Monday, January 14, 2013

My Kitchen Cooking Classes

I was writing an article on My Kitchen Cooking Classes for Savor! WV Magazine, but due to its untimely demise, I will opt for a blog about this cool experience.

Looking for something different to do? Maybe a fun date? My Kitchen Cooking Classes, located on Grafton Road, allows you to have a a class with a trained chef - Chef Chris Hall. He has a formal education and has worked in every type of restaurant you can imagine, in addition to teaching culinary education.

He hosts themed classes most days of the week, from Indian Cuisine to Kitchen Essentials to WV Comfort Foods to Busy Mom Dishes. In addition, you can book private classes to learn anything you want or just have a fun friends' night. Typical classes are four to six people. Private classes can go up to 10. Most classes are about $55/person

His classes can range from beginner to experienced chef, and they're all very hands-on. Chef Hall provides a recipe for students to follow and all the products they need. If they need extra help, he'll demo. But mostly, he's there to help guide and give little tidbits of knowledge here and there - like how to separate an egg easily (with a water bottle) or how to cut an onion without making your eyes water.

His favorite? Southern Italian because he grew up eating that kind of food - spicy, lots of sauces and pasta. His least favorite? Sauces - because it's tedious and fundamental.

Chef Hall is extremely passionate and funny - it's definitely entertaining take a class. He continues to do it as a retirement hobby for the past 2.5 years (and more than 2,000 students!).

One of his favorite, simple recipes?


Scalloped Tomatoes with Croutons
EVOO (3T)
Multi-Grain Bread (2C) in half-inch cubes
Tomatoes (2.5LB) in half-inch dice
Garlic (1T) minced
Sugar (2T)
Salt (2t)
Pepper (1t)
Basil (1/2C) slivered
Parmesan Cheese (1/2-3/4C) grated
Fresh Mozzarella (1/2C) sliced thin

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high. Stir in bread cubes to coat and then brown in pan.
3. Combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, sugar, slt and pper in a large bowl.
4. Add mix to browned cubes in pan and book about 5 minutes.
5. Remove from heat and stir in basil.
6. Pour into a shallow (6 to 8 cup) baking dish and top with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese. Bake 35 to 40 minutes until the top is browned and the tomatoes are bubbly.

Serve with a nice salad.

More Info
Email: mykitchenwv@aol.com.
Location: 3391 Grafton Rd. It's only 6.2 miles south of Walmart Super Center off I-68, heading toward Grafton.
Phone: (304) 241-4901