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Advanced Cake Decorating: Buttercream & Blossoms

Calling all cake decorating fanatics! Now that you've got the basics down, join Melissa Tarun in this advanced class for new buttercream borders, embellishments and flowers. In this class, you will develop skills to design and create a finished cake decorated entirely with buttercream frosting piping techniques. To obtain a supply list, visit https://communityed.neisd.net.

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Ayurvedic Breakfast - The Perfect Start to Your Day!

What is the best food to have in the morning and why? Do you want to give your digestion a good start? Chopra Center Certified Instructor Andrea Meyer will share delicious and healthy Ayurvedic breakfast recipes, as well as routines to kickstart your day. This workshop will include a cooking demo, recipes, Ayurvedic tea and a delicious granola to take home. A $10 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Chicken 101

Did you know you can make a sauce out of chicken wings? Did you know a chicken carcass can be turned into broth? After this class you will be capable of utilizing an entire chicken like a kitchen professional. You will learn how to break down a whole chicken and debone it and how to use individual parts and different types of cooking methods. This class can help your wallet in the grocery store and expand your culinary abilities. Please wear closed toe shoes and an apron; tie back long hair, remove all jewelry below the wrists and bring a to-go container to class. A $20 supply fee is payable to Instructor Kristina Filippone at the beginning of class.

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Continue the Tradition - Quick & Easy Tamales

Continue the tradition of making pork tamales with Chris Gonzales of San Antonio Tamales. In this hands-on class, you will learn the process for making tamales from start to finish. You will learn how to season and prepare the pork, prepare the corn husks and the proper techniques for spreading masa and steaming the prepared tamales. Bring your friends and family and help preserve this tradition for future generations. A $10 food fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Come hungry!

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German Christmas Cookies - Butterplätzchen

Join Andrea Meyer, a native German, and learn how to bake authentic German Christmas cookies. You will receive her Oma’s recipe, learn how to create these amazing cookies and take home freshly bakes goodies to share with your family. In Germany, these cookies are only baked for Christmas. They are much thinner than the butter cookies in the US and are created in shapes like stars, bells, moons, Christmas trees etc. The fun part is to decorate them with sugar sprinkles, almond slivers or chocolate. A supply fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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German Christmas Cookies – Nussmakronen

Join native German Andrea Meyer and learn how to bake authentic German Christmas cookies. You will receive her Oma’s recipe, learn how to create these wonderful light and airy cookies, and take home freshly baked goodies to share with your family. In Germany, Hazelnut Macaroons are usually baked on top of Oblaten (thin round wafers) and are one of the most popular German Christmas cookies. If you like nuts, this is the cookie for you! Please bring a to-go container, apron and a $10 food fee, which is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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German Christmas Cookies – Spitzbuben

Some say these cookies originated in Switzerland, however these biscuits filled with apricot jam or even Nutella, are very common in Germany and always a favorite during Christmas time. Join Andrea Meyer, a native German, and learn how to bake these delicious jammy Christmas cookies. You will receive her Oma’s recipe, and take home freshly bakes goodies to share with your family. Please bring a to-go container, apron and a $10 food fee, which is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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German Christmas Cookies - Vanillekipferl

Join native German Andrea Meyer and learn how to bake authentic German Christmas cookies. You will receive her Oma’s recipe, learn how to create these amazing cookies, and take home freshly bakes goodies to share with your family. As a bonus, you will learn how to make your own vanilla sugar. The almond crescent cookies originate from Vienna, Austria and are easy to make. Vanillekipferl are an all-time favorite and have been baked in Germany during Christmas for a very long time. They will melt in your mouth & quickly become your favorite Christmas cookie. Please bring a to-go container, apron and a $10 food fee, which is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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German Hefe Nusszopf - Braided Yeast Bread with Nut Filling

Are you looking for a delicious dessert for Thanksgiving? Do you want to surprise your family with this heavenly German Nut Braid? Join Andrea Meyer, native German, and learn how to bake and authentic German Hefe Nusszopf. This delicious sweet braid is made of yeast dough and filled with a combination of nuts and raisins. Glazed to perfection, this dessert will quickly become one of your favorites. Please bring a to-go container, apron and a $10 food fee, which is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Let’s Get Saucy

When you hear “sauce,” what comes to mind? A good repertoire of sauces can add smiles to your dinner guests' faces and take any dish to the next level. In this fun, hands-on class led by Kristina Filippone you will learn to create the “mother sauces” – five classic French sauces, and how to troubleshoot with thickening agents and liquid when oopsies happen. Please wear closed toe shoes and an apron; tie back long hair, remove all jewelry below the wrists and bring a to-go container to class. A $13 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Oktoberfest Series: Bake Your Own Bavarian Pretzels

Learn how to make super delicious Bavarian style soft pretzels. German native Andrea Meyer will teach you how to make the pretzel dough, form the perfect pretzel and share her tips on how to bake the most delicious soft pretzel like a pro. Treat yourself and your family to this fun, hands-on experience. A $10 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. No discount.

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Oktoberfest Series: German Schnitzel & Potato Salad

Bring an apron, roll up your sleeves and learn how to prepare Schnitzel and German potato salad. German Schnitzel is made with pork and is served with a vinegar-based potato salad - it's the best! German native Andrea Meyer will share her tips and tricks for creating this quintessential German dish. Every tourist to Germany has had Schnitzel, and now you can learn how to make it - perfectly - in your own kitchen! Treat yourself to this fun, hands-on cooking class. Please bring a to-go container, an apron and a $10 food fee, which is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Oktoberfest Series: Sweet Bavaria

Bavarian cooking is usually known for it's hearty and rustic dishes, however, there is a sweet side to Bavaria that you will discover during this fun, hands-on cooking class. Learn how to make Kaiserschmarrn (Sweet omelete with raisins and rum) and Apfelkuechle (a traditional German pastry made with sliced apples, dipped in a batter and pan fried). Prepare yourself for an authentic Bavarian culinary experience, as German native Andrea Meyer will share her favorite childhood desserts with you. A $10 food fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Sharpening Your Knife Skills

Would you like to chop food fast and accurately like the chefs on “The Food Network?” Learn how to sharpen your knives, the different types of knives and their uses and how to make cuts like the professionals do. Please wear closed toe shoes and an apron; tie back long hair, remove all jewelry below the wrists and bring a to-go container to class. Instructor Kristina Filippone is a graduate of The Art Institute of San Antonio and a former pastry cook and baker. A supply fee of $14 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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Step into Fall - Soups & Stews

Fall is here! Are you looking forward to cozy and delicious soups and stews that warm your body and soul? Do you want to learn new recipes and explore new ways of healthy eating? Join Chopra Center Certified Instructor Andrea Meyer for this hands-on Ayurvedic cooking class. Andrea will teach you how to prepare seasonal dishes and show you how to apply Ayurvedic principles in the kitchen. Please bring a to-go container, apron and a $10 food fee, which is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. Students will also take home a unique spice blend made during class.

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The Indian Food Diaries: A Variety of Dhal

Are you a vegetarian who is looking to spice up your cuisine? What about someone who is trying to incorporate a different type of protein into their diet? Instructor Raji Kailasam has just the dish for you, Dhal. In this class, you will learn how to make a staple protein dish for most vegetarians. You will get crafty with five types of legumes and beans in order to make a few varieties of Dhal. Bring to-go containers and an apron. A food fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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The Indian Food Diaries: Kitchari

Get ready to inhale aroma and exhale satisfaction! Kitchari is an ancient Ayurvedic rice and bean dish that can be found in Indian kitchens, be it a home, restaurant, workplace, temple or even a palace! This dish is easy to cook and gentle to the digestive system--filling, yet light. You will explore a few variations gathered from various regions; and you will customize your own brand that works for you! Instructor is Raji Kailasam. Bring a to-go container, an apron, cutting board and a $10 supply fee, which is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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The Indian Food Diaries: Vegan 'Turkey' Stuffing

Get ready for your vegan taste buds to soar! In this class, you will make a tasty protein based filling using beans, celery, carrots and other vegetables, all while keeping Indian roots intact. You may even leave this class with ideas of converting this mixture into your own veggie burger patty. Instructor is Raji Kailasam. Bring a to-go container, an apron, cutting board and a $10 supply fee, which is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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The Indian Food Diaries: Vegetarian and Vegan Mini-Bites

Get ready to entertain your guests with tasty mini bites, similar to tapas, made using fermented batters of chickpeas, lentils and rice. In this hands-on class, you will get a peek into Indian home cooking! You will steam dumplings (Idli / Dhokla) and make mini crepes (Dosai). You will also learn to make chutneys for the dumplings and fillings for crepes. Instructor Raji Kailasam native of Chennai, India, has been teaching in San Antonio for four years. Bring a to-go container, an apron, cutting board and a $10 supply fee, which is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.

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