Cooking classes: Winter 2017/2018

Our mission: to share our passion for cooking meals at home with easy, authentic and delicious recipes, and fresh ingredients. We believe everyone can cook a great meal, and these classes will help you do just that.

Holiday classes: Get a head start on your holiday menu. Take one or both holiday classes to relieve the holiday cooking stress!

Whether you want to create a small version of the Feast of Seven Fishes or learn new ways to bring fish to the table during the Holidays, we hope you will join our instructors in their homes as they propose both traditional and more modern Italian and French recipes.

Winter classes: Once the holidays are over, we have three new winter classes for you.

Full details about classes are at the bottom of the page.

Holiday class #1: Italian

Menu: Linguine ai Frutti di Mare (Seafood linguine), Grilled Swordfish in Lemon and Mint Sauce,  Pandoro al Mascarpone (Pandoro Christmas cake with Mascarpone cream).

Linguine ai Frutti di Mare   Pandoro al Mascarpone
Date: December 13, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Instructor: Carmen
Price: $50 + $10 ingredients fee
Location: Belmont location TBD
Participants: Maximum 4
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Holiday class #2: French

Menu: Salmon Rillettes (Salmon pate), Monkfish a L’Armoricaine (traditional recipe from Brittany), Yule Log

Salmon Rillettes  Monkfish a L'Armoricaine  Yule log

Date: December 14, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Instructor: Cecile and Francoise
Price: $50 + $10 ingredients fee
Location: Arlington location TBD
Participants: Maximum 8

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Winter class #1: Italian

Who doesn’t love a good sauce with homemade pasta? If making your own sauce has always felt intimidating, seize the opportunity to learn how to make one Italian classic, Bolognese Sauce with homemade fettucine. We promise it will be easy and fun and everyone at home will be pleased with the results!

Menu: Bolognese Sauce, homemade fettucine, dessert cup with apples, whipped cream and almonds.

Homemade fettucine  Fettuccine bolognese

Date: January 8, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Instructors: Carmen & Miriam
Price: $50 + $10 ingredients fee
Location: Kitchen of The First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist
Participants: Minimum 6, maximum 8

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Winter class #2: Language in the Kitchen – French

Combine your desire to cook while speaking French as our Language in the Kitchen series continues.

Menu: French onion soup, pork tenderloin en croute with Port gravy and green bean bundles, almond pear tart.

Almond pear tart Pork tenderloin en croute

Date: January 23, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Instructors: Cecile & Francoise
Price: $50 + $10 ingredients fee
Location: Kitchen of The First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist
Participants: Minimum 6, maximum 8
Class will be taught in French, intermediate–advanced levels

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Winter class #3: International Flavors

Who said winter dishes have to be boring and dull? We have combined some traditional French and Italian dishes to create a unique menu.

Menu: tomato tapenade tart, lemon chicken with green polenta, chocolate souffle.

Tomato tapenade tart  Chicken with green polenta  Chocolate souffle

Date: February 8, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Instructors: Cecile & Francoise
Price: $50 + $10 ingredients fee
Location: Kitchen of The First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist
Participants: Minimum 6, maximum 8

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About our instructors

Carmen Conte Sivers is a Belmont mom eager to share her passion for Italian food. She is an Italian teacher and a native of the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Miriam Giordano is from the Italian Southern region of Puglia. With her husband and children she relocated to Belmont in the spring of 2017. In Italy she was a project manager but now she is dedicating all her time to family and her true passion: cooking. Miriam loves to prepare traditional dishes from her  native region of Puglia and Sicily, where her husband is from. For Miriam, cooking is an act of love reminding her of the precious moments spent in the kitchen with her grandmother as a young girl, making lasagna, polpettone (meatloaf), crostate (pies), tiramisú

Françoise Matte moved from France 15 years ago, loves to cook, try new recipes, eat and share meals mostly of French inspiration. She founded three cooking clubs and offered cooking classes for many years. Cecile and Francoise run French In The Kitchen cooking classes, dedicated to food lovers.

Cecile Penot, a French native from Paris and a foodie forever, has always been addicted to cooking and sharing her passion for it. She loves entertaining and preparing fresh simple meals for her family and friends and has been offering cooking classes for a long time.

Instructors. Left to right: Cecile Penot, Anne Saint-Ourens, Carmen Conte Sivers, David Baxley, Claudia Levi Brizzolara, Ludovica James, Kathy Chandrakasan and Sripriya Narasimhan.

Left to right: Cecile Penot, Anne Saint-Ourens, Carmen Conte Sivers, David Baxley, Claudia Levi Brizzolara, Ludovica James, Kathy Chandrakasan and Sripriya Narasimhan.

Information for these classes
Location: Varies.
Cost: Varies. Payable with credit card or PayPal.
Ages: High school students and adults.
Equipment. Hands-on classes. Bring an apron and your favorite knives (packed safely). Bring plastic containers to take food home (if you don’t eat it in class).
Policies. See our Program Policies page to learn about cancellation and waiting lists.
Registering for someone else? On the confirmation page after you register, click  “Registering for someone else” and send us a note through our website.
Instructors. See the bios above.
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