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
Golden Gazpacho & Chicken Breasts with Relish (Episode #226)
KQED Life: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 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, May 28, 2013 -- 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, May 27, 2013 -- 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, May 24, 2013 -- 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, May 23, 2013 -- 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, May 22, 2013 -- 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, May 21, 2013 -- 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, May 20, 2013 -- 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, May 17, 2013 -- 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, May 16, 2013 -- 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, May 15, 2013 -- 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, May 14, 2013 -- 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, May 13, 2013 -- 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, May 10, 2013 -- 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, May 9, 2013 -- 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, May 8, 2013 -- 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, May 7, 2013 -- 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, May 6, 2013 -- 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, May 3, 2013 -- 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, May 2, 2013 -- 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, May 1, 2013 -- 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.