Add Some Spring Flavor with Co-op Cooking Classes

Green SmoothiesBriarPatch Co-op is welcoming spring with a diverse selection of cooking classes sure to please everyone from seasoned chefs to novice cooks.

On April 4, Pascal Glenn will be teaching the secrets to creating French pastries. Glenn is one of BriarPatch’s behind-the-scenes bakers and learned his trade in his native France. In this class he will focus on croissants and pain au chocolat, and will also throw in a batch of broyé du poitou just for fun.

Hilary Dart, BriarPatch’s Volunteer and Demo Coordinator, is a longtime diabetic who loves to make yummy treats that are good for herself as well as her family and friends. She’ll share her favorite recipes, the results of years of experimenting with different flours and sweeteners including Blueberry Upside Down Cake, Trail Mix Cookies, Lemon Cornmeal Sheet Cookies (a modified recipe of Martha Stewart’s), and maybe even Black Bean Brownies, too. “Guilt-free Treats for Diabetics” will be held on April 11.

April 18 brings “Green Smoothie Mastery” with Liam Blackmon. Blackmon, of The Fix in Nevada City, will teach all about the health and wellness benefits of green smoothies, including utterly delicious sweet and savory recipes that are guaranteed to nourish and please.

Teresita Juarez Lyon is offering her incredibly popular “Traditional Handmade Tamales” on April 25. Learn the ancient art of making tamales, using healthy ingredients to create this Latin specialty. Students will learn to make masa, fillings, and sauce, as well as learn the delicate skills involved in hand rolling and wrapping to prepare the tamales for steaming.

More classes and descriptions are listed at All Co-op classes are held on Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at In the Kitchen cooking school, 648 Zion Street in Nevada City. The fee for most classes (which includes a share of what’s being cooked) is just $30 for BriarPatch owners, and $35 for the general public. For more information or to pre-register, call BriarPatch at 272-5333×129 or email


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