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The Teaching Kitchen

Kitchen

Exploration Commons Teaching Kitchen provides the community with creative and educational ways to connect through food.

Together we engage in experiences, programs, and hands-on classes to gain skills and confidence in the kitchen, both personally and professionally. We provide fundamental cooking classes, nutrition and health education, and workforce development opportunities for everyone in the community.

Our Approach to Food

Staff and guest presenters encourage curiosity of new cooking techniques and global cuisines to cultivate positive food experiences. We highlight accessible and affordable foods so participants feel empowered to recreate the recipes at home.

Our Approach to Community

We create programs to serve community members of all ages and local organizations. We foster respect of others and all food cultures by providing diverse and inclusive instruction.

Upcoming Classes and Programs

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Homeschool Cooking: Homemade Pierogi
Exploration Commons
Thursday, February 22, 2024 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ages: 6 - 18
Registration and more information
Learn to make homemade pierogi dough and fillings, then form these delicious Eastern European dumplings. Fillings include potato, potato and cheese, potato and onion, and blueberry. Registration is for a group of up to three attendees. Please indicate participants' names and ages when registering.

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Basic Knife Skills
Exploration Commons
Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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This hands-on class will cover everything you need to know about caring for your knives and how to use them. You'll learn how to chop, dice, and mince and get plenty of practice with other professional cuts. This is a beginner class.

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Books and Bites: Fantasy Edition!
Exploration Commons
Monday, February 26, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
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Join us for our Books and Bites program focusing on the fantasy genre with accompanying Middle-Earth-themed foods! We'll make sausage rolls and carrot cake muffins while librarians from the Westminster Branch present book talks on fantasy reads from upstairs. Yes, you can check out the books at the end of the program!

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Bagels
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a hands-on baking class! We'll learn how to make delicious bagels and a flavorful cream cheese. 

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Dinner's on Me: Sheet Pan Dinner
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 13 - 18
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Calling all aspiring teen chefs! Join us in the kitchen to learn to prepare a delicious sheet pan dinner. Enhance your culinary skills, gain confidence in the kitchen, and impress your loved ones with your cooking ability.

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Baking Basics: Shortbread
Exploration Commons
Friday, March 1, 2024 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ages: Adults
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Learn the secrets to baking a variety of traditional and stamped shortbreads. 

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Cooking for Wellness: Gluten-Free, Vegan Mac and Cheese
Exploration Commons
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Gluten-free foods are everywhere! But is this a diet you need to be on? What's the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance? Join Registered Dietitian Dana Mealing in this class to discuss these things and more while enjoying lentil-based pasta with the best vegan cheese sauce! This class is provided through The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County and Carroll Hospital.

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Soft Pretzels
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Ages: 16 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a hands-on baking class! We’ll learn how to make delicious soft pretzels and a dipping sauce to go with them. 

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Korean-Flavor Rice Bowl
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 15 - Adults, Adults
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Explore tasty Korean flavors in this hands-on class, where we'll prepare a warm rice bowl topped with sautéed vegetables and seasoned ground beef. 

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Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter Sauce
Exploration Commons
Thursday, March 7, 2024 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Create a classic New Orleans-style bread pudding made with French bread, raisins, eggs, cream, and sweet spices. While the bread pudding bakes, we'll make a traditional bourbon butter sauce to go on top.

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Advanced Ethnic Cooking: Moroccan Chicken Bastilla
Exploration Commons
Friday, March 8, 2024 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Ages: Adults
Registration and more information
Join Westminster Royal Sweets to make authentic Moroccan Chicken Bastilla, Morocco's famous chicken pie.

A light, crispy pastry shell conceals savory saffron chicken, spicy omelet stuffing, and a crunchy topping of fried almonds sweetened with orange flower water. A sprinkling of powdered sugar and cinnamon adds to the unique blend of flavors. Note that this is a four-hour class.

 

 

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Kids Baking Class: Hamburger Cupcakes
Exploration Commons
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Ages: 8 - 12
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Participants will make "hamburger" cupcakes and learn basic baking skills. 

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Seniors Cook: Cooking for One
Exploration Commons
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 10:30am - 12:00pm
Ages: Adults
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A demo class and tasting of delicious meals for one. Recipes will include Shrimp Pasta Bowls, Mediterranean Chicken, One-Pan Salmon with Veggies, and Apple Muffin Cups. There is no fee for this class.

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Fruit-Filled Crepes
Exploration Commons
Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Ages: Adults
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Learn how to make sweet crepes from scratch! We'll finish with fruit fillings and a variety of toppings. 

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Family Baking Class: Bagels
Exploration Commons
Saturday, March 16, 2024 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Ages: 6 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Join us for a hands-on family baking class! We'll learn how to make delicious, chewy bagels. One registration per group, up to four participants. For groups with children ages six and up, children must be accompanied by an adult.