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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 move on to black bean and sweet potato tacos with avocado crema, 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)

Edible Wild Foods Gourmet Workshop - Identification, Harvesting and Use of Wild Plants

Explore the fascinating world of wild edibles. Start with an herb walk to identify common tasty plants. Make refreshing teas, nutritious salads, savory soups and delicious additions to pasta, veggies and side dishes. Discover how to locate, identify harvest and prepare wild edibles to add nutrition and flavor to your meals. We end by dining on delicious, vegetarian, wild foods, featuring nopalita salsa, nettle pesto pasta, wild greens salad bar and lavender and dandelion petal shortcake cookies. Experience the fun and health benefits of eating on the wild side! Handout with plant descriptions and uses, recipes and meal included.

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $55, $50 members, $30 materials fee included

Special Instructions: Part of the class will be held outdoors; please dress accordingly for weather and bring water and sunscreen.

Garden to Glass, Summer Drinks and Tapas Workshop

Grow your own cocktail garden with herbs, fresh fruits and veggies that make the perfect base for hydrating. Learn the secrets to making refreshing aqua frescas, simple syrups, shrubs, bitters, infused alcohol, mixers and concentrates. Create your own take-home bitters from a bitters bar. For our tapas tasting we enjoy smoked salmon mousse, cheese/pistachio and fruit truffles, citrus herbed olives, creamy baba ghanoush and spicy cowboy caviar. Dazzle your family and guests with custom-crafted cocktails and delicious thirst quenchers. Handout with plant list and growing instructions, recipes, generous drink samples and tasty tapas included. Susan s book,  The Herbalist s Happy Hour  is available at class.

*No alcohol will be served in class.

Price: $65, $60 member, $30 included for materials

Instructor: Susan Evans

Image: Courtesy of Amy Stewart

 

Japanese Tea Ceremony

For centuries, the tea ceremony has been considered the epitome of Japanese life, based on harmony, respect, purity, tranquility and elegant simplicity. Come experience the real thing - a traditional ceremony inside our authentic Japanese Tea House in the Japanese Garden.

Each ceremony is held in the Ella Mullen Weckbaugh Tea House in Shofu-En, the Japanese Garden, at Denver Botanic Gardens.

 

The format of the class consists of four parts:

1) Guide the guests through the tea garden and teach them how to use the washbasin (tsukubai).

2) An introduction to the history and philosophy of tea ceremony.

3) Demonstration of the tea ceremony in the tea room.

4) Serve Japanese sweets (okashi) and tea to the guests. Some guests might volunteer to practice as guests. They will have to be able to sit in seiza (traditional formal way of sitting in Japan).

 

Price: $35, $30 members

 

Special Instructions: Meet at the tea house at 9:45 a.m, with a pair of white socks. Jeans, shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops are not permitted. Please turn off all cell phones during the ceremony.

 

 

Mexican Fiesta Cooking Class & Meal

Discover the ease of preparing delicious dishes from south of the border.We will prepare the classics; salsa, pico de gallo and guacamole and use them for garnishes for meatball tortilla soup, crispy chorizo enchiladas, and creamy chicken with pumpkin seed sauce. Sip on hibiscus lime coolers and indulge your sweet tooth with chocolate chili cupcakes. Recipes and meal included. Ole!

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $57, $52 members

Revitalize and Realign with Ayurveda

Cooking for renewal and breathing into transitions. Shed your winter coat and prepare for spring with these tips and recipes from time-tested Ayurvedic principles. This class covers some of the basic principles of Ayurveda with a brief introduction of the doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Learn the tools you need to plan out your springtime renewal ritual and how to customize it for your own constitution, including which foods and spices are appropriate for you. Learn different breathing exercises (pranayama) for each of the different doshas. At the end of the class, enjoy a warm bowl of kitchari and a cup of chai. Take home the recipes so you can make them yourself.

 

Price: $44, $39 member

Instructor: Farnosh Family
Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, for help in healing after the birth of her first child. What she learned in those transformational months led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She has studied with many teachers of yoga, ayurveda, and sanskrit including Dr. Vasant Lad, Shiva Rea, Sonia Massoco, Maria Garre, Patricia Wickman, and Dr. Bharat Vaidya. She holds an MA in organic chemistry from UCLA and a BA in environmental chemistry from Columbia University.

Spring Self Renewal Mini Retreat

 

Spring is a time of renewal and reawakening. Take some time off to discover herbal tonics, health boosting super foods and natural skin products you can make yourself. Learn simple self-care practices to regain balance and vibrant health. Bring home a soothing skin salve, a cleansing face mask and a detoxifying spring tonic along with recipes and lots of new ideas for becoming your best self. Super foods lunch and all materials included. Treat yourself!

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $69, $64 members

Photo credit: Smoobs

Totally Tomato

The most sought after vegetable for home gardeners. Is the perfect tomato out of your grasp? Do you long for that sweet, juicy firm bite of tanginess and just can't make it happen in your garden?

This class is an in depth study of the most prized garden vegetable. This class explores varieties of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes and the differences in the two. You will learn how to select which are best for you to try if you are a beginner and which might be best left to the more advanced tomato grower. We will cover starting seeds v. transplants, growing challenges, pests and diseases and how to overcome them and options for organic care of your prize vegetable.

We will conclude class with a demonstration of starting tomato seeds and each student will go home seeds to begin your plants at home to be ready in time to plant this season.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $36, $31 members, includes $6 for materials to start your very own tomatoes this season!

 

Vegetable Gardening on the High Plains - Series

$92, $78 member for all three sessions

Session 1: Saturday March 28- Seed Starting and Garden Planning Learn how to start your veggie garden entirely from seeds! This class will go over seed starting basics and home propagation techniques. We will also look at how to maximize your garden space at home through efficient garden planning and you'll learn how many of each variety to start based on your needs, scheduling your seed starting, as well as the best ways to organize your vegetable beds.

Session 2: Saturday June 6 - Learn the best way to plant your veggie garden and the basics of garden maintenance, including soils and fertilization, watering and pest management. We'll also learn about crop selection and vegetable varieties that are well suited to the climate of Colorado's front range. Get your hands dirty as we practice the basics of planting and garden soil prep in the garden.

Session 3: Saturday August 8 - This class will go over the basics of harvesting from your veggie garden. Proper harvest techniques and ongoing plant maintenance (including trellising, pruning, etc.) will be covered. We'll also look ahead at how to extend the growing season and transition a vegetable garden into the autumn with hardy leafy greens and other fall crops.

Instructor: Michael Guidi

Michael is a horticulturist at Denver Botanic Gardens and oversees Mordecai Children³ Garden, a diverse garden showcasing Colorado life zones ranging from the plains to the alpine tundra; it also contains a demonstration vegetable garden. Ecological gardening and native plants are his main area of interest, but he is passionate about growing food and urban agriculture. In the past, he has worked in hydroponic food production, greenhouse production and organic farming. Michael holds a B.S. in b\Biology with a focus on plant physiology and ecology. He currently sits on the board of directors of the North American Rock Garden Society.

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

 

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