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Meet Spring Seminar Instructor Phyllis Carey

By Kathy Jones

Phylis CareyPhyllis Carey has taught cooking classes throughout Southern California for more than twenty-five years.  Her classes cover a wide range of topics, from basic techniques to holiday feasts, from quick ways with chicken to vegetarian cooking, international and regional cuisines.  Her focus is on easy-yet-elegant menus for entertaining with a gourmet accent and a minimum of fuss. 

As a freelance food writer, Phillis’ articles have appeared in Cook’s Illustrated and Cooking Pleasures magazines and the San Diego Union-Tribune. She also has published four cookbooks, including two so far in her Fast and Fabulous series—“Fast and Fabulous Easy Entertaining Menues” and “Fast and Fabulous Chicken Breasts.”

I met Phillis at Great News Cooking School, where she has been teaching for 15 years.

Tell me what you will be doing for the seminar?

I’ll be presenting Cooking with fresh herbs—Global Sauces and Spreads - focusing on international pestos, and quick uncooked sauces, like chimichurri sauce from Argentina. The focus of my cooking and teaching is easy to understand, everyday cooking and entertaining. Cooking should be fun and not a chore. (Click here to register for Phyllis Carey’s class.)

What other interesting things do you have planned for this year?

I am leading a culinary cruise on Holland America along the Mexican Riviera in February, and an Alaskan cruise July 2012. Cooking classes will include a demo on days on ship with different themes, matching the tours that the cruisers will go on at each stop. Holland America has a special kitchen on their ship for demo work.

For more information on Phillis or to purchase a cookbook, visit her web site at www.PhillisCarey.com.


Kathy Jones, Ph.D., is a retired professor in exercise and wellness. A San Diego Master Gardener for 7 years, she is also a graphic artist and copy writer for local clubs and businesses. She is past president of the Mission Hills Garden Club and the Mission Hills Town Council. She has spent the last six years renovating her own 100-year-old garden to incorporate more drought-tolerant plants.

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