Storm Lake chef Cindy Molgaard offers a new Community Ed class full of recipes, entertaining tips

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Comfort Foods

Do you have anything cookin' on Thursday evenings? If not, then sign up for Cindy Molgaard's cooking classes which she will be offering at Melander's, using their modern "live kitchen" set-up.

The classes will run each Thursday beginning Oct. 28 for four weeks and feature a different menu item each week.

Cindy will provide the recipes and participants may have the opportunity to take part in the preparation process. This is the rundown of the classes:

Oct. 28: Appetizers and drinks

Nov. 4: Soups and homemade breads

Nov. 11: Entrees/main courses

Nov. 18: Desserts

The classes will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. and each session Cindy will have a "special guest" from the community to share entertaining tips and ideas.

Each session will cost $10-$15, depending on the session of choice.

The owner of Catering on 5th, Cindy has many recipes to share and is excited about this new venture of teaching classes. She has, in the past, held a homemade soups cooking class for CE. The event was a great success.

It was the advice of her daughter Janessa that led her to the idea of offering the classes.

Cindy and her family owned a bed and breakfast establishment, Addie's Place, in Alta for 10 years. Cooking for the visitors was one of the most enjoyable parts of the business.

With the accumulation of so many recipes, and friends constantly asking her for the recipe for a certain dish, she and Janessa decided to compile them into four cookbooks - one for each season of the year. The spring book has been out for some time and the fall book will come out in a few weeks. (The summer and winter book are due out next year.) The cooking classes are just the continuation of her pastime/business. Most of the recipes she will use throughout the classes can also be found in cookbooks.

She stressed that the recipes are simple and contain familiar ingredients. "I'm by no means a gourmet cook," she said. "I'm into comfort foods. These recipes will be everyday dishes that you can enjoy."

The idea of the classes have even more to offer than good food. "The classes will give everyone a few ideas to take home. And with things set up around a kitchen island, it will get everyone involved and get them talking and exchanging ideas. I'm always looking for ideas, too."

Participants may take one or more of the classes but registration is necessary by calling Cindy at 732-8191.

"If someone took all these classes, there would be enough ideas to put on a pretty good party," she said.

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