Food & Drink

July 28, 2014

Canning basics Saturday Food Briefs

What: Mommy & Me Cooking Class for ages 2-5

When: 9:30-11 a.m. Friday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 Green Mount Road Belleville

Cost: $15; parents free.

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckers.com

Features: Learning how to cook is fun, and this class is sure to excite a child to want to help in the kitchen.Make Einstein Banana Split and Smarty Pants Salsa. Class includes a wagon ride through the orchard.

Brain Boosters

What: Kid's Cooking Class for ages 5 and up

When:1 to 3 p.m. Friday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 Green Mount Road, Belleville

Cost: $20; parents always free.

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckers.com

Features: Kids get a smart start to cooking with recipes fit for a brainiac.They will learn why it's wise to use fresh, nutrient-packed foods while they enjoy the fruits of their labor as they whip up an Einstein Banana Split, Smarty Pants Salsa and a Brain Power Smoothie made with fresh peaches. Class includes a wagon ride through the orchard.

Basics of Canning Preserves, Jams and Jellies

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 Green Mount Road Belleville

Cost: $30

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckers.com

Features: Learn the essential steps to successfully preserving using a hot water bath. It will cover equipment selection, food safety, produce preparation and jar processing featuring seasonal farm produce. All guests will receive a copy of "The Ball Blue Book of Preserving."

Wine 101: Basics of Wine

When: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 Green Mount Road Belleville

Cost: $20

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckers.com

Features: Wine is meant to be fun, not daunting. Increase your wine knowledge during this tasting of four wine varietals. Also covered will be how to open, serve and store wines properly. Cheese and bakery bread will be served.

The Chicken and the Egg

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 Green Mount Road Belleville

Cost: $30

Reservations: Required to 618-233-0513 or eckers.com

Features: Learn how and why to brine chicken, plus how to cut and butterfly a chicken, Taste your way through Chicken Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette, Butterflied Oven-Roasted Herb Chicken and BLT & Poached Egg Salad. For dessert enjoy Peach Custard Pie.

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