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  Cooking Along the Crooked Road

  Cooking Classes

Welcome Summer with our New Culinary Classes!!

“Cooking Along the Crooked Road” classes offer children, teens, and adults a hands-on, creative experience that can transform mere nourishment into a culinary adventure. Students of all ages acquire valuable life-long skills, taught by local chefs and other accomplished, imaginative cooks. From Cajun to gluten-free, fruity delights to soul-warming soups, and everything around and in-between, there is something for everyone in the warmth of the teaching kitchen!

Don’t forget that gift certificates for “Cooking Along the Crooked Road” could be the perfect his-and-hers gift for a wedding or anniversary! Of course, a gift certificate may also be a fun and educational birthday, graduation, or other special-occasion surprise. Single-class certificates can be purchased by phone…or click the link right here on our website!

Register now! Feed Your Curiosity and Nourish Your Passion at Cooking Along The Crooked Road classes.


Some Like it Hot...Bring on the Heat!
Date: Monday, October 22, 2012
Time: 6-9 pm
Instructor: Melissa Gleason


Price: 35.00  |  Register Online  |  Printable Registration Form   | Assumption of Risk




A few words from Melissa:

" I am excited about teaching this class and promise to keep you entertained!  I am co-owner of Me &K's: Food filled with love.  Many of you have probably seen and sampled our salsas at your local markets.  Prior to launching our business, I managed many stores for Wild Oats Markets and Whole Foods.   I left my fabulous career at the Laguna Beach Whole Foods where I worked in product development and with the urging of many, set out to follow the dream of starting my own business. In 2010, I visited my mom in East Tennessee, fell in love with this area and decided to stay.  I launched Me&K's, focusing on serving all natural, fresh products to my customers.  My line of salsas holds the integrity of my love for food and leaves the taste buds of my customers wanting more!  I also do private catering and take pride in offering the finest, freshest and most creative dishes for my clients.  I look forward to sharing my spice of life, my love of natural and organic foods and my extreme passion for cooking with you.  During this class, I will share Recipes of Flavor from my kitchen to yours....." 

Spices are used to accentuate and not overpower.  They should be used as a tool in cooking. Melissa will discuss the uses of different "hot" ingredients, such as various peppers and other spices used to enhance foods and  bring some heat to your own cooking.  The class will join in preparing a collection of some of her favorite recipes from Chicken Tortilla Soup to her spicy seafood pasta as well as one of her specialty salsas, created just for this class.  If you haven't had a class with Melissa, you are missing a wonderful experience.  Her energy, knowledge and humor will keep you entertained!






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* Hands on classes give the student an opportunity to work with the instructor and classmates to learn cooking techniques by actually preparing the menu.

** Demonstration
classes offer the student the opportunity to learn by watching the instructor prepare the food while giving instruction on how each dish is prepared.

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