learn to cook with me

I'm on a mission to teach busy people how to cook. Here's how it works: 

  • Lessons designed around simple, straightforward recipes you can easily replicate at home
  • Each lesson incorporates foundational cooking skills and food knowledge to help you become a confident home cook
  • Lessons are all done in real time (I don’t prep anything ahead) so you can replicate exactly as you learned it
  • I come to your home to teach you, so we're using equipment and tools you're familiar with

Spring 2017 Cooking Lessons:


Breakfasts on the go

Learn how to make a big batch of breakfasts and prep them for the work week ahead! You get to pick two of the following recipes that we'll make together in this 2 to 3 hour class (timing differs depending which recipes you pick):

  • overnight oats
  • homemade granola (can be turned into yogurt parfaits or eaten simply with milk)
  • chia pudding
  • hard boiled eggs + sauce/ savory breakfast salad in a jar
  • breakfast sandwiches
  • breakfast burritos
  • mini frittatas
  • bacon, egg & corn breakfast muffins

Skills we'll practice: flavors 101, EGGS!, baking, pan-frying, sauces
Class duration: 2-3 hours


sunday cooking session, 1.0

We'll prep food for the week ahead, and I'll show you how to mix and match it to make a variety of different lunches and dinners . Do your thinking and cooking on Sunday, and you'll be eating dinner in 20 minutes or less on the weeknights ahead. We'll make the following, and you get to pick the cuisine we'll highlight (Latin, Asian, French, Italian, or Indian)

  • 1 base (grain or veggie)
  • 2 cooked veggies
  • 1 protein 
  • 1 soup/stew
  • 1 dressing/sauce

Skills we'll practice: roasting, braising, knife skills, flavor pairings, veggie prep + storage
Class duration: 3-4 hours

Note: this lesson can be taught any day of the week (not just Sundays!)



make ahead dinner party: Taco night

Impress your friends with a scrumptious taco night dinner party! I'll show you how to prep your own braised taco fillings, salsa, pickled veggies, and sides. I'll teach you what can be done ahead of time vs what needs to be done right before folks come over, and how much time to allow for each. You'll walk away with a full plan you can replicate at home. Plus, this meal is so good (and easy) that I know you'll make it for yourself, too!

On the menu:

  • You get to choose: carnitas (pork), braised chicken, or roasted veggies as taco filling
  • homemade tomatillo salsa OR quick-pickled veggies for topping
  • veggie slaw OR easy salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette
  • optional add-on: the best (and simplest) homemade guac

Skills we'll practice: knife skills, braising (or slow cooker), flavor balancing, menu planning, sauces/dressings
Class duration: 3.5-4.5 hours

Email me at GARLICPRESSJESS@GMAIL.COM to schedule your first lesson!

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