Sample Menus for 2-Hour Classes:

Steakhouse Cooking - No need to leave the house for this amazing steakhouse meal. Bring all the tastes of your favorite over-the-top Steakhouse to your kitchen, no tip required! The menu will include: Wedge Salad with Chipotle-Blue Cheese dressing; Filet Mignon with Cabernet Sauce; Oven-Roasted Mushrooms; Cauliflower Mash; and a Molten Chocolate Cake for dessert.

Summer's Bounty - Seasonal summer ingredients combine to make this super menu: Beer-Steamed Spiced Shrimp over a Citrus and Avocado Salad with Basil-Lemon Oil; Crispy Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli; Summer Corn Sauté with Lemon Salt; and Summer Fruit Crisp for dessert.

Lunch in Paris - This simple and elegant menu will amaze you. Leave this class with the recipes and know-how to turn your kitchen into a Paris café. The menu will include Truffled Cauliflower Soup; Triple Greens Salad with French Vinaigrette; Savory Crepes with Leeks and Gruyere; and Double Chocolate Crepes for dessert.

5-Ingredient Simplicity - Ring in the spring with simplicity! Every dish in this colorful and healthy meal will only contain 5 ingredients or less. The delicious menu will include: Silken Carrot Soup; Saffron Oil Pasta; Seared Scallops with an Orange-Wine Caramel; Julienne Vegetable Medley; and Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies for dessert.

Spring in Paris - Learn to make classic French bistro fare with flair in this class. The luxurious, yet surprisingly simple menu will include: Gougeres (cheese puffs); Warm Goat Cheese Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette; Steak au Poivre with Green Peppercorn-Cognac Cream Sauce; Haricot Verts Amandine; and Raspberry Clafoutis for dessert.

Asian Flavors to Savor - Learn to make delicious Asian-inspired dishes in the comforts of your own kitchen; no take-out needed! There is something for everyone with this flavorful menu: Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Sesame Cucumber Salad; Teriyaki Soba Noodles and Vegetables; Asian Beef Skewers; and Good Fortune Chocolate-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies for dessert.

Coastal Mexican with a Southern Twist - Bring the fresh flavors of coastal Mexico to your kitchen with seafood, fruits and vegetables. This summery meal is full of fresh Mexican flavors, but with a southern slant. The menu will include: Strawberry Agua Fresca; Veracruz-Style Tilapia; Black Bean, Papaya, and Avocado Salad; Mexican Beer Bread; and Grilled Pound Cake with a Mexican Chocolate Sauce for dessert.

Super Foods with Southwestern Flavors - Start your fall with this healthful meal sure to please everyone in the family. The menu will include: Southwest Caesar Salad; Fresh Corn Muffins; Agave Salmon; Southwestern Quinoa Pilaf; and Roasted Pina Colada Sundaes for dessert.

Brunch Favorites - Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but brunch is certainly the tastiest! This wake-up worthy menu will include: Mango-Yogurt Parfaits with Homemade Heart-Healthy Granola; Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce; Roasted Green Bean Bundles; and Breakfast Blintz Casserole with Mixed Berry Sauce.

Spice up your Winter - Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric, Saffron, Cinnamon, Cayenne and more! Learn to use spices in new and inventive ways in this deliciously exotic class. This menu will include: Spinach-Artichoke Dip; Zinfandel-Braised Short Ribs; Golden Couscous; Spice-Roasted Carrots; and Spicy Pine-Nut Brittle for dessert and a delicious edible gift as well.

Easy Elegance - Elegance comes from the beauty and simplicity of great ingredients. Turn these great ingredients into a memorable, yet simple to prepare, elegant meal. This menu will include an Asparagus Ribbons salad with an Anchovy-Lemon Vinaigrette; Prosciutto-Wrapped Sea Bass with Sage-Butter, Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus; Steamed Artichokes with Lemon-Butter; and Balsamic Berries with Goat Cheese Créme for dessert.

No Utensils Required - This class will showcase recipes for a spring or summer cocktail party or fun appetizer party. These recipes can also be enjoyed for a light dinner as well. This fun menu that does not require a fork (I will give you one anyway) will include: Skewered Caprese Salad with Basil Oil; Rosemary-Skewered Shrimp (served over orzo); Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus; Pineapple Skewers with Basil-Lime Sugar; and Nutella Fondue for dessert.

Rich on the Lips, Light on the Hips - This meal tastes rich and delicious, but won't ruin those New Year's resolutions of getting fit. This amazing meal will include: Roasted Tomato Soup; Wild Mushroom-Crusted Halibut; Wild Mushroom Risotto, Wilted Spinach; and splurge a little for dessert with a Sunken Apple Tart.

Asian-Inspired Dinner Party - Wow your guests at your next gathering with this menu: Chicken Lettuce Cups; Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Asian Dipping Sauce; Apricot-Glazed Asparagus; Orange and Ginger Scented Couscous; and Mango Sorbet with Sesame Brittle for dessert.

Technique Cooking- Stovetop Simplicity - Learn a recipe, cook a meal; Learn a technique, cook for a lifetime! In this class, you will learn techniques that you can use over and over again to create a different meal every night of the week. The menu will include: Candied Almond and Pear Salad; Pan-Sautéed Tilapia with a Lemon-Caper Pan Sauce; "Creamy" Orzo with Basil and Pine Nuts; Steam-Sautéed Broccoli; and Seasonal Fruit Crumble for dessert.

The Perfect Meal is Rich and Light! - This menu tastes decadent, but is actually light and healthy: Spinach Salad with an Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette; Baked Shrimp Parmesan; Whole Simmered Artichokes; Saffron Risotto; and Mixed Berry Sauce Sundae for dessert.

Summer Roast - This light and summery menu will make you rethink the outdoor summer barbeque. The menu will include: Farmer's Market Salad with Goat Cheese dressing; Rosemary-Lemon Roast Chicken Breasts au jus with Parsley Oil drizzle; Truffled Fingerlings; Artichoke Heart Sauté with Savory Sour Dough Bread Crumbs, and Roasted Nectarines with a Honey-Yogurt Sauce.

Mediterranean Summer - Flavors of the Mediterranean inspired this simple and delicious menu. The menu will include: Watermelon and Feta Salad; Mediterranean Kebobs with Tzatziki (cucumber) Sauce; Classic Greek Salad; homemade (you won't believe how simple it is) Rosemary-Onion Whole Wheat Flatbread; and Whole Wheat Zucchini-Banana Bread for dessert. Leave this class with inspiration, plus a special Mediterranean spice to take home to your kitchen.

Lunch in Paris II - Leave this class with the recipes and know-how to turn your kitchen into a Paris café. With this new menu, once again learn how the French turn simple ingredients into delicious dishes. The menu will include a starter of Saffron-Scented Mussels; Braided Leek and Mushroom Tart; Mixed Greens with a Walnut Vinaigrette; and Mixed Berry Crepes for dessert.

Italian with a Twist - Enjoy a meal inspired by the flavors of Italy, but with interesting twists and turns. This class will teach about the art of pizza making and will include Perfect Margharita Pizza topped with an Arugula and Parmesan Salad; Roasted Shrimp and Garlic served over Zucchini Spaghetti; and for a sweet and savory ending, Gorgonzola, Grape and Rosemary Flatbread.

Paella Party! - The ultimate family-style dish, Paella, is demystified in this great class. This healthful and delicious entertaining or everyday menu will include: Smoky Shrimp Cocktail, Seafood Paella; Asparagus a la plancha with a Piquillo Pepper-Smoked Paprika Aioli, and Sangria Fruit Salad for dessert.

Family-Style Italian Meal - Gather your friends and family for this family-style, easy-entertaining meal. This delicious, Italian-inspired menu will include: Bruschetta Two-Ways; Pasta with Mushroom-Marsala Sauce; Tuscan Steak Salad; and Chocolate Affogato for dessert.

The Perfect Comfort Meal - Warm up your winter with comfort foods with a twist: Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad with Basil Oil; Grilled Caesar Salad; Perfect Roast Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Potatoes; Perfect Pan Gravy; and Roasted Bananas with Caramel Sauce for dessert.

Elegant Dinner with Friends - Stay in tonight, and celebrate with friends or family during this busy time of year. This meal will inspire you to set a table, open a bottle of wine, and share your home. The delicious menu will include: Velvety Mushroom Soup; Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb; Smoky Glazed Asparagus; Rosemary and Fresh Corn Polenta, and Roasted Pear Sundaes with Balsamic-Caramel Sauce.

Elegant Beginnings and Endings - Learn to prepare elegant starters and a dessert, which can all be prepped ahead of time, for stress-free and beautiful holiday entertaining. The menu will include: Baked Brie en Croute with Cranberries and Almonds; Mediterranean-Stuffed Mushrooms; Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette; and for dessert, we will make Tart Dough and turn it into a Caramel Apple Crostata.

Mexican Made Simple - Learn how easy it is to create restaurant quality Mexican food in the comforts of your own cocina (kitchen). This lively menu will inspire you to turn your next gathering into a fiesta! The menu will include: Jicama, Citrus and Tropical Fruit Salad; Green Chicken Enchiladas with homemade Tomatillo Salsa; Deconstructed Guacamole; Spanish Rice; and traditional Churros, for a very special sweet ending.

Spring Entertaining - This delicious menu will inspire you to plan a celebratory gathering. Avocado Gazpacho; Tomato and Asparagus Salad; Grilled Baby Lamb Chops; Lemon Orzo with Artichokes, Herbs, and Feta; Grilled Pound Cake with Mexican Chocolate Sauce for dessert.

Gourmet Dishes in Minutes - Gourmet meals don't need to take hours to prepare, or require a long ingredient list. Learn to use a few great ingredients to create a delicious meal that is perfect to share with friends. The menu will include: Winter Greens Salad with a Pear Vinaigrette; Pan-Seared Salmon with a Red Wine Sauce; Potato-Fennel Puree; Roasted Asparagus; and Molten Salted-Caramel Cakes for dessert.

Simple Summer - This light menu is perfect for dining al fresco on a summer evening. The menu will include: Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette; Smoky Grilled Tilapia with Saffron Aioli; Saffron-Scented Israeli Couscous; Roasted Asparagus Bundles; and Strawberry Napoleon for dessert.

Flavors of the Middle East - Bring healthful Middle Eastern flavors to your table. The menu will include a Hummus Mediterranean Layer Dip; Spiced Whole-Wheat Pita Chips; Zahtar (a Middle Eastern spice blend); Roast Chicken with Spiced-Apricot Sauce over Saffron Couscous; Rosemary-Skewered Grape Tomatoes; and Grilled Plums with Spiced Yogurt Sauce.

Heart-Healthy Asian - This heart-healthy meal will showcase a dinner with Asian flavors that are as easy to make, as they are good for you! The menu will include: Thai Tomato Soup; Teriyaki Salmon; Oven-Baked Ginger and Garlic Brown Rice; Wilted Swiss Chard; and Spiced Pineapple Granita for dessert.

Health Mex Seafood Fiesta - This class will share Amy's secrets to getting the flavors of Mexico on your table, without all the fat and calories of your typical Tex-Mex restaurant. The menu will include: Halibut Ceviche with Mexican Pesto; Shrimp Fajitas with a Cilantro Cream Sauce; Black Bean Mash; Poblano-Cilantro Rice; and a Tropical Mexican Fruit Salad for dessert.

Indoor Summer BBQ - South Texas is too hot outside in July, so why not bring the BBQ indoors. This delicious Southern-inspired menu will include: Stuffed Jalapenos; Barbecued Shrimp; Sage-Creamed Corn; Summer Tomato Gratin; and classic Strawberry Shortcakes for dessert.

Pizza Party - This class will teach you everything you need to know about pizza making, and will inspire you to plan a fun, all-hands-in-the-kitchen, pizza party. The delicious menu will include Perfect Margherita Pizza with Cornmeal Crust and Basil Pesto; Fettuccine with Spinach Pesto and Zucchini; Wilted Mushroom and Arugula Salad; and Mocha Custard with Cappuccino Créme for dessert.

Holiday Brunch - Brunch is the perfect time to gather friends during the Holidays! This sophisticated do-ahead menu will allow you to entertain with ease, and enjoy your guests. The menu will include: Blood Orange Mimosas; Smoked Salmon Tartare; Oven-Baked Caramelized Onion Frittata; Winter Citrus Salad; French Toast Soufflé; and Orange-Sugar Doughnut Holes for dessert.

Fall is in the Air - This wonderful menu will inspire you to add something new to your Thanksgiving celebration, or any meal this fall. The menu will include: Kale Salad; Walnut-Crusted Turkey Scaloppini with Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce; Brussel Sprout Sauté with Pine-Nuts and Cranberries; Maple Sweet Potato Casserole; Pecan Praline Morsels for dessert.

Effortless Elegance - It's all about the ingredients in this elegant meal. The menu includes: Mushroom Salad with Truffle-Lemon Vinaigrette; Fettuccine with a Truffle-Cream Sauce; Roasted Broccoli with Pine-Nuts and Pecorino; Roasted Garlic Bread; and for dessert the beautiful Pavlova (meringue) with Fresh Berries and Strawberry Puree.

Summer Tastes from the Garden - The summer garden has inspired these meatless dishes sure to please everyone. The colorful menu will include: a Tomato Tart starter; Zucchini-Ricotta Fritters; Summer Squash Pizza; and a Sunken Peach Tart for dessert.

Memories and Tastes of Spain - After eating my way through Spain, I will share my interpretation of the lighter side of Spanish cooking. We will make the ultimate one-dish meal, Paella Valenciana- the original paella with chicken and vegetables. The menu will also include Tomato Bread; Roasted Red Pepper-Tomato Soup; Saffron Oil Pasta Two-Ways; and Oranges with Rosemary-Infused Honey for a sweet ending.

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