This article was originally written by Allen Foster. It has since been updated by an additional contributor.

It’s that magical time of year for season’s greetings — and season’s eatings. But you say you don’t know the difference between bake and broil — and the most adventurous dish you’ve ever made is cereal? No worries, there are dozens of holiday cooking classes taught by the finest culinary wizards in New Jersey available all season long, particularly throughout the month of December.

Make your guests swoon with delight when they bite into your sinfully rich and blissfully delicious raspberry mousse with chocolate sauce. Leave them begging for your secret ingredient when you tantalize their tastebuds with a creamy crab and artichoke dip. And this time, make it all yourself, courtesy of these holiday cooking classes that are happening from now through the end of the year!

Celebrating the Holidays

cooking classesLocation: Kings, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills
Date: Saturday, December 2
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Details: Hosting a holiday meal this December? Let Chef Arlene Ward show you the way to crafting dishes defined by elegance. Her divine menu includes the following edible luxuries: Butternut squash and apple soup with pumpkin seed garnish, filet of beef with Bordelaise sauce, potato gratin, roasted tomatoes and lots more.
More info: Visit kingsfoodmarkets.com or call 973-258-40009.


Vegan Holiday Hors d’ Oeuvres and Snacks

cooking classesLocation: Kings, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Details: Have you ever wanted to just veg out for the holidays? Well, thanks to Chef Eileen Maher, now you can. Spinach-artichoke dip, pesto pinwheels, pigs safe in blankets, Pignolli Amaretti cookies and chocolate peanut butter bars are all on the menu. All vegan and all extraordinarily delicious!
More info: Visit kingsfoodmarkets.com or call 973-258-4009.


Feast of the Seven Fishes

cooking classesLocation: Classic Thyme Cooking School, 710 South Avenue West, Westfield
Date: Friday, December 8
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Details: Celebrate this Christmas Eve in style with the tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Chef Daniel C. Rosati shows you how to serve up such tasty wonders as crab stuffed phyllo cups, Spanish grilled calamari salad, 3 grain fried oysters with siracha ginger sauce, Asian roasted salmon in foil package and more.
More info: Visit www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com or call 908-232-5445.


Gingerbread House Decorating – Kids Class (8 – 12)

cooking classesLocation: Kings, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills
Date: Saturday, December 9
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm
Details: This one’s perfect for the kids! While decorating their very own gingerbread house, attendees of Chef Diane Marino’s exuberant class will get to munch on cookies and sip on hot chocolate for an absolutely delightful December afternoon!
More info: Visit kingsfoodmarkets.com or call 973-258-4009.


Holiday Cookie Workshop

cooking classesLocation: Classic Thyme Cooking School, 710 South Avenue West, Westfield
Date: Sunday, December 10
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Details: Santa’s elves aren’t the only people who create magic in the workshop! Sign up with Chef Daniel C. Rosati to learn the finer points of preparing various doughs so you can turn that wonderful edible clay into a half dozen different irresistible holiday treats. Attendees are reminded to bring some containers so you can bring home a piece of the party.
More info: Visit www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com or call 908-232-5445.


Do Ahead Holiday

Location: Kings, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills
cooking classesDate: Sunday, December 10
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Details: Make the dinner table crackle with a magic that only a fine cooked meal can bring. This class shows guests how to make a big Italian antipasto salad, vegetable lasagna with tomato and Bechamel sauce, mashed potato and Parmesan pie, stuffed mushrooms with sausage and pancetta a lemon and raspberry trifle. Abracadabra, it’s a Chef Diana Albanese culinary masterpiece!
More info: Visit kingsfoodmarkets.com or call 973-258-4009.


Christmas at Hogwarts – Kids Class (8 – 12)

cooking classesLocation: Kings, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills
Date: Thursday, December 14
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Details: Eat like a wizard! This menu is perfect for Harry Potter fans of all ages! Chef Diane Marino’s inventive spread includes such magical treats as Christmas night turkey sandwiches with homemade cranberry sauce, chocolate chip pumpkin bread, Mrs. Weasley’s sweater cookies, Butterbeer fudge and Hogwarts Trifle.
More info: Visit kingsfoodmarkets.com or call 973-258-4009.


Mommy and Me: Holiday Baking

cooking classesLocation: Classic Thyme Cooking School, 710 South Avenue West, Westfield
Date: Friday, December 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Details: Chef Jackie Leischner invites you to explore the wonders of the kitchen. Her hands-on class will help your child build math skills, improve motor functions and develop sensory memory while having fun! Remember, children must be at least two years of age to attend with their adult.
More info: Visit www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com or call 908-232-5445.


Classic Dinner

Location: Classic Thyme Cooking School, 710 South Avenue West, Westfield
cooking classesDate: Friday, December 15
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Details: Chef Steven Capodicasa has got you covered with delicious comfort classics. This event presents a scrumptious offering of mouthwatering fare. The wholesome eats include French onion soup with three cheese caramelized toppings, a grilled Porterhouse steak with rosemary butter glaze roasted potatoes, panko and Parmesan crusted broccoli and German chocolate cake.
More info: Visit www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com or call 908-232-5445.


Mommy and Me: Gingerbread Decorating

cooking classesLocation: Hudson Table, 1403 Clinton Street, Hoboken
Date: Sunday, December 17, 2016
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Details: In Chef Sara Kartzmer Fry’s “Mommy and Me” class, parents and children explore exciting new ways to bond through the timeless holiday tradition of making gingerbread houses! (Note: If you would like to decorate a second house, you will need to purchase two tickets so there are enough houses to go around.)
More info: Visit hudsontable.com or call 201-420-0707.


New Years Day Brunch Buffet

Location: Kings, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills
Date: Sunday, December 17, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
cooking classesDetails: Start the New Year off right! Chef Annmarie Loffredo’s festive class is a celebration of breakfast concoctions. Learn how to make savory station dishes such as a Homemade Biscuit Station with all the fixings. On top of that, you’ll learn how to make an Egg Station with Crustless Caprese Quiche, Southwest Egg and Cheese Tortilla Cups and Bunless Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwiches. Don’t forget about the Mini Muffin Station with varieties of salads including Winter Salad, Roasted Chicken and Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Warm Spinach Salad with Quinoa Roasted Beets and Caramelized Onion, plus more!
More info: Visit kingsfoodmarkets.com or call 973-258-4009.


Italian X-mas

cooking classesLocation: Kings, 778 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills
Date: Friday, December 18, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Details: What does the “Ultimate Christmas Dinner” sound like? How about some grilled shrimp and artichoke brushetta crostini, penne a la vodka, and a spinach-mozzarella roasted pepper stuffed filet, for starters? Chef Suzanne Lowery shows you how to craft holiday perfection in this cooking class.
More info: Visit kingsfoodmarkets.com or call 973-258-4009.


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Pre-Teen/Teen Cooking Club: Holiday Breakfast Treats

Location: Classic Thyme Cooking School, 710 South Avenue West, Westfield
Date: Thursday, December 21, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Details: Chef Suzanne Lowery knows what kids love to eat. In this special holiday class, she shows them how to make it for themselves. (You’re welcome, tired moms and dads!) Some of the munchable marvels on her menu are baked apple French toast with homemade Turkey sausage, spinach and ricotta frittata, berry strudel and sticky buns. As if kids couldn’t love the holidays anymore!
More info: Visit www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com or call 908-232-5445.


Feast of 7 Fishes – 8 Course Chef’s Table

cooking classesLocation: Hudson Table, 1403 Clinton Street, Hoboken
Date: Thursday, December 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Details: Back by popular high demand, Chef Brian Bennett’s class features an incredible eight course dining experience for the adventurous foodie. This sit back and relax event comes with a glass of paired wine and all the fish will be provided by Jersey City Fish Stand. Spaces are limited and they’re filling up fast, so don’t forget to register!
More info: Visit www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com or call 908-232-5445.


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Winter Soups

Location: Hudson Table, 1403 Clinton Street, Hoboken
Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017
Time: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Details: Get ready to warm up all winter long with an array of hot and hearty scrumptious soups. Chef Alex Ching’s bold and tasty broths are a great way to keep your toes toasty and your tummy full. The menu includes Daube Provencal (beef stew with olives and orange), Bouillabaisse with Rouille, Creamy Potato Leek Soup and homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup.
More info: Visit hudsontable.com or call 201-420-0707.


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