Showing posts with label Classes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Classes. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sneak Peek at Chef Tess Gourmet Cookbook

The wait is almost over! After months of preparation, compiling, and final edits, Chef Tess' latest cookbook, The Gourmet Food Storage Handbook is nearly ready to hit the shelves of our Honeyville retail locations and Before the cookbook officially hits the stands, we thought we'd give you a sneak peak at what you can expect from the latest creation by the Evil-Mad Genius herself, our own Chef Tess!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chef Tess' Freezer Rolls Recipe

Back in December Chef Tess was at our Chandler, AZ store and did a fun class about Freezer Rolls.  Now I don't live in Arizona so I was totally bummed I couldn't attend but I was able to get the class notes.  Click HERE to get Chef Tess' printable copy (remember that her copyright applies so when sharing her recipes you must keep her name, contact, and website information on the recipes!). 

The printable has a couple of varieties (Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, and Dinner Rolls) I wanted to try the Freezer to Oven-Ready Dinner Roll Dough because anytime you can have homemade bread at a meal it makes me feel like I am super woman.  Her recipes are simple enough and have great results.  My kind of cooking!  Below is her original recipe and directions.  When I made them I ended up doubling the recipe so I could have some for that nights' dinner plus some in the freezer for later. 

Chef Tess' Freezer to Oven-Ready Roll Dough Recipe
This recipe yields 24 rolls and can easily be doubled. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2 Classes to Finish out the Year

**Class Update!  Fri. 12/30 Creative Containers has been cancelled due to Jill is out sick!  We'll reschedule this fun class soon.  Hope you feel better soon Jill!

Hey guys!  I'm taking a quick break from "vacationing" to post a quick reminder that we've got 2 more classes at our Salt Lake store to finish out the year:

Thursday, December 29 11AM-Kids Cupcake Decorating with Wendy Paul
Wendy Paul, author of 101 Gourmet Cupcakes, will be teaching a fun cupcake decorating class for kids ages 6 to 12.  Class is free but the size is limited so call now (801)972-2168 to reserve your spot!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Class Highlights: No Wheat Grinder Wheat Recipes

Cindi Van Bibber from came to our Salt Lake Store and taught this YUMMY class.  I was really interested in what you can do with wheat besides grind it to flour and have it be edible too.  She has recipes for Main Dishes, Meat Dishes, Salads, Side Dishes, Breads & Cereals, and Dessert! 

Cindi was a great teacher!  She made the whole process totally approachable and I left the class with a determination to incorporate Whole Wheat into my cooking on a regular basis.  Wheat isn't just for bread anymore folks!  You'll get the nutritional benefit of using whole wheat but don't forget about the financial savings you get when using your wheat to extend dishes!  Winner winner chicken dinner :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Class Highlights: Fun Ideas with Popcorn

Chef Tess did a fun craft night in Chandler, AZ with Popcorn Topiaries and our SLC Store manager, Lisa Barker did a similar class this week in Salt Lake.  They totally opened my eyes and imagination to what you can do with popcorn, both in flavor combinations and crafts!

Bonus for everyone we've got a video segment from Phoenix Fox 10 of Chef Tess demonstrating the popcorn topiaries and recipe:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Class Highlights-Cooking without Power by Chef Tess

Our Arizona readers were lucky enough to attend this class in person.  We figured we'd better share the fun and do some class highlights for everyone else!
Chef Tess is sooo cool that she can bake bread on a grill--seriously mad skills this lady has!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Recipe and Class Highlights: Halloween with Shirley J

Becky Olsen from Shirley J came to our Brigham City store to present "Spooky, Sweet, and Savory: Halloween with Shirley J". 

This class explored how Shirley J products can simplify many of your dishes (both in time and number of ingredients needed) without sacrificing flavor.  We tried Black & White Chili, Sourdough Bread Bowls, Sweet Potato Jack-O-Lantern Tartlets, Pumpkin Spice Cake and Black Velvet Cupcakes.  Everything was delicious! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Class Highlights: Using Powdered Eggs and Milk

We've had some great classes at each of our stores and this one was no different.  In September, Cheryl Moore, came to our Brigham City, UT store to share her knowledge about using Powdered Eggs and Powdered Milk. 

Powdered Milk
There are 3 basic types of powdered milk: Non-Instant, Instant, and Milk Alternative.  Our retail stores carry each type (some may be a special order and various sizing available). 

The Milk Substitute (aka Milk Alternative) is a whey based beverage mix and is great for drinking!  I've used it in some of my baking too and have been pleased with the results.  You can't use this to make your own yogurt or cheese.  We also carry the yummy Chocolate Milk Substitute and the new Strawberry Milk Substitute too!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Reminder! Classes Are In Session

Kids aren't the only ones in school this fall, you can be too!  We've got lots of great classes going on.  Be sure to call your local retail store to reserve your spot today.  For you out-of-towners we are trying to get to more classes and post highlights on the blog so you can join in the fun too.  Here is what's going on in the next week or so. 

Be sure to check our "Classes" tab for the most up to date information, descriptions, etc. on our classes.

Chandler, AZ
  • Saturday, September 24 10AM-52 Method Meals in a Jar taught by Chef Tess
  • Tuesday, September 27 10AM-Beans 101 taught by Chef Tess

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Saturday, September 24 10AM-Marlene's Magic: Step 5 taught by Daneen Ruggles (cost $5 per person or $7 per couple)

Brigham City, UT
  • Saturday, September 24 10AM-Sun Oven Demo with Paul Munsen
  • Friday September 30 2:30PM-Sun Oven Demo with Paul Munsen

Salt Lake City, UT
  • Saturday, September 24 10AM-Menu Board Craft (cost $32 for the kit) taught by Kelly Brown
  • Saturday, September 24 1PM-Sun Oven Demo with Paul Munsen
  • Tuesday, September 27 10AM-Sun Oven Demo with Paul Munsen
  • Thursday, September 29 11AM-New Food Storage Plan (3 week course, cost $25 per person, pre-registration preferred to plan for food and course materials) taught by Afton and Jenee
  • NEW ADDITION Thursday, September 29 7PM-Cornaby's Pie Filling

Monday, September 19, 2011

Humble Seed Class-Chandler, AZ

Last week I was able to attend the "Seed Class" in Chandler, AZ taught by Kristen Mitchell. Kristen and her husband started Humble Seed in 2009. In the class she taught about her company, "seed lingo," as well as gave us some facts about the food we eat. Humble Seeds can be purchased at the Chandler, AZ Retail store location or if you don't live in the AZ area, can be bought on their website. If purchase in the store, they give Arizonians an awesome "Growing Guide" to help you to know when and what to plant.

Heirloom (Heritage Seed): an open-pollinated, cultivated plant or cultivar.
Open-pollinated Plants (Non-Hybrid): are pollinated by birds, insects, wind, or other natural means. Under these conditions the plant will produce seeds naturally. You can take the seed from the fruit/veggie and re-plant it to produce the same fruit/veggie.
Hybrid Plant: Controlled pollination

*All Humble Seeds are non-GMO, non-hybrid, and organic*

Some interesting facts that she shared:
-Your dinner travels, on average, 1500 miles prior to landing on your dinner plate
-In the United States, more tomatoes are consumed than any other single fruit or vegetable!
-Keeping the vegetable peels on is recommended where possible because the peel and area just below contain large amounts of nutrients such as fiber.
-Worcestershire sauce, the popular English sauce, is made from dissolved anchovies. The anchovies are soaked in vinegar until they have completely melted. The sauce contains the bones and all.

Benefits of starting a garden:
-Grow herbs and vegetables that are fresher and more nutritional than their store-bought counterparts
-Save money by purchasing seeds in bulk and growing your own foods
-Engage your family around a backyard experience, and educate children on the importance of gardening for a sustainable way of living

I have some non-hybrid seeds that I purchased from Honeyville. I planted them last year and they were fabulous! The plant popped up very quick, the vegetable looked good and tasted good. But of course there are thousands of seeds and I didn't use all of them. So I learned from the class, that since they are in mylar, freezer-safe bags, I can store them in the freezer for YEARS! Years...I thought maybe 5ish years...but it's closer to 15-20 years!!! Yea! for my non-hybrid seeds!!! You should get some too!  Now if you have questions about your local area and planting a garden, you can always find info from your local College, Permaculture Guild, or Humble Seed's Facebook page.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Class Highlights: 5 Things That Will Change Your Attitude About Food Storage

At the beginning of September our SLC Store Manager, Lisa Barker, taught a great class about 5 Things That Will Change Your Mind About Food Storage.

I always love going to her classes, she's VERY knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and there is usually some kind of yummy sample(s) to try afterwards.  In fact with any class regardless of the teacher I always come away learning something and motivated to try something new!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Chef Tess' Bread Class

Hi all you readers out there that were dying to be at Chef Tess' amazing Bold Better Bread Class in Chandler, AZ last Saturday. We have some info to share with you. First, her handout is awesome and step by step of the class she taught. She has given you a PDF of it (thank you Chef Tess!). Click here to get it. Remember, to give credit to Chef Tess if you will be passing this info along. Along with her handout, here are a few additional notes:

  • She makes her bread in a 3.5 gallon New Generation Bucket (sold at Honeyville Stores). She uses it for every step...the mixing of the ingredients as well as letting the bread rise in it. How convenient is that?  She can walk around while mixing it and when it's ready to rise, she just slaps the lid on! No dirtying other dishes! She made bread during the class to show us the was awesome!
  • Add little yeast as possible and let the bread rise longer
  • Grains LOVE water! So let them soak first and they will be your friend! This is when you are using whole grains (not ground) directly in your bread making.
  • Time to let grains soak for:
  •  Teff: 20 minutes
  • Amaranth: 6 hours
  • Quinoa: Cook it
  • Spelt: 24 hours
  • Hard Wheats: 24 hours
  • If cooking bread in a Solar Oven, put your bread in before it has completely risen. Let it cook for about 15 minutes with the LOWER latch unlatched, and then latch it and let it finish cooking. Total time in Sun Oven will be about 50 minutes
  • Don't put your bread in the fridge. Plastic wrap it to store on the counter or wrap it with plastic wrap AND foil and freeze it. It was go stale faster in the fridge than on your counter.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September Classes

I can't believe it is already September! Oh how I can't wait to feel the fall weather! And next month is Halloween.....and for some reason, don't know what the reason is, but I LOVE Halloween! I am already thinking of costume ideas for my kiddos. Anyways, enough about me and how the months are flying past us here, and on to our line up of classes for September. And yes, we have some good classes lined up for you! These are taught at the Retail Stores. For you that don't live by a Retail Store, we are going to as many classes as we can and then we will type up the notes for you.

There will always be the most up to date info on our Class you may want to check it before heading off to a class to make sure nothing has changed.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Due to a family emergency for the instructor, the class that was to be held on Friday, August 19 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 31 at 10AM.

Wednesday, August 31 10AM - Dehydrating Food Class taught by Cheryl Moore
Cheryl Moore will be teaching how to dehydrate food and you'll also learn how easy it is to use your dehydrated food in your everyday meals.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call the Brigham Store with any questions you may have (435) 494-4193.  We wish the Moore Family the best.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tuesday Class-Chef Tess' Spice Rack Demystification and Herb Alchemy

We're lucky to have Chef Tess teaching all this month in our Chandler, AZ store.  Class this Tuesday (8/16) at 10AM will Spice Rack Demystification and Herb Alchemy.  If you are in the Phoenix area maybe you saw her recently do this segment on Fox 10. 

Sounds like it's going to be a fun class with lots of information.  The class is FREE!

That same day (8/16)in our Salt Lake Store at 11AM our assistant store manager, Karin Terry, will be teaching some ways to dehydrate, store, and use your garden produce for future use.  Don't let your garden produce go to waste!  Class is FREE!

Check out the Classes Tab to find out when more classes are going to be offered.

Happy Learning!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Class Highlights-Electric Pressure Cooking

Our Salt Lake City, UT store manager Lisa taught a GREAT class in July:

Perfect Under Pressure-Electric Pressure Cooking 
By Lisa Barker 

As promised here are some of the highlights (besides all the yummy things we ate--Yum!) and tips she taught about:

Friday, July 29, 2011

August Retail Store Classes

**Chandler, AZ class listing updated 8/1/2011

Class is in session!  We post the classes on the main page once a month and we've got the sidebar of upcoming classes (like the next week or so) but don't forget to check out our "Classes" tab too.  If there has been any changes or additions to the classes we'll be sure to update there. Plus you can get a sneak peak on what classes or events are coming up!

Be sure to call your store to reserve your spot.  Classes are free unless otherwise noted.

Friday, June 24, 2011

July Classes

We aren't slowing down...full steam ahead!  Lots of fun classes for July!  Be sure to call your store to reserve your spot. And check out our Tab for upcoming classes!

Chandler, AZ
Phone: 480-785-5210
Wednesday July 6 10AM Goin' Campin' by Shirley J
From Breakfast to Dinner, this isn't your typical camp food!  Why shouldn't you be able to eat like a champ while you are out in the woods?  We'll discuss everything from Blueberry Pancakes to amazing BBQ Burgers!

Saturday July 9 10AM Bold Better Bread Workshop with Chef Tess
Tips and tricks of a professional chef and whole grain baker for making moist, delicious bread without a mixer.  Chef Stephanie Petersen will cover all you need to know about grain, ingredients, tools and baking used in professional bake shops that you can do at home!  You won't want to miss this informative and zany-fun class!  Come prepared to laugh and learn!  Perfect for beginners and experienced bakers alike.

Wednesday July 13 10AM Viva Italia by Shirley J
Spice up your kitchen with new found Spaghetti Sauces, Alfredo Dishes, Bread Recipes, and Dressings.  Come learn a new way to zest up your meals and add flavor without adding the calories!

Thursday July 14 2PM "Sun Oven" Demo by Gabriella Mendoza
This class is perfect for you "Valley of the Sun" residents!  Learn how to prepare amazing dishes by harnessing the power of the sun with the increasingly popular Sun Oven.

Saturday July 16 10AM Universal Sauce Basics Class by Shirley J
What is Universal Sauce?  It can be used for a variety of things--as Alfredo or gravy, in casseroles and pasta, for soup and sauces.  It's a no-fail guarantee for gourmet taste.  Shirley J's Universal Sauce never separates, lumps or curdles (even if simmered for hours).  Here's to simplifying and managing your pantry!

Wednesday July 20 10AM Breakfast in a Jiffy by Shirley J
Muffins, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, waffles, hot cereal, granola, eggs...oh the possibilities!  Come explore these different, fast breakfast ideas that will keep you far away from a cereal box!

Saturday July 23 10AM Who Doesn't Love Bread by Shirley J
You never realize how quick you can make bread when all you need is a fabulous mix, water and yeast!  Yes it is that easy.  From croissants to loaves to rolls you can bring the warmth to your home!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Classes Reminder

Today there were some great classes in Brigham and Salt Lake Stores.  Just a reminder about a few other ones coming up this week:

Wednesday, June 22 10AM  Cookies Galore with Shirley J
Who doesn't LOVE home-baked cookies? Here is a fun, quick way to make every flavor of cookie you desire just by adding 2 ingredients with your mix-ins. You don't want to miss out!

Saturday June 25 10AM Sun Oven Demo
Don't want to heat up your kitchen this summer? Try cooking using a Sun Oven! Come learn how to prepare amazing dishes by harnessing the power of the sun with the increasingly popular Sun Oven.

Tuesday June 28 2PM Dinner Is In The Jar

This class is based off the book "Dinner is in the Jar" by Kathy Clark. Come learn how to create your own pre-mixed meals in jars and mylar bags to increase your food storage for a fraction of the cost.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

June Classes

Alright school may be out for the kiddos but we're still going strong.  Lots of fun opportunities this month!  Call your store to reserve your spot.

Chandler, AZ
Phone: 480-785-5210

Throughout the month a Shirley J Rep will be teaching the following classes:
Wednesday June 8 10AM Universal Sauce Basics Class
What is Universal Sauce? We use it every chance we get—as Alfredo and gravy, in casseroles and pasta, for soup and sauces—because it’s a no-fail guarantee for gourmet taste. The Shirley J's Universal Sauce never separates, lumps or curdles, even if simmered for hours. Here's to simplifying and managing your pantry!

Wednesday June 15 10AM Rediscover Gelatin and Pudding
Gelatin and Pudding, really? What more can you do with Gelatin and Pudding than make Jell-o and pudding cups...come find out! Explore making cool and creamy quick desserts- Pies, Drinks, Cakes, and so much more!

Saturday June 18 10AM Get Your BBQ On!
Did you know that you can do more than just use BBQ sauce than just grill with it? How about a dry BBQ seasoning that will make marinades, spreads, dips, party mixes and more! Oh yeah, you can also make a variety of BBQ sauces!

Wednesday June 22 10AM Cookies Galore
Who doesn't LOVE home-baked cookie? Here is a fun, quick way to make every flavor of cookie you desire just by adding 2 ingredients with your mix-ins.  You don't want to miss out!

And of course they'll be offering the super popular "Sun Oven Demo" and "Dinner is in the Jar" classes:
Saturday June 25 10AM Sun Oven Demo
Don't want to heat up your kitchen this summer?  Try cooking using a Sun Oven!  Come learn how to prepare amazing dishes by harnessing the power of the sun with the increasingly popular Sun Oven.

Tuesday June 28 2PM Dinner Is In The Jar
This class is based off the book "Dinner is in the Jar" by Kathy Clark.  Come learn how to create your own pre-mixed meals in jars and mylar bags to increase your food storage for a fraction of the cost.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Phone: 909-243-1050

Saturday June 11 10AM Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness
This class will be taught by Linda Marts.  Linda has been doing earthquake preparedness for about 28 years and is a member of her local CERT team.  The class will include basic earthquake and disaster preparedness and will address why and how to prepare as well as mindset for preparation. We will include of fun interactive time and question and answers. Handouts will be provided. Class Fee $5.00 per person or $7 per couple.

Saturday June 25 10AM Yummy Bread!
This class will be taught by our Store Assistant Manager Cathy O'Leary. Cathy's given us some of the yummiest recipes with her bread creations.  Come and learn from the best!  Class Fee $5.00 per person or $7 per couple.

Brigham City, UT
Phone:  435-494-4193

Friday June 10 11AM Cooking Without Power
How do you cook a meal for your family when the power is out? This class will discuss various ways, including: a sun oven, rocket stove, apple box oven, wonder box, volcano stove and others. We will talk about the pro and cons of each and the very important topic of fuel amounts and storage.  Cheryl Moore will be teaching this class.

Tuesday June 21 10AM Now You're Cooking with Rice
Rice is a great item to store and enjoy for everyday meals. Its nutritious, inexpensive, and versatile. Come and learn about the different types of rice and how to store and cook them, quick and easy ingredients you can add to rice to create tasty side dishes, and fun ideas for using leftover rice. Several rice recipes will be demonstrated and samples will be available for tasting.  Ann Henderson from Utah State University Extension will be the teacher for this class.

Salt Lake City, UT
Phone: 801-972-2168

Tuesday June 7 11AM Seed Sprouting
Learn how to expand your family’s daily nutrition through the skill of sprouting seeds and using them in your summer meals.  Karin Terry will be teaching this class.

Saturday June 11 10AM The Amazing and Wonderful Options with Beans
Grant Cefalo is going to be teaching all about beans!  Beans are a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals and are an inexpensive meat alternative. Come ready to learn about the wonderful benefits of beans and how to use them in your daily diet.

Tuesday June 14, 21, and 28 11AM to 1PM The New Food Storage Plan
This is a 3-week course requires registration and a cost of $25 for all food samples and materials.  Don’t know what to store? Where to store it? How to cook it? Has a years’ supply been overwhelming to you in the past? This new idea in food storage may be the solution for you! Each class we'll have information, discussions, tasting, and even a game!  Class fee $25 per person.