Upcoming Events & Cooking Classes

Warming Winter Soups & Bone Broth Recipe Demo + Tasting
Monday, January 19, 2015
6:45pm – 8:00pm
Club TBYH, Santa Monica, CA

Learn how to make a warming and healing herbal chicken soup made with bone broth – a traditional food used to build stamina, strength and bone density.

Take home a sample, plus printed notes and recipes!

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Robin is a phenomenal chef, a thorough and patient teacher. She is willing to customize clients’ needs during the class and to make each class very personal.

– Sharon Rainey

Take Back Your Health events have been like being a part of a tight-knit supportive group to motivate us to prepare fresh foods, to eat, to live and be well.

– Pamela Rosenthal

Previous Classes

Superfood Nutrition for Energy, Pain Reduction and Mood Elevation – Food Demonstration
Take Back Your Health Conference
November 1-2, 2014
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Arlington, VA

I’ll be teaching a 1-hour food demonstration and seminar on how to eat to increase your energy, improve your mood and decrease pain levels.

This seminar is part of a weekend conference. You can buy one day or full weekend passes on the conference website: www.TBYHConference.com


Late Winter Series

Located at Salud, the Healthy Pantry
1137 Walker Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066

Cream of Buckwheat

Quick Nutritious Breakfasts (GF, DF)
February 16th 2-3:30pm
Salud Healthy Pantry, Great Falls, VA

  • Berries & Cream Hot Quinoa Cereal
  • Citrus Green Smoothie (paleo)
  • Raw Cinnamon Granola (paleo)

Nourishing Desserts I (GF, DF, Paleo)
February 23rd 2-3:30pm
Salud Healthy Pantry, Great Falls, VA

  • Berries & DF Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Cashew Maple Fudge

Chocolate Mousse

Nourishing Desserts II (GF, DF)
March 9th 2-3:30pm
Salud Healthy Pantry, Great Falls, VA

  • Brown Rice Pudding
  • Flourless chocolate cake (paleo)
  • Lemon Tart (paleo)

Rice Pudding

Spring Salad

Seasonal Spring Salads and Dressings (GF, DF, Paleo)
March 16th 2-3:30pm
Salud Healthy Pantry, Great Falls, VA

  • Salads – Dinner and Side Salads using seasonal ingredients
  • Greek Vinaigrette
  • Creamy Lime Vinaigrette
  • Sesame Ginger Dressing

Seafood Fennel Lime Salad


Due to increased demand for the classes, we require pre-payment to reserve your space. Please pay through the “Add to cart” links below. You will then be asked to send us a quick email letting us know which class you signed up for. As classes become sold out, we will update this page for your convenience.

Refunds on the cooking class fee will be given up to 7 days prior to the class. When you cancel within 7 days of the class, you will only be able to receive credit to a future class or the ability to transfer your registration to a friend.

Pay for an Individual Class
$40 per student, per class

(You can change the quantity in your cart to reflect the number of classes that you are registering for, and/or the number of people you are registering for.)

Pay for the 4-Class Series
$130 per student

(You can change the quantity in your cart to reflect the number of people you are registering for.)

Email RNShirley [at] gmail [dot] com with questions.

What people are saying…

My young daughter and I have taken a couple of cooking classes from Robin. She is a wonderful cook, and we have learned so much about nutrition and health as we have tried out recipes. We’ve learned a lot about how to prepare and enjoy healthy, whole foods!

– Jeanne K.

What distinguishes Robin and her approach is her extensive knowledge about nutrition and food. She very effectively combines that knowledge with hands on experimentation for class participants. She encourages each participant to enjoy the experience of different tastes and to have fun! Each event has been an enjoyable and beneficial learning experience. Thanks Robin.

– Maristeve B.

Being involved and watching you cook, and tasting the dishes, makes me want to prepare them at home!

– Moira J.

From the summer camp students at the Classical Ballet Theater (unedited):

Dear Miss. Robin, The smootie on week 1 was good! I learned that smooties could have veggies in it.

from, marlowe :)

Dear Robin Rice Pudding, I had a lot of fun making delicious meals and trying new foods. I learned that whole foods are a lot more safe than processed!

Sincerely, Erin

Dear Miss Robin, I had fun making up my food name. I learned that I should always look at the Nutrition Facts and the ingredients.

From, Claire

Dear Miss Robin, You have helped me learn many things like seeweed is a whole food. I will miss you in the years and remember that you helped me alot.


Dear Miss Robin I liked it when we tasted the sparkling water with juice and I learned to read the ingredients on the back of food.

– Luca