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Food & Cooking

Cooking on the Wood Burning Stove

By spring, the food reserves were running low and prairie families were eager for the return of spring and fresh greens. On the wood stove in the McClean Soddy at the Plains Conservation Center, we make a common winter dinner of root vegetable stew, cornbread and apple pie. Recipes and all supplies provided. Appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up.

Price:  Member $20, Non-member $24

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013


Delicious Vegetarian

Discover the scrumptious side of international vegetarian cuisine! We’ll begin with a savory salad and continue with a delicious butternut squash curry, a spicy cashew veggie stir fry, a pesto and roasted veggie pizza and end with a sweet. Eat your veggies and love doing it! Recipes and full meal included.

Price: $60, $55 member

Instructor: Susan Evans



Photo Credit: WordRidden (Flickr)

Gifts from the Herb Garden

Spend a fun morning crafting enchanting gifts to delight friends and family. Make and take home chocolate delights including delicious chocolate nut clusters and irresistible chocolate dipped candied ginger and orange peel. Learn how to make spicy/sweet cocktail nuts, a soothing lavender lip balm, a pressed-flower glass candle holder and pot up some narcissus for fragrant blooms. We ll have chai tea and scones to keep that creative juice going. Recipes and all materials included. Treat yourself!


Price: $59, $54 member


Instructor: Susan Evans


Mexican Fiesta Cooking Class & Meal

Discover the ease of preparing delicious dishes from south of the border! Learn how to master the classics: salsa, guacamole and chipotle crema and use them for garnishes for a Mexican meatball soup, creamy chicken with pumpkin seed sauce and zesty fish tacos. Wash it all down with hibiscus/lime tea and chili chocolate cupcakes. Recipes and meal included.


Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $57, $52 members

Pickles and Chutney


In this hands-on cooking class we will focus on pickle and chutney making. We will review canning safety and techniques of boiling water bath canning, but this class is geared to those who have had some experience with waterbath canning. We will pickle some fruit, some vegetables, and also make chutneys we can use to dress up our barbeque’d meats or liven up a cheese plate. Each student will get at least 3 jars-of pickled vegetable, pickled fruit, and chutney.


Price: $56, $51 member

Instructor: Kathy Lee


Preserving Citrus: Marmalade

Learn to make dazzling citrus marmalades from the best the winter season has to offer. We will use fresh, organic citrus and make a bitter, sweet, and succulent marmalade. We will discuss different types, uses, and the history of marmalade. Participants will take home at least 1 jar of handmade marmalade preserves.


Price: $56, $51 member

Instructor: Kathy has been an avid canner for over two decades. She tries to forage for the fruit she preserves and/or uses fruit grown from local farms and orchards whenever possible. She is a mother of two boys, and has a full pantry of canned goods. A Ph.D. trained scientist, she loves understanding the science behind canning and loves sharing information about home food preservation with as many people as she can. Parlaying her love of canning into a career, Kathy founded Modern Gingham Preserves and sold her jams nationally and won a Good Food Award for her Raspberry Violet jam in 2015.

Kathy is married to a British guy, so she has also developed a taste for marmalade and rhubarb, but she still hates drinking tea.




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