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Mix Cooking School Offers a Creative Culinary Experience for All Ages

Marcy Makoviecki combined her passion for food and community to create Mix Cooking School. Foodies of all ages can come together to learn new skills and great recipes and then enjoy a dining experience at the end of class.

“I live in Chandler, just minutes from Mix, and I love the community feeling we have in this town. It has a big-city vibe with a small-town heart,” says Makoviecki. “And to top it off, it’s a family-oriented town. As a parent, I think it’s a great life skill to have our kids learn the basics of good ingredients, nutrition and cooking.”

Mix will provide a wide variety of classes and workshops, but Makoviecki, who has more than 15 years of experience in the food industry, is particularly excited about the family friendly options. Kids can partake in a basic cooking boot camp, weekend cooking classes or celebrate birthdays with a private cooking party.

“I love the great sense of accomplishment kids feel when they successfully crack an egg and can eventually make a whole meal themselves. Kids don’t have the fear of failure that adults have—they just dive in and get cooking,” says Makoviecki.

Mix will also offer baby food making classes, date-night classes, and cake and cookie decorating classes. Makoviecki, whose passion and expertise is in baking, will offer workshops on how to make French macarons, scones and breads.

“Mix provides a place for people to come together and enjoy a fun, collaborative, educational food experience,” says Makoviecki.

4995 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 6, Chandler

480.825.5293

MixCookingSchool.com

Fresh Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are easy for kids to assemble and require virtually no cooking by using pre-cooked shrimp. It’s easy to substitute store-bought chicken, cooked pork or even tofu for the shrimp. Use whatever’s on-hand.

Ingredients:

– 8 large rice paper circles, found in the Asian section at the grocer

– 4 oz. of softened rice noodles

– 1 pound cold cooked shrimp

– Fresh cilantro leaves

– Fresh Thai basil

– 2 carrots sliced into strips

– Lettuce leaves

Soften the rice noodles for 10 minutes in very hot water until tender, then drain.  Take each rice paper circle and dip into a large bowl of hot water for a few seconds until soft and pliable. Place the softened circle flat onto a large plate. Arrange the cold shrimp in a line directly down the middle of the rice circle and follow with rows of carrot strips, basil and cilantro leaves. Top with a handful of softened rice noodles, leaving an inch edge uncovered around the entire circle.

Fold the sides of the circle over the shrimp and veggies, and then fold from the bottom to top to create a sealed roll. The rice circle will neatly adhere to itself, forming a pretty, see-through roll. Arrange them on a serving tray with a favorite dipping sauce, such as hot or sweet chili sauce or spicy peanut sauce.

Jerky Treats for Dogs 
(and humans!)

Most dogs love jerky but much of the store-bought jerky is around $20 a pound and often treated with chemicals, flavorings and preservatives. Making your own jerky is super simple and inexpensive. It’s delicious for both dogs and humans when using quality fresh chicken.

Freeze one pound of boneless chicken thighs or boneless breasts for 30-40 minutes until just firm. Using a sharp knife, slice the chicken into three-inch pieces, each about ¼-inch thick. Place the slices on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Bake at 225 degrees for two to three hours or until chicken is dry and firm. Store for up to two weeks in an airtight container in the fridge, or freeze for months.

Recipes provided by Mix Cooking School