Cooking with Summer Veggies

Tuesday, July 18, 6:30-8:30 PM
Peggy Doran

This class will make three dishes inspired by fresh produce from the Farmers’ Market in downtown White Bear Lake. Learn how to make a delicious soup from a home-made stock and a special dish that features fresh produce. A wonderful salad with a home-made dressing will accompany the meal. Bring an apron to class.

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Stocks & Soups

Tuesday, August 15, 6:30-8:30 PM
Peggy Doran

Peggy Doran from Margaux’s Table in downtown White Bear Lake will teach you how to make 3 different types of rich stock and then show you how to finish a soup quickly. Bring an apron to class.

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Build a Portable Brick Oven

Saturday, October 7, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
David S. Cargo

Join award-winning baker David S. Cargo to learn how to build a portable stacked-brick oven. The oven is built from stacked bricks that are not mortared together and can be moved after the oven is built. Learn how to build a small oven by yourself and go from bare ground to cooking pizza in about 4 hours. Class discussion covers some of the differences between these portable brick ovens and more familiar designs such as Alan Scott ovens, Forno Bravo Pompeii ovens, and cob ovens such as those made popular by Kiko Denzer. The class covers siting the oven, preparing the ground for the oven, and then the practical techniques for construction. Everyone will get a handout with plans for three different sizes of ovens, their bills of materials, and recipes for use with the oven. The oven is built to demonstrate the techniques used, and the plans that show how the ovens go together will be read. While the fire is heating the oven up, David demonstrates how to make dough for pizza, bread, naan, and pita bread. Later in the afternoon, the dough is formed into the proper shapes for baking, and some dough is formed for a loaf of bread. Finally, the pita bread, naan, and pizzas are baked (and eaten) and then the loaf of bread goes into the oven.

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