Judy Harris Cooking School

Certified Culinary Professional

Celebrating over 25 years


2402 Nordok Place Alexandria VA 22306
(703) 768-3767
judy@judyharris.com

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September

FESTIVE THAI DINNER MADE EASY

Friday, September 22     7 PM     $75

Thai cuisine is one of the worlds most sumptuous. Wow your family and friends with this exotic menu: Lemon Grass, Chicken and Coconut Soup, Popular Pad Thai (Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Shrimp and Peanuts), Velvet Thai Curry with Colorful Oriental Vegetables, Fragrant Jasmine Rice, Homemade Mango Sorbet Wreathed in Tropical Fruits and Kiwi Sauce and Frosty beer and wine. Explore Thai ingredients, techniques, shopping hints, and Washington’s top Thai restaurants. Participation.

AMAZING SURF & TURF DINNER & AUTUMN HERB GARDEN TOUR

Saturday, September 30     6 PM     $85

By popular demand! Enjoy a great evening of cooking and fun together: Seared Rib Eye Steaks with Béarnaise Tarragon Garlic Butter, Grilled or Broiled Sesame Rosemary Shrimp Brochettes, Smashed Red Skin Potatoes with Pick Your Own Garden Chives, and Triple Chocolate Brownie Sundae with Hot Grand Marnier Fudge Sauce, Crème Chantilly Swirls and Chocolate Mint Sprigs. Wow! Tour our culinary herb and edible flowers garden. Pick your own bouquets of herbs to take home for your home cooking.  Participation.

October

SPANISH TAPAS HORS D’OEUVRES PARTY I

Friday, October 6     7 PM     $85

Students say this is one of their favorite classes!  Introduce your friends to the unique tastes of Spanish hors d’oeuvres popularized by Jaleo and Las Tapas Restaurants.  Learn an array of prepare-ahead dishes from the famous tapas bars of Spain:  Savor Grilled Shrimp, Chorizo in Cognac, Miniature Empanadas, Spicy Spanish Olives, Tiny Meatballs in Saffron Sauce and more.  Taste a variety of fine Sherries and beers, the perfect tapas compliment. Great for buffets, cocktail parties and casual dinners. Participation.

FAST AND FESTIVE ITALIAN DINNER

Friday, October 13     7 PM     $85

Our most popular Italian menu class! A great evening of cooking and fun together. Everyone loves Italian, especially when it’s quick and easy. Dine in Italy with these sumptuous dishes. Serve one or two for a week night dinner or all five for a memorable dinner party: Glazed Jumbo Shrimp with Orange Rosemary Sauce, Linguini in Pistachio Mascarpone Sauce, Luscious Velvet Lemon Chicken Scaloppini Piccata, Sauté of Rapini and Garlic, and Decadent Ice Cream Tartuffo with Warm Belgium Chocolate Sauce. All toasted with Italian wines. Participation.

SENSATIONAL SEAFOOD AND SAUCES

Saturday, October 21     6 PM     $85

Students rave about this class. Beautiful seafood is a favorite of top restaurant chefs and home cooks alike. It’s versatile, quick to prepare and healthy. You will learn everything you need to know about how to judge the freshness of fish and seafood and how to tell when it’s perfectly cooked. We’ll feature four quick cooking techniques and delectable sauces: Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Citrus Orange Sauce, Glazed Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Banana Salsa, Scaloppini of Salmon with Lemon Beurre Blanc and Thai Green Seafood Curry with Shrimps, Scallops and Mussels garnished with Thai Basil and Jasmine Rice. A personal list of local quality seafood markets and menu suggestions are included. Participation.

EVERYDAY FRENCH COOKING TECHNIQUES DINNER

Friday October 27     7 PM     $85

Have fun preparing a full-course dinner while learning lifetime skills of planning, shopping, using knives and equipment and presentation: Melt-In-Your-Mouth Gruyere Cheese Soufflé, Scaloppini of Salmon with Hazelnuts and Buerre Blanc Sauce, Lemon Zest Rice Pilaf, and Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse with Crème Chantilly Swirls and Chocolate Espresso Beans. All toasted with wine. Perfect for novice and intermediate cooks. Participation.

November

HOLIDAY PARTY HORS D’OEUVRES

Friday, November 3     7 PM     $75

Entertain this holiday season with our super collection of prepare-ahead hot and cold treats: Award-Winning Hot Pepper Jelly Cheesecake, Skewered Caribbean Meatballs with Sweet Sour Apricot Dip, Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple in Peanut Sauce, Crispy Cinnamon Pecans, Sesame Crisps with Arugula Cannoli Dip, Warm Artichoke Parmigiano Gratin with Blue Tortilla Chips and more. Your friends will think your party was catered! Learn pretty platter presentations, garnishing tips, easy shopping hints and much more. Perfect to bring to potlucks too. Participation.

THAI DINNER RESTAURANT FAVORITES MADE EASY

Friday, November 10     7 PM     $85

Students rave about our Thailand dinners. Learn how easy it is to make your favorite restaurant dishes at home with our exotic quick and easy feast:  Grilled or Broiled Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad, Velvet Coconut Curry with Chicken and Colorful Oriental Vegetables, Jasmine Scented Rice from Thailand, Ginger Ice Cream with Coconut Cookies and Frosty Beer and Wine. Explore Thai ingredients, techniques, shopping hints, and Washington’s top Thai restaurants. Perfect for everyday and dinner parties. Participation.

COUPLES: WINE AND DINE IN ROME TONIGHT

Saturday, November 18     6 PM     $170/couple

Bring along your favorite partner – friend, colleague, spouse, or parent – for a great evening of cooking and fun together. Our Roman holiday became an amazing adventure in enchanting new foods and sights: open air markets, speedy Vespas, unctuous rose flavored gelato at Piazza Navonna and earthy pastas at friendly trattorias. Savor these authentic and easy to master Roman specialties tonight for a memorable cucina romana dinner: Heavenly Garlic Soup with Parmigiano Croutons, Pasta Aglio e Olio with Semolina Pasta, Saltimbocca alla Romano (Pan Seared Chicken Scallopini with Prosciutto and Sage), Seasonal Vegetables Sauté, Amazing Amaretto Gelato and Flaming Amaretto. All toasted with Vino Italiano. Participation.

December

WARMING WINTER SOUPS

Friday, December 1     7 PM     $75

Soup for supper is a light, healthy alternative for chilly winters. Warm up the crowd with these delicious do-aheads: Amazing French Country Carrot, Elegant Maryland Crab with Sweet Red Pepper and Sherry, Velvety Leek and Potato with Fun “Painted” Designs and Hearty Chunky Italian Minestrone with Pasta( a meal- in-one), Miniature Corn Muffins, attractive garnishes, creative variations and an all-purpose chicken stock included.  Participation.

WINE AND DINE IN TUSCANY TONIGHT

Friday, December 8     7 PM     $85

We roamed the Tuscan hills dotted with silver olive trees; we savored the local wine at our favorite trattoria and easily fell in love with the friendly Italians and their food. Learn how easy it is to prepare these Italian specialties for everyday or entertaining: Roasted Portabella Mushrooms with Mixed Greens, Hearty Tuscan Bean Soup, Tagliatelle (Pasta) with Basil, Garlic Slivers and Gorgonzola Sauce, and The World’s Best Tiramisu dessert.  Vegetarians welcome. All toasted with Italian wines! Participation.

COUPLES: FESTIVE HOLIDAY WINE DINNER PARTY

Saturday, December 16     6 PM     $170 Couple

By popular demand! Bring along your favorite partner – friend, colleague, spouse or parent – for a great evening of cooking and fun together: Heavenly Crab Soup with Sherry, Elegant Chicken Supremes with Velvet Porcini Sauce, Colorful Winter Greens Salad with Oranges and Orange Vinaigrette and for the finale – Fun Coffee Ice Cream Sundaes with Warm Kahlua Chocolate Sauce, Crème Chantilly Swirls, and Espresso Beans. All toasted with wines. Participation.

January

SPANISH TAPAS HORS D’OEUVRES PARTY II

Saturday, January 6     6 PM     $85

Students say this is one of their favorite classes! Introduce your friends to the unique tastes of Spanish hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and small plates popularized locally by Jaleo and Las Tapas Restaurants. Savor an array of fun prepare-ahead dishes from the famous Tapas bars of Spain: Chicken in Garlic Saffron Sauce, Chorizo with Roasted Red Peppers, Shrimp in Red Sauce, Melt-In-Your-Mouth Potato Tortilla, Jumbo Shrimp Glazed with Garlic Aioli and more. Taste a variety of fine Sherries and frosted Beers, the perfect Tapas complements. Great for buffets, cocktail parties and casual dinners. No prerequisite. Participation.

PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA!

Friday, January 12     7 PM     $75

Everybody raves about our homemade pizzas. Savor our Homemade Tomato Marinara Sauce and amazing pizzas: thick or thin crusted with luscious toppings. Discover the easy pan method or simulate an Italian brick oven. Make your own yeasty dough in class to take home for two pizzas. Pizzas include: Caramelized Onion, Sausage and Rosemary; Neapolitan with Basil from Naples; and much more all topped your way. Includes time saving hints and fun pizza party ideas. Perfect for the whole family, including vegetarians. Please bring a medium bowl, a wooden spoon and a cute Italian accent! Participation.

FRENCH BISTRO WINE DINNER

Friday, January 19     7 PM     $85

Have fun preparing a full-course dinner while learning lifetime skills of planning, shopping, using knives and professional presentations. Melt-In-Your-Mouth Gruyere Cheese Soufflé, Scaloppini of Salmon with Hazelnuts and Buerre Blanc Sauce, Lemon Zest Rice Pilaf, and Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse with Crème Chantilly Swirls and Chocolate Espresso Beans. All toasted with wines. Perfect for novices and intermediate cooks. Participation.

COUPLES: BEER LOVERS DREAM DINNER

Saturday, January 27     6PM     $170 Couple

By popular demand! Bring along your favorite partner – friend, colleague, spouse or parent – for a great evening of cooking and fun together! Great beers have all the complexity and excitement of fine wines. We’ll taste and cook with a variety of American microbrews and classic European styles creating a multi-course dinner: Awesome Crispy Beer Batter Shrimp and Colorful Veggies, Dortmunder Pulled Beef with Best-Ever Barbeque Sauce, Rainbow Confetti Coleslaw and To Die For Chocolate Silk Stout Pie with Chantilly Cream and Chocolate Espresso Beans. A fun filled evening. Class always fills fast. Early registration advised. Especially popular with our young professionals and men. Participation.

February

MARGARITAVILLE PARTYTIME DINNER

Saturday, February 3     6 PM     $85

Back by popular demand! Celebrate the spirit of Jimmy Buffet’s fun loving Margaritaville with lip smacking Florida specialties and lively music: Fun Pink Margaritas, Warm Garlic Bubble Bread, Real Coconut Shrimp Dipped in Apricot Horseradish Sauce, Succulent Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Caramelized Roasted Sweet Potato, refreshing Toasted Coconut Snowball Key Lime Ice Cream with easy homemade lime ice cream and more. Optional: Dress like a beach bum in flip-flops, or be a flowered shirt/dress tourist. This is a popular menu for private parties, for birthdays, team building and other occasions! Makes a great Holiday Gift Certificate! Participation.

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER PARTY

Saturday, February 10, 6 PM (Note time) $180/couple or

Wednesday, February 14, 7 PM (Note time) $180/couple

Treat your valentine to a romantic and memorable candlelight dinner cooking class. The dinner party includes a greeting with wine and light hors d’oeuvres, a full participation style class, a candlelight sit down multi course dinner with wines, and a souvenir recipe booklet. Mystery Menu. Hurry!  Classes fill fast! Makes a perfect Holiday Gift Certificate. Participation.

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION DINNER

Friday, February 23     7 PM     $75

Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dog 2018, with our fun filled class of authentic Chinese foods, music, decorations and more. Imagine dancing dragons and firecrackers to guarantee you good luck. Discover simple Chinese cutting, cooking techniques, and sauces while preparing an authentic Chinese feast:  Swechuan Dumplings with Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce, Popular Kung Pao Chicken with Peanuts, Speedy Rainbow Vegetables Stir Fry, Fragrant Perfect Jasmine Rice and Lucky Orange Grand Marnier Ice Cream with assorted Chinese Cookies. Participation.

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