Food and Drink

Food and Drink

401 Sugaring for the Backyard Hobbyist    Instructors Ed Bieleski and Jack Hopkins, retired teachers and Maple Sugar Enthusiasts.

This course will help the beginner gain a knowledge of what is needed and how to make maple syrup on a small scale in the backyard. A tour of our “sugar shack” and demonstration on running a small drop flue evaporator will also be given.  Limit 15 students.

One Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am

Location: 497 Lane Road, Montrose

Fee: $5.00


402 Wild Game Soups and Stews  Instructor Dr. Jim Hayes , home cook   This class is full

Does the Deer Hunter in your life only use the back straps and the tenderloins? After you taste some of these stews and soups you’ll be saving and using every scrap. We will use lamb, venison, elk, and rabbit.  Please bring an appetite, a sense of adventure, and a healthy dose of humor.  Class limit 8 students.

One Saturday, May 4, 1:00 pm  This class is full

Location: 384 West Wilkes-Barre Turnpike, Montrose

Fee: $5.00 Material Fee: $5.00


403 How to Make, Store and Use Nutritious Bone-Broth Instructor Valerie Winters, Home Cook This class is full

How many cans of chicken broth have you bought in your local grocery store ? Does your recycling bin fill up with cans and cartons of empty soup cans ?  Learn how to make your own delicious mineral rich bone (chicken and beef) broth as well as the many uses for it . Limit 8 students

One Friday, May 17, 4:00 pm

Location: 113 Lake Shore Drive, Brackney, PA

Fee $5.00  Material Fee $5.00


404 So You have an Instant Pot? What can you do with it?  Instructor Howard Burkett, Instant Pot Enthusiast  This class is full

So, you have an Instant Pot, what do you do with it?  It’s MUCH more than just a rice cooker or pressure cooker.  Come get a hands-on overview of what else you can do with it.  Students will assist in making several Instant Pot recipes and get to eat the results!  Planned demonstrations include: Steel-Cut Oatmeal, Hard Boiled Eggs, Yogurt, Steamed Vegetables, Rice, 7 Minute Chicken and Dumplings, Cheesecake. Copies of recipes and a list of resources will be provided.  Come hungry and with a container or two for left overs! Class limit 8 students.

One Tuesday  March 26, 6:00 pm Session #1  This session is full

One Saturday April 6 , 9:30 am.  Session #2 This session is full

Please indicate on the registration form the session that you plan to attend.

Location: private residence, Brackney, PA  directions will be sent prior to the class

Fee $5.00 Material Fee $5.00


405 Italian Made Simple   Instructor Cott DeMaree  This class is full

Cooking has been a forever passion, Italian is one of my specialties…Professionally trained I have been in this field/ business for over 40 years.
We will do one class making quick ravioli and a Bolognese sauce…it will be a group effort to get all done in one 90 minute period…surely a glass of wine will help in this process.
The second class will be pizza making …in a wood fired UNI…the dough is thin and cooks in 3 minutes…of course the workings of yeast and dough making will be discussed, too. Class limit 5 students.

Two Tuesdays April 30 and May 7 , 4:00 pm This class is full

Location: 4988 Quaker Lake Rd, Brackney

Fee $10.00   Material Fee $10.00


406 Home-made Baking Powder Biscuits, Instructor Louise Dayton, home-cook

In this class each person will get a copy of the Baking Powder Biscuit recipe.  The instructor will bring all ingredients and each person will measure out ingredients in their bowl and the instructor will show how to mix, pat out the surface, cut and then bake the biscuits. The baked biscuits will then be ready for each student to take theirs home with them. Please bring a 2-quart bowl to class as well as a fork and biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter. Also bring a bag or container to take the biscuits home.

One Thursday, April 25, 10:00 am

Location: St Paul’s Episcopal Church

Fee: $5.00 Material Fee $2.00



407 Preparing Salads the Lebanese Way  Instructor Valerie Winters, Home Cook  This class is full

Come and learn the healthful and delicious benefits of the Mediterranean Diet . In the first class we will taste and make delicious salads with a versatile dressing you can use on lettuce , red potatoes, as well as a variety of beans .
In class 2 you will learn how to make Tabouli and Fattoush . Both delicious and nutritious salads you can make easily with fresh ingredients from any local grocer. Limit 8 students

Two Wednesdays May 29 and June 5, 1:00 pm  This class is full

Location: 113 Lake Shore Drive, Brackney, PA

Fee $10.00  Material Fee $8.00


 408 Herb Oil and Butter,  Instructor: Charlene Wildes, a Naturalist and Environmental Educator with over 30 years of experience. She is an herb enthusiast!
Charlene has been growing herbs organically for over 40 years and using them for enhancing recipes, in oils for cooking & salad dressings, for herbal teas, and for their health benefits. Herbal oils can be very expensive! Learn how to make these oils in your own kitchen. Using fresh or dried herbs you will be able to make hand crafted oils that rival the best store bought.  A plus to making your own is you can flavor them to your taste, so you get only the flavors you enjoy.  These are easy to create and make great gifts.
We’ll taste different flavored oils from Italian, Moroccan, Fall Favors to Lemon & Pepper.  Choose the one you like best, then create your own sample to take home.
Compound butter is butter that has had a variety of flavors added to it. Adding fresh herbs to butter brings it from plain to gourmet. Compound butter can be used to flavor meats, soups, noodles, veggies or toasted bread. Butters last for 6 months in the freezer, so in January you can enjoy fresh herbs like it was summertime.
Taste different samples from Dill, Italian, Fall flavors and Summer Herbs. Find the combination that you like then make your own to take home.  Please include $7 for each oil & butter sample you wish to make and take home. Class limit 12 students.
All recipes will be sent home with you!
One Saturday June 15th, Session #1, 10:00 am

June 15th , Session #2 ,1:00 pm.

Please indicate on your registration form which session you will be attending.

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose
Fee: $5  Material Fee $7.00


409 Kitchen Counter Easy Sprouts and Kefir    Instructor, Ann Vitale  This class is full

Surprise guests with crunchy or delicate sprouts in salads, sandwiches, and more. Make probiotic-loaded kefir for 25% of the grocery store cost. For less than five minutes a day and little cost you can make both these health foods. Class will taste kefir and experiment with flavorings; share healthy eating tips around the table while tasting half a dozen sprout varieties. Handouts, free seeds included.  Limit 6 students.

One Saturday, April 13, 11:00 am This class is full

Location: 766 Darrow Hill Road, Montrose

Fee $5.00


410 How to make Kombucha at Home        Instructor Diane Siefert   This class is full
Kombucha is a probiotic fermented tea drink. Learn how easy it is to make kombucha.  I will provide the SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) and starter for you to start making it at home.  If you like a slight fizzy vinegary or cidery drink you will enjoy kombucha. Here are some sites to review if you don’t know what kombucha is:

One Friday, April 5,  11:00 am to 1:00 pm  This class is full

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church St. Montrose

Fee:$5.00 Material Fee $5.00