Friday, August 12, 2011


With food costs rising, it’s a great time to bush up on your cooking skills.
You can save a lot of money by preparing meals instead of using convenience products or eating out. 
Also, home canning has enjoyed a surge of popularity, along with gardening. If you know how to do it safely, and have access to free or cheap produce, you can also save some money here.

The Crane House in Riverton (1640 W. 13200 South) has begun offering both cooking and home canning classes. The cooking sessions are taught by chef Shawn Bucher, author of “First Timers Cookbook,” and Nancy Miles, author of the “In Good Taste” cookbook.
The Crane House is a beautiful setting for receptions, corporate events, parties and so on. The classes make a nice addition. 

The cooking classes start at 7 p.m. The first class is $35, which includes an autographed copy of both "First Timers Cookbook" and "In Good Taste." You also get to sample the food that's been prepared. Cost for repeat attendance is $15.

When I was at the Deseret News, I did stories on both of these books, so you can learn more about the authors and their books at 


Here's a schedule of their upcoming Crane House classes: 

September 8
Butternut Squash Soup
Parmesan Cheese Rolls
October 13
Mac & Cheese
Tabouli Salad
November 10
Turkey Roulade
Turkey Carving
Cranberry Sauce
December 8
Christmas Buttermilk Blueberry Muffins (From Richard Paul Evans book, "Promise Me". This original recipe was created by Chef Shawn and Nancy Miles especially for this book.)
Pumpkin Pie Cake
Cinnamon Peanut Brittle
Canning classes are taught by Sharon Aikau. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. Each participant takes home a jar of the featured item canned. Refreshments are also served. Cost is $25.
September 1 - Apples
October 6 - Cranberry jam/jelly
November 3 - Canning cooked turkey
December 1 - Pork
For information or registration, call Kathy Romero, 801-838-8901. 

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