Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Find Online Culinary Cooking Classes

Do you want to learn how to gain? Are you interested in breaking into the culinary field? Here are online classes that teach you basic cooking skills. Some of these classes are free, while others offer certification for a fee.


Can You Learn to Cook from Online Classes

Do you want to learn different cooking and baking techniques, but you do not have the time to take an in person class? Online cooking classes may be exactly what you are looking for. These classes can be instructor led, with certifications, or they can be self paced classes that you take so you can master new kitchen skills on your own. Whether you are looking to boost your resume, change your job profession, get a better job in the culinary field, or you are simply interested in improving your culinary skills, there's a class.

Free Online Cooking Classes

Free online cooking classes are generally how to pages that teach you how to bake certain dishes. There are no tests, no instructors to go to and ask questions, and everything is at your own pace.
  • AZCentral.com - This website has a number of how to cooking and baking articles, from how to zest citrus to how to make potato chips. Each how to item is presented on a webpage, in article format. You get to pick and choose what you want to learn how to do.
  • Better Homes and Gardens - Here are a number of wonderful instructional videos. Videos teach basic kitchen skills, tips, and how to bake and cook different types of foods.
  • CNN - CNN also have cooking class videos online. These great videos teach people how to grill vegetables, roast a leg of lamb, and more.
  • Food Network - Food Network has a lot of great cooking videos. Here you will find tips, techniques, and recipes to try out.

Online Cooking Classes

These cooking classes require payment. Payments are far lower than what you would pay to attend a brick and mortar school. Some classes offer certification and others do not. All of these classes are supported by a chef or instructor for answering questions and providing help.
  • Rouxbe Cooking School - No certification offered at the time of writing this article, but the website does mention plans to offer certification classes. Quizzes are provided as well as videos, lessons, and chef support.
  • Smart Kitchen - No certification. Basic to advanced classes offered for a monthly fee. Work at your own pace.
  • Spork Foods - No certification. Membership fees. Online vegan cooking classes.

Culinary Certification Classes

These are certification classes that you can use to build up your resume and get better employment in the culinary field. Most courses offer a certification. The Southern New Hampshire University course allows you to transfer your course credits towards an associates degree in the culinary arrts.
  • Gourmet Cooking Certificate - Penn Foster Career School offers a course that teaches gourmet cooking. Learn all the basics through study guides, textbooks, and DVDs.
  • Cooking 101 - CEU certificate. This is a self paced online course that can be completed in 6 months.
  • Culinary Arts Test - Certification in culinary arts. Expert Rating offers tests for certification. If you feel that you already have the terminology and skills necessary to pass, you can prove your skills by test taking.
  • Cooking Certificate. Taken online at the Southern New Hampshire University. Upon completion of the certificate program, you can transfer credits to their associates culinary program.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Small Biz Women


I always feel as though I should be doing more than I already am. It's as though there is something calling out to me, but it is still just a muffled sound. Until I figure it out, I will continue to research and check out popular small business ideas for women. They are all fascinating ideas that are worth exploring, whether they are money making ideas from the kitchen or ways to make money from the yard, I'm checking it all out. Something's got to click.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Losing Weight With Online Applications

Having a baby at 38 took a toll on my body. Unlike when I was in my 20s, losing the extra bit of belly fat is proving difficult. To combat this and help myself get motivated, I turned on my iPad for some inspiration and found a bunch of weight loss apps. These include a lot of calorie counters and weight logs - perfect for keeping track of what I eat and thinking through what I can do to cut back on fatty foods and gang up on the healthy stuff.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Making an iPhone App

I have to look into just about everything imaginable, just to find out if it is something I would like to spend a few years working on. One of my latest researches involved the making of apps for the iPhone and iPad. I was thinking of the applications I would like to see being made and also looked into the possibility of making apps for businesses. Quite a few people have taken the dive into this field and the folks who have come out with the better apps have made quite a bit of money. It's not something I would have extra time to dabble in, but if you are looking to start an online business, you will want to look into making apps.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Growing Teaberry Plants

The teaberry plants I gathered last year did not survive the winter at my current home. They browned up and died, as did almost everything that I planted along that part of the yard. Since nothing made it worth transferring to my new location, I am a bit glad that I didn't attempt to harvest any of the herbs for personal use. Who knows what is in this old soil.

As for the teaberry plants, I plan on grabbing a new batch. There are a lot of pine trees at the other house, so I will be planting them in the acidic soil that they apparently love. The sweet, candy gum smelling herbs should pretty up the pine needle ground just nicely.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Collecting Antique Keys

I began collecting antique keys over 20 years ago. It all started when my mom and I moved into an old farm. We were cleaning out the barn and we found some awesome skeleton keys. Since then, I've been finding and collecting old keys. Since the baby, however, I haven't had much time to visit yard sales and flea markets. I've started buying lots of skeleton keys on ebay. So far, I've had only positive experiences doing this and the keys, while inexpensive, are something that bring me happiness - especially when I get to learn more about the origins of the key makers.