“I just needed to take a moment out from dinner preparations to say thank you to you for bringing me home to cooking, again…” L.H.
“…I have been stocking my fridge with special stuff a la the Baumhefner kitchen. Many ideas from you have percolated up. Thanks so much… Roasted tomatoes and peppers can now come out later and be used in something wonderful. I tended to not think in those terms before, but I do now!!!!” B.R.
“It's such a treat to learn new techniques and little tips and tricks that I had not thought of myself or read about before…” C.I.
“Don't know the best words to thank you. You 'rounded' out my cooking education. Now, I can approach my kitchen and say how innovative can I be. You taught about 'play in kitchen'. And I'm playing…” B.N.
“What a wonderful, sensual experience! …everyone was so nice. It was amazing how many things I learned. I went straight home, reorganized my fridge, told my husband where I planned to put things (i.e. where to put things back!) and took a look at my pantry. I cooked the peppers, made pizzas the next night and started to feel more interested in cooking and eating. I have a very long way to go but I’m envisioning it a little at a time…Thank you so much and I look forward to the next class. What a great way to do life!” K.S.
“I sent you a little card, but just wanted to say again what a magical experience this last class was. I loved the first class with you, but now it is a relaxed community sharing love, joy and fantastic food around your family table. It is so much more than a cooking class…All of it felt like a group joined by a love of food, but connected through their hearts. Just magical!…” R.R.
“Ahhh. Now, this is my kind of cooking class! What a wonderful (and delicious) day of prepping, cooking, and eating (and drinking) we spent at Kay Baumhefner's fabulous early summer Come Home to Cooking class. Too many courses and dishes to count - and all organic and local as can be. And the way Kay talks about food makes me so happy. She is wonderful. Period.” C.I.
“This class has been incredible. I feel like I’ve spent a holiday cooking and eating with family—only with none of the family politics!” J.H.
“We have been having so much fun practicing our new skills, outfitting our kitchen, and shopping the farmers' market every weekend. Your class was truly inspiring and we are very interested in signing up for another, possibly with friends in tow! Thank you for sharing your wealth of experience.” J.K.
“Just a short note to let you know I prepared the class menu for some friends and they are enslaved to me for life! WOW, such an elegant dinner and so easy after taking your class.” M.A.
“What warmth and creativity there is in your kitchen. It's not enough to call them 'classes'. This felt like a family gathering to celebrate the pleasures of wonderful food. You inspire us to want to go home and cook.... ” B. R. B.
“Thank you very much for opening your home, your kitchen, and your culinary prowess to our party last week! The food was amazing, the instruction inspired, and the execution flawless.” E.S.
“It was a delightful experience. I felt like we were in Europe. I am looking forward to more classes with you.” C.Y.
“Thanks for a wonderful cooking class yesterday-- it was truly inspiring. I look forward to trying your carefully written recipes / concepts very soon. Hats off to you and Don!” K.L.
“You are a confidence builder and esteem builder!” M.C.
“After talking with you, I walked into the kitchen and pulled it off like I’d been doing it for years…” V.P.
“I got off the phone feeling organized, confident and energized. I really had fun making the dinner and everyone loved it. The ham with that sauce was fabulous. In fact, the next day they asked if there was any leftover for lunch. I had been dreading the weekend cooking marathon, but it all worked out great...” E.M.
“I used to love to cook, and had somehow taken a break from any serious cooking. After taking a few of your classes, I feel that I am really back to cooking and enjoying all the tastes, textures and preparations…” L.I.
“I actually enjoyed cooking dinner for the first time in a long time. Your class made me realize why I'm soooooo bored cooking the same old same old week after week…” P.P.
“I would never have attempted that if not for your classes. Can't begin to tell you all the stuff I do now that I didn't before…The kitchen is fun.” B.U.
“That was a marvelous class… I found myself smiling throughout the class. It just made me so happy to listen to you and watch you. It's like going to a delightful performance in the theater….” C.A.
“Kay! You have done such a wonderful job of teaching about comfortable home cooking. The couple of years spent in your school have been priceless. Under your tutelage I have expanded to growing my own garden. Somehow you also really 'woke up' my need to conserve. I have dehydrated plums and pears off of backyard trees. Never visited those trees before. Just let stuff drop. This is a 'thank you'.” B.Y.
“Thank you again for such a marvelous class. What a treasure trove you are of wonderful thoughts and ideas.” K.B.
“I did so enjoy the class. Your home is lovely, your kitchen to die for, so bright and welcoming and your cooking and teaching style just right. Thanks so very much. I came home and chopped fennel and onions just because I wanted to…” N.C.
“There was not a moment that I did not enjoy yesterday. You are such a charming, special hostess, teacher and cook, one cannot but have a wonderful time and sharpen one's skills. Thank you for being part of my life.” G.B.
“Yep, I had an OUTSTANDING time at your class… it was a unique, delicious, ingenious, thoughtful, fun, insightful, pleasurable and educational way to celebrate...” B.H.
“I am still grinning from ear to ear after Monday's heavenly class.” N.M.
“I just took my first class from Kay Baumhefner and from the moment it began (with champagne) it was like spending an afternoon in France with best friends, wonderful smells and delicious food…” T. H.
“Your kitchen is beautiful and your organization of all the things we used was so educational. The group was very friendly and everyone seemed to enjoy the class and learned many new things…” M.M.
“I have been telling everyone what a wonderful time I had in your cooking class. Your generosity of spirit, intuitive sensibilities with food and cooking, and your relaxed way of welcoming everyone into your kitchen put us all at ease and made the experience fabulous. People could contribute more or less depending on their comfort in the kitchen, but everyone was included…” B.R.
“It has been interesting to tell people that we cooked ratatouille. They usually respond. "Oh it's so mushy, I don't like it." BUT this was not mushy and was the best ratatouille I have ever tasted! And I especially loved the creative brain storming at the end of class about other less expected ways of using ratatouille.” B.R.A.
“I loved your teaching style, as well as the setting of your own lovely home— the passion and ease of communication in the kitchen inspiring and contagious--not to mention the deliciousness! I look forward to a next time!” D.B.C.
“You bring back happy memories about food stuff when I was a child. Really enjoy your classes…” B.P.O.
“Thank you for such an enriching experience. Your cooking class is so much more than a 3-hour cooking class. It's about lifestyle, slowing down, savoring food, enjoying company. Kay ~ I enjoyed how you were able to be both professional and "just yourself" - humorous and down to earth and just lovely!…” M.C.
“I have been basking in the glow of that aioli class all week. It really was delightful. Tonight I served the tapenade, aioli and vegetables to friends, including a French woman who's a chef, and received such compliments. (What a relief!) In fact, her husband said it's the best tapenade he's ever tasted. Wow. Thank you! …I'm floating.” C.I.
“…I am emailing friends to ‘Treat yourself to a 3 hour vacation in France right here in Petaluma - and learn something in THE most enlivening, relaxing, encouraging environment I’ve ever experienced’…” T.H.I.