What's Cooking with Norene Gilletz

Appearances | Cooking Classes | Photos & Tastemonials
Kosher cookbook author Norene Gilletz demonstrates a recipeNorene's life is a four-letter word - FOOD! When she's not busy in her kitchen creating and editing recipes for her cookbooks and newspaper articles, Norene Gilletz is passionately promoting and marketing her cookbooks, developing menus for clients, or working on nutritional analysis of recipes.

A hands-on person, Norene loves to share her cooking knowledge through her cooking demonstrations and speaking engagements. She travels extensively, promoting her cookbooks throughout North America. Believe it or not, she even sold a copy of MealLeaniYumm! to two lady airplane mechanics in a hotel hot tub in Phoenix, Arizona!

Where's Norene Now?

Norene Gilletz can usually be found in close range of a kitchen - and it's not always her own! Go to Appearances to see where she'll be - and join her if you can!

For more information on how you can schedule Norene Gilletz for a cooking class or demonstration, please contact Norene or call 416-226-2466.

Norene's always happy to meet new people and loves to collect food memories and recipes for future cookbooks!

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Norene's Kitchen!
Share recipes, tips, cooking questions, food memories…!

Dates and times of events are subject to change. Check this page often for updates on what's cooking with Norene!


Check this page often for updates on what's cooking with Norene!

Norene Gilletz kosher cooking demonstration and fundraiser

Norene and the Emunah Women Committee at the Mother in Israel Fundraiser

Norene autographs her book, Norene's Healthy Kitchen 

Norene Gilletz kosher cooking demonstration and fundraiser


Panic-Free Passover, Passover cooking class, Wednesday, March 14th, 7 pm. Fee $100 plus HST. To register, email Norene or call 416-226-2466. 


Since The NEW Food Processor Bible: 30th Anniversary Edition was released, Norene has appeared at the following events:


April 3: Passover on the Prairies with Norene Gilletz & Rabbi Osadchey, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Calgary

April 2: Shabbat Kiddush with Norene Gilletz, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Calgary

March 30: Toronto Book Launch The NEW Food Processor Bible: 30th Anniversary Edition
Food Fast, Not Fast Food – Cooking Demo with Norene Gilletz,  Adath Israel Synagogue, Toronto
Proceeds to benefit Adath Israel Pre-School

March 27: Enjoy A Taste of Freedom! Passover Entertaining Cooking Demo with Norene Gilletz, Jewish Community Center of Rochester. Proceeds to benefit Beth Hatvilah, Rochester’s Community Mikvah



Dear Norene:

On behalf of the "Nosh with Norene" committee and the Deborah Sisterhood of Temple Anshe Sholom, I want to express our thanks for helping us with this year's major fundraiser.

We held our final meeting last night.  It was a potluck dinner and the appetizers, soup, main course and desserts were our favourite "Norene" recipes.  We thought this was a wonderful way to celebrate.  I also wanted to tell you that we raised over $14,500.00!!!  The funds will go towards improvements to the Temple's kitchen. 

It was a pleasure to work with you again and, on a personal note, to get to know you better.

Thank you again.


Cheryl Dembe

Since Norene's Healthy Kitchen was released, Norene has appeared at the following events (PHOTOS & TASTEMONIALS):


June 4: Fundraiser for Emunah Women - Mother in Israel, Montreal 

May 4: Canadian Friends of Yad Sarah - An evening of Dairy MediterraneYUMMM Delites


March 25: Holy Blossom, Toronto - Panic-Free Passover

March 11: CHAT, Richmond Hill, ON - Cooking Smart with a Passover Twist 

October 22: Children's Museum, Kitchener, ON - What's Cooking, Good Looking! (Proceeds to Canadian Hadassah-Wizo)

Feb. 18: Mazon, Toronto - Food Memories Then and Now


Nov. 4: Adam's Dream Fund, Toronto, Adam's Apple-Icious Evening 

Nov. 3: Bernard Betel Centre, Toronto, Cooking Your Way to Good Health

Oct. 5: UJA Telethon, Toronto, Fast & Healthy Dishes to Break the Fast 

July 6: Cote St. Luc Library, Summer Salads

May 11: Na'Amat Ottawa, 4th Annual Mother's Day Tea - Everything Berries 

April 9: Associated Hebrew School, Thornhill, Pesach without Panic 

Feb. 24: Los Angeles Ladies' Bikur Cholim, Fast, Fabulous & Healthy


Nov. 28: Winnipeg Jewish Book Fair

Nov. 12: BBYO Toronto: Chocolate Rocks

Oct. 30: Ezrat Achim, Toronto, Fast, Fabulous & Healthy 

Oct. 21: Windsor JCC, Fast, Fabulous & Healthy 

May 9: Beth Radom Sisterhood, Toronto, Eat Your Way to Good Health 

April 30: Montreal Hadassah-Wizo, Montreal, Norene's Healthy Kitchen 


Private Cooking Classes

At Home on Your Range:

For nearly-weds, newly-weds, working moms, people with special diet requirements (kosher, diabetic, glycemic-index friendly, weight loss, heart healthy, etc.) Great for wedding, shower, birthday or anniversary gifts!

Learn what YOU want to learn, right in your own kitchen! 

Classes At Home on Your Range are $495 plus HST for one or two students and $100 plus HST for each additional student. Groceries are extra.

Shopping and equipment requirements and a master copy of the recipes will be provided.

Fees are payable at time of registration. We accept Visa.

Gift Certificates Available

Contact us for more information


Do you have friends that want to learn about a particular topic that I'm not offering? Is someone having a bridal shower, birthday or special occasion that calls for a celebration? Then Create-A-Class is for you! 

Choose a menu from the selection below or decide one of your own, then contact us to arrange a fun-filled, educational culinary experience for you or your group at your kitchen or ours. For further information, please call Gourmania at 416-226-2466 and speak with Norene Gilletz or Shirley Millett, or E-mail us.

Please be sure that dates are suitable before you reserve your class or event. A deposit is required to guarantee the date for your class or event. You agree to release Gourmania Inc. or its representatives from all responsibilities for any injury, loss or damage, however caused, that may be sustained by you.

Contact me for more information!

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Corporate Classes & Demonstrations for Events

Norene Gilletz demonstrates to a full house.
Norene demonstrates to a full house: Cook Smart - with a Passover Twist for CHAT on March 11, 2009 in Richmond Hill, ON.

We offer cooking demonstrations for fundraising groups, corporate events, meetings, bridal showers, birthdays, etc., at the location of your choice. We require a minimum of 12 people for a private or corporate event.

Norene Gilletz is also available for cooking demonstrations and/or speaking engagements along with the sale of her books. We'll be glad to offer suggestions to help you plan your event and make it a success. Excellent for book fairs, meetings, fund-raising or corporate events, etc. Contact Us for further details and available dates.

Please be sure that dates are suitable before you reserve your class or event. A deposit is required to guarantee the date. You agree to release Gourmania Inc. or its representatives from all responsibilities for any injury, loss or damage, however caused, that may be sustained by you.

Call 416-226-2466 to reserve your date and choose your menu.

Choose a menu from the selection below, then contact us to arrange a fun-filled, educational culinary experience for you or your group. For further information, please call Gourmania at 416-226-2466 and speak with Norene Gilletz or Shirley Millett or E-mail us. Menus are subject to change, depending on availability of ingredients, equipment and kitchen facilities where your event is taking place.


Norene Gilletz will design and teach customized cooking classes to promote team-building for your staff or entertain your important clients. For more information visit Corporate Cooking Classes.

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Menu Choices

Don't Be Chicken!
Chicken is so versatile! Learn simple techniques to make poultry dishes that are quick, luscious, yet low in fat. Recipes include Caribbean Chicken & Vegetable Soup, Glazed Apricot Mustard Chicken with Rosemary, Cajun Chicken Breasts, Sesame Chicken Mandarin, Honey Garlic Meatballs, Chicken, Red Pepper and Mango Salad.

Fast Family Fare
This family-friendly, tip-packed class will teach you how to prepare quick, healthy meals for the whole family when you are rushed for time. Recipes focus on fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy snacks that are low in saturated fat and trans-fat free. You'll learn how to substitute ingredients, how to buy and store food, and much more. Menu includes: Healthy Homemade Pancakes, Create-Your-Own-Vegetable Soup, Crispy Chicken or Fish Fingers, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Best Banana Muffins and Homemade Cereal Bars.

I Do ... Not Cook! (for newlyweds, almost-weds, students)
Don't know the difference between a roux and a stew? Want something more nutritious and delicious than take-out dinner? Then this is the class for you! Learn how to make quick and easy dishes that are sure to impress family and friends. Lots of do-ahead suggestions, healthy cooking techniques and shortcuts. Recipes include Easy Lentil Vegetable Soup, Grilled Orange Teriyaki Chicken, Oriental Orzo, Asian Spinach Salad, Easy Apple Crumble. Chocolate-Dipped Apricots.

Fast, Fabulous & Healthy!
Learn healthy cooking techniques and quick ways to prepare delicious recipes that take little time but look like you've spent hours in the kitchen. Recipes include Hummous with Roasted Red Peppers, Greek Salad, Glazed Apricot Mustard Chicken (or Salmon), Couscous & Mushroom Casserole, Pineapple (or Strawberry Buttermilk) Sherbet.

Cooking the Smart-Carb Weigh!
Confused about carbs? Learn how to prepare delicious, nutritious smart-carb dishes that are low in calories, yet tops in taste. This tip-packed class will definitely enlighten you! Menu includes Portobello Mushroom Lasagna, Thyme for Lime Salmon, Crispy-Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower Popcorn, Sesame Cucumber Salad, Squished Squash and Easy Chocolate Mousse.

Rush Hour Express
Beat the clock and still have time to enjoy life! Learn tips and tricks to prepare healthy, yummy meals with little time and effort. Recipes include Black Bean Soup, Lemon Dill Chicken, Penne with Roasted Red Peppers and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Balsamic Berries plus Lemon Squares for a double-header dessert.

Company's Coming!
Learn the art of preparing a luscious do-ahead menu and be a guest at your own dinner party! Recipes include Seven-Layer Dip, Roasted Squash Soup, Tortilla Lasagna Florentine, Light & Easy Salad Italiano, Butterscotch Toffee Dreams and Blueberry Apple Phyllo Pie.

Mediterranean Magic
Learn how to transform simple, everyday ingredients into marvelous Mediterranean-style dishes. This scrumptious, heart-healthy menu features fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, fish, beans, olive oil and yogurt, with lots of do-ahead tips and presentation techniques to dazzle your family and friends. Recipes include Spanakopita Roll-Ups, Snapper Balsamico, Colorful Couscous, Greek-Style Black Bean Salad, Romaine, Mango and Avocado Salad with Citrus Honey Dressing, ending with Mixed Berry Parfaits for dessert.

Fishful Thinking & More!
No bones about it, fish is healthy and delicious! Learn the art of fabulous fish cookery plus some great vegetarian dishes to delight family and friends. Recipes include Simple Salmon, Salsa Fish Fillets, Mushroom Risotto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Oven-Roasted Asparagus, Chocolate Mousse.

The Quick Cook!
Time-starved? Learn handy survival tips, quick cooking techniques, menu planning, shopping and freezing hints. Recipes include Split Pea & Barley Soup, Sesame Salmon, Oriental Coleslaw, Chicken Breasts with Colored Peppers, Oriental Rice and Toffee Coffee Cake/Muffins.

Gather Round the Grill! 
Grilling is perfect for outdoor entertaining. Make some new friends while celebrating good food and good times outside on our patio. Menu includes Beer Can Chicken, Cajun London Broil, Crazy Cola Chicken Breasts, Grilled Portobello Mushroom Salad with Garlic Croutons and Honey-Glazed Pineapple Wedges.

Fast & Fabulous Entertaining
Learn how to make quick appetizers and desserts that make you look like you've been slaving for days! Recipes include Assorted Wraps, Healthier Hummous, Spanakopita, Mini Latkas, Rogelach, Chocolate Trifle.

Smart-Carb Shabbat! 
Our Shabbat menu is low in carbs and calories, yet tops in taste. Learn how to prepare healthy, good-carb variations of high-carb traditional dishes. Menu includes Tri-Colour Gefilte Fish, Mock Chopped Liver, Whole Wheat Bubbled Challah, Chicken Soup with Not-za Balls, Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Mixed Vegetable Medley, Faux-tato Kugel and Chocolate-Dipped Apricots (or Blueberry Blobs).

Chocolate Decadence!
Chocolate lovers unite! Are you in search of the perfect hunk ... of chocolate? Then this decadent, chocolate-packed class is for you. Recipes include Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Marbled Cheesecake Brownies, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Angel Pie, Chocolate Truffles, Fast Fudge and Yummy Rum Balls.

Entertaining Made Easy
If you get stressed at the thought of entertaining, this class will teach you how to prepare a luscious feast that is quick to prepare and looks like you've been cooking for hours! Recipes include Tortilla Wraps, Penne with Pesto Jardiniere, Salmon Balsamico, Layered Salad, Jumbleberry Crisp.

Summertime and the Cooking is Easy!
Quick dishes that are perfect for family or special guests! Do-ahead tips, ideas for picnics, shopping suggestions and quick tricks will help you get in (and out) of the kitchen quickly! Recipes include Sun-Dried Tomato Pinwheels, New-Wave Gazpacho, Colorful Couscous Salad, Baked Salmon with Mango (or Pineapple) Salsa, Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle.

MM-Meatless Grilling!  
Learn how to grill like a pro! You'll be the hit at the next barbecue with all the new tips and tricks you'll learn at this great grilling class. Menu includes Pizza-Dillas, Steak-Spiced Salmon, Lemon Halibut with Caper Sauce, Grilled New Potato Salad, Fire-Roasted Vegetables, Grilled Garlic Bread and Barbecued Fruit'n Cream.

Healthy Low-Carb Grilling!  
Grilling brings new challenges for low-carbers. No buns for that burger, pass on the potato salad - and most barbecue sauces are packed with sugar. Not to worry! Norene keeps the carbs low and the flavour high in this scrumptious, tip-packed class. Menu features Satay Chicken Skewers, Planked Salmon, Tuscan Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad, Grilled Eggplant, Quick Grilled Zucchini and Skewered Strawberries.

Cooking Smart!
Use everyday ingredients to cook a variety of quick, easy recipes that are ideal for time-starved families. You'll learn how to cook once and eat twice! Lots of shopping, freezing and storage tips. Recipes include Simply Salsa/Bruschetta, Oriental Salmon, Couscous (or Quinoa) Mandarin Salad, Apple Coffee Cake.

Process Like a Pro!
Learn how to use your food processor to prepare terrific dishes for family and friends in a flash. Recipes include Broccoli Cheese Squares, Easy Pesto Fish Fillets, Tabbouleh Salad, Chocolate Rogelach, Easy Apple Crumble.

Survival Cooking
Tired of spending money eating out? Is takeout tiresome? Learn basic healthy cooking techniques, how to choose (and use) kitchen equipment and how to shop efficiently. Recipes include Easy Carrot Soup, Spinach Mushroom Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing, Teriyaki Grilled Salmon, Sesame Broccoli, Enchilada Lasagna and Fudgy Wudgy Brownies.

Orient Express
Enjoy a luscious meal that is quick to prepare and full of flavour. Recipes include Chinese Chicken & Corn Soup, Orange Hoisin Chicken Stir-Fry, Asian Spinach Salad, Chocolate Chow Mein Chewies.

Vegetarian Delights (Lactose-Free)
Learn how to prepare lighter, healthier vegetarian dishes that are guaranteed to delight family and friends. Recipes include Broccoli & Sweet Potato Soup (OR Israeli Salad), Pasta with Roasted Tomato, Garlic & Basil Sauce, Fake'n Bake Burgers, Apple Lover's Cake.

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