Monthly Archives: September 2018

Fifteen Years Ago

Fifteen years ago, I taught my first class at the Bayview School of Cooking. I had never spoken in front of a crowd, let alone teach a class, so to say that I was scared out of my mind seems like a massive understatement. One of the founders of the cooking school had been our church secretary during the time I was the chairperson of the hospitality committee there, and she thought I should teach a class. It seemed like an exciting idea when she suggested it, so I submitted a menu of fall appetizers.

A week before my class, I literally felt like I was going to be facing a death sentence on the given day. I had a full class of 25 people and my nerves insured that my performance was short of stellar. But, I had some very supportive assistants and the food was good! I taught a class almost every single month after that, for over 7 years, until I took over as director.

In celebration of our 15-year anniversary, I thought I’d share the recipes from that nerve-wracking class. I make this first one often. It’s very close to Seattle’s Chef Kathy Casey’s original recipe, with a few minor changes. You see fried olives on many menus these days, but I like this little olive bite better, and it goes marvelously with cocktails!

By the way, we now have a feature to help you find recipes on this blog. On the left-hand side of the page you’ll see various categories such as main dishes, desserts, etc. so you can retrieve a recipe a little easier!

Sesame-Cheddar Olive Poppers

4 ounces cheddar cheese, finely grated sharp
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sifted unbleached flour
Dash of cayenne
1 small jar pimento-stuffed green olives
½ cup mixed white and black sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Drain the olives and patted dry with paper towels

Beat the cheese and butter together in a food processor or mixer until smooth. Stir in the four and cayenne. Flatten a heaping teaspoon of dough in your hand and wrap around olive, covering it well.

Place sesame seeds in a small bowl. Roll each ball in the sesame seeds and place on an  ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Check out the latest this Fall at the Bayview School of Cooking here!

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2 New Culinary Arts Classes Added for Kids!


Because our first Saturday classes filled so quickly, we’ve added two additional BSC Kids Culinary Arts Program classes for November!

For 5 to 8 years old cooks: 

Sunday, November 4th; 9:00-11:30am
Harvest Time in the Kitchen!
Instructor: Irene Schade

Fall is harvest time so what better than hearty food for dinner? Irene and her helpers will help you make a dinner menu that starts with Chex Mix with a Harvest Twist. Then it’s a bowl of Harvest Stew with Smoked Sausage served with Fall-Spiced Corn Bread, all served with fresh apple cider!

For 9 to 13 years old cooks: 

Sunday, November 4th, 1:00-3:30 pm
BSC Kids Culinary Arts – Ages 9 to 13: A Harvest Menu
Instructor: Irene Schade

It’s harvest time and Irene and her assistants have a hearty dinner menu that you can learn to make for your family and friends at home! It starts with Chex Mix with a Harvest Twist, and Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing. Then it’s a bowl of Harvest Stew with Smoked Sausage served with Fall-Spiced Cornbread. Enjoy fresh apple cider with your meal! 

The Bayview School of Cooking’s program for kids strives to provide a fun and safe environment where children can learn age-appropriate cooking skills as well as an appreciation for new and different foods.

In order to guarantee your child a seat in a camp or a class, pre-registration is required. Call (360) 754-1448 to register or feel free to call with questions!

(BTW…we still have limited seating in the two new Kid Classes for October!)

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Debbie Macomber’s Table 


Debbie Macomber’s Table class is full but please join us in welcoming her at the special Book Signing Event from 4:00-5:30 pm. If you wish to contribute a toy toward Debbie’s selected charity, The Olympia Toy Run, please feel free to bring one!
Friday, November 2: Book Signing: 5:00-6:00 pm; Class: 6:00-8:30 pm

Debbie Macomber’s Table

Instructors: Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author, with Leanne Willard, BSC Director

Debbie Macomber is one of today’s most popular writers with over 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and 13 of these have hit the number one spot! Five of her Christmas books have been made into Hallmark movies and her Cedar Cove series was made into a television series. Now she visits BSC to sign copies of and talk about her new cookbook, Debbie Macomber’s Table: Sharing the Joy of Cooking with Family and Friends. In class, Leanne will join Debbie to make some of the recipes from her book including, Sweet and Salty Nuts, Carrot-Ginger Soup, Crunchy Ramen Salad with Honey-Ginger Vinaigrette, Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken served with rice, and Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Zest Frosting. All proceeds from this class will benefit The Olympia Toy Run. Be sure to sign up early for this very special opportunity! BSC page link

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