A new breed of chefs will soon be milling about Cleburne now that Rowlett Hardware is making cooking classes available to the community.

“We want to start have cooking classes once a month,” said Paula Rowlett, who owns the store with her husband, Rodney. “We want to do different classes each month, like cake decorating. That way we can kind of cover the spectrum of everybody.”

The first class is in Chinese cuisine and will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

Cookbook author and culinary instructor Dorothy Huang from Houston will be the chef.

“This is my first time to visit Cleburne,” Huang said. “That’s why I’m so excited. I want to visit your town and her culinary school.”

Huang was born in Canton, now Guangzhou, China and was raised in Taiwan.

She earned a master’s degree in education with a minor in foods and nutrition at the University of Houston.

Her work as a dietician and knowledge of Chinese cuisine led to a decision to make teaching Chinese cooking her career, which she has now done for more than 20 years.

Her first cookbook, “Dorothy Huang’s Chinese Cooking,” has been reprinted six times.

Her revised and expanded version, “Chinese Cuisine Made Simple,” has 160 recipes and photographs.

The book emphasizes nutritional value, easy preparation and taste appeal.

Copies of her books will be available at the class.

The menu for Tuesday’s class includes pot-stickers— pan-fried dumplings — served with ginger and soy dipping sauce, pepper steak, shrimp fried rice and ice cream with fortune cookies.

The cost for the class is $40, which includes the recipes, tasting and step-by-step demonstration.

Space is limited to the first 20 participants. To register, call the store at 817-645-7277.

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