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Cajun and Italian Cooking Classes at WKCTC

New Orleans native Anita Granier is coming back to West Kentucky Community and Technical College next month to teach the art of making authentic Cajun and Italian recipes.

The Simply Anita classes will be held on April 3, April 10 and April17 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. each day in the Anderson Technical Building culinary kitchen and Bistro. Each three-hour class involves students in hands-on cooking demonstrations and dinner will be served. The cost of each class is $45, which includes all food items. Participants can sign up for one or all three classes.

April 3 Pasta from Scratch
Making homemade pasta can be surprisingly easy and this hands-on class can teach students the process. Students will learn the techniques for making basic pasta dough using a pasta machine to roll and cut fettuccini and pasta sheets for ravioli and lasagna.

The evenings meal will be fettuccini with authentic tomato sauce and simple pesto sauce and herbal fettuccini with basil and parsley. In addition, students will prepare an Italian salad with prosciutto dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

April 10 Hors d oeuvres Whisperer
Tired of the same old cheese platter and fruit trays at dinner parties? Students will learn to shake it up with some tasty and unusual Hor d oeuvres. The meal will consist of three delicious seafood dips: shrimp mold, hot crawfish and Charlenes Hot Crab.

Next on the menu will be Andouille Pate, smoked Cajun sausage mixed with cream cheese and hot sauce. The night ends with a zesty treat of lemon and herb chicken cheese log.

April 17 Cajun Cuisine
Anita shares her Deep South heritage with the infamous dish of Cajun cuisine - gumbo. This hands-on class allows participants to make a large pot of Chicken and Andouille Gumbo. Learn how to make a basic roux, a mixture of flour and oil and added seasonings. This dish is the basis for many Louisiana dishes, particularly gumbo, but also etouffee, sauce piquant and more.

Students will make another favorite New Orleans delicacy - beignets. Learn to make these delectable doughnuts and taste the true flavor of Beignets served at the Caf du Monde.

Space is limited; early registration is encouraged. Register by calling (270) 534-3335.