When I first moved out on my own, I remember thinking how hard can it be to cook a meal. After all, I'd watched my mom cook how many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while growing up and I consider myself a reasonably intelligent person.This was going to be easy. I have never been so wrong about anything in my life.

Fast forward a few (ahem) years, and I am much more confident in the kitchen. In fact, people actually ask me to bring food now to gatherings instead of suggesting I simply bring the paper products to every family get-together. But, there are still some skills I wish I had, or, was better at.

Woman cooking a jam

Whether you want to learn to cook or, like me, you're no stranger to the kitchen, but you'd like to know more, there's a class for that. Actually there's four classes for that.

Beginning February 1, Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ulster County will present Kitchen Classes 2017, taught by Master Food Preserver, CCE Food Educator and professional chef of 25 years, Janie Greenwald. Topics include spices from around the world, knife skills, canning, and making sushi.

Classes are $35 a session, but it's only $30 per session when you enroll in two or more classes. They will be hands-on and will take place at Cornell Cooperative Extension located in the Hannaford Plaza in Kingston. Click here for more information, or to register.

Happy Cooking!


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