Cooking Class for College Students


As summer begins to wind down and your college students return to campus, give them the skills they need to be top chefs in their own kitchen. I have prepared three easy, budget friendly, healthy meals any college student will enjoy!  Please join me, Wednesday, August 3rd from 6:30- 8:30pm at Marcel’s in Glen Ellyn for my “Cooking for College Students” class. This class is designed with the busy college student in mind. Whether buying groceries, learning to use a knife, or even hosting the very first dinner party, this class will go through the entire cooking process. What’s super cool is that each student who signs up will receive a free Kai Luna 8” Chef Knife to bring back to their own kitchens at school. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! Here is what’s on the menu: Cheesy Beef and Bean Enchiladas, Lemon Chicken and Potato Pockets, Black Bean Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries and, for dessert, Chocolate Almond Banana Boat. Sign up at Marcel’s College Cooking Class before it sells out!

Please note:  this class is back by popular demand with fresh ideas and recipes so that any returning students will receive new information and taste new dishes! Also, you don’t have to be a college student to attend!  Everyone welcome!


Spring Calendar Update


Happy Spring!!  I am excited to share this new class schedule with you. These are all taught at Marcel’s Culinary Experience in downtown Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  I hope you can cook with me soon!


13-(12:30-2pm) Midday at Marcel’s- Celebrating Maple Syrup Season: Bruschetta with Ricotta and Maple Roasted Rhubarb, Maple Glazed Pork Medallions with Apples, Chewy Maple Nut Cookies. Demo/$35 Register HERE

21-(9:30-11am) Morning at Marcel’s- Breakfast for DinnerSpinach & Artichoke Egg Casserole, Zucchini and Sweet Potato Pancakes with Cilantro Cream, Baked Banana with Dark Chocolate and Almonds. Demo/$35  Register HERE


11-(12:30-2pm) Midday at Marcel’s- To Market Spring Has Sprung : Sugar Snap Peas Salad with Tarragon and Pea Shoots, Seared Scallops with Parsley and Scallion Pesto, Sweet Strawberry Brie Bites with Balsamic Glaze. Demo/$35  Register HERE

19-(9:30-11am) Morning at Marcel’s- Cooking Smart (1 protein, 2 meals): Edamame, Carrots and Honey Chicken Rice Bowls and Key West Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Mango and Jicama; Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps. Demo/$35  Register HERE  


1-(12:30-2pm) Midday at Marcel’s- Prep for Summer – Lean & Luscious: Roasted Asparagus with Chive Yogurt Ranch Dressing, Chicken and Artichoke Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Light Lime Cheesecakes. Demo/$35  Register HERE

7-(6:30-9pm) Road Trip: Nashville: Southern Sweet Fruit Tea; Warm Tomato, Corn and Jalapeño Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette; Skillet Roasted Hot Chicken with Red Potatoes and Fennel; Peaches and Dumplings with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Hand’s On/$80 Register HERE

Savvy Slow Cooking Class


Savvy Slow Cooking with Dina Bair on WGN Midday News!

The quickest cooking class I’ve ever taught was this past Friday on WGN Midday News.  In less than 5 minutes I demonstrated two of my favorite slow cooker recipes.  That’s funny, isn’t it?  A quick class of slow cooker recipes?  Anyway, if you want to watch Friday’s segment, here’s the link.  And here are the links to my featured recipes: White Chicken Chili and Jalapeño and Portobello Braised Beef.

The real purpose of the WGN segment was to promote my upcoming Savvy Slow Cooking classes.  The first one scheduled on Thursday, February 4th is sold out but a second one has been added on Friday, February 5th at Marcel’s in Glen Ellyn.  In this class scheduled from 9:30-11am, I will demo three different recipes:  Maple Brown Sugar Steel Cut Oatmeal with Apples, Fiesta Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Asian Moo Shu Pork.

Slow cooking answers the 5pm question, ‘What’s for Dinner?’.  My own slow cooker stays on my counter most of the winter and I use it weekly to make flavorful and healthy family meals.  With these upcoming classes, I hope to encourage you to dust off your own slow cooker so that you will have an answer to the ‘Whats for Dinner’ question at your house!

Will you join me for a morning in the kitchen tasting, learning, and sharing?  I hope so!  To register and for more information, click here!

For the Love of Stew!

Ancho Pork and Hominy Stew

Ancho Pork and Hominy Stew

Cool weather has arrived just in time ‘For the Love of Stew‘ this week at Marcel’s in Glen Ellyn.  On Thursday morning, November 12, 9:30-11am I am teaching:  Ancho Pork and Hominy Stew, Lamb & Butternut Squash Stew, and Skillet Jalapeño Cornbread. Come to relax with a cup of coffee while I make deliciously easy recipes for you to taste and enjoy!  These stew recipes are unique as they are each ready in just 30 minutes.  You’ll leave class easily knowing what you are making for dinner that night!  For more information and to register click HERE.  I hope you can join me!

A Very Special Birthday!

Myplate2yours celebrates 4 years!  Thank you to my friends and followers for your continued interest and encouragement in everything good-tasting & healthy!  My own birthday falls within the same week and this year, these 2 birthdays turned into one very special celebration.  Here is my story in pictures:

I was surprised on my birthday with breakfast in bed, compliments of my 16 year old son!

On my birthday, I was surprised with breakfast in bed, compliments of my 16 year old son! It was very balanced: fresh fruit salad, a bagel and my favorite coffee yogurt!

Just 3 days later, I flew to France to join my husband who was there for business. Here we are in Paris on the top of Notre Dame!

Just 3 days later, I flew to France to join my husband who was there for business. Here we are in Paris on the top of Notre Dame!

Thanks to our friends in Nantes, I was treated to a cooking class for my birthday. Chef Laurent Saudeau of Restaurant Manoir de la Boulaie prepared 6 exquisite dishes in this three hour class.

Thanks to our good friends in Nantes, I was treated to a cooking class for my birthday. Chef Laurent Saudeau of Restaurant Manoir de la Boulaie prepared 6 exquisite dishes in this three hour class.

We returned later that evening for a several course dinner. This was the cheese course. What a real treat!

We returned to Manor de la Boulaie later that evening for a several course meal. This was the cheese course. What a real treat!

We had the privilege of enjoying this lovely lunch on the Brittany coast. These fresh caught langostinos were delicious!

The next day, we had the privilege of enjoying a beautiful day on the Brittany coast and this fresh caught lunch. These steamed langostinos were simply delicious!

It was a wonderful 4 days… but now that I’ve returned (full and happy), I’m refreshed and ready to cook, write and teach. You may just find some French-inspired recipes published soon!

Cooking Classes!


Now that the kids are back in school, it’s the perfect time to book your cooking class! Here is the new lineup of my classes at Marcel’s in Glen Ellyn, IL. There are both morning and midday classes with a variety of topics: Rustic Itallian, Soup’s On, For the Love of Stew, Festive Nibble & Bites….just to name a few! I am even teaching “The Best from the Pumpkin Patch” for Little Kids (6-8 year olds) on Columbus Day. Please check these out! I hope you’ll join me!


10-Breakfast Now, Dinner Later Tonight & Lunch Tomorrow: Baked Apple & Cinnamon French Toast / Teriyaki Beef Lettuce Wraps and Teriyaki Beef & Baby Bok Choy Stir FryDemo, 9:30-11am. $45  Register HERE

30-Sensational Simmers: Pasta e Fagioli Soup, Zesty Meat Ragu on Zucchini Ribbon ‘Noodles’ and Peaches & Cream with Balsamic Reduction. Demo, 12:30-2pm. $35   Register HERE


12-Best of the Pumpkin Patch (Ages 6-8): Mini Pumpkin Spice Muffins, Pumpkin Mac & Cheese and Apple Pie Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce. Demo, 11-12:30pm. $35  Register HERE

14-Rustic Italian: Focaccia with Olives and Rosemary, Braised Shredded Beef in Tomatoes and Red Wine on Creamy Polenta with Sauteed Greens and Garlic, and Caramelized Pears with Ricotta and Honey. Demo, 12:30-2pm. $35  Register HERE

22-Morning at Marcel’s: Soup’s OnCreamy Sweet Potato Soup with Ginger and Red Lentils, Italian Chicken and Orzo Soup, and Almond Flour Banana Bread. Demo, 9:30-11am. $35  Register HERE


12-Morning at Marcel’s: For the Love of Stew: Ancho Pork and Hominy Stew, Lamb and Butternut Squash Stew, and Skillet Jalapeno Corn Bread. Demo. 9:30-11am. $35  Register HERE

18- Something for Everyone at the Holiday Table:(GF/V/DF) Zesty Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad, Potato & Leek Galette with Watercress, Butternut Squash and Kale Baked Risotto, and Citrus Dessert Salad with Mint. Demo, 12:30-2pm. $35  Register HERE


2-Festive Nibbles & Bites: Roasted Beet and Carrot Frisee Salad with Citrus-Tarragon Dressing, Grilled Eggplant-Red Pepper Rolls with Basil, Roasted Pork Tenderloin in Napa Valley Marinade with Serrano-Plum Salsa, Mini Mint Chocolate Whoopie Pies. Demo, 12:30-2pm. $35  Register HERE

16-It’s Your Time for Lunch: Shaved Parsnip Salad with Medjool Dates, Chicken Au Champagne on Brown Rice Pilaf, and Double Chocolate Cheesecake Squares with Honey-kissed Fresh Raspberries. Demo, 12:30-2pm. $35  Register HERE

College Cooking Class!

Lynn Dugan, MS, RD

Calling all college students who want to learn to cook!  Please join me next week, Thursday, July 16th from 6:30-8:30p, at Marcel’s in Glen Ellyn for a cooking class no college student should leave home without! Make college cooking life easier and more affordable while learning tips and techniques that you will be able to use for the rest of your life. This hands-on class will show you how to make three deliciously easy chicken dishes that will help you avoid costly take-out (and it’s sure to be tastier, too)! On the menu: Spicy Orange Chicken Thighs & Rice, Perfect Chicken Parmesan & Creamy Polenta, and Mediterranean Chicken with Potatoes, with Monster Cookies for dessert.  Click here to register and for more information!

Please note:  this class is back by popular demand with fresh ideas and recipes so that any returning students will receive new information and taste new dishes!

Spring Classes!

Here is the line up of upcoming cooking classes at Marcel’s in downtown Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  In April, you’ll find a lunchtime demo ‘Restocking Your Spring Pantry’ with yummy recipes featuring fresh pantry items;  also, there is one last ‘Breakfast Now, Dinner Tonight’ class before this series breaks for the summer.  The two evening classes I’m teaching are ‘Made over Baby Boomer Classics’ in April, and ‘Small Plates:  International Vegetarian in June.  In May, to coincide with Mother’s Day, I am so happy to be teaching once again with my own mom; also in May, I’m excited to offer a new class format, ‘Shape Up for Summer’.  Please take a look at all of these, and more, below.  There are so many great classes, I hope to see you all sometime soon!!


8-Restocking Your Spring Pantry: Cheese Tortellini & Spring Vegetable Soup, Albacore Tuna, Chickpea, and Roasted Beet Salad with Dijon Dressing, Sweet Sunflower Mini MuffinsMarcel’s demo12:30-2pm. $35  Register HERE

16-Breakfast Now, Dinner Tonight: Southwestern Egg Scrambler on Corn Tortilla / Easy Risotto with White Beans, Mushrooms and Spring Peas. Marcel’s demo, 9:30-11am. $45  Register HERE


6-Cooking with Mom: Creamy Spring Radish Soup, Soy Marinated Salmon with Mango-Kiwi Salsa, and Lemon Blueberry Tart. Marcel’s demo, 12:30-2pm. $35  Register HERE

14-Shape Up for Summer: Roasted Asparagus with Chive Yogurt Ranch Dressing, Chicken and Artichoke Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, and Light Lime Cheesecake Squares. Marcel’s demo, 11-12:30pm. $35  Register HERE


3-Herbilicious! Lemon Poppyseed Bread with Lavender, Spring Vegetable Soup with Basil-Mint Pesto, and Rosemary Chicken with Maple Orange Glaze on Herbed Basmati Rice. Marcel’s demo, 12:30-2pm. $35  Register HERE

18-Small Plates- International Vegetarian: Sweet Potato and Chick Pea Curry, Eggplant Parmesan Bites, Black Bean Cakes with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce, Tofu and Cashew Lettuce Cups, and Apricot Blueberry Cobbler. Marcel’s hands On, 6:30-9pm. $65  Register HERE

New Year Cooking Classes!


Happy New Year!!! With the start of 2015, I’m excited to share this new class line up. These are conducted at Marcel’s Culinary Experience in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.   I am starting another series of “Breakfast Now, Dinner Tonight!”.  It’s a class that’s perfect for busy moms.  First, I serve you breakfast at 9:30am which you’ll enjoy while I demonstrate your evening meal.  Not only will you be provided with the recipes for the class, but you’ll also be supplied with a ‘dinner starter kit’ to use as the foundation for your evening meal.  The class will wrap up by 11am with plenty of time to get any half-day kids from school and you’ll already have the makings of a healthy dinner in hand!  What a great way to start the year!

In the calendar below, you’ll also find midday demo classes in January (Savvy Slow Cooking & What to Cook on a Snowy Day), February (recipes from a recent trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina) and March (co-teaching with my mentor, my mom).  And don’t forget the college kids class in January!

I hope to cook with you soon!


8-Cooking for College Students: Oven Baked Italian Sliders, Creamy Stroganoff, Hearty Chili, Chocolate Lava Cakes. Hands on, 6:30-8:30p. $60  Register here!

14-Savvy Slow Cooking: Chinese Five-Spice Pork with Carrot-Rice Bowl, Jalapeño & Portobello Braised Beef, Mediterranean Chicken & Potatoes. Demo, 12:30-2pm. $35  Register here!

22-Breakfast Now, Dinner Tonight: Fluffy Whole Grain Griddle Cakes with Fresh Berries / Cheddar Chicken & Potato Packets. Demo, 9:30-11am. $45  Register here!

29-What to Cook on a Snowy Day: Simmering Chicken & Dumplings, Baby Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette, Warm Apple CrispDemo, 12:30-2p. $35 Register here!


19-Breakfast Now, Dinner TonightApple-Oatmeal Muffins with Carmelized Grapefruit / Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Chicken Sausage. Demo, 9:30-11am. $45  Register here!

24-Dinner in Buenos Aires: Empanadas de Marta, Carbonada del Noreste (beef stew with potatoes and pumpkin), Flan Casera. Demo. 12:30-2pm, Marcel’s, Glen Ellyn. $45  Register here!


4-Lunch in Nonnie’s Italian Kitchen: Zesty Ciopinno with Crusty Italian Bread, Romaine Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Crispy Sweet Pizzelles. Demo, 12:30-2pm. $35  Register here!

19-Breakfast Now, Dinner Tonight: Carmelized Onion and Arugula Frittata with Goat Cheese / Savory Chicken, Vegetable and Navy Bean Stew. Demo, 9:30-11am. $45  Register here!

Cooking Classes!


It’s a new season and its a pleasure to share my new classes at Marcel’s in Glen Ellyn, IL.  I hope you can cook with me soon!!


17- Indian Summer Garden Lunch: Refreshing Cucumber & Grape Soup, Vegetable Medley Pancakes with Cilantro Cream, Light Lemon Mini Cheesecakes. Demo, 12:30-2pm, $35 Register here

25- Breakfast Now, Dinner Tonight (come to class for a fresh breakfast and leave with the know-how and key ingredients to make a delicious dinner): DIY Homemade Granola, Yogurt, Berry Parfait / Saucy Pepper Steak on Toasted Farro. Demo, 9:30-11am, $45  Register here


7- Buried Treasures- Root Vegetables: Shaved Root Vegetable Salad with Orange Sections and Hazelnuts, Parsnip Mash with Pork Medallions with Mushrooms and Madeira Glaze, and Chocolate Beet Bundt Cake. Demo, 6:30-8p, $45  Register here

16- Breakfast Now, Dinner Tonight (come to class for a fresh, hot breakfast and leave with the know-how and key ingredients to make a delicious dinner): Avocado Egg Breakfast Pita / Black Bean, Corn & Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers. Demo, 9:30-11am, $45  Register here


6- Something for Everyone on the Holiday Table (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian): Holiday Citrus Salad with Fresh Baby Greens and English Cucumber, Savory Ricotta Muffin Cakes, Mushroom Asparagus Tart with Cornmeal Crust, Pesto Broccoli Quinoa Bake, and Flourless Chocolate. Hands On, 6:30-9pm, $65  Register here

11- Indulgent goes Healthy: Creamy Shrimp Dip with Homemade Olive Oil Crackers, Stroganoff Meatballs on Whole Grain Noodles, and Banana Chip Ice Cream. Demo, 6:30-8pm, $45  Register here


9- Hors D’oeuvres in 10: Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce, Baby Shrimp Salad Tostada Bites, Goat Cheese Log with Pistachios and Pomegranates, Spicy-Citrus Party Cashews, and Greek Style Dip with Homemade Hummus. Hands On, 6:30-9pm, $65  Register here