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November 2021

Czech Christmas Meal

November 20, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Pea soup is one of the most traditional Christmas meals in the Czech Republic, served as a smaller appetizer portion before main courses. It is unbelievably delicious and easy to prepare. In this class, we'll be preparing pea soup alongside a little bit more modern Czech Christmas meal, Schnitzel with homemade potato salad. Schnitzel originated in Italy and by the mid-19th century got to Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Empire. The Viennese removed the traditional use of Parmesan and…

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December 2021

Christmas Cookies IV – May Beetle Cookie

December 1, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The May Beetle is an outstanding cookie with a delicate meringue top and a rich chocolate-rum cream. You can attend this course without having attended its’ predecessors. Note: Suitable for vegetariansJoin us from the comfort of  your home on Zoom and learn from Czech-born Chef Tom Slepicka in these hands-on interactive classes. Slepicka graduated from culinary school in his hometown, Brno, located in the Czech Republic. While still in school, he established a successful full-service catering company which operated in…

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Christmas Cookies V – Walnut Cookie Sandwich with Rum Cream & Cookies with Parisian Cream and Almond

December 4, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This class will be all about delicious Christmas cookies filled with two kinds of cream and coated with chocolate. The walnut cookie sandwich is filled with decadent rum cream with extra walnuts. The Parisian cream cookie is a decadent cocoa cookie with a nice portion of Parisian cream that is coated with chocolate and decorated with almonds. This class will be a real treat. Note: Suitable for vegetarians.Join us from the comfort of  your home on Zoom and learn from…

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Vánočka – Sweet Czech Braided Bread

December 11, 2021 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Vánočka is often called “Houska” in the USA. The name “vánočka” comes from “Vánoce”, which means Christmas in Czech. It is a scrumptious sweet bread with raisins and almonds which is very common to serve on Christmas morning in the Czech Republic. (Remember, Christmas morning in the Czech Republic is December 24.) It can be served plain, with butter, or with butter and preserves/jam. Because it is very delicious, people buy it in the Czech Republic all year long. Note:…

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Christmas Cookies VI – Decorated Gingerbread Cookies

December 15, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Gingerbread cookies are not only delicious, but also very pretty. For that reason, they serve as both a treat as well as a decoration. In this class you will cover baking and decorating — which is a lot of fun and gives you a chance to be very creative. You will learn complex designs as well as basic decoration techniques that can be completed as a nice activity with children. Note: Suitable for vegetariansJoin us from the comfort of  your…

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March 2022

Pickled Brie Cheese and Utopenec with Czech Lentil Soup

March 17 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Start your meal off right with this combination of two delicious pickled appetizers and one popular soup. The first is Pickled Brie, a tasty appetizer typically served with wine. The second appetizer, Utopenec, is a lightly-sour pickled kielbasa that goes great with any beer. Finally, we’ll be making Czech Lentil Soup, which is a popular Czech and Slovak soup that is served in people’s homes, in cafeterias, and also in fine-dining restaurants. We are going to prepare a fully vegan…

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Traditional Czech “Dutch Schnitzel” with Creamy Mashed Potatoes

March 24 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dutch Schnitzel in the Czech & Slovak Cooking Series? Of course! The reason this dish is referred to as “Dutch” for that the gouda cheese originated in Holland, but rest assured that this is a totally Czech and Slovak meal. Dutch Schnitzel, or “Holandský řízek” in Czech, is a combination of delicious pork meat with shredded cheese, herbs, and other ingredients, all of which are breaded and fried for a flavorful meal you will not be able to get enough…

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April 2022

Dill Sauce with Hard-Boiled Eggs and Bread Dumplings

April 2 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This class will be all about the delicious dill sauce that is served with hard-boiled eggs and fluffy bread dumplings (as always, all parts are made in the class). This dill sauce originated in the Czech Republic and is known for its unique combination of dill, creaminess, and sweet and sour taste that makes it both original and irresistible at the same time. Suitable for vegetarians.Hop onto Zoom from the comfort of your home and learn from Czech-born Chef Tom…

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** Rescheduled from April 7 ** Stuffed Peppers with Tomato Sauce and Rice

April 12 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
stuffed pepper with white rice

** This class is rescheduled from 4.7.22 to 4.12.22 ** If you are unable to join us for this rescheduled class on Tuesday, April 12, please contact the museum at 319-362-8500 to notify us so we can work on processing your refund for the class. In this class, we are going to prepare delicious and juicy stuffed peppers (pork mixture) that will be prepared in the traditional Czech and Slovak way and finished in a delicious Czech tomato sauce. Tomato…

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Gingerbread Bars filled with Prune Preserve and Coated in Chocolate

April 14 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Gingerbread Bars

Calling all gingerbread lovers! In this lesson, we are going to prepare traditional Czech gingerbread bars. This dessert has a well-balanced Czech gingerbread flavor that is perfectly sweet and uses delicious and healthy rye flour. The texture of this dessert is very fluffy, and the prune marmalade is not just spread in the middle of the dessert but also added into the batter. For a final touch, the chocolate coating ties everything together nicely. This dessert has some flavor similarities…

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