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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