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Northern Thai Cooking Class

I am always excited when a Thai cooking class is coming up! My favorite cuisine is probably Thai! I love all the fresh flavors; the herbs, spices, greens and rices. Next up is a few fabulous dishes from Northern Thailand.

Larb, a meat and herb salad

Papaya salad

Sticky Rice

and Khoa Soi, a terrific noodle curry dish topped with pickles, lime and shallots.

Class is January 22nd, 6:30 pm at Old Salt Marketplace.

Sign up here.


Happy New Year from Turnip the Heat Cooking

A year ago Turnip the Heat Cooking was just a dream I had been holding onto for years. Finally, I got up the nerve to just jump. I am so happy I did! As exciting as it is to be finally living my dream, I am more moved by all the amazing people in my life who have help me get here.

I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband, Justin, and son, Levi, who rooted for me everyday, and tasted every recipe, and helped me load and unload my car. My sister-in-law, Holly Piatek, who has been my side kick through so many classes and events, is always a source of calm advice.

I am also indebted to the kindness of Neha Patel, owner of Masala Pop, who took a chance and let me use her beautiful commercial kitchen to launch my business. Ben Meyer at Old Salt Marketplace has also helped my business grow, by letting me rent a lovely teaching space and offering great advice along the way. Thank you Hollywood Farmer’s Market and Ari Rosner for inviting me to teach at the market. I look forward to next summer and being at the market again. Lastly, Erin Rosvold, came to my very first cooking class and saw something she liked. I adored working with her and Whole Foods Market all summer and now count her as one of my good friends.

Thank you Leslie Li and Keenan McCune for designing my beloved logo, which makes me smile every time I look at it.

Most of all thank you to all my friends and clients who came to classes, sent their kids to classes and spread the word. I am still in shock that I won Best Kids Cooking School from PDX Metro Kids Calendar!

2015 is going to be another big year, I can feel it!

Happy New Year!


November News!

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 I found this picture in a book of Russian folktales and had to share it. That is one big Turnip!
Happy November Turnips! 
November is my favorite month of the year! Yes, it is dark, rainy, and cold – but we have Thanksgiving to look forward to!
My big cooking class in November is the Thanksgiving Pie making workshop. I currently have 2 sessions open for kids or families.
The classes are Tuesday, November 25th.
If you are feeling like perking up your Thanksgiving dinner table, sign up for Thanksgiving Sides. This is a fun evening class for adults.
If you are a planner, here are December classes:
I still have a few spots open for private parties in December. I also have aprons and gift certificates available for the holiday season. Interested in either? Email

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.