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These summer cooking classes will encourage kids to make healthy snack and meal choices through fun, easy, nutritious and inspiring recipes and classes.  Classes will feature organic, natural and local ingredients, produce and herbs from the Salem Courthouse. 
All classes will be held from 3:30pm – 5pm.


JULY 1:  GOING BANANAS! Do you ever see ripe bananas on your kitchen counter? Bananas are a delicious, filling snack, loaded with potassium! In this class Tara Hughes from The Central House restaurant will join us and show us how to make a healthy recipe using ripe bananas. We will make banana muffins using all - natural ingredients, and enjoy them as our afternoon snack!
Chef:  Tara Hughes, The Central House,
224 Main Street, Salem, NY 12865, 518-854-9600
Tuesday - Friday 7:00-3:00, Saturday 7:00-2:00  
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JULY 8:  TOTALLY TOMATOES!  Phyllis Underwood from Shushan Hydroponic Tomatoes will join us to make bruschetta with her home grown tomatoes.  Bruschetta is an appetizer or snack made with tomatoes and fresh vegetables and served on toasted bread.  It is so delicious, healthy, and easy to make at home!  We will learn all about tomatoes!
Chef:  Phyllis Underwood, Shushan Valley Hydro Farm,
588 Juniper Swamp Road, Shushan, NY 12873       518-854-9564

JULY 15:  CUSTARD CREATIONS! Susan Quillio caterer, chef and owner of Spoonful Catering will teach us how to make yummy custard using fresh, natural ingredients. We will learn how this base can be used to make homemade ice cream!
Chef:  Susan Quillio, Spoonful Kitchen and Catering -
Gathering Quality Foods from Local Farms and Regional Producers
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JULY 22:  FANTASTIC FRUIT!  Executive Chef Michael Mahar will show us several ways to prepare fruit for colorful, nutritious and delicious recipes. We will make and sample refreshing layered fruit castles and fruit compote as we learn about the art of lovely food presentation when serving foods.  Chef de Cuisine, Michael Mahar has many years of experience in the culinary arts as a chef and caterer. Chef Mahar enjoys sharing the benefits of healthy foods with children.
Chef:  Executive Chef Michael Mahar,
Shaftsbury, VT   802-447-7789

JULY 25:  PROTEIN POWER!  Theresa Rushinski, proprietor of Jacko's Corner has a keen interest in natural, local foods. She will join us and teach us to prepare a high protein, no - bake, natural almond butter cookie that is packed with nutrition. Great to bring to school or sports, and easy to make at home.
Chef:  Theresa Rushinski from Jacko’s Corner,
190 Main Street, Salem , NY 12865
518-854-7449     Like Us on Facebook!

AUGUST 5:  FUN WITH FRUITS!  Colleen Zorbas of Zorbas Natural Foods joins us to teach us to make fun recipes with fruit for snacks and dessert!
Chef:  Colleen Zorbas from Zorbas Natural Foods       
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Food processing class

Acidified Foods
Saturday, April 17

8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Battenkill Kitchen, Inc., 58 East Broadway, Salem

This is a hands-on practical training designed to provide current and future small processors with the basic elements needed to understand the main processing steps, critical control points and record keeping to safely manufacture specialty food products for the marketplace. We will provide both technical information and practical training by demonstrating the production of BBQ-type sauce and pickled vegetables.

More information and registration materials will be available soon.
For questions, please contact Paula Schafer at or 885-8995.

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