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Byline: Submitted by McHenry County College

Get cooking this year with new noncredit culinary classes offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning in February by McHenry County Colleges Continuing Education Department.

A variety of one-day classes include Cupcake Workshop, Super Simple Soups, Latin Cuisine, Pastries and Valentines Day Treat Box for kids and adults.

Supporting the colleges ongoing commitment to collaboration, classes are taught by chefs from the Confetti Gourmet Academy at the Dole Mansion at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake.

"Culinary skills and cooking classes continue to be very popular through the Continuing Education Department at MCC," said Dori Sullens, director of Continuing Education.

"Students can enjoy learning a new skill while having fun, being creative and connecting with other people in the community. Also, these classes are wonderful experiences that a family can take together for some real family fun.

"The location of these classes at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park is an excellent example of MCCs commitment to working with community partners," Sullens said.

These classes are available.

Knife Skills: Learn about the different varieties and how to care for your kitchen knives, including sharpening, honing, cleaning and storing. Participants will learn the proper handling and practice the most useful cuts and techniques using herbs and vegetables. Plus, a demo on cleaning and slicing fruits is included. The class takes place Tuesday, Feb. 5. Use course ID NCU S33 002.

Latin Cuisine: Enjoy the flavors of Mexico and learn the essential preparation techniques of grilling, sauteing, pan frying, along with custard and pilaf methods. The menu includes tomatillo salsa and tortilla chips, ranch-style beans, Spanish rice, fish tacos and flan. The class takes place Friday, Feb. 8. Use course ID NCU S82 002.

Chicken Basics: Break out of your boring chicken routine. A professional chef will teach you essential chicken preparation techniques such as flattening, stuffing, rolling, baking and pilaf methods. The menu includes house salad, pinwheel chicken with spinach, goat cheese with butter tomato sauce, Italian green beans, classic rice pilaf, and a gourmet cookie. …