Nutrition Program Educator Myra McKinney (center) leads a hands-on cooking class at CCE-Tompkins (2007)

Hands-on food preparation in a nutrition education workshop.

Cooking & Nutrition Classes


Dining with Diabetes: A four-part series
Sessions include demonstrations on how to prepare meals that are healthy, use less saturated fat, salt and sugar without cutting taste. There is an opportunity to taste a variety of main dishes, side dishes and desserts. Participants also learn current information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise and how to understand common diabetes-related medical tests.

Eat Smart for Brain Health
Emerging research shows that what you eat impacts the health of your brain. This presentation will highlight dietary and other health suggestions that are now thought to decrease your risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Past participants have found this helpful whether their concern was prevention or in helping to slow the progression in family members.

Eat Well with Diabetes
Learn how to live and eat well with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This workshop will present timely information, including meal planning basics, how to include sweets, and tips on meals out. It will also address ways to make sustainable dietary changes to help slow the progression of the disease without ignoring the important part food plays in life. This may be offered as informational only, or with a cooking component.

Strong Women, Healthy Hearts
A Physical Activity and Nutrition Program to Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease in Women

This program is taught in a series of nutrition and physical activity classes, twice a week for 12 weeks, covering topics such as weight control, healthy fats, portion distortion and stress reduction. This program is designed for middle-aged to older women and can be taught in community centers, senior sites, housing complexes, health and fitness facilities or businesses.

Live cooking classes are being offered via Zoom and Microsoft Teams.Registrants will be sent a list of ingredients and equipment needed in case they want to cook along with Karen.

Cooking with What’s on Hand
Cooking more at home and shopping less often?Learn to plan ahead and keep an inventory of healthy ingredients in your pantry, fridge and freezer.Create simple, healthy meals while using safe, simple, budget-smart shopping strategies.

Eat to Stay Strong
Eat to support your immune system featuring phytochemicals, antioxidants and superfoods.

Fermentation of Foods
This class will include the nutritional benefits of fermented foods including yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi and kombucha. A lesson on fermentation as a method of home food preservation will include making sauerkraut.

Fishing for Health
This workshop covers the health benefits of including more fish in your diet, as well as safety concerns and sustainability issues. Prepare and sample some easy recipes that will make a fish lover out of you.

Mediterranean Cooking
Learn some healthy cooking techniques using more olive oil, tasty vegetables and hearty whole grains for a heart healthy diet. Includes food preparation and sampling!

One-Pot Meals
Several classes are available for sheet-pan dinners and making with slow cookers, Dutch ovens and electric pressure cookers.Some themes include One Pot Comfort Foods, One-Pot Mexican, One-Pot Indian and One-Pot Plant Forward Meals.

Plant-Based Diets
Explore the history and the heart-healthy benefits of this hot trend of eating more plant foods.Whole, minimally-processed, locally sources foods are emphasized in this environmentally sustainable way of eating.

Preserving the Bounty: An Introduction to Home Food Preservation
Have you always wanted to make your own pickles, jams, or flavored vinegar but been afraid to try? Learn the basics of safe dehydrating, pickling, jam and jelly making, canning and freezing. Participants will sample products and make a project to take home. This class can be offered alone or as a series, and may also may offered as informational only.

Staying Motivated to Eat Healthy and Keep Fit
Learn mindful ways to rise to our current challenges.Choose nutritious foods and move more in order to be at our best.Plant forward recipes and activity tips will be shared.

Winter Soups and Stews
Enjoy making and sampling some nourishing and warming recipes. Build confidence in creating your own soups from simple ingredients, and take home a collection of tried and true recipes

Last updated June 21, 2024