The Hippo


Jul 17, 2019








Master the meal
Recipes and tips at Thanksgiving cooking classes

By Angie Sykeny

 Whether you’re making Thanksgiving dinner for the first time or you’re looking for something new to bring to the table this year, there are all kinds of Thanksgiving cooking classes to help you prepare for the big day. You can learn the basics of cooking a turkey, or take it to the next level with a tutorial on apple wine cranberry glazed turkey. Get tips on how to make various sides, pies and other desserts, gluten-free dishes and more. Kids can join the fun, too, with a parent-child workshop and a lesson in leftover turkey lunches. Class sizes may be limited, so call to confirm that space is available, and register soon to secure your spot. 

• Preparing for Thanksgiving 
— It’s Easier Than You Think!
Learn how to brine a turkey and other techniques as you make a savory or sweet cranberry sauce, apple wine turkey brine, apple wine cranberry glazed turkey and spiced caramel apple winetini. Wine will be paired and/or prepared with each dish. LaBelle Winery founder and winemaker Amy LaBelle will also share tips for entertaining. This class is part of The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series. 
When: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
Where: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst
Cost: $25, plus tax/gratuity 
Contact: 672-9898,
• Turnip Your Thanksgiving
Workshop series includes three sessions, each featuring a demonstration of how to make a Turnip The Beet recipe for a Thanksgiving side. The recipes are grain-free sage biscuits and easy clean gravy; grain-free turkey sausage stuffing; and maple pecan vegetable root puree and cranberry sauce. Participants will receive samples and recipes. 
When: Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. 
Where: 1 Washington St., Suite 1010, Dover 
Cost: $20 per class 
Contact: 343-4374,
• Pie Baking 
Learn how to bake apple and pumpkin pies, from creating the fillings to making the dough. Take home a freshly baked pie and a jar of dough to make another pie on your own. 
When: Friday, Nov. 11, 6 to 8:30 p.m. 
Where: The Farm at Eastman’s Corner, 244 Amesbury Road, Kensington
Cost: $40
Contact: 347-1909,
• T’is the Season - Party Appetizers 
Menu TBD. 
When: Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Chez Boucher Cooking School, 32 Depot Square, Hampton 
Cost: $99 
Contact: 926-2202,
• All the Thanksgiving Fixin’s Fresh and Local 
Kids in grades 4 through 8 will learn how to make creative lunches with Thanksgiving turkey leftovers using cranberries. This class is part of the Fresh Ideas About Food youth series taught by Tracey Miller and Chef Teri Hull from Dig In: Real Food Solutions. 
When: Tuesday, Nov. 15, 4 to 5 p.m. 
Where: Exeter Area YMCA, 56 Linden St., Exeter
Cost: Free 
Contact: 642-3361, 
• New Traditions for Thanksgiving 
Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast will share tips for creating a Thanksgiving menu that is simple, artistic and delicious. Program includes a presentation on how to prepare a turkey plus a cooking demonstration of two side dishes. Samples and recipes will be included. 
When: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Maxfield Public Library, 8 Route 129, Loudon 
Cost: $5 
Contact: 798-5153,
• Be Thankful and New for Thanksgiving
Gluten-free cooking demonstration taught by Chef Oonagh Williams, featured chef on WMUR’s Cook’s Corner segment. Menu includes baked brie with orange craisin pecan sauce, fresh kielbasa in hard apple cider gravy, cornbread toaster muffins made into a sausage, sage, onion and apple stuffing; and pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and crystallized ginger. 
When: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7 to 9 p.m. 
Where: Function Hall in Wasserman Park, 116 Naticook Road, Merrimack
Cost: $45 for Merrimack residents, $50 for non-residents
Contact: 882-1046,
• Parent/Child Thanksgiving Dinner Date 
Parent-child teams will make their own one-of-a-kind pizzas and decorate turkey cupcakes. Class is open to kids age 6 and up.  
When: Friday, Nov. 18, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: The Culinary Playground, 16 Manning St., Derry
Cost: $40 per pair
Contact: 339-1664,
• What’s Thanksgiving Without Pie?
Menu TBD. 
When: Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Chez Boucher Cooking School, 32 Depot Square, Hampton 
Cost: $99 
Contact: 926-2202,

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