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January • February • March • 2011 featured in this issue NEW - Cooking Classes for Home Schoolers PAGE 4 National Kidney Month PAGE 9 3980 Maple Road • Amherst • 716-515-2000 355 Orchard Park Road • West Seneca • 716-517-3006 VISIT THE COOKING SCHOOL ONLINE • www.topsmarkets.com > Departments > The Cooking School January, February and March at the Cooking School kids’ kitchen Message from the Manager page 3 Calling all kids to the Cooking School! The winter winds are blowing, but it’s warm inside the Cooking School! We’ve got some great classes Hello again! I hope the holidays for you – Pear Bear is back complete with special book reading, as well as our “Dinner & a Movie” were good to you. As we welcome for the Jr. Chefs. Our newest classes include day in 2011, how many of you made classes for the home schooled. Sign up for our February camps during the school breaks and New Year’s Resolutions to change have fun creating your own lunches! your lifestyle by eating healthy, exercising more AND having fun doing it? We can help you with some of that! Our classes this quarter are packed with healthy, nutritious adult classes meals that you can prepare yourselves in no time at all. Also included are some basic cooking classes to get you page 5 The holiday season is over – you’ve eaten your fill and you wonder what can I do to get back on off to a good start. Our “Your Health” section has dieticians track? Come join us at the Cooking School! We have some new and exciting Chefs and Instructors offering Diabetic, Healthy Heart, Eat Well Stay Fit and Family that are offering classes with an ethnic twist, Cooks classes. We offer wine pairings and beer tastings in classes that will fit your budget, hands-on classes selected adult classes. The fun is in attending the classes, that include cupcake decorating, along with wine and beer tasting classes! learning new techniques, meeting people, and tasting these fine creations made right before your eyes. Whether you are a novice cook or a seasoned pro, the Cooking School can offer you new ideas for great taste your health creations, Come on in, bring a friend, join the party and have some fun at The Cooking School, where “a good cook page 8 Eat well and stay fit this winter season. We offer an array of health-related classes for both adults and families. These classes is born each day!” are taught by Registered Dieticians; they have a wealth of information to give you, Grace Hanusin, and the classes are covered in part by most local health insurances. Our “Family Cooks Regional Cooking School Manager Together” series includes the whole family! Whether it is Diabetes, Healthy Heart, learning to eat well, or getting the families to cook together at meal time, we have the classes e latest TOPS Want to check out thndar online? for you! Cooking School cale partments > ets.com > De Visit the all-new www.topsmark The Cooking School 2 Amherst Cooking School 716.515.2000 kids’ kitchen These classes will be held in both schools on the dates listed. Parents are required to inform us of any food allergies at the time of registration. We will try our best to accommodate food allergies with substitutions. Children with long hair, please tie it back before class. If wearing boots, please have child bring closed-toe shoes for safety reasons. little chefs ages 3-6 with parent junior chefs ages 7-10 (continued) little chefs mini camp Each child in this age group must be accompa- “Big Game” Party nied by a parent or guardian to assist the child. Creative Cuisine Mini Camp Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst There is no additional charge, unless stated (as Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca in our teas and brunch classes). Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca Friday, January 28, 6-8 pm Monday, February 21, 10am-12pm $15 Cooking with the Alphabet – Q, R, S & T $15 Let’s have an indoor tailgating party! Wear Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst The goal of this 2 hour class is to teach little something from your favorite team! (Please Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca chefs that food can be nourishing but fun no face makeup) From the end zone we have Saturday, January 15, 10-11:30 am to work with. Let’s have fun making these Nachos Magnifico, Goal Line Sandwiches, Gold $13 recipes, then eating our own creations! Post Apple Treats, and Football Brownies Let’s learn our letters Q through T as we cook Saucepan Spaghetti and Mozzarella Faces, our way through the alphabet: Easy “Q”uiche, Flop-Eared Dog Face Salad, Crackerpillars, Happy Heart Day “R”ainbow Punch, Sassy “S”weet Potatoes, Frosty Choco-Banana Snacks Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst Fruity “T”arts Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca Friday, February 11, 6-8 pm “Pear Bear” Cooks & Book Reading Let’s Have a Spring Picnic $15 Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst Cupid is on his way to strike you with his arrow. Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca Is there someone you are sweet on? Could it be Saturday, January 29, 10-11:30 am Saturday, March 18, 10-11:30 am Justin Beiber? Or maybe Jordin Sparks? These $13 $13 recipes are made from the heart! Love Bites, “Pear Bear” is back, and oh, how he loves pears! There won’t be any ants crawling on your Conversation Heart Rolls, Lasagna Roll-Ups, Not only are pears healthy and naturally sweet, blanket today as you prepare and snack on Strawberry Smooches pears are a lot of fun to cook with. Pear Bear these mouthwatering picnic delights! Crunchy offers some easy kid friendly recipes, along with Chicken Tenders, Ants on a Log, Quick Cheese Pancake Day a bookmarker and your own book to take home! Biscuits, Honey Lime Fruit Toss Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst Pears and Apples with Homemade Dip, Peanut Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca Butter Bear Face Sandwich, Easy Pear Crisp, Citrus Sunday, March 6, 2-4 pm Pear Slushy $15 Sometimes this day is also called “Shrove St. Valentine’s Day Tuesday,” “Fat Tuesday,” or other titles. This Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst junior chefs ages 7-10 is a day many people celebrate with good food Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca before the Lenten season. We will be making Saturday, February 12, 10-11:30 am Children of this age are encouraged to attend a variety of pancakes. Fluffy Pancakes with $13 classes without a parent or guardian. Please leave Chocolate Chips, Ricotta Cheese Pancakes Join us today for a Valentine party. We will be a phone number where you can be reached in with Blueberries, Potato Pancakes, and Apple making special treats that will warm your Heart. case of an emergency. Please pick up your child Cinnamon Pancakes. Sausage and Juice will Be sure to wear red! Valentine Tomato Pasta promptly after the class time as indicated. also be served. Soup with Homemade Croutons, Heart Filled Ham and Cheese Bites, Chocolate Bark and Chinese New Year Celebration Sweetheart Mix (take home treat) Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca Reading Across America Day & Book Reading Monday, January 17, 10 am-1pm Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst $25 Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca Let’s celebrate the year of the Rabbit which Saturday, March 5, 10-11:30 am starts on February 3rd. It is a year of peace and $13 luck. We’ll have a fabulous time celebrating, It’s a cooking class and book reading! Today we making lanterns and Chinese food our way. are celebrating a special day with a very special Baked Egg Rolls, Steamed Veggie “Fried” Rice, menu. Lettuce Wrap Ups, Torn Tortilla Casserole, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Egg Drop Soup, and Banana Crisp, Rocky Road Munch Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies Pre-registration for all classes is recommended at least 5 days in advance, as the class may be full or cancelled for low attendance after that time. 716.517.3006 Cooking School West Seneca 3 kids’ kitchen/day camps aspiring chefs ages 11 and up jr. chef winter break camp Children of this age are ready to learn just about any type of cooking! We will use different kitchen Join us for 2 days of cooking fun! appliances and learn different cooking and baking techniques. Recipes will be given so each aspiring chef will have the chance to make these recipes at home for the family! Please wear closed-toe shoes for safety reasons, and have long hair pulled back. Aprons will be provided. “Big Game” Extravaganza St. Valentine’s Day Dinner Instructor Judy Handzlik, Amherst Instructor Judy Handzlik, Amherst Instructor Linda Duncan, West Seneca Instructor Linda Duncan, West Seneca Thursday, January 20, 6-8 pm Wednesday, February 9, 6-8 pm $18 $18 Are you ready for some football! Make some It’s that romantic time of year. Impress your awesome snacks that will be as much fun as loved ones with this elegant meal made by you, watching the game. It’s PARTY TIME!! Chicken with love! Tasty Onion Chicken, Heart Shaped Cupcake Decorating 2 Chili Nachos, Garlic Onion Cheese Spread, Sour Cream Pan Biscuits, Cupid’s Garlic Green Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst Barbequed Peanuts, Crispy Dessert Footballs Beans, Love Filled Brownies Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca Tuesday, February 22, 10 am-1 pm Soup, Salad and Sandwiches $25 Instructor Judy Handzlik, Amherst If you enjoyed our summer camp cupcake Instructor Linda Duncan, West Seneca decorating, you will think this class is Tuesday, March 15, 6-8 pm a cupcake celebration! We bake the $18 cupcakes, and decorating is your game. Discover a new twist on the trusty stand-bys. Homemade Tomato Soup with Grilled They’ve never been better! Awesome Antipasto, Cheese Croutons, Fruit, 6 cupcakes of your Beefed Up Tomato Pasta Soup, Hot Turkey & choice to decorate and take home Cheese Wrap, St Patrick’s Day Cupcakes Semi-Homemade Cooking aspiring chefs winter break camp Instructor Deb Witul, Amherst Instructor Judy Handzlik, West Seneca Sodalicious: Cooking with Pop Wednesday, February 23, 10 am-1 pm Instructor Judy Handzlik, Amherst $25 Instructor Linda Duncan, West Seneca We don’t always have time to make Friday, February 25, 10am - 1pm homemade meals. These recipes are kid $25 friendly, start from boxed and canned foods, We all know pop is not healthy to drink on a regular basis, and then we add our own special touch! but cooking with “soda pop” gives these recipes the Beef Taco Bake, Creamy Cornbread, Salad perfect touch! Sour Cream and 7up Biscuits, Cola Baked Beans, Cocoa Cola Chicken, 7up Bundt Cake, 7up Punch Chinois, Cookie Banana Bites, Cin-A-Buns. NEW! cooking classes for home-schooled children Let us help with Home Economics Class! Your students will have fun learning cooking skills that will be helpful today and in the future. Let the mess be in our kitchen and not in yours! Open to students between the ages of 7 and 16. That’s Italian! Happy Valentine’s Day Spring is in the Air Instructor Linda Duncan, West Seneca Instructor Linda Duncan, West Seneca Instructor Linda Duncan, West Seneca Friday, January 7, 11am-1pm, Amherst Friday, February 4, 11am-1pm, Amherst Friday, March 25, 11am-1pm, Amherst Friday, January 14, 11am-1pm, West Seneca Friday, February 11, 11am-1pm, West Seneca Friday, March 11, 11am-1pm, West Seneca $15/$40 for all 3 classes $15/$40 for all 3 classes $15/$40 for all 3 classes Help Mom out by learning to prepare this Your heart will beat fast for these delicious Come out from hibernation and stretch tasty Italian meal that your whole family will Valentine’s Day treats. You’ll LOVE it! your culinary muscles. Celebrate spring love! Ottimo Sausage Ravioli, Insalata Verde Be My Valentine Pizzas, Fun Confetti Salad, with these spunky recipes! Tuna Noodle (Salad Greens) with Homemade Buttermilk Sweetheart Orange Shakes, Brownie Hearts Cups, Sunshine Salad, Flowerpot Cupcakes, Dressing, Mama Mia Cheese Bread, Banana Split Smoothies Croccante (crunchy) Banana Splits 4 Amherst Cooking School 716.515.2000 hands-on adult classes If you would like to try your hand at helping with the cooking, these classes are for you! Aprons will be provided to wear. Please come with hair tied back, if long, and wear closed-toe shoes for your safety. Chinese New Year Vegetarian Delight Instructor Rose Ann Ross Chef Amy Weisenburger Wednesday, January 19, 6-8:30 pm Amherst Monday, February 7, 6-8:30 pm Amherst Tuesday, January 25, 6-8:30 pm West Seneca Thursday, February 17, 6-8:30 pm West Seneca $25 $25 This year starts the year of the rabbit. Let’s Vegetarian diets are the healthier alternative to celebrate by making our own delightful Chinese eating. Try these recipes and you’ll forget there’s meal! Homemade Wonton Soup, Fresh Shrimp no meat in them! Garlic & Sundried Tomato Spring Rolls, Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry, Hummus, Pasta Primavera, Southwestern Falafel Fortune Cookies, Oolong Tea Burgers, Chocolate Cinnamon Zucchini Bread Romantic Homemade Treats Best of Spring Produce Instructor Diane Wagner Chef Amy Weisenburger Thursday, February 10, 6-8 pm Amherst Thursday, March 10, 6-8 pm Amherst Friday, February 4, 6-8 pm West Seneca Monday, March 28, 6-8 pm West Seneca $25, 2/$40 $25, 2/$40 The saying goes, “a way to a man’s heart is Spring is finally here and so is the start of through his stomach.” What could be more the produce season! Join Chef Amy as you romantic than to show that very special someone prepare the Spring’s finest! Loaded Spinach how much you love them with the new talent Girls Night Out Salad, Parmesan Roasted Potatoes, Salmon you learn from this very special “Valentines Day” Instructor Rose Ann Ross Burgers with Green Goddess Sauce, Strawberry class! One of the best Valentine statements ever Thursday, February 17, 6-8 pm Amherst Shortcake quoted is: “Love is the greatest refreshment in Wednesday, February 2, 6-8 pm West Seneca life.” ~Pablo Picasso. This exquisite class will $25, 2/$40 leave your cupid thirsty for more! Bring a friend or just join us for a girl’s night out! Frozen Chocolate Dipped Banana Pops, Balloon Relax and enjoy a Cosmopolitan while helping to Dipped Bowls in Chocolate with Strawberry prepare easy appetizers! Filling, 3 Tiered Double Chocolate Almond Coffee Spinach Phyllo Roll Ups, Black Olive and Balls & Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans, Crepes Sundried Tomato Tapenade with Toasted Crostini, Filled with Strawberry Ice Cream with Homemade Baked Crab Rangoon, Mini Cannoli Fudge Sauce, Cashew Clusters Fancy Cupcakes Chef Amanda Usen Wednesday, February 2, 6:30-8:30 pm Amherst Wednesday, February 16, 6:30- 8:30 pm West Seneca $25 There’s just something so satisfying about having your very own cupcake - and eating it, too! Learn how to make fancy, filled cupcakes with Chef Amanda, and you’ll have a new reason to throw a party! Please bring a container to take your creations home in! Vanilla Fairy Cakes, Double Devils, Boston Cream Register early! Some classes fill quickly and others may not be held due to low registration. 716.517.3006 Cooking School West Seneca 5 demonstration adult classes demonstration classes Sausage – Three Ways Beer pairing with Light & Healthy Recipes Flying Bison Brewing Co. Wine pairing with Instructor Barry Conway Niagara Landing Wine Cellars Wednesday, January 26, 6-8:30 pm Amherst Chef Amy Weisenburger Thursday, January 27, 6-8:30 pm Monday, January 10, 6-8:30 pm Amherst West Seneca Thursday, January 13, 6-8:30 pm $25 Welcome to Spain West Seneca There is an abundance of different types of Chef Scott Donhauser $25 sausage, and infinite ways to serve it. Join Monday, February, 28, 6-8:30 pm Amherst Indulged yourself during the holidays and need Chef Barry as he prepares his favorites for Monday, February 7, 6-8:30 pm West Seneca some ideas on healthier cooking? Chef Amy you! Mixed Green Salad with Blue Cheese, $25 will prepare light and healthy recipes that Pecans, Dried Cranberries with Red Wine Spanish cooking has popular roots. It is the will make you think it’s holiday time again! Vinaigrette, Quick Gumbo with Shrimp and people’s cuisine. Most of it is down-to-earth, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Roasted Asparagus Andouille, Kielbasa in Polish Sauce, Italian uncomplicated food, based on the ingredients with Balsamic Browned Butter, Herb & Sausage and Chicken with Roasted Red available locally or the crops grown regionally. Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast, Vanilla Bean Peppers in a Cajun Cream Sauce Many dishes are prepared today using the Shortbread same cooking methods and ingredients as Soups: The Best Comfort Food they were two or three hundred years ago. Chef Amy Weisenburger One thing is for sure, food in Spain is fresh, Thursday, January 27, 6-8 pm Amherst abundant and full of taste and the Spanish Monday, January 31, 6-8 pm West Seneca love their food dearly. We hope you will as $25, 2/$40 well! Tapas of Roasted Almonds, Marinated Soup warms the soul and the heart. Chef Amy Olives and Cheese, Homemade Sangria, has just the menu to melt the ice surrounding Roast Pork Loin with Romesco Sauce, Stewed you when you come in from the cold! Vegetables and Salted Potatoes, Churros with Potato Leek Soup with Cheddar & Bacon, Dolce De Leche Chunky Minestrone Soup, Thai Shrimp Soup with Jasmine Rice, Berry Dessert Soup Ladies Evening with Chef Scott Monday, January 31, 6-8:30 pm Amherst Monday, January 10, 6-8:30 pm West Seneca Chef Scott Donhauser $25 Sit back and relax in this girl’s night out class while Chef Scott wines and dines you with his fabulous menu! Cosmo Shrimp Shooters, Cucumber Tied Greens with Blue Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Orange Segments and Strawberry-Ginger Vinaigrette, Chicken Satays Marinated in Soy, Sapporo Beer and Chilies with Asian Mustard Glaze, Grilled Vegetables with Pico De Gallo, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Ground Turkey...It’s What’s for Dinner Chef Scottie Williams Monday, January 24, 6-8:30 pm West Seneca $25 Some people are hesitant to switch their favorite beef recipes to the healthier turkey counterpart. Try these recipes that Scottie will prepare and you’ll never go back to ground beef! Turkey Chili, Stuffed Turkey Zucchini, Turkey Bolognese, Key Lime Shakes 6 Amherst Cooking School 716.515.2000 demonstration adult classes Mexican Fiesta Untraditional St. Patrick’s Day Beer pairing with Chef Scottie Williams Flying Bison Brewing Co. Monday, March 14, 6-8 pm West Seneca Chef Amy Weisenburger $25 Thursday, February 24, 6-8:30 pm Amherst For those of us that would rather forgo the Monday, February 21, 6-8:30 pm corned beef this time of year, Chef Scottie has West Seneca a great menu planned for you this evening! $25 French Onion Soup, Easy Pork Tenderloin, Mexican gastronomical delights have titillated Super Smashed Potatoes, Peanut Butter the taste buds of food-lovers all over the Cheesecake world. However, the Mexican cuisine is much It’s Maple Syrup Time! more than the popular spicy salsa and the Chef Amy Weisenburger refreshing guacamole. Join Chef Amy while Monday, March 14, 6-8:30 pm Amherst she embraces the various culinary influences Thursday, March 24, 6-8:30 pm West Seneca that have led to the emergence of a rich and $25 colorful cuisine! Homemade Guacamole & Early spring is Maple Syrup time! Amy will Salsa, Spanish Rice, Chile Colorado, Classic prepare these great maple recipes. I can Mexican Flan taste the sweetness already! Maple-Cashew- Apple-Salad, Bacon & Maple Sweet Sea Scallops, Maple Glazed Yams with Orange & Cranberries, Maple Pecan Cookies A Simple Special Irish Dinner Beer pairing with Flying Bison Brewing Co. Chef Barry Conway Monday, March 7, 6-8:30 pm Amherst Tuesday, March 8, 6-8:30 pm West Seneca St. Joseph’s Day Feast $25 Wine pairing with Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated Arrowhead Spring Vineyards with everything Irish. To those who celebrate Instructor Diane Noto Pasta: Not Just with Red Sauce its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 18, 6-8:30 pm Amherst Wine pairing with a traditional day for spiritual renewal and Wednesday, March 16, 6-8:30 pm Ten Thousand Vines offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. West Seneca Winery Most Irish citizens attend mass followed by $25 Chef Scottie Williams an evening of traditional Irish food and drink. St. Joseph’s Day, also known as The Feast Monday, February 28, 6-8:30 pm Please join us as we celebrate St. Pat’s day! Of St. Joseph or La Festa di San Giuseppe, is West Seneca Brown Soda Bread, Colcannon, Guinness Beef being celebrated March 19. Traditionally held $25 Stew, Irish Potato Candy two days after St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s When preparing pasta, don’t always think “red” Day has the strongest roots and traditions sauce. Chef Scottie has some great dishes Restaurant-Quality Chicken –Three Ways in Italy and it commemorates the feast day with a rainbow of colors! Pasta Fagioli, Chicken Wine pairing with of St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary. Angelique, Orzo with Veggies, Fried Ravioli Niagara Landing Wine Cellars Joseph was credited with preventing a famine Instructor Rose Ann Ross in Sicily and as a result, the day is commonly Almost Spring! Friday, March 11, 6-8:30 pm Amherst commemorated with a festival and special Chef Scott Donhauser Monday, March 21, 6-8:30 pm West Seneca feast. Please join us as we celebrate this Monday, March 21, 6-8:30 pm Amherst $25 special day! Lentil Soup, Pasta with Marinara Monday, March 7, 6-8:30 pm West Seneca Rose Ann has another take on serving good Sauce & Mollica, Cardoons & Artichokes, $25 quality chicken 3 different ways. Sfinge and Strufoli Let’s think spring! With a menu this grand, we Let’s learn how to make her chicken dishes should be feeling all that spring has to offer! that will leave your guests or family wondering Fresh Tomato Gazpacho with Tortilla Strips, how you did it! Chicken Alsace, Chicken Grilled Salmon with Walnut Crust, Strawberry Florentine, Chicken Marsala, Italian Pasta Glaze over Wild Rice with Grilled Vegetables, Chocolate Polenta with Vanilla Ice Cream Register early! Some classes fill quickly and others may not be held due to low registration. 716.517.3006 Cooking School West Seneca 7 your health your health nutrition experts We have a staff of registered dietitians and nutrition experts who teach all of the Your Health classes at the Cooking Schools. These classes are covered in part under most local health insurance. Class instructors include: Pamela Beamer, RD, CDE, (Certified Diabetic Educator), who teaches the Diabetic program Julia Assad, RD, who teaches Healthy Heart and Family Cooks Together programs Wendy Scime, RD, who teaches the Eat Well Stay Fit program. These great health classes — taught by registered dietitians—are covered in part by local Health Insurance Companies (please call the Cooking School for details). Come join us to learn how to eat healthy and make good dietary choices. Each class will provide an informational handout on the class topic, along with a generous sampling of each recipe. diabetes cooking What’s New with Diabetes Meal Planning for Diabetes Diabetes Complications— Instructor Pamela Beamer, Instructor Pamela Beamer, Don’t Press Your Luck World Kidney Month RD, CDE RD, CDE Instructor Pamela Beamer, Instructors Pamela Beamer, RD, CDE Tuesday, January 11, 6-8 pm Wednesday, February 16, 6-8 pm RD, CDE (Amherst) and Julia Assad, RD Amherst Amherst Wednesday, March 9, 6-8 pm (West Seneca) Tuesday, January 18, 6-8 pm Tuesday, February 1, 6-8 pm Amherst Renal Dieticians will be present to West Seneca West Seneca Tuesday, March 22, 6-8 pm answer any questions $20 $20 West Seneca Wednesday, March 23, 6-8 pm Pam will inform you of new Pam will give out meal plans $20 $20 products available for people and menu guidelines for people In March, we celebrate the Over 170,000 Western New Yorkers with diabetes. She will also get with diabetes. She will also “Luck of the Irish”, but avoiding have chronic kidney disease. Over you up to date on the current discuss the proper amounts complications of diabetes is not 1,600 are on dialysis, and more than research regarding products, of carbohydrates and sugars a matter of luck. Pam will inform 500 are awaiting a lifesaving kidney medications, and work towards to promote healthy diabetes you of how to prevent, manage, transplant. If you have diabetes, high a cure for diabetes. Barley management. and/or treat diabetes related blood pressure, a family history of Minestrone Soup, Mediterranean Tuscan Tomato & Bread Soup*, complications. these conditions or a family history Beef Salad with Lemon Grilled Mushroom Turkey Burgers, Wild Rice Chicken Soup, Roasted of kidney disease, you are at risk for Vinaigrette, Spinach Panini*, Crumb Topped Cauliflower*, Salmon and Tomatoes, Spaghetti kidney disease. This class will help Sonoma Baked Apples* Cherry-Blackberry Crumble* with Roasted Tomatoes and you learn to cook kidney-friendly! Pine Nuts*, Ricotta Mousse with Shrimp Spread with Crackers, Berries* Chicken Pasta with Brussel Sprouts, *Vegetarian recipe Carrot Casserole, Very Berry Galatte eat well, stay fit Good Nutrition; Building Blocks For Your Allergies or Intolerance? National Nutrition Month Bodies Defense Instructor, Wendy Scime, RD Instructor, Wendy Scime, RD Instructor, Wendy Scime, RD Tuesday, February 1, 6-8 pm Amherst Wednesday, March 2, 6-8 pm Amherst Thursday, January 13, 6-8 pm Amherst Tuesday, February 15, 6-8 pm West Seneca Wednesday, March 9, 6-8 pm West Seneca Wednesday, January 26, 6-8 pm West Seneca $20 $20 $20 Are you suffering from a food allergy, or is it March is National Nutrition Month. This year Eating nutrient dense food is essential to help intolerance? What is the difference? Wendy the theme is “Eat Right with Color”. Eating a build your body’s defenses year round! Trying will discuss the difference between an allergy variety of naturally color rich foods is a great one or two nutrient dense items at each meal and intolerance, while preparing some recipes way to get the nutrients you need. Let’s not is a great way to get you on a lifetime habit of avoiding the most common food triggers- wait for lunch, try these colorful breakfast eating well. Try these recipes at one of your peanuts/tree nuts, fish/shellfish, and lactose. recipes to get you off to a nutritious start. next meal: Quinoa Wilted Spinach Salad*, Balsamic Green Bean Salad*, Lactose Free Blueberry Orange Blast*, Colorful Cheese Lightened Up Pasta Fagioli Soup, Fruited Bran Veggie Stuffed Shells* Rosemary Garlic Omelet*, Spinach Swiss Quiche, Bananas Muffins*, Poached Pears with Orange Cream* Focaccia Bread*, Lactose Free Chocolate Chip Foster Bread* Cookies* *Vegetarian recipe 8 Amherst Cooking School 716.515.2000 your health family cooks together - hands on These classes will be geared to all family members, starting at age 7. In years past, family time was always spent around the dinner table, where conversations were personal and families could feel close to each other. Family life today is all too busy, with less time eating meals together and more time going to the nearest fast food place. If each family member had a role in getting a healthy meal on the dinner table, there would be more time available to stay home and enjoy the meal together. Let us help you start getting back to family basics, while enjoying the healthy meals that you helped to prepare! These classes are covered under the Your Health classes. All insurance information will be needed for all attending, and will be taken when you reserve the class, along with your credit card information. Healthy Eating in the New Year Chinese New Year Let’s Celebrate St. Patty’s Day! Instructor Julia Assad, RD Instructor Julia Assad, RD Instructor Julia Assad, RD Friday, January 21, 6-8 pm Amherst Tuesday, February 15, 6-8 pm Amherst Tuesday, March 1, 6-8 pm Amherst Tuesday, January 11, 6-8 pm West Seneca Thursday, February 24, 6-8 pm West Seneca Thursday, March 3, 6-8 pm West Seneca $20 per adult, $12 per child ages 10 & under $20 per adult, $12 per child ages 10 & under $20 per adult, $12 per child ages 10 & under (cost without insurance) (cost without insurance) (cost without insurance) Sometimes it’s hard to get our families to Help your kids learn about other cultures Everybody’s Irish on St. Patty’s day. Learn eat everything they should. Julia will discuss through cooking! Celebrate the Chinese New about Irish foods and celebrate the luck of the tips on how to get kids in the kitchen, how to Year with these festive fun dishes that your Irish with these fun dishes that your kids will increase fruits and vegetable consumption and kids can help you make. Egg Drop Soup, Quick surely enjoy. Shamrock Toasties*, St. Patty how to end meal time battles. Round up the Chinese Chicken, Sesame-Soy Noodles*, Sweet Melt, Green and Gold Zucchini Coins*, Irish kids and make these recipes together as it is Rice Crispy Sushi* Soda Bread* important to eat a balanced diet, especially during cold and flu season. Alphabet Chicken Soup, Grilled Cheese Croutons*, Snowman on a Stick*, Frozen Yogurt Pops* *Vegetarian recipe eat to your heart’s content Healthy Hearty “Big Game” Party Go Red for Women’s Health Instructor Julia Assad, RD Go Red for Women’s Health Tuesday, January 25, 6-8 pm Amherst Instructor Julia Assad, RD Wednesday, January 19, 6-8 pm West Seneca Tuesday, March 22, 6-8 pm Amherst $20 Thursday, March 10, 6-8 pm West Seneca Let’s celebrate through these heart healthy dishes. These classic $20 dishes have all the flavor, without all the calories and fat. Julia Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in women today. will discuss how to celebrate and enjoy your favorite foods without Unfortunately often times the signs and symptoms of a heart attack spoiling your diet. Now you can cheer for your team whole heartedly! or stroke can go unnoticed. Learn the warning signs of a heart attack Guacamole with Homemade Baked Chips*, Spicy Black Bean Chicken and stroke and ways you can reduce your risk of heart disease through Chili, Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Bread*, Team Spirit Cup Cakes* simple lifestyle changes. Chickpea and Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing and Yogurt Sauce*, Spaghetti Frittata with Quick Homemade I “Heart” You Marinara*, Oven Baked Zucchini Fries*, Mixed Berry Cobbler* Instructor Julia Assad, RD Thursday, February 3, 6-8 pm Amherst Thursday, February 10, 6-8 pm West Seneca $20 Valentine’s Day is a great time to think about one’s heart and make a conscious decision to make it healthy. Learn how you can take steps to a healthier heart starting with this Valentine’s Day dinner. After all what better way to say I love you than serving up a heart healthy meal? Roasted Tomatoes with Gorgonzola and Herbs*, Garlic Basil Shrimp, Brown Rice with Hazelnuts*, Chocolate Soufflé* *Vegetarian recipe 716.517.3006 Cooking School West Seneca 9 meet our chefs and instructors Regional Cooking School Manager Grace Instructor Nichole Allen Instructor Diane Notto- Chef Amy Weisenburger Hanusin Nichole Allen is an instructor Hamric Chef Amy is a personal chef, Grace is our Regional Cooking School Manager at the West Seneca Cooking Diane, author of It’s a Wing cooking gourmet dinners and for Amherst, West Seneca and Rochester. She is School for our special-needs Thing (cookbooks 1 & 2), is providing busy professionals based at the Tops Cooking School in Amherst. Her groups. She previously served back again offering some great and special-diet clients with culinary background includes working as a line as the banquet manager at appetizer recipe classes. She’s delicious home-cooked meals cook and sous-chef in many area restaurants. In Shanghai Red’s Restaurant and been cooking and creating in Buffalo and the surrounding 1995, she placed second in the New York Division Banquet Facility, and brings in the kitchen along with her areas. She is a graduate of the of The National Beef Cook-off Contest with her with her many talents for our mother and grandmothers for United States Personal Chef Beef and Barley Mulligan recipe. Her Onion Soup classes. as long as she can remember, Association Certificate pro- recipe was featured in the Buffalo News by food with cake decorating, catering gram. Chef Amy’s clients have critic, Janice Okun. She currently is a key panelist Instructor Barry Conway and publishing cookbooks included Martha Stewart Liv- on the website www.wnywomen.com. Grace has Barry “Bear-Man” Conway is are a few of her accomplish- ing, ECMC, Planet Reels Films, appeared on local TV shows and events, and does on his way to entrepreneur- ments. Diane and her husband Socket Films, The Diocese of live cooking demos, while promoting the Cooking ship with his Bear-Man line have now opened their own Buffalo, Independent Health School. She coordinates and writes the calendar of sauces and rubs. Join him restaurant, called Hotroxs, in and many happy individuals! each quarter, schedules the classes, teaches the in the Cooking School as he the Southtowns. We welcome special needs population and supervises day-to- serves us his favorite menus! her to the Cooking School. Chef Scottie Williams day operations of the Cooking Schools in Amherst Scottie comes to us as the and West Seneca as well. Executive Chef Scott Instructor Rose Ann Ross Head Chef at Riley Street Sta- Donhauser Rose Ann is one of our newest tion in East Aurora. He studied Coordinator Noreen Mallia It is always a treat when Chef Instructors, but she is not new Fine Arts at Buffalo State Col- Noreen is our Cooking School Coordinator for Scott comes to the Cooking to the world of culinary arts. lege, but found his true love by the West Seneca Cooking School. She comes School. Scott has shown his She was the owner of her own working with many fine chefs to us with 29 years of experience in restaurant many talents in local restau- restaurant, Rigatoni’s, located in Western New York during operation. Noreen, and her husband, Sal, owned rants such as Daffodil, Verbena, on Delaware Ave. in Kenmore his first two years at school. It Sal Franco’s Restaurant in Orchard Park, where and Frog Hair Grill. Chef Scott from 1986-1996. Her quick, has been more than 25 years, Noreen worked in various positions. Noreen has just taken over the uncomplicated recipes will and he still loves what he schedules the classes and manages day-to-day management of a beautiful enhance your own cooking does. His specialties include operations of the Cooking School in West Seneca. restaurant in the Westwood abilities, as well as her flair for Polish, Greek and Northern Country Club, “Windows on the table decorating. Italian cooking. Working with Green,” which is open to the breads, meats and seafood as public. This dynamic chef has Chef Amanda Usen his palette — what more could Chef Amy his hand in many local happen- Amanda is a graduate of the someone ask for? ings that add to his two-hour Culinary Institute of America in program. The menus he has Hyde Park, NY. Before settling Instructor Deborah Witul chosen will bring cooking, pre- in Buffalo with her chef hus- “Miss Deb” has been a long sentation and interesting flavor band, she cooked across the time familiar face of the cook- combinations to new heights! country in cities like Nashville, ing school as she teaches the New Orleans, and Monterey, children’s classes in Amherst Instructor Linda Duncan California. Amanda has enjoyed that spark creativity and inspire Linda Duncan just celebrated working locally at Oliver’s young chefs. Deb also hosts her first anniversary with Tops Restaurant, Lord Chumley’s birthday parties for ages 5 and Cooking School as a Cooking Restaurant, the Buffalo Club up. The scouting program is Chef Scott Assistant. Being a mother of and the Dessert Deli Gourmet another area that she teaches, five with many years of home- Bakery. facilitating the badge require- schooling experience, Linda ments for both Boy Scouts and adds this knowledge to teach- Instructor Diane Wagner Girl Scouts. ing the Aspiring Chef classes in Diane is no stranger to teach- West Seneca. ing / demonstrating cooking classes and adult education Instructor Judy Handzlik classes. She also volunteers her Judy is our instructor for the time and talent at the Response Julia Assad, RD children’s classes in our West to Love Center Soup Kitchen. Seneca Cooking School, and Diane’s specialty is appetizers, the Aspiring Chefs classes in where she can create master- Amherst. Judy has worked as pieces from ordinary fruit. a preschool teacher, as well as a day camp instructor for 25 years. Judy brings with her many new and refreshing ideas for the classes, as well as a love and understanding of working with these age “Miss Deb” groups. Judy teaches the scout program and hosts birthday parties, as well. 10 Amherst Cooking School 716.515.2000 Class registration is easy and convenient. We are able to take payment over the phone using your credit card. To register Cancellation Policy for a cooking class at either our Amherst TOPS or West Seneca TOPS, please • If you cannot attend a class, you may send a substitute in your place, except note the following: for Your Health classes. The substitute must have health insurance coverage or they will be charged for the class. To register by phone: • TOPS reserves the right to change any menu or instructor, or to cancel any • Call the TOPS Cooking School in Amherst at 716.515.2000 or the TOPS class at their discretion. The Cooking School will attempt to notify students Cooking School in West Seneca at 716.517.3006. of cancellations. • You must provide a credit card number and expiration date to register by • In order to better prepare for our classes and to better phone using your credit card. Please have your credit card ready. serve our customers, we now require 3-business days advance notice if • The best way to register for classes is to call the you cannot attend a class or your credit card Cooking School. will be charged. No refunds will be made after that time. Just call the Cooking School and leave your name and the date of the class you are Registration is easy. Just call the Cooking School that you want to register for cancelling. We will call to confirm. We regret any inconvenience this may classes in, or stop by during the day when shopping, and we will be glad to cause. register you. Both schools are handicapped accessible. We discourage paying for classes ahead of time, in the event the class is not Grace Hanusin Noreen Mallia held. Your credit card will not be charged until the day of the class. If you wish to pay by cash the day of the class, you may do so by stopping in the school Regional Cooking School Manager Cooking School Coordinator before the class to obtain your registration form. Just go to the service desk, 3980 Maple Road 355 Orchard Park Road pay for the class and return a receipt and the form back to the class. Amherst, NY 14226 West Seneca, NY 14224 716-515-2000 716-517-3006 Pre-registration for all classes is recommended at least 5 days in advance, as the class may be full or Register early! Some classes fill quickly and others may cancelled for low attendance after that time. not be held due to low registration. wine and beer tastings are now offered in some of our classes at the Cooking School! general Please check inside for dates and times of those classes. Register early, because these classes fill up quickly! information and etiquette In hands-on participation classes, students should wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes. You may not wear open toed shoes or sandals. This is for your protection and safety. We provide full-length bib aprons for use during class. Please silence all cell phones and pagers when classes are in session. Please keep talking to a minimum so that others may hear the instructors during class. Small children are not allowed in adult classes. If you need to use your cell phone, please exit Alcoholic beverages may be made available for consumption in some classes. the Cooking School while talking. Class participants will be asked to present identification to prove that they are of legal New York State drinking age and will be held responsible for limiting their consumption of alcohol to safe amounts. Pregnant women and people on certain medications should not consume alcohol. Everyone should bring proper ID to the class. TOPS policy is to proof everyone; failure to bring proper ID will result in being excluded from the tastings, but not the class. 716.517.3006 Cooking School West Seneca 11 FEATURED EVENTS Birthdaying sCties ok par l hoo at the Co are f un ! Trying to plan your child’s birthday party? Let us do the work for you! Call today to book your party. kniners di d& 6-9 pm alling all ops! a MoVie ages 7-12 C night scout stffeod at the r o re let’s celebrate Disney! Amherst & West Seneca Cooking Schools Scout classe ool. Come join us for a special dinner and a movie right here in the Cooking Sch cooking schools. Each month we will have a special dinner theme that you will help prepare. After eating and helping clean your Brownies, earnit” badge! up, we will have a movie for you to watch, along with popcorn! Bring a friend and add to the fun! “make it eat $20 for one child, $35 for two children; $50 for three children (please register all children in your group at the same time to get the discount) YOUR LOCAL PLEASE CALL Space Buddies • Saturday, January 22, 6-9 pm G SCHOOL TOPS COOKIN Individual Chicken and Biscuit Dinners, Fresh Fruit Cobbler FORMATION. FOR MORE IN Toy Story 3 • Saturday, February 19, 6-9 pm Sloppy Joes in a Cup, Salad Wrap Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie • Saturday, March 19, 6-9 pm Corn Dogs, Homemade Microwave Macaroni & Cheese Cook up some great gifts! Looking for a gift for a person who has everything? Purchase a gift certificate for the TOPS Cooking School, where you choose the price, they choose the classes!