Home and Garden



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


SHEET PAN MEALS          FEE: $60
Monday & Tuesday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.          (plus $30 mat. fee due at reg.)
(2 sess.  Oct. 1 & 2)

Need ideas for fast and easy meals? Do you want to eliminate meal clean up by using only one pan to cook your entire meal? This hands-on cooking class for you! In 2 nights, we’ll prepare 8 different meals to add to your meal repertoire. All it takes is a little timing strategy and Kim can show you how. Come learn some midweek meals that will please even the pickiest of eaters: shrimp scampi/parmesan; breaded/roasted zucchini; balsamic chicken with roasted potatoes, onions, tomato & herbs; and more! Bring to class: apron, dish towel, paring knife and take home containers.


BUTTER KUCHEN (European Butter Cake)      FEE: $30
Tuesday, 7:00-10:00 p.m. (1 sess. Oct. 9)    (plus $12 mat. fee due at reg.)

This yeast based coffee cake is not seen much any more in bakeries today, but it was Kim’s favorite when she worked in a bakery. The dough is a simple preparation and the chunks of butter dropped into the finger dented holes on the top make this cake rich and flavorful and the crunchy sugar topping only adds to the heavenly experience. Kim will demo making this cake, then each student will make their own Butter Kuchen to take home. Bring to class: apron, dish towel, take home container to fit a 9-10 round coffee cake.



NEW RECIPES        FEE: $60

Monday & Tuesday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.          (plus $35 mat. fee due at reg.)
(2 sess.  Oct. 29 & 30)           

Timed to prepare you for holiday entertaining, this two night class will give you eight different recipes to serve to your future guests. The first night we will prepare large yield, dramatic presentation dishes that can be placed on a buffet table to dazzle and be a grand hor d’oeuvre to peruse and enjoy. The second night we’ll do the opposite. Making an assortment of small bite hors d’oeuvres to create a varied platter to offer your guests while they sip their drinks. Some of the recipes to be prepared: Multi-flavored Brie 3 Tier, Scandinavian Salmon Herbed Cream 8 layer Cake, Rose Beef Canapes and more. Bring to class: apron, dish towel, paring knife and take home containers.


Monday & Tuesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m.            (plus $25 mat. fee due at reg.)
(2 sess.  Nov. 12 & 13)

This two night class is designed to give you an assortment of cheese spreads to serve OR to give as gifts this holiday season. Part of class will include a discussion of the variety of dishes, crocks and packaging to make your holiday gift giving truly beautiful and unique. Whiskey cheddar bacon ball; ranch dressing cheese log are just two of 8 different recipes we will prepare. In addition, a few cracker/crisp recipes will be created to accompany our end of each night tasting. Bring to class: apron, dish towel, paring knife and take home containers.


Monday, 7:00-9:30 p.m.       plus $10 mat. fee due at reg.)
(1 sess. Nov. 26)        

We love to eat them, we include them in our holiday meals but do you make them well enough to have your guests coming back for more? Recipes for latkes can sound simple enough but there are tips and tricks to learn in order to prepare the perfect, crispy latke. Kim will walk you through all of the elements of this basic dish while demonstrating classic potato latkes. After she has walked you through the details you will make your own batch to insure you have gotten all of the details down. Bring to class: apron, dish towel, paring knife and take home containers.


FOR EATING OR GIVING                   FEE: $60
Monday & Tuesday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.          (plus $40 mat. fee due at reg.)
(2 sess.  Dec. 3 & 4)  

A proper truffle is a creamy ganache center coated with a thin but strong shell of tempered chocolate, left plain or covered in nuts, sugar or some internal flavor identifier. Kim will explain how chocolate is tempered, demonstrate the variety of ways to coat chilled piped ganache (don’t be afraid - Kim will guide you!) Then for the balance of the first night, a variety of ganache centers will be made: Raspberry Ganache, Mint Chocolate, Passion fruit Ganache are a few of the centers we will mold, chill and coat the second night. Be prepared to take at least 5 pounds of hand crafted truffles home for future parties or gift giving. These truffles will hold through the holidays if kept properly stored. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting chocolate on! Bring to class: apron, dish towel and a number of containers to take truffle home.


Wednesday, 7-9:30 p.m.       (plus $10 cash mat. fee to instructor)
(1 sess. Sept. 26)        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. 3)           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. 10)         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


Wednesday 7-9:30 pm          (plus $30 cash mat. fee to Instructor)
(1 sess. Oct. 17)          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. 24)          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. Sept. 24)            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. Sept. 26)     Midland Park H.S.
(no class 11/21)

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 to 14 students. 


Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. (8 sess. beg. Sept. 18)     ($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

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

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