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HGS Home Chef offers all the cookware, tools and gadgets that any home chef could possibly hope for, but what sets us apart is our two beautiful teaching kitchens. Within these inviting rooms, renowned national and local experts give classes on how to prepare the most delicious food, simple to sublime. Browse upcoming classes below. Details:

10% discount: all students get 10% off card for use on class day only when making merchandise purchases.

Questions about classes, or trouble registering? Email homechef [at] hillsdalegeneralstore [dot] com, or call (518) 325-7000. We’re open 10-6 Wednesday through Monday; closed Tuesday. 

Classes are geared for adults, except as noted, but children over 7 accompanied by an adult are welcome.

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets, but cancellations are entitled to credit for another class of equal value within the subsequent two months. 

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October 2017
US75.00

Colu Henry Introduces ‘Back Pocket Pasta’

October 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Join Back Pocket Pasta cookbook author and Hudson resident Colu Henry as she demonstrates the magic of her highly-acclaimed 2017 cookbook: how a well-stocked kitchen and a few seasonal ingredients can combine to create delicious, simply prepared meals.

Colu will demonstrate her cooking techniques with the fall harvest of select fresh, local vegetables along with staple pantry ingredients to make easy and speedy savory dishes, including:

  • Rotini with Caramelized Onions, Feta and Walnuts
  • Rigatoni with Roasted Cauliflower and Crispy Capers
  • Smoky Garganelli alla Vodka

In addition, Colu will demonstrate how to make a simple and complementary seasonal escarole salad, which combines seamlessly with her delicious main dishes.

Colu’s ideas will be especially welcome for those pressed for time on busy weeknights, and also those who enjoy sharing the bounty of fall harvest with friends.

$70.00

Cooking Fundamentals: Chicken Dinner 3 Ways, with Louise Roback

October 22 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Want to make a consistently delicious dinner for family or guests? Let’s start with the basics – chicken. In this informative class you’ll learn to make three classic (and delicious) chicken dinners: roast chicken, sautéed chicken breasts, and braised thighs and legs.

Preparing chicken is an important skill for any home cook to know, and we will cover the essential techniques to enable class participants to cook chicken dinners at home with confidence and ease. Knowing how to prepare a chicken — whether a whole bird or just a breast or two — will enable even timid home cooks to readily prepare casual weeknight dinners or confidently host a dinner party with a menu that is do-able and enticing.
You’ll learn tips and flavor variations to turn chicken into a culinary experience. We will also cover carving and cutting up a chicken, plus side dishes. And of course we will dine on the cooked results!

Menu: Chicken three ways; farmers’ market choice vegetables and potatoes or rice side dishes; simple fruit dessert.

Limited to 12 people.

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets. Persons who notify us at least seven (7) days in advance that they cannot attend will receive credit and may register for another class of equal value held within the subsequent two months.

Notes: Cooking class attendees receive 10% discount on kitchenware purchases on class day. Classes are geared to adults unless otherwise noted. However, children over 7 are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.

$65.00

Flower Arranging with Jenny Elliott of Tiny Hearts Farm

October 22 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

After Jenny Elliott’s exceptional class last fall, we knew we had to have her back! Jenny is an organic flower grower from Tiny Hearts Farm in Copake. She’s also an incredibly gifted florist with a sensibility that embraces the natural beauty of the flowers she lovingly grows. Her work mixes an assortment of natural materials with blossoms to create a look that is both modern and yet timeless. Jenny’s style is an ideal fit for the remarkable rural region of the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires.

In this very special class you’ll learn the basics of flower care, and techniques for arranging without relying on the unnatural shortcuts used by standard florists. The result will be an arrangement that celebrates the natural beauty around us and will open your mind to possibilities you may have never considered when arranging flowers for your home or for someone special.
You’ll make your own small arrangement to take home with you.

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets. Persons who notify us at least seven (7) days in advance that they cannot attend will receive credit and may register for another class of equal value held within the subsequent two months.

Notes: Cooking class attendees receive 10% discount on kitchenware purchases on class day. Classes are geared to adults unless otherwise noted. However, children over 7 are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.

$75.00

Flavorful Soups! With Chef Serge Madikians

October 28 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Fall is soup season and we have the perfect class to celebrate this essential menu item. Join Chef Serge Madikians of Serevan (located in Amenia, New York) in our kitchen to learn the secrets of creating home-made, flavor-packed soups. Serge will demonstrate the surprisingly simple techniques while infusing the soups with his signature flavors.

Included in the class will be:

  • Armenian style yogurt soup with barley, fresh herbs and curry oil
  • Roasted butternut squash soup with beets and pumpkin seed oil
  • Cauliflower and apple soup with saffron and spices

Serge will also demonstrate how to make a delectable salad with the barley that is inevitably left over from the soup.

With cooler weather upon us, you’ll love learning the basics to create inspiring, savory soups with the ever-entertaining Serge Madikians leading the way.

Class limited to 12 people.

$75.00

Chiles Rellenos and MORE, with Chef Cristobal Morales

October 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Chef Cristobal Morales of The Taste Box and Memorable Cuisine Catering in Chatham, NY, is back in our kitchen sharing his unique take on creating authentic Mexican dishes. This time the menu revolves around the much-desired chile relleno. Making this essential Mexican delicacy seems daunting, but Cristobal will demystify the process, along with some complementary sides.

On the menu:

Chiles rellenos with queso dipped in salsa roja
Yellow rice with diced veggies
Black bean and corn salad

Once the cooking is done we’ll sit down together and eat the delicious results. Join us on a crisp October day for an informative class and a warming Mexican meal!
Class limited to 12 people.

November 2017
US85.00

International Curry Feast, with Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough

November 4 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Curry isn’t a flavor, it’s a blend and a style of cooking. In this very HANDS-ON class, participants will explore various curry dishes from different cultures:

  • Indian curries including Vindaloo — which uses lots of garlic, chilies, and some wine, Punjani — with leeks, orange peel and ginger, and Tamil-syle — with heat from black peppe
  • Southeast Asian curries will also be covered including how to make curry pastes for Thai and other southeast Asian dishes, which are based on coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice, kafir lime leaves, palm sugar, tamarind, and other exotic ingredients.

Class participants will create multiple dishes using both Indian and Southeast Asian curries and a wide assortment of ingredients to create multiple curry dishes that are vegan, vegetarian, fish-based, or contain meat.

This class will explore many curry variations and will inspire you to expand your curry cooking at home with confidence. At the end of the class there will be a curry feast!

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are a cooking-writing duo with lots — and we mean lots! — of creative energy. They’ve written a shelf-full of cookbooks, teach all over the country, write for newspapers, appear on television, and love great food. You’ll find their class chock full of essential tips while being wildly entertaining too!

$70.00

Slice, Dice, Chop! Knife Skills (and Lunch) with Matthew White

November 11 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Join accomplished knife-wielder Matthew White, owner of HGS Home Chef, in a hands-on class as he directs a symphony of choppers of a range of vegetables. The results all go into sauté pans along with fresh, high-quality salmon to create a healthy, vibrant lunch of Salmon Provençale (with ideas for varying ingredients to create different dishes with the same technique.)

Each student will be provided with their own knives to use during class, and be guided in proper and safe techniques for using chef’s knives and paring knives to speedily and safely tackle all manner of vegetables in slicing, dicing and paring. Learning cutting and safety techniques will shorten your prep time in the kitchen, extend the useful life of your knives and enhance your safety.

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets. Persons who notify us at least seven (7) days in advance that they cannot attend will receive credit and may register for another class of equal value held within the subsequent two months.

Notes:
Cooking class attendees receive 10% discount on kitchenware purchases on class day. Classes are geared to adults unless otherwise noted. However, children over 7 are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.

$80.00

French Bistro Cooking with Alexandra Stafford

November 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Author and cook extraordinaire Alexander Stafford is back, this time with the perfect French bistro meal! You’ll learn the secrets of classic bistro cooking with the quintessential menu, followed by a shared lunch of the delicious results. This is a menu you’ll want to replicate at home after recipes and tips are shared and discussed during the class. And, by the way, it is the perfect meal for cold-weather entertaining. So join the fun in our beautiful kitchen and let’s take a culinary trip to Paris with Ali!

Menu:

  • Salad Lyonnaise with bacon lardons, frisée, and poached eggs,
  • Duck confit with warm lentils and tarragon mustard dressing
  • Peasant bread with anchovy butter and sliced radishes
  • Chocolate pots de crème

Limited to 12 people.

About Alexandra Stafford

Ali Stafford, author of the hit food blog “Alexandra’s Kitchen” (www.alexandracooks.com), grew up eating her mother’s peasant bread at nearly every meal—the recipe for which was a closely guarded family secret. When her website began to grow in popularity, readers began asking how to make the bread they’d heard so much about. Alexandra’s mother acquiesced, and the recipe got shared, and has since inspired many who had deemed bread-baking an impossibility to give it a try, and their results have exceeded expectations. It all led to Ali’s recent cookbook, “Bread Toast Crumb,” praised by the world’s top-selling baking-book authors including Dorie Greenspan and David Lebovitz. Ali is also a columnist for Food52.com.

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets. Persons who notify us at least seven (7) days in advance that they cannot attend will receive credit and may register for another class of equal value held within the subsequent two months.

Notes: Cooking class attendees receive 10% discount on kitchenware purchases on class day. Classes are geared to adults unless otherwise noted. However, children over 7 are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.

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