructor:  JOSEPH SCILLIERI


HEARTY WINTER SOUPS              FEE: $60

Mon. & Tues., 7-10 p.m.        (plus $25 mat. fee due at reg.)

(2 sess. Oct. 21 & 22) Eric Smith School, Ramsey (Rm 153)

Nothing tastes better when the weather gets colder than hearty bowls of soup. Does anyone ever have enough good winter soup recipes? In this hands-on two night class, eight different recipes will be prepared, then tasted at the end of the evening (or taken home!). Kim will include instruction on chopping techniques, flavor substitutions and freezing and storage. Chunky carrot Thai soup and hearty green bean minestrone are few of the recipes we will prepare. Join us! Bring to class: apron, dish towels, paring and chopping knife, peeler and take home containers.   Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON


FLATBREADS          FEE: $25

Monday, 7-9:30 p.m. (1 sess. Oct. 28)           (plus $20 mat. fee due at reg.)

Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Flatbreads can be either the easiest hor d’oeuvre because your guests break them apart or a very creative appetizer or luncheon food to impress your guests. In this one night class, a variety of flatbreads will be prepared by you and your kitchen partner. Not only will assorted toppings be explored, but also a variety of flatbread bases. If Alsatian ham and fontina flatbread or asparagus beet and goat cheese flatbread sound interesting just wait - there are 3 more recipes we will prepare! All recipes will be enjoyed at the end of class. Bring to class: apron, dish towel, pairing knife and take home containers. Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON



Mon. & Tues., 7-10 p.m.        (plus $30 mat. fee due at reg.)

(2 sess.  Nov. 4 & 5)   Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Need new ideas for quick meals to prepare for family or friends? Are you easily intimidated by recipes with a long list of ingredients? Kim can show you how to focus on the flavor, not on shopping for 10 ingredients, some you’ll only use once! You will learn to prepare 4 to 5 different 5 ingredient recipes each night. All will be taste tested at the end of the night so don’t eat dinner! Basic chopping and prep techniques will be covered as well to make your meal preparation quicker and easier. Just a few of the recipes that will be created are tomato basil salmon and bacon wrapped stuffed chicken, and much more. Bring to class: apron, dishtowel, chopping knife and take home containers. Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON



Mon. & Tues., 7-10 p.m.         (plus $25 mat. fee due at reg.)

(2 sess.  Nov. 11 & 12)           Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

So delicious, so satisfying but so different! These delicious cookies are not the same! In one night Kim will explain the variety of macaroons (almond & coconut being two) then the class will be divided and we’ll prepare 5 different recipes. Night two, Kim will demo the technique to making French Macarons, then the class will bake 4 different kinds with 4 different fillings to be shared at the end of the night. You’ll never have to pay an exorbitant amount for Macarons again when you’ll learn how to make them yourself - homemade! Bring to class: apron, dishtowel, oven mitt and take home containers. Instructor: KIM HENDRICKSON



Thursday,  6:30-9:30 p.m.      (plus $40 mat. fee due at reg.)

(2 sess.  Nov. 14 & 21)            Eric Smith School, Ramsey (Rm 153)

You will be the hit of the party when you present your guest with these mouthwatering appetizers! In this two night class, you will fully participate in the preparation of eggplant rollatini, capunata (eggplant relish), artichoke quiche, and potato pie squares. Homemade pizza dough will be prepared for sausage bread and spinach stromboli.  Bring to class: apron, dishtowel, chopping knife and take home containers.  Instructor: KIM HENDRICKSON



Mon. & Tues., 7-10 p.m.        (plus $20 mat. fee due at reg.)

(2 sess.  Nov. 18 & 19)           Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Do you love flaky pastry pies, especially around the holidays, but are too intimated by making the crust or the entire pie? Kim will demystify the process for you. In the first night she will demo the pastry crust process, giving you as much detail as possible so you can troubleshoot when you get home. Then the entire class will make a crust that will be filled the next night, after you decide what kind of pie you want to make. While your pie is baking on night two, you will make another crust to bring home so you are more than prepared for making your next pie. Wow your friends and family with a homemade pie this holiday season! Bring to class: apron, dishtowel, oven mitt, paring knife and 9 inch glass or metal pie pan. Instructor:  KIM HENDRICKSON



Mon. & Tues., 7-10 p.m.      (plus $30 mat. fee due at reg.)

(2 sess. Dec. 2 & 3)    Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Any homemade treat is a welcome gift around the holidays, but a gift of homemade candy is unique and special. In this 2 night class, 8 different brittle and bark recipes will be prepared by the class. After Kim explains and demos the technique of working with sugar students will divided into pairs, each making their own batch of brittle. At the end of class, all recipes will be shared with the rest of the class, allowing you to take home a variety of the prepared recipes. Bacon nut brittle, bird seed brittle, and fruit & nut bark are just some of the recipes we will prepare and eat! Bring to class: apron, dish towel, oven mitt and take home container. Instructor: KIM HENDRICKSON



Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.        (plus $40 mat. fee due at reg.)

(2 sess. Dec. 5 & 12)  Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Come join us for two evenings of fun while preparing mouth-watering desserts. You’ll fully participate in this hand-on baking class, making sour cream cookies, wedding bells, thumb print cookies, almond walnut cookies, jelly bar cookies and pecan tarts. Your table will look spectacular as you present a cream puff wreath filled with Bavarian crème. These specialty cookies are perfect for the holidays. Bring to class: apron, dishtowel and take home containers. Instructor:  JOSEPH SCILLIERI



Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.       (plus $40 mat. fee due at reg.)

(2 sess. Jan. 9 & 16, 2020)      Ramsey High School (Rm 102)

Join us for two fun filled evenings as we prepare soups and quiches. The first evening you will fully participate in the preparation of Italian wedding soup, spinach quiche, and artichoke pepperoni quiche. The second night will feature beef barley soup, artichoke bacon quiche and quiche Lorraine. Perfect meals for the cold winter months. Do not eat prior to class since you will eat and taste all items prepared in class! Bring to class: apron, dishtowel, chopping knife and take home containers. Instructor:  JOSEPH SCILLIERI


YEAR ROUND GARDENING                                                         FEE: $45

Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.                   (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor) (1 sess. Sept. 25)                                                           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



Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.                (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor) (1 sess.  Oct. 2)                                 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



Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.            (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor)
(1 sess. Oct. 16)                         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. Oct. 23)                                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



Wednesday 7-9:30 pm                      (plus $35 cash mat. fee to instructor) (1 sess. Oct. 30)                                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 pow- dered 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


 DIY DRIED HERBS, SPICES and TEAS                                               FEE: $30

Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. (1 sess. Oct. 17)                                   Midland Park H.S.
Join Becky Denekamp, an avid homesteader, to learn the fundamentals of dehydrating to preserve your harvest as well as incorporating them into all your food and drinks! Learn the basics of preserving the season’s bounty using a dehydrator! We will discuss how to prepare fruits, vegetables and herbs in different ways to be used weeks, months or even years down the road! you will be provided with the knowledge of replacing costly store-bought fruit leathers, dried herbs and spices, Teas and green “superfood” powders, all with your own dehydrated produce! Everyone will get to take home a seasoning herb  blend.



SEWING - BEGINNERS (Ages 14 & up)                                               FEE: $135

Monday, 6:30-9 p.m. (9 sess. beg. Sept. 23)                            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: $135

Wednesday, 6:30-9 p.m. (9 sess. beg. Sept. 25)
class 10/9, 11/27)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.



UPHOLSTERY BEGINNER                                         FEE: $145 (SR CIT $138)

Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. (8 sess. beg. Sept. 17)      
($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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