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Free Cooking Classes at Pike Place Market

Every Friday through Sept. 20, visitors to the Farmers Market at Pike Place Market can not only select from a wide variety of fresh, locally grown produce, they can take home techniques and recipes for turning it into easy, affordable meals.

"From Farmers to Families and Friends" brings free cooking classes to Pike Place Market to demystify what cooking from fresh local ingredients can look and taste like. This 10-week series is designed to give people who are intimidated by fresh ingredients, or who think that shopping at farmers markets is not an affordable option for them, the experience, skills, means and confidence to cook from scratch.

The vision for the project was developed by Diane LaVonne, a local cooking instructor and owner of Diane's Market Kitchen. "We are no longer spending time making and sharing food in our homes with people we love," said LaVonne. "For generations food was, and can be a way to bind us together. I want to bring that back into every home."

LaVonne will be teaching four classes a day, at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Each class will last approximately 45 minutes and include tips, samples and recipes. Classes are limited to 25 participants each on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We are pleased to be partnering with Diane to bring these valuable cooking skills to our visitors," said Ben Franz-Knight, executive director of the Pike Place Market PDA. "Diane is not only a passionate ambassador for cooking with locally grown food, she is an engaging instructor as well."

Recipes for the 2013 series include cucumber blueberry salad, Barton's Salmon Cakes, Mid-Summer Pasta Sauce with Summer Squash, Greek Bean Salad and Diane's Mac and Cheese.

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