Kingston, New York

About Cooking Classes at Isabel's House

Hello, I'm Isabel Cotarelo



I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in a family of very inventive and skillful cooks who allowed me in the kitchen and taught me many tricks and techniques. Later on, when I began taking cooking classes in NY and abroad I learned that those techniques have specific names. I’m very thankful for that informal teaching filled with love and creativity that helped develop my passion for cooking, eating and entertaining.

I came to NYC thirty-five years ago pursuing a career in the arts. I raised my family in Downtown Manhattan, while working as a Guidance Counselor for the NYC Department of Education. I cooked for family and friends, for every wedding, birthday, shower, celebration and holiday. I also had a catering service that offered weekly prepared meals delivered to people’s doors.

In 2010, I began teaching cooking classes from my loft and ‘Cooking at Isabel’s House’ was born.

Now retired, my husband and I moved to Kingston, NY and I’m ready to offer cooking classes here in the Hudson Valley.

Why I'm teaching to cook



The menu's planning, the shopping for special ingredients, the smell of the spices, the stories behind certain dishes, working in the kitchen, the solving of problems on your feet while keeping your smile, the long conversations after every meal,  the satisfaction of making something that helps gather people, connect cultures and ethnicities around a table, and enjoy life. Those are the reasons that motivate me to teach others how to cook and entertain.


Cooking and eating: Making a community.

Prices & Registration



Classes are 4 hours of hands-on cooking. After which, you’ll sit down to dinner.

Ingredients and a package with recipes are included.


10% discount for 4 classes

Invite a guest for dinner: $20

To register please email me using the link at the bottom of the page.

Winter-Spring 2019 Classes


Saturday, February 23 – 4pm

Simple Vegetarian Dishes

In this class, you will prepare a few simple vegetarian dishes to add to your repertoire.

Cauliflower Maki Rolls

Mushroom Pate

Moroccan Zucchini Pancakes

Vegetable Carpaccio

Creamy Pearl Couscous with Feta Cheese

Banana “Ice Cream” 


Saturday, March 30 – 4pm

Indian Vegetarian Dishes

Every time I prepare this class I have the same problem; there are so many appetizing vegetarian Indian recipes and it’s hard to choose which ones to make. In this class you will prepare the classics plus three surprises. Come ready to sample deliciousness and learn a little more about spices.


Carrot Salad with Peanuts

Mushroom Curry with Coconut



Cilantro Chutney

Spinach Raita


Mango Kulfi 


Saturday, April 13 – 4pm

The Mexican You Never Had

Years ago, I spent time in Mexico learning about its history and culinary traditions. The dishes you will prepare in this class are a very small sample of the many recipes I was able to collect and recreate. You will make your own tortillas to fold into delicious Tlacoyos. You will hear the story behind the Chiles en Nogada and realize how easy it is to make ceviche.

The class menu:

Ceviche de Pescado with Mango and Mint

Tortillas with Black Beans, Mushrooms and Cheese

Salsa Verde

Chiles en Nogada

Mexican Rice

Flan de Café 


Saturday, May 18 - 4pm

Summer Entertaining

I love to entertain and spend time with friends without having to be checking the stove and worrying about burning the main dish. Also, it’s Summer, do you want to slave over hot pans while your friends nurse their Margaritas?

This is the perfect menu to avoid all those concerns. You can leisurely prepare these dishes up to 3 days in advance of your party and then serve them with a big smile.

In this class you will prepare:

Gazpacho de Sandia

Pulled BBQ-Chicken Sandwiches

Pulled BBQ-Portobello Mushroom Sandwiches


Sweet Potato Salad

Tomatoes Salad

Ice Cream Sandwiches



Saturday, June 8 - 4pm

Cook Brunch and Lounge with Friends

Brunch is probably one of my favorite meals and I love to make new recipes for my loved ones. This menu includes everyday ingredients exalted by fragrant spices. You can make all of these dishes ahead of time. 

Cold Tomato Soup


Couscous with Cherry Tomato and Vegetables

Sweet Potatoes and Bitters

Yogurt and Roasted Strawberries




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Cooking at Isabel's House

Kingston, New York 12401, United States

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