Joanne Weir's Cooking Class
The James Beard award-winning cooking teacher, author and chef shares culinary techniques, tips and fundamentals with her eager students. Each week, from her cozy kitchen, Weir instructs a chef-in-training on equipping the kitchen, preparing Mediterranean-inspired recipes, and selecting complementary wines with the help of noted wine expert Andrea Immer Robinson.
Joanne Weir's Cooking Class Previous Broadcasts
Cherry Tomato Pizza & Fennel Arugula Salad (Episode #219)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 31, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne demystifies yeast and teaches her student Jerry a foolproof pizza dough and shows him how to create a well-seasoned vinaigrette. Recipes: pizza with cherry tomato and basil salad, fennel, arugula, and radicchio salad with shaved pecorino. Student: Jerry Feldman - International Business Development. Wine Segment: Soave wines from the region around Venice.
Asparagus Puffs (Gougeres) and Lamb Skewers With Fava Salad (Episode #218)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne shows her student Del how to peel fava beans and use rosemary in an unexpected way, and then they create a seasonal twist on the classic French cheese gougeres. Recipes: asparagus cheese puffs, grilled lamb on rosemary skewers with warm fava salad. Student: Clodel "Del" Gosuico - Programmer. Wine Segment: Chateauneuf du Pape.
Beet Gorgonzola Salad & Veal Chops (Episode #217)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 27, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne takes the challenge of changing her student Michael's mind about certain ingredients by teaching him two delicious recipes. Recipes: watercress and beet salad with gorgonzola and walnuts, veal chops with olives, capers, and sage. Student: Michael Hauptman - Lawyer. Wine Segment: Cotes du Rhone for everybody.
Asparagus Salad with Tangy Relish & Rolled Pork with Figs (Episode #216)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 26, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne's watchful instruction and encouragement gives her student Yasu the confidence to try more challenging recipes. Recipes: grilled asparagus salad with lemon shallot relish, pork tenderloin with onion, orange and fig marmalade. Student: Yasu Maskay - Public Relations Consultant. Wine Segment: "What is a Master Sommelier?" with Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
"Saintly" Penne & Fried Oyster Caesar (Episode #215)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne finds her student Ron's enthusiasm for food contagious as she shows him how to prepare a pasta dish whose star is a spicy olive oil condiment, and shares the story of how she came up with a novel take on a popular salad. Recipes: penne with olio santo, ricotta salata, olives and mint, fried oyster "caesar" salad. Student: Ron Martin - Firefighter. Wine Segment: Dolcetto from Italy's Piedmont region.
Spicy Crab Linguine & Winter White Salad (Episode #214)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 24, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne gives her student Leigh a crash course on working with crab and creating a composed salad. Recipes: winter white salad with a hint of green, linguine with spicy hot crab and tomatoes. Student: Leigh Balkom - Healthcare Professional. Wine Segment: Vouvray from the Loire Valley.
Provencal Roasted Lamb & White Bean Salad (Episode #213)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne shows her student Geoff how to cook a hearty one-pot main course and introduces him to new flavor combinations. Recipes: pot roasted leg of lamb with garlic and olives, white bean salad with peppers, goat cheese and mint. Student: Student: Geoff Rubendall - Civil Engineer. Wine Segment: The wines of southern France.
Chicken Ragout & Stewed Grape Panna Cotta (Episode #212)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 20, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne instructs her student Heather on the fundamentals of slow cooking, or braising, and then shows her to create a dessert with a "wow" factor. Recipes: chicken ragout with autumn vegetables, panna cotta with stewed grapes. Student: Heather Tay - Sales Executive. Wine Segment: Different types of Chardonnay.
Asparagus Soup & Grilled Herbed Lamb Leg (Episode #211)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 19, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne teaches her student Cheryl the basics of soup-making and using fresh and dried herbs to create two delicious recipes. Recipes: asparagus soup with lemon creme fraiche, grilled leg of lamb with lavender-rosemary rub. Student: Cheryl Kovalchik - Entertainment Marketing. Wine Segment: Pairing wine and food from the same region, with Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
Spicy Sausage Penne & Harvest Flatbread (Episode #210)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne shows her student Jerry how to prepare one of her favorite pasta recipes, and gives Jerry a "punching" lesson with flatbread dough. Recipes: penne with tomatoes, spicy fennel sausage and cream, wine country flatbread with grapes and toasted walnuts. Student: Jerry Feldman - International Business Development. Wine Segment: Cooking with wine.
Wild Mushroom Lasagna & Grilled Pepper Salad (Episode #209)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 17, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne unlocks the mystery of preparing lasagna using dry pasta for her student Aggie, and gives a hands-on lesson on grilling peppers over the gas stove. Recipes: lasagne with wild mushrooms, leeks, and gorgonzola, grilled salad with peppers, olives, and caperberries. Student: Aggie Gettys - Music Industry Promoter. Wine Segment: Pinot Noir with rich foods.
Beef Roulade & Grilled Bread with Tomatoes (Episode #208)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 16, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne gives student Del a technique-intensive lesson on how to prepare beef rolled around vegetables, then shows him a special tool from Italy which they use to make grilled bread with ripe tomatoes and olive oil. Recipes: beef roulade with roasted fennel and sweet peppers, grilled bread with ripe tomatoes and olive oil. Student: Clodel "Del" Gosuico - Programmer. Wine Segment: Sparkling Cava from the area around Barcelona.
Brick-Cooked Chicken & Grilled Potato Salad (Episode #207)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 13, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne helps her student Yasu build her culinary repertoire by teaching her a unique way to cook chicken with a brick, and a new spin on potato salad. Recipes: herb-roasted chicken cooked under a brick, warm grilled potato salad with olives and parmigiano-reggiano. Student: Yasu Maskay - Public Relations Consultant. Wine Segment: Choosing a Pinot Noir, with Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
Summer Bean Pasta & Italian Bread Salad (Episode #206)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 12, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne teaches her student Michelle to use the freshest seasonal ingredients including shell and string beans, tomatoes, and straight-from-the-garden summer herbs to create two Italian-inspired recipes. Recipes: fusilli with summer beans and savory, italian bread salad (panzanella) with tomatoes and basil. Student: Michelle Soto - Financial Advisor. Wine Segment: Austrian Gruner Veltliner.
Tomato Basil Fettuccine & Grilled Corn Salad (Episode #205)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 11, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne gets her student Ron "fired-up" in this hands-on class featuring tomatoes. Ron learns to create both a hot and colorful pasta dish with a bit of crunch and a grilled corn and arugula salad tossed with an intriguingly delicious smoky tomato vinaigrette. Recipes: grilled corn and arugula salad with smoked tomato vinaigrette, fettucine with tomatoes, basil and crisp bread crumbs. Student: Ron Martin - Firefighter. Wine Segment: Why we call it Fume Blanc.
Sausage Crostini, Goat Cheese Linguine & Melons in Wine (Episode #204)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 10, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne teaches her student Heather how to prepare three quick and simple recipes packed with lots of flavor and texture which she can make at home despite her busy schedule. Recipes: crostini with fennel sausage, linguine with goat cheese and arugula, summer melons in sweet-spiced wine. Student: Heather Tay - Sales Executive. Wine Segment: The versatility of Sauvignon Blanc, with Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
Shellfish Orzo Stew & Orange, Avocado Salad (Episode #203)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 9, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne shows her student Leigh techniques and pointers for working with and selecting the freshest seafood for a hearty, healthy stew, and how to segment citrus and prepare vinaigrette for a refreshing salad. Recipes: shellfish stew with orzo, orange, avocado and green picholine salad. Student: Leigh Balkom - Healthcare Professional. Wine Segment: Chianti and other Tuscan wines.
Pork Chops, Lemon Freeze & Citrus Crisps (Episode #202)
KQED Life: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne gives her student Cheryl and intensive hands-on lesson on brining pork chops, cleaning dried mushrooms, and rolling and cutting out cookie dough. Recipes: pork chops with asparagus and morels, after-dinner lemon freeze pucker-up citrus crisps. Student: Cheryl Kovalchik - Entertainment Marketing. Wine Segment: The Rioja wines of Spain.
Stuffed Chicken Breasts & Fava Fennel Salad (Episode #201)
KQED Life: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne teaches her student Geoff a new way to prepare chicken using some of his favorite ingredients, and shows him how with a little work he can create a vibrant, fragrant salad. Recipes: chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese and olives fava bean, fennel, and parsley salad. Student: Geoff Rubendall - Civil Engineer. Wine Segment: Pairing Sauvignon Blanc with goat cheese, with Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
Golden Gazpacho & Chicken Breasts with Relish (Episode #226)
KQED Life: Wed, Jul 4, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne helps her student Del develop his knife skills by teaching him to chop, mince, and dice vegetables and other ingredients for two of her specialties. Recipes: golden gazpacho with garlic croutons, grilled chicken breasts with sweet corn and pepper relish. Student: Clodel "Del" Gosuico - Programmer. Wine Segment: Albarino from Spain with Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
Veal Chops with Salad & Pineapple Sorbet (Episode #225)
KQED Life: Tue, Jul 3, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne teaches her student Kyle a classic Milanese main course topped with a salad followed by a refreshing sorbet drizzled with a unique ingredient that gets a raised eyebrow from Kyle. Recipes: golden veal with arugula and tomato salad, pineapple sorbet with olive oil and fleur de sel. Student: Kyle Khasigian - Graduate Student. Wine Segment: Let's talk about Rose.
Salmon with Herb Sauce & Orange Olive Oil Cake (Episode #224)
KQED Life: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne shares her trick for cooking salmon and creating a fresh herb sauce, and gives her student Yasu her first baking lesson. Recipes: olive oil and orange-essence cake with soft cream, crisp salmon with green herb and caper sauce. Student: Yasu Maskay - Public Relations Consultant. Wine Segment: Describing wines with food terms.