Cooking Master Classes


Recipes in action - Learn how to prepare a dish in a fun and interactive setting. Basic kitchen skills and preparation of tasty and healthy foods. 

Examples of past master classes: 

Whole grains 

Low protein cooking

Canning techniques

Russian tea experience

Tell us what you are interested in and we will be happy to develop a special cooking class just for you!


Informative workshops for small groups on a variety of food topics. Workshops include useful information on chosen topic, tips on cooking and sampling of food. Examples of workshops:

Russian Cuisine - history of home cooking

All about teas  - different kinds of teas and their benefits 

All you wanted to know about beets

Buckwheat millet and other incognito grains.


 Freelance article writing, web content, social media content, media releases. Creation of educational booklets, pamphlets, etc. Special interest in food, agriculture, travel.

Low Protein Cooking


We have a particular interest in low protein cooking. The Wooden Spoon offers hands on workshops and tutorials on preparation of delicious low protein foods and basic low protein cooking skills. Food demo options are possible as well.

We will be happy to customize our service to your particular needs and interests. 

See Maria's Low Protein Cook Book in the Books section of this page.

Scientific Resarch

Available for consulting, peer reviewed literature research, review and editing of scientific papers. Please contact us to discuss the details. 

Recipe Development and Testing

Full recipe development, testing, writing and editing. Sensory evaluation. Please contact us to discuss the details.