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Have Some Foodie Fun With Cooking and Preservation Classes

Friday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 3

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As summer mornings and nights get cooler and the air starts to become more brisk, barbecues succumb to cooking done indoors and the fruits (and vegetables) of spring and summer gardening labors are harvested, sauteed, baked and boiled. Luckily for food lovers, there are a number of places around the Treasure Valley that teach ways to get the most out of your time spent in the kitchen.

North End culinary hub Fuel for the Soul will present its final August cooking class Friday, Aug. 31. The intimate classes are typically capped at about eight participants, ensuring individualized attention. The menu will feature "a Mediterranean spin on Italian cuisine" and include four courses with savory morsels like chicken marinated in yogurt with rosemary and garlic, and a seasonal fruit salad with sabayon sauce. Those who can't make that class will have another opportunity Monday, Sept. 3, with an Italian feast in celebration of Labor Day. The menu for that class will feature four courses, including lemon curd tartlets and panzanella. Classes are held from 6-8:30 p.m., cost $50 per person and are designed for adults. Visit fuelforthesoulboise.com for more info or call 208-342-7118 to register.

More culinary happenings will take place at the Nampa Recreation Center Saturday, Sept. 1, where Ariel Agenbroad, University of Idaho extension educator, will teach a class on how to enjoy homegrown produce out of season, instead of having to give mass amounts of garden goodies to your co-workers when the weather changes. The class will take place from 9-11 a.m. and feature drying, freezing, storage and water-bath canning techniques, and will go over equipment and recipes. Experienced and beginner preservers of all ages may attend, although the class may be a bit too much for those younger than 12. Participants will receive the U of I's booklets on freezing, pickling and making salsa. The class costs $15-$17 and is capped at 20 participants. Pre-registration is required, either online at nampaparksandrecreation.org or by calling 208-468-5858.

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