My two young daughters and I were given the opportunity to attend a cooking class at Turnip the Beet recently. Upon arriving at the store, located at the Mellwood Arts Studio, the girls were given an apron and a chef hat which they were able to decorate until the other students arrived. There were 4 students total for this Thanksgiving Preschool Class. See other group class options here.
Once everyone arrived, decorated their hats, and washed their hands, we were ready to begin. The first recipe the girls made were Muffin Tin Pumpkin Pies. The dough was already made, but they were able to use rollers to roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to cut circles and place them in muffin tins. They were then given pumpkin mixture, to which they added eggs and other ingredients. The mixture was then placed in the muffin tins and placed in the oven. While the pies were baking, the girls started on their second recipe- Stuffin Muffins. Each student was given celery, onions, and apples to cut (using child safe knives) into small pieces. My girls felt so big doing this! They combined their cut pieces with chicken broth and bread crumbs and put them in muffin tins.
While the pumpkin pies were cooling and the stuffing was cooking the girls were given a piece of paper where they could draw what they were thankful for this year. The final recipe was for a cranberry relish. This recipe was done more as a whole group and each girl was given an opportunity to add cranberries and mix while they were cooking on the stove. Once everything was done, the teacher boxed everything up in cute carry-out boxes and containers so that each student could take their yummy creations home. My girls were so proud of their creations and couldn’t wait to share them with daddy.
My daughters had so much fun cooking! It was a great learning experience as well. The students were able to use so many kitchen tools and techniques. The teacher was so patient, knowledgeable, and helpful. They are begging to go back for more classes.
Besides preschool classes, Turnip the Beet offers so many other classes. They have a 7 week cooking series for either culinary arts or pastry arts. They also have a cupcake camp, sushi class, macaroon class, and so many more! They also do private parties. If your child has any interest in cooking, or even if they’ve never cooked before, these classes are great hands-on learning experiences and so much fun! Check out the classes and prices here. They also have a Groupon available.
By Guest Contributor: Kimberly