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About A BSC Blogger

Here great cooks will be able to learn about the hottest trends, newest techniques and exciting new cooking tools. Beginners will be able to learn the basics and find out what equipment is a "must have" in every kitchen. Everyone will add new recipes to their regular meal repertoire and learn how to prepare delicious foods for every occasion.

My Favorite Appetizer

In the first class I taught at BSC 15 years ago, I included an hors d’oeuvres that I had just discovered and was quite smitten with.  It seemed fancy and impressive but also pretty easy to prepare. If I now had to name my all-time favorite appetizer recipe, this would be it! If you have a rosemary plant, it’s lovely to blanket your serving dish with branches and set the scallops right on them. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, it also has the practical purpose of keeping the scrumptious little bites from sitting in their own juices. Don’t skip the detail of rolling the wrapped scallop in the rosemary-lemon zest mixture after they’re cooked—that’s the very best part! And, be sure to watch your masterpieces carefully in the oven because they burn very easily. I guarantee that these will be the hit of any party!

In this series featuring the appetizers that were part of my first class, I’m leaving out the Chive-Spiked Smoked Salmon on Chips because I’ve already given you that recipe. Just look for it under “Appetizers” on the left-hand side. I’d like to mention though that the salmon mixture is also divine on endive leaves topped with a little crème fraîche. So delicious and addictive!

Pancetta-Wrapped Scallops with Lemon

6 large sea scallops (about ½ pound) membrane removed, scallops quartered
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Four 3-inch long strips of lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated for garnish
2 rosemary sprigs
2 teaspoons rosemary, finely chopped for garnish
Freshly ground pepper
12 thins slices of pancetta (about 4 ounces), halved

In a bowl, toss the scallops with the olive oil, lemon zest strips, rosemary springs and pepper and let marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

In another bowl, soak 24 wooden toothpicks in water for two hours.

Preheat the broiler.

Remove the scallops from the marinade and lightly pat them dry. Drain the toothpicks. Wrap each piece of scallop with a slice of pancetta and secure with a toothpick.

Transfer to a broiler pan. Broil the scallops for about 1 minute per side, turning once, until the pancetta sizzles and the scallops are firm but not rubbery.

In a small bowl, combine the grated lemon zest and chopped rosemary.

Dip one end of each wrapped scallop in the lemon-herb mixture, transfer to a platter and serve. Makes 2 dozen

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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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Two BSC Kids Culinary Arts Classes Just Added!


Our popular BSC Kids Culinary Arts program just added two repeat classes to the 2018 Fall schedule….register quickly because the seats will fill soon.  Call (360) 754-1448 to register or with questions.

Sunday, October 7, 9:00-11:30 am

BSC Kids Culinary Arts – Ages 5 to 8: The ABCs of Cooking
Instructor: Irene Schade

It’s back to school and Irene and her helpers would like to welcome you back to Saturday Kids classes by reciting the ABCs of cooking! “A” is for Asparagus Risotto, creamy and warm, “B” is for Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts, that go crunch, and “C” is for Cherry Crepes, red, juicy and sweet! And “L” is for lemonade, the drink of the day! Who knew the ABCs could be this yummy?

and for the older kid chefs:

Sunday, October 7, 1:00-3:30 pm

BSC Kids Culinary Arts – Ages 9 to 13: ABC to Z Food
Instructor: Irene Schade

You may know your ABCs but do you know the ABCs of cooking? Join Irene and her assistants for a lesson in the kitchen starting with “A,” which stands for Asparagus Risotto, a creamy rice dish that involves lots of stirring and can be adapted to many different ingredients. “B” is for Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts, tasty morsels that are hard to resist and wonderful to start any meal! “C” stands for Cherry Crepes, a delicious dessert that’s also very adaptable, and “Z” stands for Ziti Noodle Bake, a favorite with everyone! And, “L” is for lemonade, the drink of the day!

Check out our other classes and programs and events at the Bayview School of Cooking:

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Fall 2018 Brochure now available!


View online at – also available
there for download – or pick one up at Bayview Thriftway,
Ralph’s Thriftway and at Storman’s Inc. main office.


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2018 BSC Kids Cuisine Summer Camps


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Winter 2017-18 Brochure Now Available!


View online at – also available
there for download – or pick one up at Bayview Thriftway,
Ralph’s Thriftway and at Storman’s Inc. main office.

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A German-ish Recipe

German food always seems to me a fall or winter thing. When the weather turns chilly, I get cravings for my daughter’s schnitzel and späetzle, which she makes to perfection. I long for hearty, comfort food and the Germans seem to have that down. Not too long ago, I was trying to think of something for dinner and wanted to use up some pasta in the cupboard. I also had some sauerkraut in the fridge and some smoked pork chops in the freezer. I came up with a recipe that had some serious German undertones—cabbage? check. mustard? check. sour cream? check. smoked meat? check. Pasta? well, maybe not so much. But, it works, and is in fact quite tasty! In this recipe, I add the sauerkraut last to preserve the health benefits of the probiotic in this product. Just heat it through enough so that it’s nice and warm when you put it on the table.

German Sauerkraut Pasta

3 tablespoons butter
½ medium onion, thinly sliced
1 package Johnson’s Smoked Pork Chops, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon stone ground Dijon mustard
½ cup sour cream
One 16-ounce container of raw sauerkraut (I like Sonoma Brinery brand)
½ pound Farfalle pasta, cooked al dente
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

In large skillet, melt butter and add onion; cook until transparent. Add pork chops, mustard seeds, and mustard and cook for 5 minutes. Add sour cream and sauerkraut and warm through. Add pasta, stirring until warmed through and season with salt and pepper. Serves 4

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Fall 2017

There is a certain magic involved in harvesting, preserving, cooking, gifting, and serving food that transcends all its practicalities. Sure, we eat to live, but of course, there is so much more to food than simple nutrition. Growing up, this was the time of year my mom would can and make jam from produce from our garden and trees. She obviously preserved fruits and vegetables so we could eat them later in the year but my memories of helping to pit cherries and pick raspberries and tomatoes and watching her jar all of it up are pure magic.

Part of the magic of cooking is in the learning!

As a teenager, I would often get frustrated with my baking efforts. One day I baked a cake for a friend’s birthday and it came out of the pan in chunks. I had a melt-down and wanted to chuck the whole thing in the garbage when my mom swooped in and suggested that I piece it together. Hidden under a layer of thick, fluffy frosting, no one would be the wiser, she said. That cake turned out very nicely, if I do say so myself. That lesson really hit home with me.

Ever since then, if a cooking project doesn’t turn out the way I think it should, I always take a deep breath and pause before assuming it’s a loss. I’ve tried to pass on this lesson to each of my own kids.

Rather than tell you about all the wonderful things happening at BSC this fall, I want to invite you to look through this brochure, find a class that strikes your fancy and come learn something new. Or…even better…come make some memories! We would love to see you. To me, learning, and making memories is what this season is all about.

Hope to see you soon, upstairs in the BSC Kitchen!

Fall 2017 Brochure Now Available:

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