Agricultural Center Classes

Farmhouse
at the Burlington County Community Agricultural Center

500 Centerton Road, Moorestown, NJ 08057

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Roots: Ginger & Turmeric
with Chef Junnie Lai 

Monday, April 23, 5pm, $45 
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Asian Influences: For Your Health

Chef Junnie Lai taps into her Asian roots and expansive culinary knowledge to offer a range of health conscious cooking classes. From gluten free, to protein forward vegetables, and nutrient dense spices -- the menus reflect a spectrum of Asian cultures and cooking techniques. No class or menu is strictly vegetarian or vegan. The focus is on cooking with whole foods, and eating well with variety and good nutrition.

Beginning with the anti-inflammatory compounds and potent health benefits of both ginger and turmeric, discover why these two rhizomes are more than a culinary trend.  Maximize the flavors of ginger and turmeric in your cooking -- and learn how to grow ginger at home.

Menu:

  • Ginger and Date Tea
  • Carrot Juice with Ginger and Tumeric
  • Immune Balance Soup
  • Stir Fry Chicken with Pickled Ginger
  • Ginger Spicy Beef with Turmeric Brown Rice 
  • Turmeric and Ginger Lemon Meringue Pie

Junnie Lai is a chef who uses her talents and creativity  to make  beautiful, delicious and health-conscious food. Born and raised in Malaysia (and, she has just returned from a month-long visit) -- Junnie grew up in her family's baking business, and has extensive experience in baking and pastry, as well as various Asian cuisines. She continued her education and training in the United States, and has worked in the US  as a research chef in food  product development, and as a pastry chef at a five-star hotel-brasserie. She teaches Culinary Arts at Drexel University, and has recently established her own culinary consulting business.


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Herbal Evenings
with Deborah Raab from Tea-For-All   

Thursday, April 26th 6pm, $25
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Who wouldn’t enjoy a calming warm beverage in the evening? It’s not as if caffeine doesn’t have its place, but for many, evenings need to remain caffeine free. Herbs, fruit, botanicals and spices offer an endless number of options for fulfilling your evening beverage menus. Join us for a mini tea party with all the trimmings and learn about and taste some of these beverage options. We are offering savory and sweet finger foods to enjoy while sipping our herbal teas that are sure to please. We will offer brewing options, and discuss the reported health benefits – and contraindications -- of tea (without medical advisement). 

Tea-For-All™ was founded in 2011 by Deborah Raab and has evolved as a result of her personal love for the rituals of tea. She has such an appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into each individual tea type (leaf of the camellia sinensis from tree to cup); the history and evolution of tea; the many different peoples of the world that hold tea as a meaningful part of their culture; and, most of all the ability that this one plant brings people together to meet with one another and share their dreams, concerns, and passions over a warm cup. She brings her passion for tea to specialty tea shops throughout New Jersey and Bucks County PA in hope of educating others.


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Eggs: Crack the Mystery
with Melissa Crandley  

Sunday, April 29th,10am-12pm, $40
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Learn tips and tricks behind buying, storing, and creating the perfect egg dishes. You will learn how to perfectly hard boil and poach an egg. Also master frittatas and emulsions (Mayonnaise, Hollandaise, Aioli) using eggs. 

The menu:

  • Avocado Deviled Eggs with Crispy Prosciutto
  • Roasted Asparagus with Poached egg and Hollandaise
  • Steamed Artichokes with Roasted Garlic Aioli
  • Spring Frittata

 After class, we will enjoy together our egg masterpieces.

The Instructor: Melissa Crandley is the Chocolatier/Owner of MECHA Artisan Chocolate in Haddon Twp, NJ. After working as a financial analyst for 8 years, Melissa decided it was time for a new adventure. She embarked on her journey at the Culinary Art Institute of Philadelphia, graduating in 2010 with a degree in Culinary Arts. Soon after graduating, she began working on the Line at a series of restaurants in Center City Philadelphia, most notably, Bindi and Barbuzzo. It wasn’t until Melissa worked as a pastry chef, that she realized her passion for chocolate, and thus took that passion and grew it into a small business. MECHA Artisan Chocolate is a marriage of her culinary and pastry experiences which brings the elements of sweet, salty and savory together in all of her confections.

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More Vegetables: Focus on Protein
with Chef Junnie Lai 

Monday, April 30, 5pm, $45 
REGISTER HERE

Asian Influences: For Your Health

Chef Junnie Lai taps into her Asian roots and expansive culinary knowledge to offer a range of health conscious cooking classes. From gluten free, to protein forward vegetables, and nutrient dense spices -- the menus reflect a spectrum of Asian cultures and cooking techniques. No class or menu is strictly vegetarian or vegan. The focus is on cooking with whole foods, and eating well with variety and good nutrition.

Whether you're a vegetarian or just cutting back on the red meat, this class will keep you on the track of clean eating

Menu:

  • Black Bean and Riblets Soup
  • Tossed Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
  • Wild Rice with Chicken (or not), Lima Beans, and Caramelized Onions
  • Caramel Sweet Corn Custard

Junnie Lai is a chef who uses her talents and creativity  to make  beautiful, delicious and health-conscious food. Born and raised in Malaysia (and, she has just returned from a month-long visit) -- Junnie grew up in her family's baking business, and has extensive experience in baking and pastry, as well as various Asian cuisines. She continued her education and training in the United States, and has worked in the US  as a research chef in food  product development, and as a pastry chef at a five-star hotel-brasserie. She teaches Culinary Arts at Drexel University, and has recently established her own culinary consulting business.


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Healthy Cooking Made Easy
Bring your nutrition plan to your plate
with Virtua’s Healthy Cooking series
 

Thursday, May 3rd, 10th & 17th, 5:30-6:30pm

Call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 to register

Program Includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes
  • Hands-on participation (for those that want to participate)
  • Tips for preparing healthy family meals with different nutrition needs
  • Learn how to modify for plant based and non-plant based lifestyles
  • Nutrition information about the food that’s being prepared

Virtua Registered Dietitians will guide you through this interactive and informative three-part series focusing on eating right for your lifestyle. This practical approach will help you follow through and meet your nutrition goals. Start forming new, good habits today.

*Applicable to all levels of cooks
*Participants must pre-register for the complete three-class series
*Fees apply



For more information or to find out about future classes or sign up for our mailing list contact Donna Wallstin, Farmhouse Kitchen Manager via email  dwallstin@co.burlington.nj.us.