Classes Calendar

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Cooking Classes with Linda Carucci,

Author of Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks, second edition

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The Secret’s Out… again!

Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks

Updated Second Edition (in softcover and eBook formats)

By Linda Carucci

Holiday Treats with an Italian Accent: Sicilian Stuffed Olives & Chocolate Panforte di Siena

            Both at 10 a.m. PT:  Wednesday, December 2   OR   Saturday, December 5

If you love anchovies—or want to make an irresistible gift for someone who does—these giant olives stuffed with anchovy and bread crumbs are the perfect accompaniment to a holiday cocktail or bubbly beverage. Sicilian Stuffed Olives benefit from at least a few days of curing, as does my chocolate version of Siena’s famous confection, panforte (pahn-FOR-teh). After several test batches (no complaints here), I do believe I’ve finally nailed the perfect combination of dried figs, nuts, orange peel, chocolate, and warm spices to create a special treat that’s worthy of gift-giving.      “The joy spent crafting a gift is yours. The joy it brings is theirs.” —Author unknown

Healthy Way to Start the Day: Foolproof Poached Eggs on Brussels Sprout-Sweet Potato Hash (with Bacon or Leeks), plus a bonus recipe for my favorite homemade Whole Grain Bread

            All at 10 a.m. PT:  Wednesday, December 16   OR   Wednesday, January 6   OR   Saturday, January 9

After poaching hundreds of eggs when I worked (way back in the last century) as a weekend brunch cook at the Sausalito Inn and Café Lido in San Francisco, I’m overjoyed to have recently discovered a foolproof new technique for poaching eggs. To serve with these perfectly set whites and runny yolks, I’ll show you how to make an easy, healthy hash that’ll stick to your ribs for hours. And since a breakfast like this begs for a slice of great toast, I’ll also send you my recipe for nut- and seed-studded whole grain bread. (The bread recipe will not be taught in this class.)

Trader Joe’s Treasures: Chicken Fiesta Casserole & The Smoothest, Creamiest Hummus I Know

            All at 10 a.m. PT:  Wednesday, December 30   OR   Saturday, January 2 

Even before I ever considered making a career change and going to cooking school, I once received $25 and a letter lauding my “good sportsmanship” in a Los Angeles Times recipe contest. My winning recipe was for Hummus, California-Style, and the same week that the recipe was published in the paper, my local El Rancho market in Pasadena ran out of tahini, a main ingredient in hummus. Jump ahead almost forty years and two iterations of that hummus recipe, and now I have fallen in love with yet another recipe for hummus. Like most recipes with just a few ingredients, the success of this one is all about technique. All the ingredients for this hummus hail from the aisles of our local TJ’s, as do the tortillas, chicken, cheeses, mild green chiles, and more that are layered into my simplified and lightened-up version of a California comfort food classic, Chicken Fiesta Casserole. My husband Al brought the original Fiesta Chicken recipe to the marriage 33 years ago. They’re both keepers.

To register for a class:

  • The fee for each of the above demonstration classes is $39 per household (all on one computer, please). Email me at to tell me the date/s and title/s of the class/es you’d like to take and whether you’d prefer to pay by Venmo or check. When I confirm your registration I’ll let you know how to send your payment.
  • After your payment is received, I’ll email you the recipes and the Zoom login information.

There’s more…

  • Cooking classes (either demonstration or hands-on) make great gifts. I’ve organized cook-along classes for families, friends, and organizations that want to bring people together online for a celebration or shared activity.
  • Interested in a lovely gift certificate? Mine arrives in a distinctive presentation folder with an embossed gold seal. There is an extra charge of $5 (includes postage) per gift certificate.
  • I also offer a variety of private cooking lessons such as Culinary Knife Skills, Fish Cookery, and Anti-Inflammatory Cooking. Fees for private lessons vary, depending on the length of the class and menu.
  • Please contact me for more information about any of the above:

Coming soon…

  • Starting on Thursday, January 28, 2021, I will be teaching a new monthly series called Healthy Cooking on a Budget for the Cancer Support Community SF Bay Area. These Zoom cooking demonstrations will be offered on the fourth Thursday of the month at 4m. PT. And they’re free for anybody impacted by cancer. Details and registration after December 1 at — click on the program calendar.

Copies of Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks, Second Edition are available at:

Hope to see you in the kitchen soon!

For gift certificates and information about private or couples cooking lessons and corporate cooking parties, please email or visit

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