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Cooking School with Prof. Jillybean25!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

My roommate has a few friends that are, erm... "underskilled" in the kitchen. He told them I'm pretty handy with the cooking and skillz myself and set up a "class" so to speak.

The first thing they really wanted to learn was knife skills. So, I designed a beginners class for them. I went through the different types of knives, what each blade is designed to do, how to pick a knife for yourself, how to care for your knife, etc. Then, I had them practice what they learned by cutting up vegetables for a mirepoix to make chicken noodle soup from scratch.

The best part of all this: they are willing to pay me to teach them- kinda like a group private chef dealie. So, I charge them for my time and supplies, and they get to learn and I get to have fun teaching! I think it's another great way for me to practice my nutritionist stuff and cooking stuff until I get into a Master's program. And it gets me a little bit more income, which as ya'll pretty much know from my latest blogs, I desperately need.

So far it's every Sunday (except this coming one, as I'll be out of town) and I'm letting them choose the class subject (I don't want to teach them something they don't want to know). However, if you're in the San Diego area, are free from 6-8pm on Sundays, my "class" is open to you as well! The more the merrier. I'd love to have more people learn to cook healthy, easy meals. Just private message me for more details (what I charge, for example).

If you'd like to read more about the knife skills class, please visit my other blog at:
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  • no profile photo CD10826594
    What a great, economical way to celebrate your skills!
    3191 days ago
  • ABB698
    That's so cool they want to learn, and even cooler they're willing to pay you! Double bonus! emoticon
    3195 days ago
    What a great way to make a little extra money !!! You get paid for doing something you really enjoy. Let me know when you're having your baking class. That's where I need to brush up on my skills. I'm a great cook. I can make all sorts of stews, sauces, etc... however, I'm a lousy baker. You DO want to try my pasta sauce. you do NOT want to try my cookies. I screw up boxed mixes ! LOL !!!


    PS - You know what you might consider doing ? I'm sure San Diego must have local adult education classes. Teach a cooking class. Cooking classes are extremely popular adult ed classes . I took a fantastic class on French cooking. The chef used stuff from Trader Joe's. It was fantastic.

    Call your local adult education school. Ask them what you need to do to create a class. I'll bet you get a ton of people for a basics of cooking class. the instructors here can make decent money. worth investigating.

    3196 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8377237
    That's awesome! And a great way to get practice AND extra income! I'm glad your roommate came up with that idea. :p
    Thanks for your response on my blog. That makes me feel a bit better... I remember most of my sparkfriends blog solely about their fitness journey, and that wore me out... cuz my life is so much more than what I ate today and how many minutes I exercised!
    I'm glad to see you stuck it out here on SP. I think you were one of the ones who was considering going, way awhile back? I remember liking you, so I'm glad you're here for me to come back to. :p
    3197 days ago
    3197 days ago
    That's awesome!!
    3197 days ago
    Great idea! Where were you before I bought this last set of knives.....okay....what is your thought about this:

    forever sharp....the one that advertises on tv by cutting a tomato then a can then a tomato.... be gentle....I just bought it....Walmart had a special....$44 for 3 of the double tip knives, 2 pairing knifes, 2 juicers, 4 steak knives... all usually for 139$....or 3 easy payments of .... LOL
    3197 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12853056
    What a great way to make an extra income. My kids use to complain that they wanted to eat dinner at McDonald's like their friends. Their friends wanted to eat at my house because I cooked real food. So I taught them how to cook when they were teens. It was more rudimentary than how to use a knife. It was how to measure. Never thought of charging and I paid for the food too. emoticon
    3197 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6307291
    Sounds like fun! Although I'm fairly skilled in the kitchen, I think I would love to cook with friends. So happy you have found a way to turn a passion into a source of income. You go, girl! Made Chicken Divan for dinner. Very utensil intensive, but every mouthful was Sooooo worth it! Even DH ate broccoli, and he HATES it! So sad that you are clear across the country for me to have some fun!!!!!
    3197 days ago
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