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.
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.
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.
Simple Vegetarian Dishes
In this class, you will prepare a few simple vegetarian dishes to add to your repertoire.
Cauliflower Maki Rolls
Moroccan Zucchini Pancakes
Creamy Pearl Couscous with Feta Cheese
Banana “Ice Cream”
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
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
Chiles en Nogada
Flan de Café
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
Ice Cream Sandwiches
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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Kingston, New York 12401, United States