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.

2020 CLASSES.   

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN 2020: Rolling in the Dough — Young cooks will use crescent roll dough to wrap around a sausage filling creating a pastry-pocket sandwich. They’ll make cinnamon rolls from a biscuit mix + even help mix up a batch of homemade baking mix . . . and more.  It’s a chance for kids to have some summertime fun in the kitchen, work with different kinds of dough and to sample the results of their labor during a casual lunch. 
 Date: July 13, 2020  (Mon.) Time: 10:30-12:30 (2 hours)
Type of class: Hands on
Age range for kids: 8 to 13
Maximum enrollment: 10; Minimum Enrollment: 7
Location: Abilene Parks & Rec. Center @ 1020 N.W. 8th Street / To enroll or for more info, call 785-263-3656

Fall Bierock Making @ the Culinary Center of KC 

    Muffin Tin Mania The Cook's Nook 

Breadmaking 101 @ the  Masonic Kitchen in Salina -- Salina Public Library CLASS

 Breadmaking 101 @ the Culinary Center of KC  

 Salina Public Library's EASY AS PIE CLASS at Masonic Kitchen in Salina. 

Basic cake decorating hands-on session for Memorial Health System

 KIDS IN THE KITCHEN an Abilene Parks & Rec class

Cooking demo @ St. John's Jubilee 

Remembering the Kirby House  . . . their signature dishes are on the menu @  Crestwood Cabinet's Demo Kitchen /  Salina Public Library CLASS

   Egg-ceptional Egg Dishes & participants! Abilene Parks & Recreation class at our house.

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 classat 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 
Abilene Parks & Rec class @ our house 

 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!  

Bread Making 101 @ the Culinary Center of KC 

Evening Entertaining Menu @ the Culinary Center of KC 
LOOK what we made at the Cooking Series for MHS: PLAYING WITH YOUR FOOD, More on Garnishing + Table Presentation, too.

Cooking program for Zion Church with Jay & A'Lisa Johnson
Ultimate Brunch class @ our house - Abilene Parks & Rec class .
(below) "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 

 3rd in series class for Memorial Health System: 
All About Sauces  @ 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 
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
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. 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!
 Barry & Meta’s home kitchen, Abilene, KS – an Abilene Parks & Rec class

Men's Cooking Class @ Apron Strings in Hutchinson, Ks. 
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 — 1st in the series: Ho, Ho, Holiday 

Satisfying Soups class at our home through Abilene Parks & Rec.

Bread Making 101 -- an Abilene Parks & Rec class in our home kitchen

5 NIGHTS, 5 ENTREES — Quick-Fix Everyday Entrées 
.@ Crestwood Kitchen in Salina through Salina Public Library

                                  No-Stress Brunch @ THE COOK'S NOOK in McPherson 

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
Barry poses with Connie Wiens from the Baptist Church.
Sunflower Bank's Cooking Demo. @ Crestwood Kitchen, Salina 
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 /  AT-HOME class through Abilene Parks & Recreatopm

5 NIGHTS, 5 ENTREES — Quick-Fix Everyday Entrées  @ 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 
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 
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
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  @ Apron Strings in Hutchinson, Ks.


 Abilene Parks @ Rec. Class 
Savory Chicken Pot Pie
ALL ABOUT FLAVOR  – adding flavor to everyday foods w/ herbs, spices, aromatics, and other household staples  /  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.