Cooking classes in the garden

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After the harvest- let’s eat! With all the varieties of vegetables and herbs in the garden, it’s time for cooking classes.

Local chefs Kristian Bentsen, V Smiley and Damien Cortez will be sharing delicious and easy recipes for garden veggies in a summer series of cooking classes in the Good Cheer Garden. They will be using produce from the Good Cheer Garden to create tasty and nutritious meals that are simple to prepare.

July 25th, 11 am – 1 pm:   Kristian Bentsen
Kristian has been a chef at Holden Village in the Cascades, cooked for the homeless in Seattle with help from Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline, and worked at the Langley Village Bakery, Whidbey Pies Cafe, and the Whidbey Institute here on the island. He loves his current new job: caring and cooking for his wife and baby daughter! Kristian will be sharing some of his favorite garden dishes, and also some tips about dairy-free recipes.

August 1st, 11 am – 1 pm:  V Smiley
V grew up raising vegetables and Angus Beef on her parent’s farm in Vermont where she learned about the power and function of food and the shared meal. Here on Whidbey she has been the Guest Chef at Hedgebrook, the women’s writing residency, and now cooks at the Mukilteo Coffee Roaster’s Café, which relies on local producers of vegetables, fruit, meat and eggs. She will be sharing some great recipes for hearty greens such as kale and chard.

August 8th, 11 am – 1 pm:  Damien Cortez
Damien has been a chef at the Beachfire Grill and Prima Bistro, and now is the manager of the Good Cheer Food Bank. He will be cooking up our garden veggies in an ongoing cooking demonstration during the Whidbey Island Nourishes (W.I.N.) Garden Tour, that the Good Cheer Garden is on.

Bring your appetite, and come enjoy the bounty of the garden!

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The recent “Cooking with Herbs” class got us started. Bonney Netzel and Nancy Snow explained how to use different herbs, and shared delicious recipes using herbs and vegetables from the garden.

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We combined carrots with mint, zucchini with thyme, and home-made rolls with basil, oregano and rosemary. Yum!