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Auberge Edge of Seattle Cooking School

Learn to cook like a pro!  Thursdays

Use the book now button to reserve your cooking class.   If you have a voucher, or payment receipt please bring it with you when attending the class.  After cooking we all sit down together to enjoy the fruits of your labor.  For liability purposes, any leftover food items that are not served to guests remain the property of Auberge Edge of Seattle Cooking School, and are donated to Seattle's food banks when appropriate.

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Topics of study below are of fundamental techniques of French Classic Cuisine.  We are teaching step-by-step culinary preparation techniques along with nutrition and palette-building lessons. These basic cooking theories and technique courses will introduce the student to the application and development of French cooking fundaments and techniques.  A good grasp of the Culinary Basics will give you the confidence to apply these skills to any recipe or to create your own recipes.

Whether you're more of a take-out expert or you're looking to perfect your Hollandaise sauce, Auberge cooking school caters to chefs of all levels and abilities.  You'll find our hands on workshop classes a great way to cultivate your culinary skills in an easy-to-follow progressive format.  Once you've taken our classes you will have all the tools you need to become a top-notch home chef.

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Culinary Basics:  Workshops are held Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and include tasting of the food students prepare. Class topics include white and brown stocks, roux, braises and stews, emulsion sauces, potatoe and egg cookery, working with pie and tart doughs, charcuterie and sausage making, and pâtés and terrines.
 
Individual Nine Workshops to be repeated till the end of the year.
5:30-9:00= 3 1/2 hours
Thursdays evenings; Minimum of 10 per class
please send an email at nancjane@comcast.net with questions.  For your convenience...please use the Book NOW button to schedule your cooking class.

Our scheduler will send you a 24 hour before hand reminder that the class is a go.

One class of your choice     $120.00 per class

Pick any two cooking classes for $170.00

Pick any four classes of your choice    $280.00

Our discounts cannot combined with any other offers.

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1.      Knife Skills.  In this class students will become familiar professional knife grips for all the basic knife cuts and cutting techniques used in a professional kitchen.  They will develop familiarity with handling and caring for a knife, including the proper way to hold various knives.  They will also learn to efficiently trim and cut basic vegetables.  Students will prepare a classic ratatouille using the skills learned in class.   April 3 

2.      White and Brown Stocks.  There is perhaps no more important ingredient in French cuisine than the use of freshly made stocks.  In this class students will be familiarized with all of the classical stocks and their various applications, including white and brown stocks, fumets and court bouillons.  Mastering these classic stocks will give you the foundation for creating sauces with wonderful complexity and help you add flavor to your cooking.  Students will prepare a classic French onion soup.   February 27,

3.     Roux.  One of the most basic thickening agents used in French cuisine is a roux which is an often misunderstood element of classical cuisine.  In this course this fundamental ingredient will be demystified and explained in detail.  Students will learn how to create flavorful, creamy sauces and soups using this ingredient, including the preparation of New England Clam Chowder.  

      Feb. 20

4.      Braises and Stews.  Anyone can take an expensive piece of meat or fish and simply grill or saute it to make it taste good.  But what great chefs understand is that through classical cooking methods such as braising and stewing, overlooked cuts of meat can be transformed into dishes of exquisite tenderness and richness through careful, slow cooking.  Students will apply the knowledge they learn in this course to the preparation of a classic boeuf bourgignone.  March 20

5.     Emulsion Sauces.  This course will focus on preparing emulsion sauces, warm and cold, such as mayonnaise, hollandaise, vinaigrettes and beurre blanc, including derivatives for each.  After this course students will have the knowledge and confidence to prepare hundreds of different sauces for a wide variety of applications.  During class students will prepare a classic hollandaise sauce to be served with an entrée of poached salmon.    March 13

6.   Omelets and Egg Cookery.  The mark of every trained professional chef is the preparation of an omelet.  This course will simplify this important and basic preparation, giving students the knowledge necessary to prepare sublime egg dishes in a matter of minutes.  In addition to omelet cookery, all of the other basic French methods of egg cookery will be covered, including poaching, hard and soft boiling, and scrambled eggs.  With:  Potato Cookery. This class will focus on that most humble, but all important of ingredients, the potato. Students will learn which classical preparations are appropriate for various types of potatoes, thus ensuring that whether it be the creamiest, smoothest mashed potatoes or the crispiest fried potatoes, they come out perfect every time. This course will include the preparation of a classic potato gratin.   April 10

7.      Working with Pie and Tart Doughs.  Students will learn all the fundamental knowledge required in order to create basic doughs that can be used for various applications such as pies, tarts and quiches.  Information presented will include how to prepare, store, handle and roll out basic doughs, and students will apply this knowledge to the preparation of a classic quiche

      during class.   March 27

8.     Chacuterie/Sausage-Making.  Come and learn the lost art of making your own fresh sausages using only natural ingredients like meat and fat and spices.  Discover the technical knowledge necessary to not only recreate any traditional sausage from around the world, but how to create your own original styles of sausage by following a few basic principles.  In this class students will apply the knowledge they have learned to preparing a variety of fresh sausages as well as accompaniments to enjoy them with.  March 6

9.     Pates and Terrines.  One of the hallmarks of French cuisine is the delicious and savory repetroire of pates, terrines, and other forcemeats.  In this class students will learn the science and technical knowledge required to prepare a variety of forcemeats such as pates, terrines, and rillettes.  This background will enable the student to produce any of these items at home, as well as to apply this knowledge to such American standards as meatloaf or meatballs.   April 17th.

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May 10th. Regional Cooking Class
from Ile de France, by Chef Christine Oliverie
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Menu
First Course/Hors D'oeuvres

Homard a l’americaine (Lobster American sauce) Despite of its name, this recipe was invented by a French Chef, Pierre Fraysse. In 1860, he came back from the States and opened his own restaurant.  His restaurant was very successful. One night, a few customers arrived late and Pierre was embarrassed because he didn’t have much left in the fridges to make dinner. He had a few lobsters that were for the next day menu but he decided to use them to make a quick dish for his guests. He cooked them with wine, tomatoes and arrived in the dining room carrying the lobsters with a triumphant face: Ladies and gentleman, here is my new creation. I called it “le homard à l'américaine”.

2nd. Course
Potage Crecy (carrot soup) is named after a city called Crécy-la-Chapelle in the suburn of Paris. Very close to Paris, to this day carrots with a great reputation are grown there. These carrots are called “carotte de Meaux”. They are sweet and create a delicious soup.

Main Course/Entrée

Canard a l'orange (orange duck) is a classical of the gastronomic French cuisine. Its success resides in balancing sweet and salty ingredients.

Pommes Anna (Anna potatoes) is a classic French dish of sliced, layered potatoes cooked  in a very large amount of melted butter. The dish is generally credited with having been created during the time of Napoleon III by the chef Adolphe Dugléré,when Dugléré was head chef at the Cafe Anglais, the leading Paris restaurant of the 19th century, where he reputedly named the dish for one of his grandes cocottes of the period.
(one of his sweet hearts)

Tourte aux blettes is a sweet tarte made with pate brises, filled with Swiss Chard, Swiss Cheese, Currants and Pine Nuts. baked and served along with the Duck a l'Orange.

Dessert:

Oeufs a la neige (floating island) is a Parisian dessert consisting of meringue floating on a vanilla  custard and napped with caramel. It is a light and delicious. The meringues are prepared from whipped egg whites, sugar and vanilla extract then quickly poached. The crème anglaise is prepared with the egg yolks, vanilla, and hot milk, briefly cooked.



Ile de France Regional Cooking Class for May 10, 2014
3:00-9:00= 6 hrs.

$165.00
Our dress code is dressy casual.  We do not recommend shorts, bermudas shorts, sweats or jeans.  We also recommend you bring two bottles of wine per person for these six hour long classes.  We suggest you bring two bottles of wine to drink and share with everyone else in attendance.

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Oh-la-la, don't miss the Dungeness Crab Cooking Class.  It's Crab Season, Seattle's Little Darling is back!.

6 hours Regional Cooking Class on March 8, 2014 for $160.00

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Join Stumbling Goat Bistro's Executive Chef Josh Theilen for our Regional Cooking Class on March 8th. Saturday.        3:00-9:00= 6 hrs. for $160.00
Five Course Menu:
1st. course: 
Crab Bisque; Fresh chives, crème fraiche 

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2nd. Course: Crab and Avocado Chive Crepes and Asparagus, fromage blanc
3rd. Course:  Crab Cake, Sautéed spinach with Rouille
4th. Course:  Crab Salad from the Garden; Frisee, baby arugula, shaved radish, pickled red onion and citronette
5th. Course:  Signature Dessert supplied by Auberge Edge of Seattle Cooking:   Glazed Chocolate Cake A L'Orange

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Our dress code is dressy casual.  We do not recommend shorts, bermudas shorts, or jeans.  We also recommend you bring two bottles of wine per person for these six hour long classes.  Suggest wine pairing is anything you like that is white varietal.  For dessert a Vin-Mousseaux de qualite or Champagne is good too.