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Like your fish tacos with red cabbage and lime cilantro sauce or your steak tacos with green cabbage and chipotle sauce? Brook Burgess will offer both these delicacies, plus spicy black bean cakes and a couple of other Mexican treats as part of her "Fresh Mex" cooking classes later this week. There's still space to sign up.


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Or wait until early April to take her "Celebrate Spring" class, where you'll learn to cook a gourmet Easter Sunday meal that includes potato onion tarts with balsamic glaze, honey glazed ham with spice rub and lemon mascarpone trifle with berries and biscotti. In November, Burgess opened The Main Course cooking school at her southeast Grants Pass home. Every couple of weeks, Burgess offers a different menu of five or six dishes on a Thursday evening at 6, then repeats the class on the following Saturday at noon. Classes typically last about two and a half hours. Those who attend get to taste a full portion of each recipe Burgess prepares, enjoy a selection of beverages and take home a recipe packet after jotting down Burgess' methods and tips for easier and more effective food preparation. "Throughout the class, I show the tools I use," she explained. "It's so easy to clutter your kitchen with tools, I never use tools with only one function." Classes listed on Burgess' Web site at cost between $49 and $69, depending on ingredients and number of dishes prepared. So far Burgess has created about a dozen menus, and if enough friends get together for a private party, they can request a menu she's already offered. A few years ago, Burgess and her husband remodeled their kitchen, family and dining area with the idea in mind that Burgess would offer classes. While not every class member gets a "front-row" seat, Burgess has set up a camcorder and TV monitor so that all get a close-up view of her preparations. Burgess, who grew up in Grants Pass and graduated from North Valley High School, found she had an interest in deli-


Brook Burgess runs The Main Course cooking school out of her southeast Grants Pass home, offering classes for up to nine people and featuring a variety of ethnic and seasonal menus. Here, she prepares Spicy Black Bean Cakes.

cious food even before she married and began a family. After her daughter was born 12 years ago, Burgess became a fan of cable television's Food Network and tried almost every dish she watched. She'd enjoy a dish at a restaurant, then return home to recreate what she'd eaten. "After a while, my husband said, `Can't we just have meat loaf?'" Burgess recalled with a laugh. Undeterred, Burgess took cooking classes in Portland from celebrity chefs Caprial and John Pense and at Sur La Table, and from Denise Marshall at her Eagle Point cooking school, The Last Bite. Burgess said Marshall encouraged her to start her own school. "I haven't attended a professional culinary school, but I do think I have my own style," Burgess said. "It's not just about coming here to get six new recipes. Let's face it, you can log onto Food Network. I offer people the encouragement to try something new. Eating is daily. I want to teach people about taking pleasure in their food." She added, "I think people feel loved when you make beautiful, delicious food for them. I always like to show people how to present a dish. Sometimes, a little thought goes a long way." Burgess said most of the recipes she offers are her own, but a few she's gotten from favorite cookbooks or from friends and relatives. "My father-in-law and mother-in-law live in Thailand, and for my Thai dinner, I used recipes she taught me," Burgess said. "The subject matter is endless for me. I try to put together class subjects that appeal to people, and I also focus on cooking seasonally." Burgess admits that she uses her own family as guinea pigs for new recipes she creates or tweaks. "Everyone sits around the table and says what they really think," she added. "I need them to be really honest." Burgess enjoys creating her own family's meals by setting a nice mood first. "At 4 o'clock, it's not unusual for me to light a fire, put on Van Morrison and pour myself a glass of wine and start cooking," she said. For more information, go to Burgess' Web site or call her at 226-2433. I COVEY-APPROVED CLASS STARTS IN APRIL. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a Stephen Covey-approved course, is being offered in April and May through a combined effort of Rogue Community College's Small Business Development Center, Southern Oregon University and the Oregon Employer's Council. The course is designed to help people make improvements on a professional as well as personal level. It focuses on developing more meaningful relationships and productive collaboration, increasing productivity and achieving a healthy work and life balance. Trainer Janet Shalda is a certified Stephen R. Covey

instructor with 30 years of human resource management experience with small, mid-sized and Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, she served eight years as director of human resources for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Classes are scheduled on Fridays between April 17 and May 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St. in Medford, in Room 205. The course costs $399, which includes the $185 workbook. For further details, call 9567494 or go to online. I DOG WASTE SERVICE AVAILABLE. Drew Wilhelm has started Scoopy Doo Doggy Poo Services, a dog waste removal and dog walking service, in Grants Pass. He also is available to deliver dog food. While he prefers to offer his waste removal service on a weekly basis, Wilhelm also offers a one-time cleanup. His service area includes much of the Rogue Valley, as well as Medford and Ashland. On a weekly basis, Wilhelm charges $10 for one dog and $2 extra for each additional dog. He charges $12 to take a dog for a 20-minute walk, which includes basic obedience training. Wilhelm, who grew up in Grants Pass, said he found that similar businesses are popular in metropolitan areas such as San Diego, where he first offered this service. "I thought I could bring the service to Grants Pass," said Wilhelm, a dog lover who owns a Welsh Corgi named Walter. "I feel it's a much-needed service for people who just want to enjoy their pets without the mess." Wilhelm believes his service would be ideal for people who are disabled or elderly, or for people with busy schedules. For more information or to make an appointment, call Wilhelm at 218-6926 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Autistic teenager accused in death

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COOS BAY -- A Coos County teenager who once attacked an instructor and is described as severely autistic and unable to speak has been charged with murder in the death of a 59-year-old woman who lived with his father. The suspect was identified as Henry Cozad, 18, who lived in the Bunker Hill neighborhood of Coos Bay with his father, Fred, and Linda Foley. Authorities wouldn't say how Foley died on Thursday, except to label it "homicidal violence" and say details would await an autopsy. District Attorney R. Paul Frasier told The World of Coos Bay that he couldn't prosecute the youth for an attack last year on special education instructor Tim Waits, but he would press a murder case against him in Foley's death. He said, though, that the severity of Cozad's disability would play a role. "There's a problem with prosecuting people with extreme mental issues because under the law you have to be competent to proceed."


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No parole for man who killed woman in 1975

ROSEBURG (AP) -- Dennis Leroy Gordon has been denied parole for the 1975 murder of a Roseburg woman. Gordon killed 21-year-old Linda Wilks two weeks after breaking into her home and raping her. Wilks was stabbed to death and her dismembered body was buried behind where Mercy Medical Center is now located.

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