Photo Gallery

These three moms enjoyed a kid-free zone for the night – they made vegan cuisine – shitake lettuce wraps, cauliflower meatballs and black bean brownies with raspberry coulis.

A food photographer visits Cottage Cooking.

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.

Community event at #HawthorneatWeaverville, a luxury apartment community. 10 residents attended and ate together, cooked together and just had an all round good time – they make ginger chicken lettuce wraps, quinoa cakes and pumpkin spiced creme brulee. Happy cooking!

The Maita family and friends gathered for Olivia’s bachelorette party! DEC 15 IS THE BIG DAY. Congrats to you!

These five ladies call themselves the “Fall Faith Lifts” and get together each year to celebrate their friendships of 40+ years. We were thrilled they chose us as a destination this year. They made wonton soup, spicy bok choy, shrimp lo mein and coconut pie.

Tyler and Maggie visited from Atlanta and Brittany and Tamara visited from Southern Pines… they cooked the Lap of Luxury menu and enjoyed a little grill and deck time too! Come see us again!

Emma, Ella, Cora, Kira and Hayden came to Cottage Cooking to celebrate Emma’s birthday. The made sushi and chocolate lollipops. Happy birthday Emma !!

These three couples enjoy traveling together and Asheville was no exception. After one week at their Air B and B, they invited us to cook with them. Southern cooking with lots of butter! The perfect way to end a couples getaway.

Experimenting with our friend Stefan … making pasta. We’re ready to give a class now! Stay tuned!

Repeat guests! We love that. Last time we went to them. This time they came to us and cooked the “lap of luxury” menu – filet mignon in port wine reduction, lava cakes and more! They even enjoyed a little time by the firepit while the steaks were searing. Hope to see you again!

Gabriela and Basil spent their five-year anniversary doing a private class with Cottage Cooking. They designed their own menu, enjoyed the deck and kitchen and had fun cooking together. New menu ideas!

Making pasta in Parma, Italy

Katherine, Kelly, Asia and Marla lunched on sushi while their husbands played golf at the Grove Park Inn. They saved some leftovers for them too! Have fun in Asheville and beware the bear.

Heidi celebrated her 13th birthday with four friends, along with her mom and grandmother. It was a Mexican Fiesta! Queso, Chicken Enchiladas and Mexican Spiced Chocolate Lava Cake.

Amy and Mike – repeat guests – escaped for an evening away from their twin 10-month old girls and 3 year old son. They enjoyed some adult conversation while making miso soup and sushi. Hope to see you again soon! Always a pleasure to have you visit and cook with us.

One of these couples won our donation of 4 classes to a recent silent auction for Will Willis’s family, an Asheville fire fighter who lost the fight for his life after a brave struggle with cancer. They invited their good friends to attend. They did the cooking with beer class. A toast was made to Will.

This young lady really enjoyed her chocolate mousse.

Celebrating our third year in business with five new Cottage Cooking guests – what could be better? Thanks Susan, Anna, Janet, Bill and Nikelle for joining us! Hope to see you again.

Repeat cottage guests, Melissa and Chris, tried their hand at vegan cuisine. What’s next? Three time’s a charm.

Independence Consulting visited Cottage Cooking as part of their corporate retreat. They were a competitive group and fun was had by all!

Cottage Cooking is doing some recipe research in Park City Utah! It’s a tough job but someone has to do it We’re exchanging culinary ideas.

Fun offsite class. This group has known each since college days! Nice job opening that champagne with the sabre, Bill!

Newlyweds, Anna and Heather, enjoyed sharing an evening with new to Asheville folks, Doug and Pat. Another case of entering as strangers and leaving as friends. Bon Appetit.

A Taste of Italy! Bobby and Caleb – a father and son team – and newcomer to Asheville, Kim, enjoyed a tasty evening at the cottage. We made Italian wedding soup, Chicken marsala and cannolis!

Dee Dee and her mom, Phyllis, and newlyweds Eric and Ellen, spent an evening making the Lap of Luxury menu – salmon mousse puffs, filet mignon in port wine reduction, asparagus and prosciutto, Hasselback potatoes and chocolate mousse. They cleaned their plates well!

The Armstrong family hosted sushi night! We started out with miso soup and ended up with thai creme caramel. Fun times!

Three work friends enjoyed a night at the cottage!

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!!

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!

 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.

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!

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 !!

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

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. 


Piper is very precise!


Cottage Cooking goes skiing at Cataloochee.


Cottage Cooking goes to Alaska…


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.