Culinary Basics

Our Culinary Basics classes provide the foundation for cooking well. You'll learn what different foods are all about, how to use the tools in your kitchen, what the different cooking methods are and how to use them. You'll explore food like never before and learn the same techniques professional chefs use. From pots and pans to ingredients to finished dishes, our classes will enlighten, educate and excite you.

Our classes can be taken individually or by program, you chose! We can even structure a program specifically for your needs. Classes are hands on, 3 hours in length and are taught Monday through Saturday. There's no limit to what you'll achieve in the kitchen, it all starts with you at Alchemy of the Hearth.

Salumi How to Cure Meats at Home May-25-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

Join us for a morning of pork pleasure where we will reveal the secrets to the art of home meat curing. Using time honored techniques; you will learn the "how to" of transforming the humble pig into salumi, bacon, pâtés, and more...

Pork The Other White Meat Cooking 101 Jun-01-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

Emeril is fond of saying “Pork Rules” but how often have you cooked pork only to have it turn out tough and chewy? Join us as we explore the world of pork and all it has to offer...

Where's the Beef Cooking 101 Jun-07-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

Join us as we explore the world of beef. No more guessing which cut to buy or which cooking method to use. Learn all about “grading”, what the different cuts are, cooking methods, when to buy, proper storing, and how much to buy...

Basic Knife Skills Jun-11-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

A good knife is one of the most important tools in the kitchen. Knowing how to use one and which knife does what job makes cooking all the more pleasurable...

Vegetables of the Season Cooking 102 Jun-15-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

Join us as we explore the ways to cook spring's fabulous offerings. You'll learn what works and what doesn't when it comes to these vegetables and how to make your family love their flavors...

BBQ University Jun-15-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

The secret to a great barbeque lies within the magic of the rub, the marinade, the mop and the sauce used in the preparation of your meat. Learn how to create your own fabulous flavors, when to use them and why they are so integral to great barbeque...

Oil and Vinegar The Magic Elixirs Cooking 101 Jun-16-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

No two ingredients play a more important role in the kitchen than oil and vinegar. But do you really know what they are all about, when and how to use them and why are there so many different kinds? Join Executive Chef Arleen Lloyd as she takes you on a magnificent adventure through the land of oil and vinegar...

The Basics of Canning Jun-18-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

There is no better way to preserve the wonderful flavors of our harvest than through canning. Join Executive Chef Arleen Lloyd as she teaches you the proper way to prepare and can the magnificent bounty of our local farms...

All About Spices and Herbs Cooking 101 Jun-21-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

Seasoning is the most important component of cooking a great meal. Spices and herbs are the mainstays in creating the perfect seasoning mix. Join us as we explore the differences between herbs and spices, what each is meant to do and how different combinations create the most wonderful alchemy...

How to Use a Pressure Cooker Jun-22-2016 - Arleen Lloyd

Pressure cookers are a wonderful addition to the kitchen giving a new meaning to fast food. Simulating the cooking techniques of braising and stewing in half the time, foods processed under pressure are juicy, tender and flavorful...