Published DateNORTHFIELD — A Mexican-themed vegan cooking class and dinner will be held at the Pines Community Center on Thursday, February 7 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. There will also be a screening of the documentary, Forks Over Knives (90 min) at 5:45 p.m., which is free and open to the public.
The menu includes: Nachos "Cheese" Dip with Organic Chips, Chili "Sin Carne" (without meat); Organic Corn Bread; Organic Kale, Avocado, & Red Pepper Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing; Mexican Chocolate Cookies, and Cinnamon Tea.
"I also made some vegan tangerine 'ice cream' that I may be bringing for the class to taste-test, and if I have time, I'm dying to try a new recipe for vegan pomegranate cheese cake," added Louisa Dell'Amico, cooking class instructor.
"Chili is a nice 'stick-to-your-ribs' kind of dish that's great for the cold weather. Normally, I would substitute ground beef with bulgar (a whole grain wheat) soaked in boiling tomato juice to make the chili thicker and more filling. But one of the registrants for this class is gluten-free, which put me in a bit of a quandary. I thought about using one of those meatless 'ground beef' or 'ground crumbles' found in local supermarkets, but in all the brands I checked, the main ingredient is isolated soy protein. Instead, I'm going to marinate organic soy tempeh (a whole, soybean product that is a great source of protein and fiber) in a BBQ sauce and use that to add satiety to the chili.'' says D'Amico.
She says that Chicago Sun Times movie critic Roger Ebert wrote in his review of the documentary, "Forks Over Knives" that, 'The bottom line: I am convinced this message is true. A plant-based whole foods diet is healthy. Animal protein is not necessary, or should be used sparingly as Asians did, as a flavoring and not a main course. ..The facts are in.''
Fee for Cooking Class & Dinner: $30. Please send two checks for Class Fee: $15 (payable to PCC) & Lab Fee: $15 (payable to Louisa Dell'Amico) and mail both to PCC, PO Box 262, Tilton, NH 03276. PCC is located at 61 Summer St, Northfield. Young adults 13 -18 years: $15 ($10 to Louisa Dell'Amico/$5 to PCC) Children 12 and under are free.