'No-Cook' Vegan Cooking Class Will Mix Summer Flavors Away from the Stove

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on May 23, 2013 10:12am 

 Alexa Weitzman during one of her cooking presentations.
Alexa Weitzman during one of her cooking presentations.
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Alexa Weitzman

QUEENS — Cooking can be cool.

Just in time for summer, Forest Hills residents will have a chance to learn recipes for dishes made without using a stove during a class that will use fresh produce from the Forest Hills Greenmarket.

The 'No-Cook' Vegan Cooking class will be held on June 2, at BambooMoves Yoga Studio in Forest Hills.

“I’m going to do something based on what I’ll pick up that morning at the farmers market so a lot of it is going to be very fresh,” said Alexa Weitzman, author of a home-cooking blog SustainablePantry.com, who will teach the class.

Weitzman said that a portion of the workshop will focus on salads, including a dish made from kale. “People often think that you have to cook kale but it’s actually really delicious as a raw salad,” she said.

She will also present meals made from avocado, cashews and other nuts.

“We are interested in showing people that these common ingredients can be used in really interesting ways to spice up and make their dinners, snacks and parties a little bit more interesting,” Weitzman said.

Another goal, she said, is to present dishes that can be made “without turning on the stove and sweating in your little kitchen” in the summertime.

The 2-hour hands-on class will feature vegan food only. But Weitzman said those foodies who eat meat, are also welcome.

“Even if you are putting chicken on the table, the side dishes are what make it a little bit different,” she said.  “People of all dietary habits can come and learn something.”

The workshop, she said, is open to both seasoned home chefs and those who do not cook at all.

At the end of the class, participants will eat the dishes they have prepared. 

Those interested can sign up through BambooMoves here. The price is $45, which includes all ingredients, supplies, dinner and recipes.

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