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Cox Culitary Center at the CCC schedules classes on concocting Russian dumplings, chocolate confections and holiday treats

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Cox Culinary Center at the CCC has scheduled a trio of cooking classes, the first concentrating on Russian dumplings and set for Dec. 6.

If you're like most Americans, you like food, you like cooking food and you like sampling as many tasty morsels as humanly possible. The Cox Family Culinary Center understands this and has some workshops planned that will facilitate your gastronomist tendencies.

The next batch of workshops (the first workshop concentrated on traditional Mexican desserts) begins in December with a demonstration of Russian pelmeni, a traditional dumpling. Chef Ellen Rodriquez Orocio will demonstrate how to concoct the dish, as well as some "modern and innovative ways to manipulate the dish," according to a release from the Chehalem Cultural Center. Pelmeni is akin to an eastern ravioli, the release said, and is "easy to make at home without the worry of expensive equipment."

The class is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6, costs $55 and is open to ages 16 and older. To register, visit

The next workshop is set for the next day and is billed as an Intro to Chocolate Making. Orocio will instruct attendees on making chocolates using a polycarbonate mold, as well as other techniques such as crafting bon-bons. The attendees will also emerge with hand-dipped truffles and chocolate bark, the release said.

The class, designed for ages 16 and older, is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 and cost $55. To register, visit

Kids will get an opportunity to learn about cooking in a class that spans three weeks called "Holidays Around the World." In the culinary center's first cooking class for kids, the three-week demonstration is focused on how different cultures celebrate the holidays, including Diwali, Hanukkah and Chinese New Year.

"For each recipe we will talk about the ingredients (what it is, where it grows and why it grows there), the dish itself (how and why that became what we eat to celebrate) and step-by-step instruction on how to prepare it," the release said.

All recipes are vegetarian and are nut free, with dairy-free and gluten-free adaptations as needed.

The class is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 at the culinary center and is designed for ages 7 to 18 years old. For more information or to register, visit

For more information on the cooking classes or the culinary center in general, call the CCC at 503-487-6883 or email education coordinator Cressa Burris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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