Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Fiery Find & First Cooking Class

Happy Thursday finally! I actually look forward to Thursday’s more now that I have the whole day off vs a full schedule on Friday.

I am sure you’ve heard me mention my upcoming cooking classes. If not, a little background info—I got hired about 3 months ago to teach the first cooking classes through our city’s Community Education classes. They recently built a new high school and the home ec room that I am set to use is gorgeous! It reminds me of something on Food Network! I got to customize everything from the name all the way down to every detail! I came up with 5 classes I am going to be teaching—the first one will be on February 4th—they are 3 hour demo classes with tasting and food take-home.

The first class is Taste of the Tropics—I thought everyone in northern Minnesota needs a winter escape and what better way than through food?! I am going to use lays and clip the recipe cards for each dish for all of the students to take home.


  • Appetizer- Tropical Fruit Pizza
  • Main Dish- Soft Shrimp Tacos with Zesty Tropical Salsa
  • Side- Tropical Glazed Ham and Potato Salad
  • Dessert- Banana Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Since the classes are starting up soon, I have been test-driving everything just to be sure! I will be sharing the recipes/photos on here for you guys since you can’t attend my classes! Today I made the Banana Spice Cake which I came up with quite awhile ago and previously posted. It turns out better every time!


So my mom made a trip to Sam’s Club awhile back and got me totally hooked on their Poblano Peppers with Mexican Cheese Chicken Sausages—great nutritionals, and even better yet—great taste!

I am not one to eat sausages plain, so I got thinking of a good casserole I could incorporate them into. Something spicy—Mexican? Yes of course!

Poblano Cornbread Casserole



  • 3 links of spicy chicken sausage
  • 1 c mild salsa
  • 14.5 oz can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 c canned corn
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 c diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 c diced green pepper
  • 1 pouch (6.5 oz) cornbread mix + ingredients called for on box
  • 1/3 shredded cheddar cheese


  • Heat oven to 400°F. In 12-inch skillet, cook sliced sausage over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, add in onion and green pepper until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in salsa, , tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.

  • Meanwhile, make cornbread as directed on pouch, using milk. Put sausage mixture in 11 x 7 casserole dish. Top with cornbread and spread until it covers dish evenly.

  • Bake 18 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 4 to 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and cornbread is deep golden brown.



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Sook said...

Happy Thursday for you! :) I hope all your classes are going well this semester. I used to try to not have any classes on Fridays but always ended up with one or two. The food looks great!

Jenny said...

so exciting sweetie! can you do online cooking classes for meeeee?!?! :)

Erica said...

So cool that you're teaching these classes! I know both you and your students are going to love them. I mean who wouldnt want to eat that Banana Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting? Oh my gosh- drool! Enjoy your weekend

Krista said...

Your class sounds like it's going to be a blast....for both teachers AND students! Very exciting!

And I'll have to look out for those sausages. I wonder if Costco might carry them as they closed down all the Sam's Club's in Canada....

brandi said...

wow, that's awesome that you get to do those classes! sounds like fun :)

Anonymous said...

mmm yummy recipe.


katecooks said...

thats so cool that you will be teaching cooking classes! i cant wait to hear all about them once they start up!

Nicole, RD said...

This was fun to read :) I'm starting to CONSIDER doing a cooking class at work for patients. It's stressful to even think about!!