Calling all interested cooks
to join Kincardine Community Cooking Club
By Liz Dadson
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If you enjoy food and would like to learn how to cook some easy, nutritious, affordable meals, join the Kincardine Community Cooking Club.
Led by Aneta White, with chefs John Adams and Dano Bois, the club is slated to begin April 11 and run Fridays, from 5-7 p.m., until the end of June, in Room 20 at Kincardine District Secondary School.
Adams, a chef and Epicure Selections consultant, says the idea began when several people on the Kincardine Buy and Sell Facebook site were discussing ideas on how to cook meals that are healthy and easy to make.
"Aneta (White) found that there were a number of people who expressed an interest in learning some basics of cooking, and that's where I joined the conversation," he says.
"I mentioned that I would be willing to share some techniques that I have learned over the years, and some quick and healthy ideas using Epicure Selections. But more importantly, it would be a chance for people to learn some basics of cooking that they could apply in their own homes to help them eat healthier."
The club was slated to begin in February but inclement weather caused it to be postponed to April.
Adams says the initial offerings could be some easy roast chicken, rosemary garlic potatoes and lemon butter green beans.
"But really, that's just a starting point," he says. "Our goal is to get people out to classes and have them help decide what we would be working on. We could have classes about knife skills and uses, desserts, baking, crème brulée, basically anything from boiling water to making a Baked Alaska.
"We just want to get together some people who share an interest in learning how to cook a little better, or healthier, and give them the tools and skills to do so."
The club is open to everyone (from teens to seniors) who wants to join in these culinary adventures. Besides cooking skills, people can learn about menu-planning and budgeting.
"If you have a recipe that you'd like to share, that's great," says White. "We are open to a wide range of topics and ideas, including such things as gluten-free recipes, diabetic cooking, and healthy lunches for teens."
Members pay a one-time fee of $25 and may attend as many classes as they wish. An additional fee of $15 per class will cover the cost of ingredients and instructors.
If you are interested in joining the club for the first evening April 11, contact White by April 4, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop-ins are welcome - please text 226-939-0004, in advance.
White says the group is also considering a trip to the Food and Wine Festival in Toronto.
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