|Locally grown heirloom pumpkins|
This one is an “Aunt Barb” class, meaning that it’s informal, in my own kitchen next door to the teaching cabin, and affordably intended for the young-ish (between 21 and 40 or so). But anyone who wants to learn to make a pie for Thanksgiving is welcome! The fee covers ingredient costs. I’ll serve some seasonal snacks when you arrive, and if you’d like to bring beer or wine to share, you’d be very popular. We’ll start off making a flaky butter pie crust and then we’ll craft two totally-from-scratch pies: Bourbon pecan and heirloom candy roaster pumpkin pie.
Then we will eat our pies. Oh boy!
|Candy Roaster Pumpkin Pie|
|“Spumoni” Chocolate, cherry, pistachio cookie dough|
For some of us, hiding the cookie and cracker dough in the freezer is like “out of sight, out of mind.” For others of us ….well, raw dough is a treat all by itself. Hey, this is a class for all of us! We’ll make a bunch of festive cookie and cracker doughs that can be frozen into logs or portions and baked off in small batches for you or popped in the oven as needed for holiday parties, visiting or gift-giving. (A selection of unbaked cookie dough logs also makes a great gift!)
Cookies include a variety of pinwheels (date walnut, orange cranberry, and chocolate/mocha), vanilla/chocolate checkerboards, dried cherry walnut layered cookies, buttery sugar cookies that can scream “decorate me!”, lemon cornmeal, paperthin gingersnaps (you can eat a LOT of these), sesame whole grain crackers and the favorite of all the men I know…Aunt Mary’s crunchy spicy cheese things. We’ll sample our wares in class and participants will leave with a variety of cookie dough logs for freezer or tummy. Many ingredients such as sorghum syrup, cornmeal, and eggs will be sourced from the Asheville area. We’ll have prosecco and healthy appetizers to start, but it’s cookies for dinner. All levels welcome.
Shop local for the holidays in Haw Creek! I’ll have my 10 cookbooks for sale and hubby, Wayne Erbsen has a bazillion old-time and bluegrass music instruction, civil war, railroad, etc. books all at a 10 % discount. There will be a live music jam, kitchen gift making demos, raffle door-prizes, hearth-side old-time food and beverages from my cookbooks. Bring the whole family! I’ll post directions in December.