Spices: A Primer

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Taught by Laura Scheck

Laura Scheck is the founder of Teaching Table, a culinary education platform that aims to inspire others to cook foods that are better for their bodies, their families, and their communities. Laura previously worked as a teacher and adult educator and was trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute, making her uniquely suited to share her passion for food in an educational way. Teaching Table provides public cooking demos and workshops, lessons targeted towards individual needs and special diets, private cooking classes & events for cooks of all ages and experience levels, as well as tips, techniques, and recipes via a blog and social media.

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Do you have spice jars in your pantry you've never touched? Are you curious about all of the colorful mounds of seeds and powders at spice markets but hesitant to try them?

In this class, we'll discuss a variety of spices and their origins and health benefits, distinguish between their whole and ground form, and discuss proper usage and storage techniques. During class, we'll also taste a masala chai tea and berbere spiced popcorn. 

You will sample a variety of other spice blends and distinguish between their components. For the hands-on portion of this class, you will create your own freshly ground spice blend of your choice to jar and take home with you. You'll leave with heightened taste buds and inspiration for cooking with spices you already have on hand!

 

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