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New Year... New Family Fun By Jennifer Sperry

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f you are like my family, we have gone from busy lifestyles filled with sports, dance performances, date nights, and friends over, unsure if tomorrow we will be able to leave our house! I miss interaction and faces and adventure and activities. When Chef Jackie told us about Harmons’ new online cooking class, I immediately signed up for two classes! Harmons’ cooking classes have always been on location in their beautiful kitchen. The classes are taught by their seasoned chefs. Closing their cooking schools to help, as a community, to stop the spread of COVID-19, Harmons opened online classes. Taking “the best techniques for turning an ordinary meal into a culinary work of art”, to the safety of your home. With options of learning the skills to cook foods around the world, desserts, exciting cake competitions, cheese and wine boards, themes on how to entertain guests, holiday meals, and “kids in the kitchen” we had many options to please our palette. We chose “Secrets to a Perfect Steak; Wagyu Steak with Pomegranate Mushroom Pan Sauce Charred Carrots with Garlic-Herbed Butter Creamy Parmesan Polenta” for a fancy dinner night. We then decided on “Online Homemade CINN-FULL Cinnamon Rolls” for a relaxing Saturday morning. Let me set the scene for you! Saturday night we got dressed up, wore our fancy clothes, poured our favorite drinks, and complemented each other’s hair as we logged into the online cooking class. Although we have all been cooped up in our homes, it is important to still “get ready” for a fancy night. We picked up our Harmons bag with the pre measured ingredients the day before our cooking class. Now the bag sits on the kitchen island, just waiting for us to dive in for this dinner making experience. The class begins and you see everyone in their kitchens, some drinking wine, others dressed up too, as we all say hello and begin this adventure together. There are appetizers with pate’, different cheeses and crackers we enjoyed as we listened to instructions. This class was very fast paced, it made me grateful we had looked at the ingredients before, prepared our kitchen and also for a very detailed recipe instruction guide provided by the chefs. With the course being online, you have to be a bit more patient with asking questions through the online chat if you were unheard when speaking; but, Harmons had someone just for the chat group, so getting

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