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November 2016
$18

Warming Spices for Winter

Monday, November 14, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm CST
Bay View Community Center, 1320 East Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207 United States
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Warm Spices for Winter Meals

When the fall and winter chill sets in there isn't much that's more pleasant than the aroma of warm spices in the kitchen. In this demonstration Annie will show you how to incorporate seasonal flavors into your cooking and baking through spice mixtures. Samples may include Lamb Kibbeh with Mint Yogurt Sauce, Curried "French" Toast, Asian-Inspired Chicken Stock, and Apple Crisp with Chinese Five-Spice and Vanilla Ice Cream. Please register by November 7.

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January 2017
$20

National Day of Service: Family Soup Making

Monday, January 16, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am CST
Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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Family Soup Making

Join us for this all-ages soup lesson that doubles as a service opportunity for MLK Jr. Day/National Day of Service. We’ll discuss soup-making techniques then collectively prepare a large batch of vegetarian soup. We’ll end with soup and bread for lunch and deliver the remaining soup to a local meal program. A handout with recipes is included. Individuals are welcome, but children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult. (Also, feel free to bring along an apron…

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$20

Basic Culinary Knife Skills

Monday, January 23, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm CST
Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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Basic Knife Skills

Hone your skills! If the thought of slicing and dicing all those fresh local vegetables prevents you from cooking from scratch, learn how to “sharpen” your basic knife skills.  Trained chef Annie Wegner LeFort will teach basic cutting and sharpening techniques as well as discuss selection and care of knives for food preparation. Handouts included. $15 for UEC members, $20 for non-members. Please register by January 16.

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February 2017
FREE

Books and Young Cooks Soup Making (Part One)

Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm CST
St. Francis Library, 4230 S. Nicholson Ave.
St. Francis, WI 53235 United States
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Vegetarian Winter Soups

In this 3-part, hands-on soupmaking class young cooks ages 6-10 years old (without an adult) will learn the basics of making soup from scratch using a variety of ingredients and techniques. Recipes are included and students will be able to taste and take home their soups at the end of each class. PART ONE: Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10 AM-12 PM: Broth-based Vegetable Soups. Register by Tuesday, January 31. PART TWO: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10 AM-12 PM: Pureed Soups…

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FREE

Chocolate For Your Heart

Monday, February 13, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm CST
St. Francis Library, 4230 S. Nicholson Ave.
St. Francis, WI 53235 United States
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In this 1-hour demonstration Annie will demonstrate how to prepare heart-healthy chocolate dishes: Chocolate Pancakes with Fresh Fruit, Whole-Grain Gluten-Free Brownies, and Raw Truffles for your Valentine or yourself. You will also get a chance to sample a variety of Milwaukee-made chocolates. Please register by Thursday, February 9.

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March 2017
FREE

Books and Young Cooks Soup Making (Part Two)

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm CST
St. Francis Library, 4230 S. Nicholson Ave.
St. Francis, WI 53235 United States
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Late Winter Stews Family Cooking Class

In this 3-part, hands-on soupmaking class young cooks ages 6-10 years old (without an adult) will learn the basics of making soup from scratch using a variety of ingredients and techniques. Recipes are included and students will be able to taste and take home their soups at the end of each class. PART ONE: Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10 AM-12 PM: Broth-based Vegetable Soups. Register by Tuesday, January 31. PART TWO: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10 AM-12 PM: Pureed Soups…

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FREE

Local Farmer Open House

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm CST
Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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Each spring, at Riverside Park's Urban Ecology Center there's an opportunity to meet local farmers who grow food sustainably and to learn how to buy directly from them. The annual Local Food and Farmer Open House event has grown since it was first organized ten years ago to help the community connect with local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers. Now over 1,000 people attend each year, the number of CSA farmers attending is over 20. During the rest of the year,…

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April 2017
FREE

Books and Young Cooks Soup Making (Part Three)

Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm CST
St. Francis Library, 4230 S. Nicholson Ave.
St. Francis, WI 53235 United States
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In this 3-part, hands-on soupmaking class young cooks ages 6-10 years old (without an adult) will learn the basics of making soup from scratch using a variety of ingredients and techniques. Recipes are included and students will be able to taste and take home their soups at the end of each class. PART ONE: Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10 AM-12 PM: Broth-based Vegetable Soups. Register by Tuesday, January 31. PART TWO: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10 AM-12 PM: Pureed Soups…

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May 2017
$30

Introduction to Food Preservation

Monday, May 8, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm CST
Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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Food Preservation Basics

In this lecture and demonstration, Annie, a Certified Wisconsin Master Food Preserver and professional food preservation specialist, will explain the benefits and challenges of various food preservation techniques with an emphasis on hot-water-bath canning. There is no hands-on participation in this class, however it is the basis for all of Annie's other canning classes this season. Handouts with recipes and helpful tips are included.  Please register by May 1. UEC members$25, Non-members $30.

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$40

Preserving First Fruits: Jams and Jellies

Monday, May 22, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm CST
Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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Seasonal Jams and Jellies

Learn how to preserve the first fruit of the season to enjoy in the dark days of winter. This class will be a hands-on; participants will experience canning rhubarb into jams and preserves. Recipes will be included in the handouts. Feel free to bring an apron and a small box to carry home still-hot preserves. Please register by May 15. UEC Members $35, Non-members $40.

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