This program provides quality care in a fun, safe and caring environment.
Have dinner ready in no time on a busy day. Have some fun participating in this virtual Demonstration Style class with the OPTION to Prep-Along one of the meals as well! Learn the foundation of preparing homemade nourishing make-ahead freezer meals for your family freezer that can be used straight from the frozen state. Instant Pot® meals will be featured, but the foundations can be applied for use with slow cookers as well. Meals will include a variety of protein, vegetable, and starch ingredients. The instructor will demonstrate how to prepare four or five make-ahead meals for the freezer during this class, and participants will be invited to prepare ONE of the meals along with the instructor!
Demonstrated Prep Recipes Include: Sweet and Zesty Meatballs, Greek Lemon Garlic and Herbed Chicken, Pork Chops with Herbs & Gravy, Chicken Vegetable Noodle Soup, and more, time permitting.
Prep-Along Recipe Option: Cheesy Herbed Stuffed Shells
Experience how these culinary creations can make it seem as though you have been cooking for hours, when all you have done is opened up a bag and pushed a button! Have your questions answered by the instructor, interact with other participants, and expand your culinary prep repertoire to include Freezer Meal Prep ideas for your electric pressure cooker and slow cooker as well.
Participants will receive a list of ingredients and supplies needed to prepare the Cheesy Herbed Stuffed Shells in advance of the class with enough time for shopping and prep. Participants will also receive a detailed professionally made handout of the instructor’s personal recipes shared during the class. The packet will also include a Freezer Meal Prep Lesson / Guide / six recipes and labels that can be printed out for cooking instructions.
This class will take place on Zoom, a free on-line software. Participants will receive instructions on how to access the class prior to it starting.
Note: One registration fee for this online virtual class can include immediate family members living full-time in the same home ONLY. If friends are gathering together in one person's home for a fun class, each adult friend / separate family needs to register separately. If children are participating, adult supervision is required.
Tess Georgakopoulos, also known as "Chef Tess--Culinary Artist," has been cooking and baking for well over 45 years since she was roughly 6 years old. Born into a Greek family, the art of cooking traditional meals using one's senses rather than recipes and measurements was passed on from one generation to the next. Her father was also a trained chef who brought the magic of food to life in another form on the weekends as they cooked elaborate family meals together. Food prepared from the heart, with one's own hands and creativity was, and continues to be an expression of love in her home. As an accomplished cook and baker, Tess enjoys creating original recipes for her family and friends. Sweet, savory, or doughy, she enjoys experimenting and creating in the kitchen daily.
Tess is proficient and experienced in creating classes and curriculum for conventional cooking, baking, pressure-cooking, air frying, pizza making, Mediterranean cooking, bread baking, and meal preparation as well. A Culinary Artist, indeed!
She has been teaching both in-person and online cooking classes through community education for a number of years, having successfully worked with just over 50 public school districts in and around the Twin Cities, in many corners of Minnesota, in addition to school districts in Wisconsin, Missouri, New York and Arizona. Through her teaching, Tess has helped people of all skill levels increase their confidence and expand their skills in the kitchen, reaching heights of their own personal creativity that they never knew existed!
Always working towards expanding her culinary repertoire, Tess enjoys spending much of her free time in her test kitchen, creating new recipes and reinventing traditional ones using traditional cooking methods and new cooking appliances, such as the Instant Pot and Air Fryers too.
Tess has recently started writing her first cookbook, and her food blog is also in the works! Some of her creations can be seen on her Facebook page, "Dish it up Good, or on her Instagram feed.