Public Classes

Class size: 8 students
Instructor: Helen Rennie
Location: Helen’s Kitchen at 3 Ingleside Rd, Natick, MA
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Summer program for teens July 15-19 and July 29-Aug 2, 2019. Learn more and register.

Grilling Fish and Vegetables

What can be more delightful on a warm summer day than our local striper or bluefish right off the grill accompanied by farmer's market veggies! Unless, of course, half of the fish got stuck, the other half fell through the grill grate, and those zucchini burnt to a crisp. Cooking over an open flame might be the oldest method known to man, but it does require a lot of finesse to master. What fish types are appropriate for grilling? When should you turn the heat up and when down? How do you avoid sticking? When is the fish done? This class will answer all your fish and vegetable grilling questions. We will use a gas grill, but the same techniques apply if you are grilling on charcoal. Dishes might include bluefish with cilantro lime butter, whole branzino with lemon and herbs, swordfish with cucumber yogurt sauce, mustard glazed trout, and assorted grilled vegetables. Note: the dishes vary based on the season and availability of ingredients. This class is Paleo friendly. Rainy day policy.

One 3h session / $90 per person
Wed, Jun 26, 2019 10am-1pm Register
Wed, Jul 10, 2019 10am-1pm Register

Peruvian Cooking (Ceviche and Beyond)

Move over France, Italy, and Spain—there is a new kid on the block! Where do the best chefs in the world go to eat and get inspired? Peru! Peruvian cooking combines the best traditions of indigenous, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines. This class will open your eyes to the fascinating culinary crossroads that form contemporary Peruvian cooking. You'll learn how to choose the freshest seafood, how to shop for unusual Peruvian ingredients, and how to make the fundamental sauces of Peruvian cooking: salsa creola, leche de tigre, and seco base for braises. The dishes we'll prepare might vary with the season & availability of ingredients, but are likely to include ceviche (raw seafood dressed in lime juice), causa wraps with arctic char, and Arroz Verde with Duck (like Spanish paella, but better).

One 3h session / $90 per person
Wed, Jun 26, 2019 6pm-9pm Register

Grilling Meat and Poultry

If crispy, juicy meat turns you on, why not learn the techniques that achieve perfection every time you fire up the grill? Successful meat grilling is not about big flames and big tools; it's about chemistry and thermodynamics. In this class, we'll learn what cuts of meat and poultry to choose for the grill, when to use high heat and when to go low and slow, how to test for doneness, and why marinades work or fail. Dishes might include a grilled rib-eye steak with chimichurri sauce, grilled lamb chops with mint butter, pork chops with mustard vinaigrette, and chicken thighs with pomegranate syrup. Note: the dishes vary based on the season and availability of ingredients. This class is Paleo friendly. Rainy day policy.

One 3h session / $90 per person
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 10am-1pm Register

Orgasmic Vegetables

Vegetables are a culinary wonder with their variety of textures and flavors, and a gift to us cooks. If they occupy the lowly place of repentance food on your table, it's time to rethink your cooking techniques. In this class, you'll get hands-on practice with blanching, roasting, pan searing, braising, and sauteing vegetables, as well as serving them raw. You'll learn to buy, wash, store, and cook everything from roots to leafy greens. How do you prevent asparagus from turning mushy and stringy? What do you do with Swiss chard, beets, fennel, celery root, and rutabaga? How do you make a good salad? Bring your vegetable questions and come ready to cook and eat. Dishes will vary with the season and availability of ingredients, but are likely to include fennel radish green bean salad, seared asparagus, roasted beets with farro, and Swiss chard bruschetta. This class is vegetarian and Paleo friendly.

One 3h session / $90 per person
Fri, Jun 21, 2019 6pm-9pm Waiting List
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 6pm-9pm Register

Pizza on the Grill

What can be better than pizza with delicious local produce on a summer day! No need to heat your house by using the oven; pizza is outstanding cooked on the grill. It's one of the simplest dishes to make, and one of the simplest to mess up. Does your dough refuse to stretch into a thin circle? Does it get soggy under the sauce and toppings? Are you at a loss as to how to produce a perfectly crisp thin crust? Does your grilled pizza turn charcoal black on the bottom while remaining raw on top? This class will answer all your pizza questions. You'll make a 5 minute home-made crust that will teach you many baking fundamentals. You'll also make 4 versatile sauces while learning to use heat and seasoning to your advantage. We'll make pizza Margherita (tomato, mozzarella, and basil); pizza with caramelized onions, pears, walnuts, and blue cheese; pizza with pesto, zucchini, and tomatoes; and Middle Eastern flat bread with cucumber yogurt dip. Note: dishes may vary based on the season and availability of ingredients. This class is vegetarian. Rainy day policy.

One 3h session / $90 per person
Sat, Jun 22, 2019 10am-1pm Waiting List

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Do you like to eat fish in restaurants, but are scared to cook it at home? Or, are you bored of baking salmon with a squirt of lemon, but not sure how to expand your repertoire? Come to this class and explore the bounty of the sea available to us in New England. You'll learn to find a good fish market in your area, buy the freshest fish, learn all about fish personalities and substitutions, and test fish for doneness. We'll make salmon teriyaki, trout in almonds, halibut in sorrel sauce, broiled bluefish, and swordfish Provençal. Note: the dishes vary based on the season and availability of ingredients. This class is Paleo friendly.

One 3h session / $90 per person
Wed, Jul 10, 2019 6pm-9pm Waiting List

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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I have to cancel?
Please see our cancellation policy for details.
How do I get a spot? Whenever I check the website, the class I want has a waiting list.
Read our tips on getting spots.
The class I want to take is full. Will you offer it again?
Yes. Most of these classes are offered on monthly basis and are announced 2 months in advance.
Can you send me e-mail when you announce more classes?
Yes. Just send us an e-mail to get on our mailing list.
Do we just watch or do we get to cook too?
All classes are hands-on, so everyone gets to participate.
Should we come hungry?
Yes! A full meal is included in each class except for baking classes that are not held at meal time.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes. Fill out the gift certificate request form to purchase one.
What materials should we bring to class?
Wear comfortable shoes--you'll be standing on your feet for 2-3 hours. We'll provide everything else.