Photo Gallery

Your hosts, John and Liisa, cook for fun and to fund their passion for travel. Here you’ll find photos from some of their most recent classes, as well as places they have visited. Come join the fun!

Meet Daphne, our new temp hire, to get us through the holiday rush! She’s one cool lady. 

Brittany and Rachel enjoyed a free class in exchange for helping us to do a new Cottage Cooking video. Stay tuned for the new video by Gary James soon.

Katie celebrated her 12th birthday with 3 of her besties! They cooked, danced a little and had some good eats! Happy birthday!!

Brayan was working on his high school thesis about Japanese food in American culture and his friend, Daniel came along for the ride. A mother and daughter team shared in the fun and they were also kale massaging experts! Sushi for everyone!

Another fun bachelorette party – the guest of honor – Jasmine – getting married in November – took a cooking class with her friends and family, Joy, Bridget, Chanelle and Jessica. Beware the bears ladies. Thanks for the “John jumping out of a cake suggestion” – stay tuned!

Rachel and John make samosas, Chicken tikka masala and mango lassis. Yum!

Asheville locals, the Fletchers, enjoyed date night at the cottage. 

Cottage Cooking visited the Pacific NW!

Another offsite event for a huge bachelorette party! 10 tipsy ladies = a memorable night for all!

Cottage Cooking goes offsite for a bachelorette party. 

Cottage Cooking plays around…

Cottage Cooking goes to Chicago for the honeymoon.

Cottage Cooking gets married.

Ilona and Hinson and Maureen and Hank enjoyed a fun evening at the cottage cooking southern fare. We hope to see you again.

Diane and Addison came to the cottage as a mother and daughter team to enjoy pork lettuce wraps, chicken lo mein and chocolate mousse.

Susan, Mary and Jennifer, mother and daughters, enjoyed a ladies night out at the Cottage. They made biscuits with compound butter, bourbon chicken, ginger sweet potatoes and banana puddin’

Odile, Casey and Jamie joined us for an evening of Indian cooking. We laughed, shared good food and parted as friends.

Bill and Susan, Brad and Maureen enjoyed the Magic of India. The dessert was a real hit – Mango Lassi!

Cottage Cooking visited Keystone, Colorado. They cooked and did some skiing too!

Laura, Terri and Angie had a girl’s night out. They plan to make the same dinner for their husbands in the next few weeks. Send pictures! Hope to see you again.

Happy Valentine’s day !!

Cooking with local beer with locals…

Two couples enjoyed a night away from the kids. They made sushi and shared stories about parenting. 

Three friends left their husbands home to goof around, cook and enjoy a fun night out. 

Cottage Cooking has moved into kitchen #3! This is it for awhile! We love it here and hope you will too!

Michael and Lillian and Jonathan and Shelby indulged in the Magic of India class. They had fun making papadums, samosas and chicken tikka masala. The mango lassis were a big hit too!

These two couples spent New Year’s Eve at the cottage. We shared stories about travel, growing roses, glamping and more! 

Margo and Rodney visited from Tennessee. They had fun making salmon en papillotte and indulged in some lemon mousse too!

Cottage Cooking enjoyed goofing around in the kitchen with family over Thanksgiving. 

Two couples celebrated a recent wedding anniversary together. They shared food, laughs and fun. 


Mom and daughter de-stressed post-election and enjoyed some cooking and wine time at the cottage. 

Nancy and Roberta learned how to make two kinds of fish. They also had time to catch up with each other – making time for friends is important, especially over a good meal and glass of wine. 

These four ladies were celebrating 41 years of friendship! And they chose to do it at the Cottage!


Sherry and Ed enjoyed making Indian fare – samosas and Tamarind shrimp followed by a mango lassi in the cottage’s cozy sitting area. 




Cottage Cooking’s first class in their new cottage kitchen was a private lesson. Welcome Barry!



Cottage Cooking celebrated Liisa’s birthday in style. They went scuba diving in the Caribbean, and ate great food and sampled delicious cocktails. Now, they’re eager to share their experience with you. 


Kids day at the cottage!

This group spent the evening making gluten-free tapas.

Sushi night.  We also learned a thing or two about cool new places to hike thanks to Caleb, the owner of Table Ridge Outdoors in Hickory, NC.  Thanks for the tips Caleb! 


Bachelorette party…these ladies visited from Durham, NC.  


The Magic of India was enjoyed by a few folks who cashed in some gift certificates. They said they’ll try making these dishes at home. 


Girl’s weekend – three generations of family fun.


Cottage Cooking goes skiing at Cataloochee.


Shelby treated her mom and dad to dinner at the Cottage.

The family

Cottage Cooking goes to Alaska…


Fun with pizza!

Pizza making

ingredients 3

Cottage Cooking visits NYC

 Kale, red pepper and carrot salad with ginger, peanut dressing.

Liisa- SaladSalad


Cottage Cooking goes scuba diving and experimented with underwater recipes.


These kids can cook!