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
Salmon with Herb Sauce & Orange Olive Oil Cake (Episode #224)
KQED Life: Mon, Dec 31, 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.
Zucchini Blossom Risotto & Lemon-Shrimp Risotto (Episode #223)
KQED Life: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne's side-by-side instruction gives her student Michael the recipe to make the perfect risotto including a special trick to produce the creamiest results. Recipes: farmers market risotto with zucchini and their blossoms, risotto with lemon shrimp. Student: Michael Procopio - Writer/Waiter. Wine Segment: The "Big Six" grapes.
Grilled Sea Bass with Romesco & Summer Vegetables (Episode #222)
KQED Life: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne gives her student John a hands-on cooking lesson on grilling fish and vegetables indoors, and teaches him how to prepare a Spanish-inspired sauce. Recipes: grilled sea bass with almond romesco, grilled summer vegetables. Student: John Washko - Hotel Entrepreneur. Wine Segment: Contrast and compliment in wine pairing.
Tomato & Mozzarella Farfalle & Crispy Cracker Bread (Episode #221)
KQED Life: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne raises the curtain on her student Bob's cooking skills as she shows him how to make a tangy cheese pasta dish and roll dough for the crispiest cracker bread. Recipes: farfalle with olives, capers, tomatoes and mozzarella, crispy cracker bread. Student: Bob Duxbury - Playwright /Teacher. Wine Segment: Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio with Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson.
Ricotta Mint Ravioli & Lemon Salad (Episode #220)
KQED Life: Tue, Dec 25, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
Joanne's teaches her student Michelle how to make pasta from scratch and encourages her to try it at home. Recipes: tomato and lemon salad with lemon-scented oil, homemade ricotta and mint ravioli with sweet tomatoes. Student: Michelle Soto - Financial Advisor. Wine Segment: Understanding Italian wine labels.
Cherry Tomato Pizza & Fennel Arugula Salad (Episode #219)
KQED Life: Mon, Dec 24, 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: Fri, Dec 21, 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: Thu, Dec 20, 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: Wed, Dec 19, 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: Tue, Dec 18, 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: Mon, Dec 17, 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: Fri, Dec 14, 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: Thu, Dec 13, 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: Wed, Dec 12, 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: Tue, Dec 11, 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: Mon, Dec 10, 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: Fri, Dec 7, 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: Thu, Dec 6, 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: Wed, Dec 5, 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: Tue, Dec 4, 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: Mon, Dec 3, 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.