Today’s Table at Middlesex County College: Learn to be a Great Cook

This spring, you can learn how to be a great chef. “Today’s Table: Classes for Contemporary Cooks” will be held in the Crabiel Hall culinary lab and include tastings of food prepared by the chef and a copy of the recipes.

An information night to learn about the program will be held Wednesday, January 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. You can meet Richard Bottega, the chef who will be teaching most of the courses, taste some of the dishes, and learn about the program. The information night is free but reservations are required by calling 732-906-2556.

“This program is for cooks and non-cooks, and it is both instructive and entertaining,” said Lynn Lederer, director of Professional and Community Programs at the College. “You will develop techniques to optimize your recipes. For example, you’ll learn how to slice a tomato for maximum flavor, and why one omelet tastes better than another even though they have the exact same ingredients. This is a comprehensive cooking program that is both fun and educational.”

You may register a la carte at $30 for each class or choose any three classes for $75. The savings are available to anyone who registers with payment for the three classes at the same time. All classes meet from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Classes include:

Vegetarian Cuisine Vegetarian doesn’t need to be boring. Portobello mushroom burgers with a roasted garlic aioli, asparagus with roasted red pepper coulis and several vegetarian soups will be included in this informative and tasty menu sampling. Thursday, March 29.

Get the Scoop About Ice Cream Making Learn basic ice cream making techniques and how you can prepare the best ice cream you’ve ever had. Tuesday, April 3.

Floribbean Cuisine With an emphasis on extremely fresh ingredients, spice medleys and fresh fruit and fruit juices, Floribbean cuisine is here to stay. Thursday, April 12.

Cooking for a Healthy Heart Take time to take care of yourself and improve your health. Tuesday, April 17.

Kopy Kat Recipes Duplicates of some all-time favorites. Learn the secrets about ingredients, preparation and display. Thursday, April 19.

Panini Heaven Join us for panini making hot off the press! Come explore these toasted Italian sandwiches that are filled with a combination of meats, cheese, vegetables and even chocolate! Tuesday, April 24.

Master Salads and Salad Dressings Now that the holidays are over, many of us want to lose a few pounds. Learn to make vinaigrettes, creamy dressings and more! Thursday, April 26.

Sushi 1-2-3 Many love to eat it, now learn how to make it! We will explore the ingredients, history of sushi and how to make the perfect sushi rice. Tuesday, May 1.

Cinco de Mayo In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, Today’s Table features a cooking demonstration and tasting of traditional Mexican hors d’oeuvres, little dishes or antojitos. Thursday, May 3.

Simple, Rustic Italian How does white bean and sausage soup, chicken marsala, and creamy risotto with grana padano sound? Tuesday, May 8.

Brownies Galore Whether plain, iced, with nuts, chocolate chunks, craisins or caramel, brownies are sure to please. Thursday, May 10.

Lose Weight, Eat Well Don’t get derailed by getting stuck in a rut! Learn to prepare tasty, healthy and low-calorie foods that are sure to please the entire family. Wednesday, May 15.

The Art of Great Grilling Using brines, marinades, sauces and rubs, the possibilities are endless. Wednesday, May 16.

Guiltless Desserts: A Dieter’s Dream You will learn how to prepare wonderful desserts that will fit into everyone’s dieting plans. Thursday, May 17.

Cooking Basics: Part I For new couples, new graduates or anyone else, learn the essentials of food preparation: the ingredients, equipment and techniques that establish the foundation of simple home-cooking. Tuesday, May 22.

Cake Baking and Decorating I Learn the basics of cake baking and decorating. You won’t believe how simple it is to bake, fill and ice your own cakes from scratch. Thursday, May 24.

Cooking Basics: Part II Learn the fundamentals of menu planning to ensure an appealing assortment of flavorful and nutritious foods. Tuesday, May 29.

Cake Baking and Decorating II Take cake baking and decorating to the next level by learning how to create some of the most beautiful cake decorations available for your freshly baked cakes. Thursday, May 31.