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
Spicy Sausage Penne & Harvest Flatbread (Episode #210)
KQED Life: Fri, Sep 28, 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: Thu, Sep 27, 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: Wed, Sep 26, 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: Tue, Sep 25, 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: Mon, Sep 24, 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: Fri, Sep 21, 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: Thu, Sep 20, 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: Wed, Sep 19, 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: Tue, Sep 18, 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: Mon, Sep 17, 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.