Cooking School 2016

CookingClass-Fun and Shared Experiences-00620(Fridays, 11am-1pm)

The Health Care Ministry’s “Cooking School” at First Congregational Church is entering its seventh year and has another stellar line-up of presenters to inspire us in the kitchen.

Philosophically, we are committed to the idea that we will use fresh, ripe, whole foods in our recipes and avoid the multitude of processed foods or “food like substances” that are flooding the market. We will be mindful of portion size to avoid the habit of overeating. We want to take the necessary time preparing the food in our kitchens so the outcome will be worth the effort. We want to share our time around the table with friends and family and even find opportunities to invite those we don’t know so well to join us and become better acquainted.  As we cultivate these simple habits, we must always remember our blessings and abundance in a world where many are hungry.

Our season starts during Lent, a time of reflection, and ends in October before the holidays become the focus of our attention. Our presenters come from within our congregation and from other groups and congregations, all skilled and aware that one of the best ways to create community is around the kitchen table.

We meet on the following Fridays, once a month, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., in the church kitchen. Please join us.  There is no charge.

March 18:
Judith Rice-Jones, an instructor at UCCS and a Master Gardener,  will address current food issues and trends that we, as consumers, should be aware of. Angie Adams will demonstrate the art of making Posole and tortillas.

April 22:
Chef Brother Luck, professionally trained chef and owner of “Brother Luck’s Urban Eats”, has a fascinating story about finding his way into a culinary career. As a kid in Los Angeles, he was passed around to relatives in California, and it wasn’t long before he and his brother were practically living on the streets. A cousin found the boys and put them in a vocational program, and Brother chose “culinary arts basically to get a free lunch.” The rest of the story is history. He has recently competed on Food Network’s “Chopped:  Impossible Restaurant Challenge” in NYC, a show that will air in late summer or early fall. He serves amazingly gourmet food in his little diner on W. Colorado and also caters events of all kinds. He will feature “something nice for spring,” he said…”perhaps something having to do with preparing lamb.” Stay tuned!

May 20:
Our own Alyce Morgan presents: HOW TO DESIGN YOUR OWN WHOLE MEAL SALADS (Included will be a booklet with a few ready-to-go summer recipes.)

June 17:
Karen Peace
, a member of our congregation, is a gifted musical composer but also has learned the art of the Indian Cuisine from a former mother-in-law, and will pass on her recipes and insights to us.

July 22CookingClass-Orange Prep-00614
Susan Schenk, professional caterer, will present some fabulous ideas for Summertime Brunch on the Patio with Friends, to include two different egg stratas, a fresh corn, basil, and crab salad, lemony potatoes and more…Join us!

August 19:
Our own Patti White has agreed to share some of her kitchen magic with us using as her motto: “Feast First With Your Eyes.”  Details to come…watch this space!

September 30:
As an alternative to going to the Holy Abbey Wine Tasting event in Canon City, we have the opportunity to serve the homeless at the Marian House on Bijou between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m.  We will discuss these details further as we get closer to the time.

October 21:
Ted Dresie: “Hearty Fall Recipes” to include Olive-filled Cheese Balls, Spinach and Craisin Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing, Hearty Braised Beef Soup, Potato yeast bread; and Bavarian Apple Torte.  Stay tuned!


If you have questions, please contact: Christine Hall (
Sponsored by the Health Ministry

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