Happy Halloween!


I hope every one has a safe and fun Halloween! My son is dressing up as a cobra and I am going to attempt to be Medusa (to carry on the snake theme… wish me luck!)

I have squash on the mind! Tonight I making a big pot of pumpkin mac and cheese and some roasted squash crostini for us to eat up before going out trick-or-treating.

Still looking for a dinner idea tonight? Check out my mac and cheese recipe, a classic from my kid comfort food class. :)

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese  

1 lb pasta, cooked according to directions

½ onion minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons butter

⅓ cup flour

3 cups whole milk or cream

1 lb cheddar cheese, the sharper the better, shredded

1 cup canned pumpkin

  1. Make your roux by melting the butter in a pot or saucepan on medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook about 3 minutes until fragrant. Then add the flour and keep moving the mixture around as it thickens and browns slightly, being careful not to let it burn. Cook about one minute.
  2. Add in the milk and continue whisking until the whole thing starts to thicken and lumps start to disappear. Take the pot off the heat and use a wooden or plastic spoon to stir in the cheese.
  3. When the cheese and roux-milk mixture is combined so that the cheeses have started to blend and melt together, stir in the pumpkin purée. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Add in your pasta and mix it so you get the pumpkin cheese sauce in every nook, cranny, and crevice.




I am excited to debut my Turnip the Heat aprons for this week’s class! Now all my students will have a handy apron to help them stay clean.

Aprons are also available for sale ($20) if you are interested. Just email turniptheheatcooking@gmail.com

Rainy Day Cooking!

All this rain is making me even more excited for Sunday’s kid cooking class! We will be making 2 pots of soup, a cheesy, whole wheat quick bread, and some gooey apple blondies.

This is the perfect class for kiddos 8 years old and up. We will be working on developing layers of flavors in a pot of soup, how to make a loaf of quick bread and why browning butter makes apple blondies OH SO TASTY!

Register here

Questions? Email us at turniptheheatcooking@gmail.com



Upcoming Classes

Next up is Southern Thai Cooking on October 23rd, at 6:30 – a great night out with friends or a date, especially if you like Thai food! We will be making a 4 course Thai feast, complete with salad rolls, spicy soup, cozy curry and a coconut and dark chocolate pot de creme.

Sign up here.

Also, my next kid cooking class will be Soups and Quick Breads. We will be breaking down the basics of soup making and whipping up 2 different types of soup. In addition, we will bake up a loaf of whole wheat quick bread and have a gooey apple and brown sugar brownie treat.

Sign up here.

Friday Morning Kids Cooking Class

Did you remember there is no school on Friday, October 10th? It is a Statewide inservice day! If you are looking for a fun way to kick of the day sign your kids up ( 6 years old and older)  for a cooking class!

I am teaming with Whole Foods Market on Fremont and 15th to offer another cooking class! We will be exploring new ingredients and flavors and cooking up a delicious lunch! The class is 9:30am – 12:00pm.

Get more information and sign up here.