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"I happen to believe that you should learn to feed yourself and maybe a few others. ... Instead of shutting down home ec. we should have just expanded it and made everybody take it."
- Anthony Bourdain


Until covid settles down we will NOT be eating together in my classroom. Because of this, we won't be making anything to be consumed on-site. Instead, we'll make things to eat at home.

Fun Italian Breads Series
This Fall mini-series will include 3 classes spaced out in 2 week intervals. With a focus on FUN while learning, we'll progress through increasingly wetter doughs. Beginning with breadsticks @ 65% hydration, then focaccia @ 75%, we'll end with ciabatta @ 85%. Whether you are new to yeast breads or an experienced baker, we guarantee you'll have fun while learning some new recipes and techniques.

Breadsticks - Tuesday evening - Sept 27 - 6:30 to 9 PM
   Room 152 @ Conard High School (West Hartford)
   >Register Soon<
   West Hartford Leisure Services @ 860-561-7510 for info

Focaccia - Tuesday evening - Oct 11 - 6:30 to 9 PM
   Room 152 @ Conard High School (West Hartford)
   >Register NOW<
   West Hartford Leisure Services @ 860-561-7510 for info

Ciabatta - Tuesday evening - Oct 25 - 6:30 to 9 PM
   Room 152 @ Conard High School (West Hartford)
   >Register Soon<
   West Hartford Leisure Services @ 860-561-7510 for info

All baking and cooking courses are hands-on participation-type classes. Click here to see COVID-19 requirements.

Want to read what my students are saying? Click Here!

If you recently took one of my classes, please provide some feedback on what you liked and what you want me to change. You will immediately be rewarded with a nice recipe!



My husband, Hank, took your class and I have really enjoyed all the meals he has prepared. I don't think I have cooked a meal since the course started. I know he enjoyed the classes. And I thank you for turning my husband into a great cook. We really have fun and enjoy our meals.
- Donna D., West Hartford, CT

Don's enthusiasm is contagious. Class activities were always well thought out. You won't believe how much you will learn!
- Harry R., Bloomfield, CT

Other Cooking Courses:

Basic Kitchen Skills

Intermediate Kitchen Skills

Advanced Kitchen Skills

Beef Basics & Beyond

Chicken Basics & Beyond

Pasta Basics & Beyond

Filled Italian Pasta, Fillings, & Sauces

Lactose-free Baking & Cooking

Comfort Food Extravaganza