Essential Technique Workshops

Ready to schedule a Twice as Tasty workshop that teaches you essential cooking techniques? Contact me and let me know which workshop you would like to host.

Dressed for Success: Classy Salad Dressings

Learn to create delicious dressings from scratch at a moment’s notice. Sign up at TwiceasTasty.com.
Size: 4 to 10 people
Time: 2-1/2 hours

Has a battalion of salad dressings taken over your refrigerator? Why surrender to these expensive, heavily preserved soldiers when the basic ingredients for fresh, classy dressings likely already live in your kitchen? This workshop teaches you ratios that free you to create delicious dressings from scratch at a moment’s notice. This workshop can accommodate up to 10 people but still offers hands-on opportunities. I’ll teach you the basic ratios and supply a variety of ingredients so that you can create your own combinations on the spot. We’ll taste-test these creations before we send them home for you to enjoy.

Feeling Saucy: Sauce Basics and Variations

Size: 4 to 10 people
Time: 2-1/2 hours

Sauces form the basis of so many meals and vary widely in ingredients, flavors—and ultimately success at your family’s table. But most can be divided into three broad groups that let you make what appears to be a different sauce every meal. This technique workshop covers the basics of making sauces thickened using a roux, an emulsion, and a reduction. We’ll chose the ingredients for each together, and then I’ll demonstrate how each is made, with your help. We’ll sample our creations and discuss other options for each sauce.

Grilled or Roasted: Getting Fired Up about Vegetables

Learn how to grill and roast your vegetables perfectly every time. Sign up at TwiceasTasty.com.
Size: 4 to 10 people
Time: 2-1/2 hours

Meats often feature in grilled and roasted meals, but that backyard barbecue and indoor oven are among the best tools for a vegetable lover. Grilled and roasted vegetables not only upgrade your evening meal but also enhance your canned and frozen goods. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to grill and roast your vegetables perfectly every time. Depending on the season, we’ll either grill or roast vegetables to eat on the spot as part of a group meal.

Indian Spices: Marvelous Masalas
This workshop has been featured in The Daily Inter Lake’s Montana Life section. See the delicious photos and read the story by Brenda Ahearn here.

Size: 4 to 10 people
Time: 2-1/2 hours

Indian food is delicious, but the long list of ingredients in traditional recipes can be daunting. A closer look reveals that list is primarily spices; factor out the spices, and the other ingredients and techniques are often simple and familiar. In this workshop, you’ll discover key spices used in Indian cooking and how to combine them into flavorful dishes at a moment’s notice. We’ll look at spices that are likely already staples in your collection, as well as ones that are readily available but may not be as well known. You’ll also sample and experiment with different spice blends.

Playing with Pesto: Classic Basil and Variations

Size: 4 to 10 people
Time: 2-1/2 hours

Most people think “basil” and “sauce” when they hear “pesto,” but basil is just one ingredient option and sauce is just one use. This workshop teaches you ratios that let you harvest from your herb garden (or buy from your farmer) and fill your freezer throughout the season with a collection of pesto bases that can be used on everything from pasta to pizza and in everything from sauces to soups. This workshop welcomes up to 10 people but still lets you try your hand at original pesto flavors. We’ll taste your creations before you take them and the techniques you learned home to enjoy.

Pantry Planning: Quick Meals without Leaving the House

Size: 8 people
Time: 2 hours

Making a quick, healthy meal isn’t about having a large kitchen or fancy skills: It’s about having a well-stocked pantry. With proper pantry planning, you can always find something appealing to eat—whether you’re cooking for 1 or 12. For this introductory workshop, I invite you to my 500-square-foot cabin so that you can see firsthand how I conjure meals from items kept on hand. I’ll share some of my pantry secrets, and you’ll get to peek in my shelves to see what I store and how I store it. I’ll even prepare a quick dish for the group from my pantry.
This is an introductory workshop; it isn’t as immersive as the full workshops, but it’s available at discounted per-person rate and is a great opportunity to get introduced to the Twice as Tasty experience.

Don’t see the workshop that interests you? Check out the other Twice as Tasty workshop topics or contact me and I’ll create a new workshop for you and your friends.

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