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Kitchen Confidence: Culinary Creations (Slideshow)

Community Engagement Specialist, Heidi Wachter, tries her hand at cooking — and what she learned in her class might make you want to get invited to her house for dinner.

  • Apron
    Apron

    Cooking class accessories. Thanks to the knife skills I learned, I didn’t even cut myself.

  • Most delicious homework assignments ever.
    Most delicious homework assignments ever.

    Pan-seared salmon cooked in garlic, onion, rosemary, lemon and olive oil with baby bok choy over a bed of fried rice. All cooked in a single cast iron skillet.

  • Soup's On.
    Soup’s On.

    My first homemade soup ever included white beans, kale, carrots, chard, garlic, onion, a bit of tomato juice and other stuff.

  • Colorful Beets
    Colorful Beets

    The beauty of cooking isn’t just for your taste buds.

  • Candy Cane Beets
    Candy Cane Beets

    Chiogga beets are an old Italian variety.

  • Soupmaking Tip
    Soupmaking Tip

    Cut vegetables into different sizes depending on the amount of flavor you want from each. #smellsdelicious #cookingisfun

  • Tonight We Saute’
    Tonight We Saute’

    We learned the finer points of sautéing in class courtesy of these shitake mushrooms.

  • The Eye of the Onion
    The Eye of the Onion

    Our instructor wasn’t the only one watching us practice our new skillset.

  • Do Try This at Home
    Do Try This at Home

    I roasted these candy cane and golden beets with a turnip, rosemary, olive oil and garlic and topped it with a little sauerkraut.

  • Pizza Party
    Pizza Party

    Our final cooking class lesson was learning to make pizza with garlic herb sauce baked in a terracotta plant pot saucer. Beyond delicious.

To learn more about the cooking classes Heidi attended, see “Building Kitchen Confidence.”

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