Shirley's Kitchen

Shirley's Kitchen

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1 employee

About this pro

May 2021 be the best year ever. What will be  your goal for health and wellness this year? I’ll be happy to help you develop a plan to explore new and better recipes.  Food should taste amazing  

Each lesson is developed to meet your individual tastes and skills. If you’re just learning to cook or you’re tired if the same old recipes, a three hour lesson might just give you some new ideas. 

Bread from the oven smells so amazing  it tastes even better  I was a very impatient five year old waiting for my first little creations to come out of  that oven.  Of course my mother had made  the bread dough  But I had shaped it, watched it double its size and watched as it turned golden brown in the oven  it was delicious   At that moment I saw baking as an art project  so easy so delicious  who wouldn’t want to make their own bread? I’ve been cooking and baking since my early childhood  love sharing recipes and creating special meals  

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Quakertown, PA 18951
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  • C. Blake

    Very kind, focused and organized. She had lots of good tips for my diabetic mom. The food was flavorful and amazing!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First is a phone conversation to be sure we both agree on the project, the date, the location. Second phone call is to discuss  ideas, ingredients, kitchen tools. Third phone call is confirmation that all is on schedule and we’re all healthy and Covid compliant. Must wear masks for entire lesson. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Practical experiences in life have provided many cooking, baking, gardening, and canning lessons  

I grew up in a rural area in PA.  There were very few stores, restaurants or bakeries. So, following my grandmothers and my mother, i learned to cook quickly and efficiently for any number of people. The farm was 120 acres, usually growing tomatoes. Fresh ingredients created wonderful meals for huge Sunday dinners  

I loved foods but struggled with those extra pounds. So I studied nutrition at every opportunity. I attended lectures on Ayurvedic cooking at the Himalayan Institute. I learned to make Paneer and fresh whey and enjoyed raw juices. For a year of living aboard a sailboat, I had ordered a 75 pound bag of Basmati rice  I grew sprouts and herbs to supplement the fish and rice  

While attending Villanova I had read every nutrition book I could find in the university library. At the same time I tried most new diet plans too. I can teach and share recipes for most diet plans  

My mother became diabetic later in life so we created lots of healthy recipes to make foods delicious and low calorie  Lots of vinegar based relishes, pickles, and salads  Favorite recipes had to be adapted   We explored lots of new spices  

I continue farming by joining CSA Community Supported Agriculture. I belong to an organic CSA, sandy soil,  that grows food for the food pantry. The other CSA is 14 acres of clay, but grows delicious foods.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

sliding scale as people can afford for the event. 

How did you get started teaching?

Sharing and teaching is easy. 

What types of students have you worked with?

beginning cooks, young foodies, special events,  health-based needs. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Seven fishes dinner. Simplified and low calorie. Also made two very different brisket entrees for the holiday dinner.  

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask lots of questions to be sure you feel comfortable. Cooking is an adventure. You want to ask all your questions and get clear answers. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

the usual. Who will attend.  Where is best location for all?  What days and times are best for all? Food allergies?  

If winter, consider alternate dates.

If Covid, consider a zoom class. 

Lessons offered

Cooking Classes Asian Cooking Classes Baking Classes Desserts Classes French Cooking Classes Italian Cooking Classes