Kingston, New York

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About Cooking Classes at Isabel's House

Hello, I'm Isabel Cotarelo

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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

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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

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

Ingredients and a package with recipes are included.

$75

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.


Fall-Winter 2019 Classes

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Saturday, September 21 – 4pm

Turkish Delight 

I have so many Turkish cuisine recipes that it is hard to decide what to cook! 

In this class you’ll learn to prepare three cold mezes –appetizers-, Circassian Chicken with Walnut Sauce, Carrots with Garlic Yogurt and Tahini Sauce and Muhammara—Red Pepper Spread with bread crumbs and walnuts. As an entrée, you will make Stuffed Eggplants with lamb and beef stuffing. You will also make a side dish of Turkish Pilaf, Ic Pilav, and Okra in Olive Oil, Garlic and Tomato. For dessert, Figs Stuffed with Walnuts.


If you are interested in taking this class but you are gluten intolerant, please let me know in advance and I’ll modify the recipes to your dietary needs.


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Saturday, October 19 – 4pm

Green and Orange-All Vegetarian

Nothing speaks of Fall louder than presenting orange and green dishes, they look great together, taste very yummy and they are super healthy. When preparing this menu, of course, I had Thanksgiving in mind and I think any of these dishes could be added to your holiday repertoire. 

For starters, you’ll make Pumpkin Hummus…yes it’s delicious! You’ll prepare Sweet Potato and Kale Shepherd’s Pie, Fennel and Orange Salad with pine nuts, cranberries and orange pieces and a mildly spicy Bombay Butternut Squash Stew. And for the sweets…a Matcha Tiramisu .


If you are interested in taking this class but you are gluten intolerant, please let me know in advance and I’ll modify the recipes to your dietary needs. 


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Saturday, November 16 – 4pm

Vegetarian Thanksgiving with Flavors from Around the World

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I love thinking about new dishes to accompany the big bird that can also be considered main entrées for my vegetarian friends. Year after year, I add new ones to my repertoire. Although my family has a few favorites that always have to be served, I like to bring surprises to the table. As an appetizer, you will prepare a stuffed and Baked Pumpkin (with Gruyere, mushrooms and croutons) that I cannot wait for you to try! 

For the main menu, I wanted to use traditional Thanksgiving ingredients but cook them with non-traditional spices. The base for the serving will be Persian Jeweled Rice, filled with nuts and dried fruits and it will be crunchy on top. You will also prepare a sweet and spicy Bombay Sweet Potato Stew, a Warm Red Cabbage Salad, Collard Greens Bunuelos (Fritters), Turkish Style Braised String Beans. For dessert, Kabak Tatlisi, a very delicious and simple butternut squash dessert from Turkey.

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Saturday, December 14 - 4pm

HAVE EVERYBODY OVER - NO COOKING REQUIRED

It’s that time of the year again when you want to have your family and friends over but don’t want to slave in the kitchen. Well, this menu will prove that you can do it just with a trip to the supermarket, a little chopping and some assembling. Now, you can send the “Save the Date,” invite, and relax.

In this class you will prepare: Spicy Chicken Mini Pitas, Stuffed Apricots with Stilton, Ceviche de Camaron, Warm Artichokes and Spinach Dip, Pico de Gallo, Tiny Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Chocolate Rum Truffles and of course a delicious cocktail!

  

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Cooking at Isabel's House

Kingston, New York 12401, United States

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