Welcome to Cooking With Sass! where I'll teach you how to step into your kitchen, see what's on hand, and get cookin' without a recipe in sight!
If cooking without recipes intrigues you or it's something you've been interested in but you haven't quite figured out how to actually pull it off in your day-to-day life, then you're going to absolutely love Cooking With Sass!
It's important to learn the skills to mastering recipe-free cooking. Not only does this save you time (for example, painstakingly measuring out the exact ingredients a recipe calls for) but it saves you money too! How? Because you'll choose ingredients that are in season and at their freshest while priced less than ingredients out of season.
PLUS, when you cook without recipes you use the nutritious food you have on hand instead of tossing old and wilted veggies into the garbage -- sheesh, the money you'll save on this alone is likely substantial. (And believe me, I understand that guilty feeling you have when you toss those sad past-their-prime vegetables out. It makes you feel sad, mad and frustrated!)
It's been a while since we've offered a new course here at Vegan Coach. And this is one a LOT of you have been asking for.
In a nutshell...
Cooking With Sass! is a series of online classes devoted to cooking with the seasons -- without recipes.
On-the-fly improvisational cooking is what we've always taught in all of our courses and across our entire VeganCoach.com website. And...
This will be the FIRST cooking course we've ever offered devoted to showing you how we make recipe-free cooking work day in and day out.
Winter! Our first class is currently underway (Autumn) and we're having so much fun together. Hope you'll consider joining us for our Winter class which will last for 12 weeks (December, January, February).
One of the biggest and most important things we'll do in Cooking With Sass! is move step-by-step through the very process I use to get a recipe-free meal on the table, from the time I step into the kitchen to see what I have on hand until I'm plating it up.
Week after week we'll hyper-focus on each step. No stone will be left unturned. I'll completely deconstruct everything I do so you can follow along and do the exact same steps in your own kitchen.
This is the course you've been asking for that will help you pull together everything we teach here at Vegan Coach.
Because cooking with the seasons is a delicious way to ensure that your meals taste their best, your ingredients are chock-full of nutrients, and you're not spending a fortune when you do your grocery shopping since you generally pay less money for ingredients that are in season.
Our next 3-month class (Winter 2016-2017) will feature gorgeous ingredients that celebrate Winter like sweet potatoes, winter squash, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, just to name a few!
We'll do our best to only buy ingredients that are the freshest, most beautiful and most readily available during the Winter months (December, January, February) before we bring them home to whip up unique and tasty home-style meals with them -- and then demonstrate to you through weekly videos exactly how we do it! (More on the videos below.)
"It makes perfect sense to cook with the seasons. I believe if more of us did that, we'd be a lot better off. It's just plain weird to me to find peaches in the wintertime or winter squashes in the summer...just wrong! That produce can't be good, or it's been sent from so far away it's OLD."
"If the idea is to cook without recipes, then seasonal cooking is the best way to go. If someone travels for example, that person can learn to purchase seasonal and local veggies for the freshest seasonal cooking available. Watching you throw something together to make tasty food that feeds your family works to excite me into having more confidence in creating science in the kitchen."
Each week you'll watch me as I go into my kitchen to see which ingredients I have in my
fridge, freezer, and pantry (such as beans and whole grains, fresh veggies, nuts, seeds, etc), and then pull them all together into
delicious good-for-you vegan dishes on the spot -- without recipes!
There was a time when these videos were the ONLY THING we were going to offer in this class and our students were incredibly excited about them -- enough that they would have paid money just for these alone!
Yes, they're THAT valuable and you'll be helped tremendously just by watching how I cook improvisationally right in my own home.
In fact, my group of course Reviewers watched my Cooking With Sass! pilot video and here's what they had to say...
"This is SO helpful! Even the details of how you cook: getting the skin off the garlic, chopping even sizes, etc. I really like how it is done in real time. So many of us are not taught cooking growing up (me, included) so this is truly a needed class where each step is visually taught! Excellent! We went from checking out the fridge to plating it up! Loved the details…even how to squeeze lemon into the hand to catch the seeds!"
"I cannot wait to try this. You made it look so easy. I could almost taste the ingredients. Thank you for making this video. I very much enjoyed it."
"I *loved* this video, Sassy! This is exactly the approach I best relate to. I've purchased several of the Vegan Coach programs, all of which are helpful, inspiring and informative. The highlights of those courses, for me, are the video segments where you can see what exactly is happening in the kitchen and how a meal goes together. I also like seeing the amounts of flavoring ingredients that are used in a dish - not to copy them necessarily, but to get a sense of how you approach it."
Here is a glance into some of the topics we'll cover in Cooking With Sass! ...
Cooking With Sass! will instruct you step by step how to embrace seasonal recipe-free cooking.
Here's what I have planned for you...
As you can see, we have a lot of FUN planned as we work together to bring your inner creative chef out to play! :)
Cooking With Sass deconstructs exactly how I pull off recipe-free improvisational cooking day in and day out.
"Sass, how can it get more exciting than learning how to cook delicious seasonal recipe-free vegan meals?"
I know, right? :) :)
Seriously, it's because I'll be creating the entire course on-the-fly while you travel right alongside me. Yes, I have a solid idea of what we'll cover each week, but as a student you can share your thoughts in the course (what would you like to see? what would you find helpful?) and I'll do my best to address it in an upcoming Lesson.
That means students of Cooking With Sass! will actually influence what is taught in the course!
The Nuts and Bolts of How This Course Works
Cooking With Sass! is held in our user-friendly online classroom where you'll be joined by other students on the same path as you. Our students tell us time and time again how much they love our classroom! It's fun to use and encourages you to stay involved and motivated.
Each week a Lesson is prepared and made available to you in our online classroom. So you can take the course as it comes, or take your time going through the material. This weekly "drip" of information is THE KEY to you learning and implementing each week's lesson.
And that's how you'll learn. Step by step; goal by goal.
And since you're learning one little bite at a time, you retain what you learn.
With your Cooking With Sass! purchase you'll join our online community of peeps.
So you'll never be alone and you'll always find the support you need.
That's because Cooking With Sass! is interactive.
Join your fellow students to ask questions about what you're learning, share your comments and ideas, and even help other students out with your own unique experience and knowledge.
Here's what's included:
Our upcoming Winter 2016-2017 Class focuses on recipe-free seasonal cooking for the Winter months (season runs December, January, February). Click here if you'd like to be put on the waiting list. We'll shoot you an email when the doors open with special Early Bird pricing!
(Don't worry, we hate spam as much as you and promise to only send you email from us here at VeganCoach.com.)
Questions about Cooking With Sass!
Q: Is this course appropriate for new Vegans?
A: This is an advanced vegan cooking course. You should have a solid idea of the basics of a vegan diet such as how to cook beans or how to cook veggies. We'll simply show you in THIS course how we pull it all together into everyday recipe-free dishes.
Q: "I have taken many courses from others, some quite expensive, and have not made much progress. How will your class be different?"
A: It's hard for me to answer that, quite honestly, because I don't know which courses you have taken or what they included in their Lessons. I can only share with you what Cooking With Sass! will cover. One thing included with each and every week is a new video that shows me going into my kitchen and making a recipe-free meal on the spot with what I have on hand. These are NOT going to be scripted or rehearsed. Simply showing you what I found in my local market on my last shopping trip and how I incorporated it into my meal. I can promise you this: Every video will be completely different because I'll have different ingredients on hand each week so there will never be the same meal shown twice.
We'll be covering every step of creating a recipe-free vegan meal, from selecting the ingredients to plating and garnishing. We'll also cover seasoning and flavoring at length so you can begin to get a really solid idea of this MOST important aspect of cooking without recipes. If you've ever taken any of our courses before where we cover flavoring just know that this course will go above and beyond anything else we've taught.
We're still playing around with some other ideas -- this will be a living, breathing course. The Lessons have not been created yet so our students will be able to tell us what they need to help them move forward and we can do our best to deliver in a future Lesson -- within reason. ;)
Q: What time of day will the cooking classes start?
A: The class will be held in our online classroom just as all of our other courses are. Each course begins whenever it's convenient for you after you've completed your enrollment. New content – whether text, audio, video, downloadable documents or discussions – will be available each week. I’ll notify you by e-mail when new lessons are ready, and you can follow the links directly into our online space.
Q: Will I be able to access the class any time?
A: You can participate at any time you wish, when it's convenient for you! No worries about scheduling, or living in different time zones.
Q: How do I know if this course will fit into my schedule?
A: Each week you will receive an email to notify you that a new Lesson is ready to be viewed. You can simply visit our virtual classroom whenever you have the time (and the head space!) to concentrate and get the most out of each Lesson.
Q: How long will I have access to the course?
A: You will own the course and can access it at any time. There is no expiration date.
Do you have a question? Ask below in our Facebook commenting section or shoot me an email through our Contact form. Thanks!
I think you're going to love this fun and unique recipe-free vegan cooking adventure.
Are you ready?
It's time to start Cooking With Sass!
Patty "Sassy" Knutson
Chief Cook and Bottle Washer :)
p.s. You can retake the course at any time at no charge. And as with all of our courses you have my personal guarantee so you have nothing to lose. Thanks and I hope to see you in class!