Virtual Cooking Classes

For the past several months, I have been taking virtual private cooking classes and they have changed. my. life. Through a kids’ cooking program, I became acquainted with Kate and loved her so much that I poached her from the program, and hired her to teach me how to cook. It has been absolutely incredible. Not only do I work with her on a weekly basis, but she does classes with both my kids — for special occasions here and there and in the past on a weekly basis. Kate offers cooking classes and baking classes and they are ABSOLUTELY incredible.


This is Kate. SHE IS AMAZING. Personable, super friendly, knowledgeable, patient, funny. I love her. If she lived in NYC, she would be my friend.


Kate just launched her own website, Homecooked Virtual Culinary School, and now offers virtual classes for multiple people at a time. The classes are so fun, the food is delicious, and the prices are exceptionally reasonable (not NYC prices). I have thoroughly enjoyed telling her what type of food I like, having Kate come up with the recipes, and then in 90 minutes, cooking a whole meal for the entire family.


Tacos. One week we made: blackened fish tacos, pickled onions, a crema, and a cabbage salad. All in 90 minutes.


Her new classes work that you sign up for the day that they are offered, pay, and she sends the virtual class an ingredient list. You click on the zoom meeting during the time, and you watch and cook at the same time.


So many classes to choose from! I want to take them all!


Of course she also does private classes, or even parties, which are fun, too. They are more expensive, but absolutely worth it. To contact her: go here.  Check out her instagram here. Kate is a gem — and I feel so fortunate to have found her. I love her personality, her classes, and the food we make. Kate and her classes have brought me so much joy in this pandemic and I hope you sign up for one of her zoom group classes or hire her for a private class!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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Mah-Ze-Dhar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I have been a fan of Mah-Ze-Dhar bakery since I was introduced by a friend in 2013. A lot has changed since then, including a new brick-and-mortar store downtown in NYC and one in DC, as well as some new delicious baked good products. Recently, I received their newsletter and was intrigued by their chocolate chip cookie dough — you freeze this huge log of dough that is over 24 cookies, and then bake them as you need. I instantly bought it because I looooove chocolate chip cookies. I froze it for a rainy day (or in this case, a grey and slow Sunday) and then wam bam thank you ma’am, cut, baked, and voila! So easy, and so delicious!


Directions — so simple.

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Key Lime Pie

In the ultimate grocery ordering fail, I ended up with 13 pounds of key limes. Granted, this would be a win if I were having a tequila and taco party (oh please, doesn’t that sound so dreamy????) but since there is no party to be had, I have LOTS AND LOTS of key limes to use! So I went searching on the good ‘ol internet and found this recipe for a key lime pie — thank you Bon Appetit!!!



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Dehydrated Peaches

Earlier this week, we went peach picking (one of my favorite pastimes in Oregon….  fun, beautiful, and super inexpensive. WIN WIN all around). In 20 minutes, we gathered 35 pounds of delicious and perfect peaches. As much as I love peaches, that is a WHOLE lot of peaches to eat….especially since they go bad very quickly. So within minutes, I made two crisps (a little bit of oatmeal, a little bit of butter, a little bit of sugar and VOILA).  But there was still 30 plus pounds left….so we decided to dehydrate them and they are oh so good.


Me and my partner in crime. She weighs just slightly more than the peaches.

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Sweet Potato Pudding

Ever since January 6th, I have been trying to decrease my sugar intake. I must admit (pat on my back) that I have done a very good job for the most part, with only some small slips here and there. Recently, I developed a recipe for sweet potato pudding that I can’t stop making and eating. Warning: there is some maple syrup in it — so while  sugar-cane free, there is still some (a very small amount) of sugar.


Yam / sweet potato. (Tomato / Tomat-oh)

Yam / sweet potato. (Tomato / Tomat-oh)

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