Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Cooking Classes

I love to teach cooking classes and my favorite class to teach is "Cooking With Herbs".    I've done many at my favorite store, Life + Style and I've also done classes on herbal cookery at Red Cedar and Louisburg Cider Mill in the city.

Linderhof's Herb Garden

My favorite Cooking With Herbs class that I did at Life + Style was the one that started in my garden.    Class attendees got to pick the herbs that they wanted to take back to the store to cook with.    My only admonition to the class -- do not pick more than 1/3 of a plant!

The Breakfast Room ready for the class.

And before we went out to gather herbs, there was tea in the breakfast room -- icy minty tea full of slices of lemons.  
Icy Minty Tea

And a handout of garden herbs and how they grow and how they can be used in cooking.

And back at Life + Style, we made . . .

An Individual Vegetable Tian

Vegetable tian.    Individual ones.    Each class member made their own and chose the herbs that they wanted to put in it.    It's full of zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes and onions.    Good fresh produce.    Sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and baked, it's a great side dish or a great vegetarian entree.

I love to bake with herbs and each herbal cooking class always ends with an herbal dessert.    For this class I made . . .

Orange Rosemary Fairy Cakes

Orange rosemary cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and topped with sprigs of rosemary.     The class pronounced them delicious.    They're my fairy cakes that I make so often and are really my favorite cupcakes to make with the addition of orange zest and rosemary to the batter.

Cynthia and I are working on classes for this fall.    Alas, none are cooking with herbs but we will have some fun classes and I hope to see you there!      The first class in October is "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice" . . . a class on candy making.    Easy candy making.     For Christmas giving (or eating)!

We have a couple of other classes in the works for November and December but I can't tell about those until The Life + Style newsletter is out -- if you're not signed up for it, do so for it announces all of the upcoming classes and that's the best way of finding out who's cooking what when.

And, I'm really excited about the cooking class that I'm teaching on October 15, at the Le Creuset store in Overland Park at 119th and Roe.     I'm doing chicken bouillabaisse for that one.

I do hope that I'll see you at one of my cooking classes for I love sharing my love of cooking!

It's Friday and I'm joining Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.


Rebecca said...

I'm going to try that vegetable tian. I'm curious what YOUR favorite spices are for this particular dish!

I sure wish I lived closer!

Bernideen said...

Oh how wonderful those cupcakes look! Bring them on! I'd love to be in any of your classes!

Babs said...

It would be wonderful to take one of your cooking classes. Your vegetable tian looks delicious. Orange rosemary cupcakes sound so interesting and unusual. A new taste sensation...for me. :)
Have a great weekend,

Pondside said...

Another mouth-watering post from Linderhof. I'm sure there's a waiting list for those very interesting-sounding classes. You're going to have a busy fall!

Ben said...

This is wonderful, Martha. It's easy to see from your posts that you would teach a great class! And I love when herbs are used in dishes like your cupcakes that people may not normally associate with herbs. Great post.


asunny said...

My oldest daughter lives in Overland Park and I'd love for her or me to be able to take your Oct. 15th class. I visit the HGTV message boards fairly frequently and would love to meet you. By the way, I enjoy your blog very much.

On Crooked Creek said...

We're home from vacation and in the midst of a MAJOR home improvement I won't be attending your October class. Those Overland Park ladies are certainly in for a "treat"! Enjoy, dear friend!