Cooking class ‘to please your taste buds’ Oct. 29 |

Cooking class ‘to please your taste buds’ Oct. 29

Noam Halpert will teach a class Thursday on stuffed vegetables as part of BriarPatch Co-op's cooking class series.
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Growing up in Israel meant that Noam Halpert was exposed to the flavors of many different cultures.

“Israeli cooking is a mixture,” she explained. “It’s a really nice mix of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and North African cuisine.”

Halpert originally held a career in architectural design — she has designed high-end residential buildings as well as some businesses. However, the love of cooking her nanny instilled in her as a child never waned.

She found herself cooking even if there was no one to eat the food. In fact, she found she was always cooking, always experimenting.

Halpert had found her passion.

“I always loved cooking,” she said. “I always loved entertaining. I always had in the back of my mind that I would do something with cooking.”

Halpert will be teaching a class on stuffed vegetables from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Halpert described it as a class that “will surely please your taste buds.”

Get creative with your veggies, she said.

“Stuffed vegetables are the most amazing comfort food, combining the entire meal in a single pot,” she added.

The class will cover the ins and outs of the different vegetables and fruits that can be stuffed.

Class members will learn about different stuffing types to fit many preferences — paleo, vegan, or gluten-free — combined with different sauces.

On the menu is Stuffed Zucchini and Peppers in Tomato Sauce and Stuffed Onions and Prunes in White Lemon Herb Sauce.

Halpert likes to guide the class to focus on the flavors, sights and smells in cooking, she said.

Since there are often variables in ingredients — like the weather, the season, or the quality of the produce — Halpert teaches students how to follow their instincts, taste at every step and create as they go.

“I’m not just teaching how to make certain dishes, I’m teaching how to approach cooking,” she said.

Information on Halpert’s and other BriarPatch Co-op Cooking Classes are available on BriarPatch Co-op’s website,

Classes are held at a cottage at 648 Zion St. in Nevada City. The cottage holds about 10 or so around the big wooden table, according to a press release.

“Come ready to cook, as you may well be asked to roll up your sleeves and mince some garlic,” Halpert said. “Most often, you won’t leave hungry!”

The fee for most classes, which includes a share of what’s being cooked, is $30 for BriarPatch owners and $35 for the general public.

For more information or to pre-register, call BriarPatch at (530) 272-5333 ext.134, email, or sign-up and pay for the class online.

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