Confidence in the Kitchen Cooking Classes

One of the questions we have learned to dread most in American homes is, “What is for dinner?”  Somehow over the last few decades, this lingering uncertainty that fills our afternoons has become a large source of anxiety for mothers, wives, fathers and children alike.  We have become obsessed with finding a new recipe to try that will make dinner less stressful and more delicious.  We have created a plethora of Pinterest boards full of recipes to try.  But one more recipe never quite seems to make the dent we hoped in our days and weeks full of “What’s for dinner?”

Today, I am pleased to announce my humble solution to the plague that has hit dinner tables in our neighborhoods.  I believe that a recipe alone will not curb your anxiety.  Rather, the answer lies in increased knowledge of the techniques within a recipe.  When you understand the methods behind a meal’s preparation, you have given yourself a tool to use again and again, which you can then apply to a variety of ingredients and meals.

With such a large demand for better vegetable understanding, our first topic of study for classes will be strictly vegetables!  We all know we need to eat them, and it would be much easier (and more delicious!) if we knew the best way to prepare them! 

Within our Mastering Vegetable Cookery topic, we will begin with the Veggie Basics classes. These will cover the most common vegetables we all have regularly stocked in our fridge.  This three week long course is $120 for a one on one experience. 


I believe that the best way to learn is by doing.  These classes will be one-on-one with me, and we will learn each technique together.  Because duplicating what you learn is one of the hardest things, these classes will take place in your home, where you can use your stove, your pans, and your tools.  Each class will consist of 2 hours of hands-on instruction.  For three weeks your get six hours of cooking and learning time for #120.  Please note that this cost does not include the food we will be preparing.  I will provide a grocery list and worksheet of learning materials to help better understand the techniques we will be mastering.  There is no set time for these classes – I will work with you to set a day and time that works best for you!  

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With a world (and grocery stores) full of convenience items, quick fixes and prepaid mixes, the art and skill of being a home cook has become a rare find.  But I believe that cans and boxes can be left behind if we embrace the beauty of fresh ingredients and learn the techniques that will keep on giving.  So step away from the microwave and dust off those pots and pans, because we are bringing aprons back!

Tyler and His Wish


I am so excited to share with you my experience with the Southern Nevada Make A Wish Foundation! This serendipitous connection came about in January as I was chatting with a friend. She mentioned that her husband knew someone involved with Make A Wish here in Las Vegas and they were in need of a cake for a special wish-granting celebration! I jumped at the opportunity to help not only a great organization but also one great young man, Tyler. 

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Jackie, one of the volunteers at Make A Wish, called me the within a few days and we talked details. The more she shared with me, the more eager I became!  I have always enjoyed making cakes for special occasions, but this one became extra special as I learned about Tyler and his family. It became clear to me how incredible this family is and how lucky they are to have Tyler close to them and witness his angelic smile every day. 

The cake that I was happy to donate was for the celebration held before Tyler was to receive his gift. Next week, Tyler will have an amazing adventure as he has the opportunity to swim with dolphins! How wonderful!  

Once the cake was put together, I set off to deliver it to Tyler and his family. The entire drive there I was just bursting with anticipation! I was so excited to help make this day even more special for him! As soon as I knocked on the door, I heard Tyler's siblings rush to open the door. They were so excited to celebrate! And I was so overwhelmed to see how many friends and family were there to support and show their love for Tyler! He is so blessed to have so many wonderful people by his side. I was only there for a short time and was glad to help add a sweet smile to the night, but I want to acknowledge his family, and especially his parents who are the ones who make a real difference in Tyler's life. 

Once I met Tyler and his family, and the wonderful people from Make A Wish, I headed out to let them enjoy their celebration. I will be thinking of Tyler his week as he enjoys the unforgettable experience he will have with those dolphins!



Welcome to Melissa's Bakeshop!

Thank you for visiting our site, and our blog!

We hope this can be a place where you can get to know us better! 

You can expect to see posts of our latest projects and desserts. We believe dessert should be something to finish a meal or an event in just the right way. We hope you will join us in our quest to please every stomach and sweet tooth out there! 


Much thanks,