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MCC Offers Cooking Classes on Soups, Ladies Night Food

The classes will be available in March at the Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road in Crystal Lake.

McHenry County College will be offering a variety of non-credit culinary classes in March on everything from hearty soups to gluten-free cooking to dishes for a ladies night. 

The McHenry County College's Continuing Education Department will be offering the classes, which will be taught by chefs from the Confetti Gourmet Academy. The classes will be held at the Dole Mansion at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road in Crystal Lake. 

The following classes are available:                                                                  

Super Simple Soups: For an easy one-pot meal, make hearty soups like chicken tortilla and Italian wedding soup. Leftovers make for a delectable lunch. Professional chefs will teach preparation and cooking techniques. The menu includes house salad, chicken tortilla soup, Italian wedding soup, and loaded cheesy potato soup, plus peach cobbler for dessert. Class takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5.  To register, use course ID: NCU S43 003.  

Indoor Smoking and Roasting: Learn how to use a stovetop smoker, along with preparation techniques such as smoking, roasting, and baking. Participants will enjoy making and eating a house salad, roasted root vegetables, seasoned potato wedges, hickory smoked BBQ chicken, and bread pudding. Class takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 8. To register, use course ID: NCU S85 003.    

Gluten-Free Cooking: Learn how to make gluten-free food so flavorful and enjoyable to eat that no one will know it's gluten-free. Get set to enjoy salad, Thai coconut-cilantro chicken, Jasmine rice, grilled zucchini, and crepes. Class takes place from 1:30 to 4 p.m.  on Sunday, March 10. To register, use course ID: NCU S26 003.  

Pot Pies: Pot pies hot from the oven are hearty and irresistible. Just a few ingredients make up the classic chicken pot pie. Pie dough, rolling, and the custard method are some of the skills featured in this class as participants create a dinner of house salad, chicken pot pie (pie crust and chicken filling) plus bread pudding. Class takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on March 12. To register, use course ID: NCU S95 003. 

Ladies Night: Come and enjoy a Ladies’ night out. Our professional chefs will teach you essential preparation techniques which include sauté, risotto method, fruit coulis and baking. The mouthwatering menu includes baby green salad, Italian green beans, risotto, chardonnay garlic chicken, and chocolate cake with raspberry coulis. Class takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 15. To register, use course ID: NCU S76 003. 

March Madness "Warning: Men Cooking:” Invite the guys over to watch the Final Four and get ready to this “slam dunk”  menu, including  iron skillet steak sandwich, deluxe potato skins, jalapeño poppers, and gourmet oatmeal cookies. Class takes place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17.  To register, use course ID: NCU S74 003. 

Source: McHenry County College press release

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