Creative Cooking: Summer Fruits
Location: Building D - 939 Oak Street SE
Room: CHEC Wellness Kitchen
Aug 29, 2012 (one day)
Meets 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Level: Open to anyone
Status: This program is completed
What a joy to live amongst the valley’s orchards when apples, plums and peaches steal the show at local farmers’ markets! Instructor Anne Theis will demonstrate special recipes featuring our favorite fruits of summer. Students will sample:
• summer fruit crostata
• pepper crusted pork roast with cider dijon gravy • cherry-cranberry salad
• meringues chantilly with roasted berries
- Free, covered parking is available in the Hospital parking structure.
Instructor -- Anne Theis
Anne Theis serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Salem Health.
Anne has long been passionate about all things “food.” In fact, she claims to have been a chef in a former life. When her mother went back to college, Anne was required to step up with cooking and grocery shopping duties at an early age, and learned to create innovative meals out of “what was available in the pantry.”
She started catering for family and friends shortly after college and in fact tested the “personal chef” concept long before it was fashionable. She was heavily involved with a local community garden and farmers market while living in Texas, and she authored and self-published her own cookbook in 2009. She also started a cake ball business in Texas with a five-year-old neighbor boy that resulted in the local moniker, “The Cake Ball Lady.” She collects cookbooks and recipes, and dares people to ask for a recipe she can’t find. In the running for the reality show “Master Chef” in 2010, further auditions were abandoned to assume the marketing role at Salem Health. Her TV cooking debut was on the Portland TV home show “Fusion,” in 2011.
Several years ago she taught herself canning, and cans her own tomato sauce, salsa and pickled peppers. She has immensely enjoyed Oregon fruits, and made all kinds of freezer jam during her first summers in Oregon. Her flourishing deck garden includes multiple varieties each of lettuce, herbs, tomatoes, peppers and peas. Her cooking exploration in 2012 will include learning to make her own mozzarella and handmade pasta.