We are so very excited to be spending this summer in Tirana, Albania,

and we’d like to invite you to join us!!!

I’m Karen Ricks, Head Chef here at Our Kitchen Classroom.

I love good food and I love to cook!

Even more than that, I am a teacher at heart. I LOVE the excitement and empowerment I see in my students’ faces when they discover that they can make, create, and do for themselves!!!

Our Little Sous at the Stove
Our Little Sous sautees onions in our school kitchen in Japan.


This isn’t just true of the preschool- and elementary school-aged children that I’ve taught in Montessori and other learning environments all over the world for the last 22 years. This is also true of adults, too!

After spending so many years in the classroom, I realized that my greatest joy comes in using the Montessori principles with which I was trained to teach parents how to cook with their children, and to teach people of all ages how and why to cook for themselves.

Handmade Pasta Workshop
Teaching a pasta-making workshop at a castle in Tuscany, Italy


I wrote ‘The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with Children’ in order to share some of the stories and recipes that we created with the students and families at our international Montessori school in Japan during the 10 years that we lived and worked there.¬†Now, I want to walk you through this process that we spent countless hours honing and perfecting.

This summer, Our Kitchen Classroom is the place to come and hang out to get away from the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced, fast-food world, so you can slow down and savor all the richness that life has to offer.


This SIZZLING SUMMER WORKSHOP is for you if you want . . .

— to spend quality time with your children AND want to nourish them, body and soul.

— your children to develop the practical skills of food preparation that they need for independent living.

— your children to know that learning can be fun and exciting.

— to share that joy with your children–in the kitchen, and everywhere else in life!

Peeling Shrimp Together
Our Little Sous and I peel and clean shrimp in Australia.


Here’s what you get when you join our SIZZLING SUMMER WORKSHOP:

— A copy of ‘The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with Children’ ($24.99 Value)

— 8 weekly classes with me to cook through the principles and the recipes from my book ($800 Value)

— 8 weeks of Question and Answer access in my special Sizzling Summer Workshop group ($157)

—¬†Behind-the scenes look at Albanian food culture with our family (PRICELESS)

Total Value – $981.99

The first five people to jump in will also get a very special bonus:

— a one-on-one cooking lesson with me! ($300 value)

Early Bird Total Value – $1281.99

One of those Early Bird spots is already gone. Only 4 more remain.

Your investment for our special Sizzling Summer Workshop is just $197.

We are going to have so much fun PLAYING together in the kitchen this summer!!!

Click here to join us.