The Department of Parks and Recreation Column

The culinary classes and workshops this February will be sure to cure even the worst case of winter blues.

The smell of freshly baked pies wafts through the building as we climb the stairs to the Recreation Commercial Kitchen as Chef Katie and her group of tween bakers are hard at work making delicious pies all from scratch. Pies are just one of the many focal points of the Recreation cooking and baking classes this winter. If you can think it, they can make it!

For example, on Monday, Feb. 13, Chef Katie will lead a one-day Valentine’s Day treat workshop. With everything from cookies to truffles and other special Valentine’s goodies, children will learn how to make delicious treats sure to make anyone swoon. The next one-day workshop will be later in the month, on Monday, Feb. 27. This workshop will feature a Mardi Gras theme where students will learn how to make the traditional “King Cake” for Mardi Gras as well as some other Mardi Gras desserts.

How about cannoli’s? Can you imagine learning to make these amazing Italian treats from scratch? On Saturday, Feb. 18, the cannoli, along with min-exotic cupcakes and an introduction to pastry bags and piping, will be the focus of the session.

The culinary classes and workshops this February will be sure to cure even the worst case of winter blues. Kid Chef will focus on Superbowl appetizers at its Wednesday, Feb. 1 workshop. Chef Katie will lead her class of “Junior Foodies” as they explore fun ways to be the hit of any party. Then, the two-day workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Wednesday, Feb. 22, will focus on the best winter foods you can imagine…comfort foods! Remember those old-fashioned dishes your mother and grandmother used to make? You know, the ones that you could smell before you were even in the house, and the ones that had you sitting at the dinner table, ready to eat? From mac-n-cheese to biscuits and gravy, these classes are sure to conjure up memories of childhood and happy feelings.

The Recreation commercial kitchen continues to grow and expand its offerings for local residents. The chefs-in-residence, Diane MacFeeters and Katie Sklarow, are committed to providing quality programs and foods in an accessible and affordable environment. The Department of Parks & Recreation’s mission is to serve the needs and interest of Moorestown residents by providing constructive creative leisure opportunities through the continuation and development of programs that strengthen community life. For more information a complete listing of opportunities or to register, visit: www.moorestownrec.com.