Cooking With Barry & Meta West 
 Cooking Class Schedule and Diary of Past Events
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Our number one goal is to have fun in the kitchen! We offer a variety of topics and strive to cover techniques and skills that appeal to both novice and more experiences cooks. Recipes are easy to follow, rely on easy-to-find ingredients, and, if possible, include make-ahead tips and tricks. And since we believe that we also eat with your eyes, our classes almost always include ideas for presentation.  Check out the photos of our recent classes and then scroll down to see the upcoming offerings.


    Spring & Summertime Salads — Barry and Meta West will be in the kitchen preparing a variety of salads perfect for spring and summer menus.They’ll begin with a 5-star Southern-inspired layered salad, and then move on to another crowd-pleasing main dish salad — a wild rice and grilled chicken recipe that dates back to the Kirby House Restaurant in Abilene. There’s a marinated green bean and potato salad that is sure to become one of your favorite potato salads of the summer, and it’s much lower in fat and calories than most! They'll round out their offerings with a salad that doubles as an appetizer + a “salad bread” — an oven-toasted bread topped with garden veggies. Two offerings. Dates and venues include:       
      1 & 2. March 26, (Mon. eve.) & March 27, (Tues. eve.) @ 6:00 – 8:30+Location: Crestwood Cabinet's Demo Ktch., Salina, KS / To enroll: Salina Public Library CLASS,  785-825-4624 or     3. April 7,  (Sat. a.m.) @ 10:— Location: The Cook's Nook, McPherson Ks.  To enroll: 620-241-7180,  

     May 5, (Wed.) 10:00 am with Tea Time @ Noon — Tea Time again! Tea for Two – Young Ladies and an Adult Guest! Preparation for “Tea Time” will include assembling tea sandwiches, making desserts, and “tea time” crafts that will be used to decorate tables. Adult guests are welcome to stay and help with the preparation or to return at noon to sample all the goodies. If there are any known food allergies please advise when registering for the class. Date:  Saturday, May 5, 2018 / Time: 10:00 am with Tea Time @ Noon / Ages: 6 to 12 / Location: Abilene Community Center
@ 1020 N.W. Eighth Street / Minimum: 8 children Maximum: 12 children / Register @ 785-263-3656 / Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 2

     July  17, (Tues.). 10:30 am-12:30 pm —KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: Pizza Pizzaz!               
     Young cooks will prepare a variety of toppings and then each will mix up an individual portion of pizza dough to create a personal pan lunch pizza. They’ll also help create dessert pizzas. Basic dough recipes will be provided and the kids will be expected to provide the inspiration and creativity for pizzas with pizzaz! If you have a younger child who would like to participate in this class, please let us know when you enroll and ingredients will be provided for a” pat-a-pizza” crust using canned biscuits. Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm / Ages: 8 to 10 / Maximum enrollment: 10; Minimum Enrollment: 6 / Location: Abilene Community Center
@ 1020 N.W. 8th Street / Minimum: 8 children Maximum: 12 children / Register @ 785-263-3656 / Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 12


Fall Bierock Making @ the Culinary Center of KC - 10/24/15

    April 11, 2015 (Saturday), 10 a.m. — Muffin Tin Mania The Cook's Nook 

March 7, 2015 — Breadmaking 101 @ the t Masonic Kitchen in Salina -- Salina Public Library CLASS

March 22, 2015 — Breadmaking 101 @ the Culinary Center of KC  

 Nov. 3, Mon. Salina Public Library's EASY AS PIE CLASS at Masonic Kitchen in Salina. 

June 19, 2014 — Basic cake decorating hands-on session for Memorial Health System

June 2, 1014  KIDS IN THE KITCHEN an Abilene Parks & Rec class

May 23, 2014 - St. John Jubilee 

Remembering the Kirby House  . . . their signature dishes are on the menu  — April 14 (Mon.) @  Crestwood Cabinet's Demo Kitchen /  Salina Public Library CLASS

   April 1 @ 6 p.m. – Egg-ceptional Egg Dishes & participants! Abilene Parks & Recreation class at our house.

March 5, Wed. – Private class for Salina Chamber of Commerce group - for spouses of Kansas County Weed Directors

Above photos are from our "hands-on" Bread Making 101 class held on March 1, 2014 at Salina's Masonic kitchen -- class was provided through the Salina Public Library. First 5 pics show students at work and final photo shows just one of the braided sandwich breads made in class We also made Wheat Berry Bread which we sampled along with speciality oils and vinegars from The Tasteful Olive in Overland Part. Each participant also took home a loaf of bread that he/she had prepared. Fun group! 

Remembering the Kirby House  . . . their signature dishes are on the menu — Celebration Salad & Coconut Walnut Bread / Country Fried Steak w/ mashed potatoes & cream gravy / 3-layer Carrot Cake 
 Feb. 18, 2014 / Abilene Parks & Rec class @ our house 

Jan. 25 (Sat.), 2014  @ 10 a.m. The Cook’s Nook, McPherson KS
Remembering the Kirby House — Favorite Dishes Revisited (2nd class in a series) including the Kirby House Quiche, two winter soups + Apple Cobbler w/ Cinnamon Ice Cream and Praline Sauce.  A fun group, great memories, and yummy recipes!   

Abilene Parks & Rec class — All About Apps . . . as in appetizers with a "goulash" twist!  10/22/13

Bread Making 101 @ the Culinary Center of KC - 8/17/13 in a.m.

Evening Entertaining Menu @ the Culinary Center of KC - 8/17/13 in p.m.
LOOK what we made at the Cooking Series for MHS: PLAYING WITH YOUR FOOD, More on Garnishing + Table Presentation, too session on July 25, 2013.

Cooking program for Zion Church with Jay & A'Lisa Johnson - 6/22/13
Ultimate Brunch class @ our house - Abilene Parks & Rec class on 6/15/13
May 2, 2013 "Cooking with Children" 
--hands on training workshop for Dk. Co. childcare providers 
. . . the child care providers go through the process of making simple and nutritious foods that children could make in their day care centers.
Finishing up mini English muffin pizzas at the pizza station. 
Deli meats, low-fat cheese slices, whole wheat bread, lettuce & low-fat mayo are all rolled up in healthy & fun-to-make sandwich roll-ups. 
Chopped apples + a sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar top a canned biscuit for a slightly sweet treat -- suitable for a snack or for dessert. 
100% juice & low-fat yogurt are shaken together for a fruit juice shake up.
Reduced-fat spreadable cream cheese is spread on a reduced fat cracker (use one that's sturdy) and is topped with strawberry slices. 
All About Apps . . . as in appetizers + Spring Tablescaping Ideas!
Crestwood Kitchen in Salina through Salina Public Library - 4/22/13

 3rd in series class for Memorial Health System: 
All About Sauces -- 4/18/13 @ Memorial Hospital's kitchen

Cooks from the hospital and Village Manor divided into teams creating yummy soup, creamy mac and cheese and even a delish dessert sauce, 
Taste of Mardi Gras!
 Crestwood Kitchen in Salina for Salina Public Library CLASS — 2/4/13
Barry & Meta assemble the Caesar Salad as pots of Gumbo, Shrimp Étouffée + Red Beans & Rice simmer on the stove top. Also on the menu: New Orlean's Double-Chocolate Praline-Fudge Cake & Bananas Foster.

Cooking Series for MHS Staff—Jan, 29, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
2nd in the series: Sharpen Your Skills — Chop, Slice & Dice 

Men Only Cooking Class -- Apron Strings in Hutchinson, Ks.
Barry with Apron String's owner Anne Dowell -- Men's Cooking Class on 1/23/2013. At least I started out with good intentions -- I took this photo before class began. Once class started I was involved with the moment and forgot to take anymore! However, I have to say we had a great time and enjoyed meeting new people who share an interest in cooking! 

Taste of Mardi Gras!
Date:  January 22, 2013 (Tues. eve.)    Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Barry & Meta’s home kitchen, Abilene, KS – an Abilene Parks & Rec class

Men's Cooking Class @ Apron Strings in Hutchinson, Ks. -- Nov. 12, 2012
We spent an evening with a fun group of men from St. John, a small town close to our hometown of Stafford. They joined us for an all men's cooking class at Apron Strings in Hutchinson. And, yes, they ate it all!

Cooking Series for Memorial Health System's Food Service Staff on afternoon of Nov. 8, 2012 — 1st in the series: Ho, Ho, Holiday 

Satisfying Soups
Date: Nov 6, 2012 

Bread Making 101 -- an Abilene Parks & Rec class in our home kitchen
Date:  Oct. 20, 2012 

5 NIGHTS, 5 ENTREES — Quick-Fix Everyday Entrées 
DateOctober 2, 2012 (Tuesday evening), 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Crestwood Kitchen in Salina through Salina Public Library

No-Stress Brunch @ THE COOK'S NOOK in McPherson - September 22, 2012

It's a full house at The Cook's Nook.
Cooking Demo & food related program —Life’s Little Celebrations” — for First Baptist Mother-Daughter Banquet in Durham, KS- May 9, 2012
Barry poses with Connie Wiens from the Baptist Church.
Sunflower Bank's Cooking Demo. @ Crestwood Kitchen, Salina -- March 18, 2012
Barry prepare his multi-mustard sauce as Meta stirs the chocolate for the Chocolate Walnut Torte. 
Barry carves the pork loin; Chocolate Walnut Torte in forefront.

5 NIGHTS, 5 ENTREES — Quick-Fix Everyday Entrées / March 2012 AT-HOME class 
through Abilene Parks & Recreatopm

5 NIGHTS, 5 ENTREES — Quick-Fix Everyday Entrées / March 2012 @ Crestwood's demo kitchen 

Community Learning & Skill Sharing CLASS, Salina Public Library
Barry demonstrating main dishes for 5 Night, 5 Entrées class.
Salina Public Library class participants at the cooking demonstration.
(above & below)

Brunch Class @ the Culinary Center of KC / March 2012
Meta demonstrates how to
prepare marbleize eggs for
an Easter brunch
A few of the people on hand for the class.
Side Dishes Class @ the Culinary Center of KC / March 2012
Chef Barry demonstrates several side dishes (above)
and then class participants get hands on experience
(see four photos below) 

Buche de Noel / HolidaConfections 
@ the Culinary Center of KC
November 2011
Mother-daughter team shows off their creations. 
Buche de Noel surrounded by Truffles
5 Nights, 5 Entées -- Barry demonstrates five quick but delicious entrées in the
Cook's Nook demonstration kitchen at McPherson. With these recipes you can have tasty meals in short order.
(Culinary Center of KC)

THE “ULTIMATE” BRUNCH BUFFET was held April 9, 2011 @ Apron Strings in Hutchinson, Ks.


EASY AS PIE! -- on May 14, 2011, we made pies!
 Abilene Parks @ Rec. Class 
Savory Chicken Pot Pie
ALL ABOUT FLAVOR  – adding flavor to everyday foods w/ herbs, spices, aromatics, and other household staples. 8/20/11 /  Abilene Parks @ Rec. Class 

Class members each prepared bottles of herbed olive oil and herbed vinegar .
PRIVATE COOKING CLASS with Corporate Sponsor
Gathering in the kitchen prior to the demonstration.