Featured Workshops

Twice as Tasty workshops cover a range of topics, giving you a chance to try the recipes and techniques offered on the blog in your own kitchen, among friends—and with my personal help. The following workshops are available at any time; to sign up, jump down the page.
Twice as Tasty workshops cover a range of topics, giving you a chance to try the recipes and techniques offered on the blog in your own kitchen, among friends—and with my personal help.

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Creative Cocktails: Syrups and Shrubs

 Gather your friends and your favorite booze: this is a Twice as Tasty cocktail party. Sign up at TwiceasTasty.com.
Size: 4 to 10 people
Time: 2 hours

Gather your friends and your favorite booze: this is a Twice as Tasty cocktail party. Craft cocktails aren’t about expensive equipment or fancy techniques: they’re about flavor, aroma, and creativity. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn to make sweet, tangy, and savory syrups and shrubs (also known as drinking vinegars). You’ll then mix them with your favorite liquors and test nonalcoholic combinations, experimenting with taste and balance until you’ve found your ideal cocktail or mocktail. We’ll be snacking as we work and send everyone home with samples to savor and share.

Featured Workshops

Starting with Sourdough: Starter and Baking Basics

Size: 4 to 8 people
Time: 2 to 3 hours

Baking with sourdough can be easy, simple, and delicious, yet many people are hesitant to explore the world of wild yeast. This hands-on workshop focuses on how to care for and use sourdough starter in various recipes. In this small workshop, everyone gets involved in the process and learns by doing. I’ll be supplying active batches of my own sourdough starter and teach you how to “feed” it once you get it home. Together, we’ll make Sourdough Pita to enjoy during the workshop and share with your family or friends.

Grilled Sourdough Pizza

Combine sourdough pizza dough and seasonal produce to create gourmet pizza from scratch and bake it on a grill. Sign up at TwiceasTasty.com.
Size: 4 to 8 people
Time: 3 hours

Gourmet pizza has become a restaurant staple. At home, you can combine sourdough pizza dough, the garden’s bounty, and an outdoor grill to create gourmet pizza from scratch—without a hot oven or a lot of effort. This hands-on workshop is designed to get everyone involved in the process and learning by doing. With my guidance and homemade sourdough starter, you’ll make a batch of Sourdough Pizza Dough and learn to “feed” the starter so that you can take both starter and dough home. We’ll also roll out, top, and grill a batch of dough to enjoy at the end of the workshop.

Fraternal Twins: Making Lemon Cheese and Yogurt

Cheese and yogurt are fraternal twins: From 1 gallon of milk, you can create both at the same time. Sign up to learn how at TwiceasTasty.com.
Size: 4 to 6 people
Time: 2-1/2 hours

Milk, acid, and salt: That’s all you need to make a fresh cheese adaptable to a range of uses and flavors. Better yet, cheese and yogurt are fraternal twins: From 1 gallon of milk, you can create both at the same time. Learn how in a small workshop designed to get everyone involved in the process and learning by doing. We’ll take the process from its early setup stages to the final products. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have the results of your labor to eat on the spot and take home to enjoy.

Perfecting Pies: Crusts and Fillings from Scratch

Learn how to make freshly baked pie in a flaky, buttery shell from scratch. Sign up at TwiceasTasty.com.
Size: 4 to 6 people
Time: 3 hours

There’s nothing like a freshly baked pie in its flaky, buttery shell. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make the final act of the night from scratch. I’ll share my tips and tricks to help you create a delicious crust and one of several custard-based fillings. You’ll walk away with a crust and filling package ready to bake for your next gathering. We might just eat a little pie too.

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 to 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.

Getting Your Green Fix: Growing and Using Sprouts

Size: 4 to 10 people
Time: about 2 hours

Homegrown sprouts are one of the easiest ways to get your green fix without gardening, and you’ll be shocked by how little you need to keep a constant supply of fresh sprouts on hand. I’ll supply a kit to get you started, and we’ll examine the growing stages for a couple of sprout varieties. This technique workshop can accommodate a few more people but still offers hands-on opportunities. You’ll learn to care for your sprouts before you take them home, and we’ll enjoy a batch—along with other Twice as Tasty treats.

Groovy Granola: Baked and Dehydrated

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

Although we think of them as healthy, commercially packaged granolas can be junk food in disguise: high in sugar, salt, and dollars. But homemade granolas can be good for you and good for your budget. They’re easily made, endlessly adaptable, and seriously delicious. In this workshop, we’ll explore the differences between dehydrated and baked granolas and learn the basic ratios that will let you personalize your granola recipe. I’ll provide a range of ingredients so that you can make your own batch during the workshop, and you’ll sample your creations before taking them home for tomorrow’s breakfast.

Playing with Pesto: Classic Basil and Variations

Size: 4 to 10 people
Time: 2 to 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.

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.

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 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.

Scrumptiously Solo: Cooking for One

Size: 8+ people
Time: 2-1/2 to 3 hours

If you live alone or often cook solo, one of the biggest challenges is finding inspiration and energy in the kitchen. But cooking for one doesn’t rule out delicious, healthy, and varied meals. The secrets to being scrumptiously solo start long before you turn on a burner and are more about your approach to feeding yourself than single-serving recipes. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to affordably stock your kitchen for solo meals and focus on basic ingredients that let you make every meal special—even leftovers. You’ll then put what you learn to practice before striking out on your own. This topic can also be arranged as a hands-on workshop for 4–8 people.

Recipe Revamp: Making Your Family Favorites Better

Learn how to give your favorite family recipes a facelift. Sign up at TwiceasTasty.com.
Size: 4 to 10 people
Time: 2-1/2 hours

We all have recipes passed down in our family through the generations. But if you’ve never made your cranberry sauce or dressing (stuffing) from scratch, built a green bean casserole with fresh beans and home-fried shallots, or roasted your own vegetables, those family favorites could be—well, twice as tasty. In this workshop, we’ll look at your favorite family recipes and give them a facelift. You’ll have a chance to practice new techniques and test an upgraded recipe, giving you the confidence to present version 2.0 at the next family gathering.

Riffs on Risotto: Risotto Basics and Variations

Gather your friends for a dinner party, and I’ll show you how to unlock risotto’s mysteries. Sign up at TwiceasTasty.com.
Size: 8+ people
Time: 2 hours, dinner or lunch

Why do we see pasta as easy and versatile but risotto as challenging? Gather your friends for a dinner party, and I’ll show you how to unlock risotto’s mysteries. I’ll start the evening by making a risotto from scratch in your kitchen. Then we’ll sit down to enjoy it, along with the contributed side dishes, and discuss how you can create risottos at home. I’ll provide notes and recipe ideas that lead you from the meal to playing in your own kitchen. This topic can also be arranged as a hands-on workshop for 4–8 people.

Speedy Soup Suppers: Soup Basics and Variations

Size: 8+ people
Time: 2 hours, lunch or dinner

Want to play and eat well? You can have a variety of dinners within 30 minutes of shedding your outdoor layers. At this potluck discussion, which can accommodate larger groups, you’ll learn about the basic elements of soup and a simple ratio that lets you vary those elements each time you pull out the stockpot. We’ll then play with the formula so that you can create a soup on the spot. We’ll also eat: I’ll bring the soup, you bring the sides and beverages. This topic can also be arranged as a hands-on workshop for 4–8 people.

Twice as Tasty workshops cover a range of topics, giving you a chance to try the recipes and techniques offered on the blog in your own kitchen, among friends—and with my personal help.Have another technique you want to try? Check out the trio in the current workshops or ideas on the custom workshops page.

Workshops are always available locally in Montana’s Flathead Valley, but I also take these workshops on the road. BONUS: Twice as Tasty will be touring the Pacific Northwest in May 2018. If you are interested in setting up a workshop in your area, contact me.

Schedule a Workshop

Workshops are hosted in private kitchens among friends. I supply all materials and any tools you don’t already have in your kitchen. Better than a book club or a night out with friends where you simply talk about good food, these fun gatherings teach you and your friends how to prepare good food from scratch with my personal help.

To schedule a workshop, simply contact me! Together we will:

  1. Choose a workshop (see featured workshops for other ideas) or find a custom topic.
  2. Pick a date and time.
  3. Decide how many friends you will invite, based on the workshop topic and the group size you can accommodate in your kitchen.

It’s that easy! I’ll handle all of the food planning and preparation from there. We’ll be in contact before the workshop to make sure everything goes smoothly once people arrive at your door. Feature workshop rates vary based on the topic, duration, and number of attendees.

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