So, dear reader, tell me honestly: Are you a fan of “Hell’s Kitchen”? Are your Saturday nights planned around “Iron Chef America”? Are you crazy about “Top Chef”? Or maybe, are you someone who’s seen “Ratatouille” three times–or perhaps, are you hankering to get into the kitchen after seeing all those Julia Child recipes in “Julie & Julia”?
If you’re tired of just watching other people cook, and want to try out some new dishes yourself, you may be in luck. The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, located right here in our neighborhood at 1900 Alhambra Blvd. (Alhambra and S Street), offers cooking classes on a regular basis at its Community Learning Center (on Alhambra, right around the corner from the Co-op). The class topics vary from low-calorie and quick-fix dishes, to dishes that use herbs out of your garden. Take a look at this class, coming up next week:
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Wholesome 30-minute Meals. Dishes to be learned include black-eyed pea salad with lemon vinaigrette; veggie quesadillas; nut burgers with sweet potato fries; and crispy tuna casserole. Price is $39 for the general public, and $30 for co-op owners; in addition, at this class you can “bring a friend for free.”
However, the greatest variety of classes at the Co-op cover a number of international cuisines. For example:
Thursday, Sept. 10, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. — Tour of Africa: Morocco, Senegal and Algeria. Dishes to learn include Algerian sauteed mushrooms in filo, Senegalese lemon soup, Moroccan carrot salad, saffron chicken with apricots, and rose water pudding. The price is $45 for the general public; $35 for co-op owners.
Monday, Sept. 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Spanish Tapas. $39 general public; $30 co-op owners.
Monday, Sept. 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — French Inspiration. Dishes include vichyssoise with orange zest (chilled leek and potato soup); croque monsieur (French ham and cheese sandwiches with rustic bread and bechamel sauce); clams steamed in vermouth with garlic crouton; haricot vert with bearnaise sauce; and cream puffs for dessert. $39 general public; $30 co-op owners.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — Italian Al Fresco! Under the Tuscan Sun. Dishes include melanzane ripiene (stuffed eggplant with prosciutto and provolone…and aren’t English translations helpful?); spaghetti alla viareggina (that is, in the viareggio style…guess you’ll have to take the class to find out what that means!); fagolini al sesamo e limone (green beans with sesame seeds and lemon); and caffe in forchetta (coffee on a fork…say what!?). $39 for general public; $30 for co-op owners.
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. — Vegetarian Indian Cuisine: Indian Feast. Dishes include chilled summer rice; spicy hot coconut chutney; shredded radish, coconut and carrot salad; chick peas and potato chaat; and ginger lemonade. $45 for general public; $35 for co-op owners.
For more information (and to see the entire list of classes, including the ones I left out here), please visit the co-op website, or call them at (916) 455-2667. Or just stop by the Co-op and inquire at the information desk. And just think–at these classes, even if you make a mistake, no one’s going to yell at you and call you “donkey.” 🙂