Back to Basics Cooking Class Giveaway


Last month I was given the opportunity to try a new online cooking class called Back to Basics. I didn’t think I needed it as much as I thought it would be a great beginning to a home economics program for my oldest daughter. At the beginning of the year I had good intentions of creating my own home economics course, but with the pregnancy I just never had time. My daughter has some cooking skills and is great at following recipes, but I thought it would be a bonus if she had some formal training… unlike my method which is something like, “Add garlic to everything.”

I cannot stress how important it is to teach your children to cook, or learn to cook yourself. One of my biggest stumbling blocks to cutting back our finances was the fact that I had a very limited repertoire of meals and relied heavily on convenience foods for the first several years of our marriage. Learning to cook from scratch helped me tremendously in my quest to save more money at the grocery store. I was able to purchase food in bulk as well as walk by all those high priced convenience items since I knew how to make it myself.

Shelley at One Roast Vegetable has created a 14-week Back to Basics Cooking Class and registration for the next class beings March 24th.


It’s an online class that takes place in your own home (no traveling), and you can work at your own pace, so very low stress.

Each week you receive a new lesson, and you can follow along with her step-by-step instructions and videos.  You’ll learn the basics, like how to make a perfect hard boiled egg, how to roast a chicken (and what to do with the leftovers).  And I know for a fact that in this class she’s going to share her 4-ingredient recipe for cinnamon ice cream that’s a real show-stopper!

In fact, if you’d like to see some of the preview lessons Shelley has created for the Back to Basics Cooking Class, then you should definitely sign up here and check them out.

I have viewed the first four lessons so far and have been impressed. The videos are easy to follow and the instructions are simple. If fancy cooking terminology is used, it is immediately explained for the less experienced cooks.

According to Shelley here are a few reasons you should take her class.

  • If you think your husband secretly likes his mother’s cooking better than yours … this class is for you.
  • If you’re a home schooling mom who is looking for some perfect Home Economics curriculum … this class is for you.
  • If you’re paralyzed in the kitchen or you think you’re a terrible cook … this class is for you.
  • And if you’re worried about how much take-out and prepared food you’re eating and you want to learn how to make more things ‘homemade’ … this class is for you.

Of course, I wouldn’t tell you all these great things and then not offer a giveaway to one of my readers, right? If you would like to win a free registration to the next Back to Basics Cooking Class all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. For a second entry tweet about this contest, and leave a second comment letting me know. Contest ends Friday March 13, 2009 at 10 pm EST.

For a limited time you can view an entire sample lesson, Homemade Egg ‘McMuffin” Sandwich.



  1. How fun! This would be a perfect way for my daughter to add to her cooking skills this summer. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

  2. I think a back to basics class on cooking would be amazing! I could always use extra help!

  3. That is cool..I would love to brush up on some of my skills. I used to cook a lot, but have begun to loose my confidence in the kitchen. Awesome giveaway thanks!

  4. Southern Gal says:

    My son just finished his homemade egg mcmuffin sandwich a minute ago. He’s decided in the last week he like his with whole wheat bread better.

    I love to cook and would love this class.

  5. Dedra Scott says:

    I would love the opportunity to take this class. My downfall is not cooking a lot from scratch because I don’t know how. I am sure this would help with my grocery bill tremendously. Thanks!

  6. Adrianne says:

    With two boys going off to college next fall, this would be a PERFECT thing for us to take together. TFS!

  7. Michelle says:

    What a terrific idea!!! My daughter has just started showing interest in wanting to cook and I didn’t know where to begin….this is IT!! Thanks for all your great ideas!

  8. I created an elaborate home economics program for my daughters, but found we didn’t have the time for me to do the formal teaching. If someone else did the up front teaching and I could add on to it, that would be a great blessing! ….and just yesterday my 18 yo son said, “Mom, I need to learn to cook.” Hmmm…

  9. How fun you can never learn to much. My dd loves to help cook so this would be something we we could do together.

  10. Oooh. This would be great to refresh some old reflexes. And help get my kids in the kitchen with me (doing more than stiring the pot).

  11. Just twitted about the contest.

  12. what a wonderful way to share the love of cooking- sounds like a wonderful idea for my children! Hope to win-

  13. I never had the opportunity to learn to cook as a child. My mother would send us on our own which usually meant pouring ourselves a bowl of cereal. Now as a wife and mother, I hate cooking and honestly don’t know what to do. I could really use this course to bless my family. One thing that I want for my dd when she is older is to cook beside me.

  14. I tweeted about it. 🙂

  15. Elizabeth Stephens says:

    This would be great! I”m trying to learn to cook! Thanks!

  16. Does it count if I don’t feel completely lost but couldn’t roast a chicken to save my life? I have always wanted some formal training (I homeschooled with a just add garlic mom too!!!)

  17. sounds wonderful! I’m a self-taught (and mom-taught) cooker… but am still learning. I’d love to learn how to do more with chicken…!

  18. What a fabulous way to teach children. My little ones love cooking and would be thrilled to have this resource. Thanks so much for a wonderful give-away…

  19. I think it would be a great opportunity to brush up on my cooking skills. My mom was actually a home economics teacher, but she wasn’t much for teaching her own kids to cook since, apparently, we were too messy!

  20. I would love to take the cooking class with you online. It sounds like fun!

  21. Stephanie says:

    I am that woman you said you were! I have very limited cooking skills and that is what we end up spending alot of our wasted money on…I would love all the help I can get!!!

  22. That sounds great! I want to cook more from scratch so my kids will be exposed to it as they grow & so my husband won’t have to pack cold sandwiches for lunch & dinner every day! I’m tired of convenience foods!

  23. I have limited skills and with 4 girls would love to teach them more.
    Please add me to your list of growing entries to win this class.
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  24. wooohooo! I need to learn to cook. Thanks for such a wonderful idea.

  25. I hope I win..I need this! 🙂

  26. I tweeted this contest…

  27. Sounds like a great class for my Sister – she’s 17 and homeschooling.

  28. I am less-than comfortable in the kitchen. I’d love a tune up.

  29. wandababy says:

    Sounds like fun. I showed my daughter the video from March 2nd and she was shocked that you make your own flour. Her reply, “Is that legal?” Now you are referred to as the lady with the “bootleg” flour. Keep the great offers coming. Lawanda

  30. I would like to consider having my daughter take this cooking class, but I can’t even find a price for it. I don’t even see where to contact One Roast Vegetable to ask. I’ll make sure to check back on March 24th.

  31. Oh my goodness, I need this class!!! We are trying to be more frugal and spend less, but I need some help in the kitchen big time!

  32. This sounds like fun! I’ve been cooking more from scratch for a couple months now, but haven’t mastered it yet!

  33. oh – love this. I had started doing some cooking with kid uploads, but never got around to completion…hmm…imagine that. So thrilled there is this available. 🙂

  34. brandy bailey says:

    I think my daughter and I could learn from this class. Always looking to improve the cooking around here.

  35. Lindsey says:

    This sounds so fun! I’m a lurker, love your posts and find great inspiration in you 🙂 I know my husband would be blessed if I could broaden breakfast repertoire, lol.

  36. The cooking class would be greatly appreciated by me and my 10 year old who is real interested in cooking! Thank you and enjoy your blog

  37. love the idea pictures and video always help!

  38. I would love to win sounds perfect. I’m getting married in September and having a cooking class or two under my belt would be awesome :o)

  39. blossomteacher says:

    I love anyone that has pictures or video of the recipe they are making. It cuts down on the need for an emergency pizza that night 🙂

  40. blossomteacher says:

    i tweeted, too 😉

  41. How fun! I love to cook and it would be so much fun to do the class with my 12 year old daughter. Hope I win! I just found your blog and I really enjoy it. It’s on my favs. list.

  42. I would love to add my hat to the ring. I do have cooking knowledge but it is mainly with Italian food, I need to branch out.

  43. I added my tweet!

  44. Too cool. I have been slowly adding recipes to my repertoire, but I am still pretty limited. It makes such a difference on my grocery budget to be able to meal plan, but I feel bad when it seems like I’m making the same things over and over.

  45. I checked out her website and watched the preview for the class. I would LOVE to take it. Of all of my duties as a homemaker, cooking is the area in which I am least skilled. I don’t know a lot of the basics! I also signed up for her “eat more vegetables” info. and received a great recipe. I’m looking forward to trying it. Thank you! I love your blog – it’s one I check every day.

  46. I would love to take this course. As a new wife, I am struggling to get past my limited cooking skills, or reliance on prepackaged, or pre made food.

    After trying my stab at cookbooks unsuccessfully,I really think that a basic course like this would be great groundwork to enhancing my cooking skills.

  47. Oh I need this. I am just venturing into cooking more from scratch & I can use all the help I can get!!

  48. Hello, I am a homeschooling mother and would love this for our children. Thank you for offering it!

  49. Sounds wonderful – thank you!

  50. What a great giveaway! Thanks!!!

  51. Rachel Davis says:

    This sounds like a great idea! I never really had the opportunity to learn the basics of cooking…I have kind of had to make it up as I go along. This would be great.

  52. I have a few dishes that I rotate constantly. I need some variation–or, rather, my husband does.

  53. Ok this sounds absolutely wonderful, problem I can not get any of the links to open each one says error (I tried all four links) I don’t know if I am the only one but if you can offer help PLEASE lol… I try to cook my we end up eating out because we are so tired of the 5 meals I can make and that is including mac n’ cheese as one of them.

  54. crystal says:

    The class looks so awesome!

  55. I think this is very interesting. Hope to win.

  56. What a cool idea! I’d love to win!

  57. I would be so tickled to win this. Thanks for the chance. I’m a recent follower of your blog, keep up the good work!

  58. Id loved to take the class. My mom never taught me, she always got the stuff in the box that you can microwave (even then i once caught the microwave on fire.) Now I have a 2 and 1/2 year old and I’m married. I need to learn the basics. I cant even boil an egg with out directions in front of me!

  59. Oh, I need this. I’ve been trying to expand our dinner selections at home, but my husband and I like different stuff! Please count me in. Thanks!

  60. This sounds great – I would love to win this!

  61. I’m a terribe cook and could use some help!

  62. I too really need to learn the basics. I agree that it is so important to teach your kids and want to be able to teach my kids something more than how to make blueberry muffins.

  63. I soooo could use these cooking classes!! I have a handful of recipes and know what you mean about convience food….

    Also, I don’t have twitter, but if I blog about the contest will that get me an extra entry?!?

  64. I love to cook and I embrace any learning opportunity for my homeschooled daughter 🙂

  65. I could REALLY use this!

  66. WOW! I could really use this as I’m in a cooking rut!

  67. ok don’t know if the issue was your side or mine but I got to go to the site and it’s awesome!!! I am so excited, thanks so much for sharing!!

  68. this would be perfect for my almost 13 yo daughter and I could use it myself too! thanks 🙂

  69. Kathryn says:

    LOL – I understand the “add garlic to everything” way of cooking. My husband doesn’t believe me when I tell him I cook the same thing every night – only the proportions and maybe one ingredient change. He’s so sweet he thanks me for dinner every night … I don’t know how, the man is a dream.

  70. Carla Harvey says:

    i’d love a shot at this…for my homeschool and for me!!

  71. I am a homeschooling mom and would love to win this!

  72. Cindy Calvano says:

    I’m a mom in desperate need of cooking skills. My idea of cooking currently is opening a box of pasta roni. Seriously. Pasta Roni.


  73. Cindy Calvano says:

    Here’s my tweet:

  74. I too would love to take this class to reduce the amount of pre-packaged meals we eat.

  75. I would love to win!

  76. Oooh, how cool! I’d love to win this!

  77. Great idea, my daughter would love this!

  78. Becky Kleinsasser says:

    I am definitely in need of more cooking skills! After almost 5 years of marriage I just started staying home with our first child, and I am clueless in the basics of cooking since I grew up in a “hamburger helper” house. Thanks for offering this giveaway!!

  79. I would truly LOVE and APPRECIATE this! Thank you!

  80. krishnam says:

    oh!! how wonderful! i’m a newly married girl.. and I’m lost in the cooking department…. and sadly my mom lives across the ocean!! would be a great gift for my husband ;o)

  81. Laura Powell says:

    I have 4 married daughters and two especially would really benefit from this great idea! One just got married in August! Wonderful!

  82. Okay – your website says you can enter two times. I would love to bless one of my daughters with this great cooking online class! Wonderful idea! Blessings!

  83. Chelsea L says:

    I can use all the help I can get with my cooking!

  84. Ohh How neat!! I am just starting to teach my oldest how to cook but I have never used recipes, just kinda “winged it” so this would be a great experience!!

  85. This sounds great! Thanks for the give away!

  86. Sounds like fun! I think it would help me just learn the basics 🙂

  87. I tweetered it 🙂

  88. I just blogged a post about your contest!! Thanks for the opportunity for the contest!!

  89. I would love a cooking class.

  90. I’d love a chance to be entered. Thanks!

  91. I would love to win! I need help! I need some basic skills, & how to start eating home made to save money!

  92. Always looking for new and simple ways to get food on the table! Thanks

  93. That looks like something my daughter would LOVE!

  94. Count me in, please. I need all the help I can get in the kitchen. LOL!

  95. I am a work in progress :0
    I am just learning to be domestic, cooking ironing and the like so this would be helpful I think!
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

  96. Holy Toledo, I’m so the first reason – I know my poor SO is suffering from my cooking instead of his mother’s! This would be fantastic!

  97. I’d love to win this and give it to my sister! She would absolutely love it.

  98. i’ll take comment 100 honors 🙂

  99. “Back” to basics implies that I already knew the skills to begin with, but since I don’t this would be a great prize for me!

  100. Great Idea. I would like to do this because I am the worst cook and to think of things to make gives me high anxiety.

  101. What if we need the home ec class reminders for ourselves? I made an “A” in 7th grade, but don’t think I’ve spent more than 20 mins in the kitchen since then!

  102. This would be great for my 16 year old that is starting to take and interest in cooking. My 11 and 6 year old would love this too as they are always wanting to help mom in the kitchen.

  103. i’d love some lessons!

  104. Oh man, I need this! Everytime I cook and give it to my hubby, I ask if it tastes as good as his mom’s does. Everytime I get the same answer.

    “It’s close, babe.”

    Argh! Now, I just started cooking seriously about.. a year ago? lol So I think maybe I am missing some fundamentals here.

  105. I would LOVE to use these classes. I’m going to try to make as much homemade food as possible now that my son is having issues with artificial dyes and flavorings.

  106. Very neat course! As a new homeschooling (and frugal!) mom, I’ve found your site to be invaluable! Thanks!!!

  107. I would LOOOOOVE to take this class because I’m getting married in less than 5 months! It would be helpful to say “what do you want to eat” instead of “WHERE do you want to eat”! Thanks!

  108. This looks amazing! Going to give this some serious consideration…

  109. Oh…I would LOVE this!!! Hope I win!

  110. Wonderful idea to use as a home schooling tool. My 9 and 15 could both use this class.

  111. Even though I’ve been cooking for a while, I really enjoyed the Egg McMuffin video. I’ve never made one before. I would love to take the Back-to-Basics Classes!

  112. Melanie in KS says:

    Please enter me as well.

    Thanks! 🙂

  113. My kids would love to do this as part of his homeschooling!

  114. I watched the first webisode and would love to win, I think any extra tips/hints would definetley help. Thanks for offering this giveaway. Leene

  115. Spencer K says:

    mom told me about this and I really want to learn to cook.

  116. Oh my gosh! I love cooking and could definitely do with a class or two!! I think my kids would love it if I would try new things!! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  117. Thanks for the giveaway!

  118. I would love this. But even more than that, my husband would love this!

  119. This would be a great addition to our studies this year!

  120. Just tweeted it too. 🙂

  121. I would love to win this! I actually want my husband to participate, he’s been asking for cooking lessons…

  122. My family would be trilled for me to learn how to cook out side of my box!

  123. we were just recommended to try to cut corn syrup out of our diet. Do you know how impossible that is if you don’t cook from scratch?

  124. Christine says:

    Who doesn’t need this?! I would love to try.

  125. Would love to study this with my 9yo dd this summer.

  126. I would love to win this. My husband’s mom was a home-ec major in college, and I am not so much the cook (or housekeeper, for that matter!). I would love to learn the basics. Thanks!!

  127. Wow, I just found your website tonight. I know God knew where he was leading me. I am the 4th on the list of reasons to take this cooking class. We have so much processed food and I am on a mission to change that because of my health, my two kids and hubby. I just started reading blogs about one month ago and I am so glad I found yours. Good luck with your precious new baby. Don’t answer all the emails…..get some rest!!!!!

  128. This class would be great for my 16 yr old daughter. I’m so thankful that my mother taught me how to make food from scratch. I would love for her to learn but unfortunately I’m not the best teacher. It would be great for mother-daughter bonding. 🙂

  129. I would love this. I love to cook but I love new recipes and learning new things…Count me in…

  130. This looks like the perfect Home-Ec course for my daughter…she would absolutely love it!

  131. I would love to win this! I am a terrible cook and one of these days I am going to be expected to teach my children to cook. I need all the help I can get. 🙂

  132. Hi,

    I enjoy your blog! I have learned so much. Thank you for sharing so much of your heart, home and knowledge! This cooking class looks great!

  133. We’d love to win this. What a great giveaway.

  134. What a great idea!

  135. I tweeted about the contest on Twitter for my second entry

  136. I think this is an awesome idea and would love to win this!

  137. This sounds like it’d be a lot of fun and very helpful.

  138. Tawana Chavous says:

    I’ve been married for almost 9 yrs and I know I could still use some help. Thanks

  139. Would love a chance at this! My daughter (homeschooled) is obsessed with cooking right now. Would be fun to do!

  140. Sounds like it would be fun.

  141. Hello, My name is Jenni. I was reading about your contest you did and was wondering if there would be another,? I have been a wife for almost 16 years and a mother for 10. I have a story, about when the Lord got hold of me and got my attention to really be a wife and mother. Its only been for a couple of months that I have been trying to actually really put my whole heart into being a good wife. One that makes her husband feel loved and thought of. My biggest problem is failing at cooking. I usually pray over my food and ask God to make it taste better than it actually does and sometimes I honestly believe He is blessing my obedienc to Him. I could use a whole teaching on cooking. Just wanted to see if there was an open door? thanks so much. Jenni

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