Cooking Classes
I open my home to offer you a one-of-a-kind cooking experience!

Recipes and More!
I love to cook! You can find all kinds of recipes on my blog.

Food in Centre County
New the area or just want to eat something different?



Hello, and welcome to Happy Valley Learn to Cook! I'm LaCreta, and I love to cook and to teach others to cook. I'm a wife, mother of four, grandmother of three and a State College resident for 16 years.

I grew up watching my mother and grandmother making family meals. But it was not until I had a family of my own that I started cooking in earnest. Four hungry children will do that!

When my husband's job moved our family to Italy for 5 years, my culinary adventures really started. It was there that I learned how delicious a meal can be, cooking with simple, fresh ingredients.

In Happy Valley, we are so fortunate to enjoy fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farmers' markets. We have a wide variety of food from the local grocery stores. We can get the freshest meat and chicken from the Penn State Meat Market and milk and the thickest cream from local cows at Meyer Dairy. With all of these healthy, fresh foods available, everyone should have the knowledge of how to cook with them.

Join me at Happy Valley Learn to Cook and begin your own culinary adventure.


"...try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all, have fun!"  ~ Julia Child


Cooking Classes - College Staples
Cooking Classes - Cookie Baking
Cooking Classes - Cooking with Pasta
Cooking Classes - Holiday Gifts
Cooking Classes - How to Cook Vegetables

Take a Pie Baking 101 Class and learn how to create that perfect pastry!

Want to Learn to Cook?

I offer two-hour cooking classes tailored to your needs in my own home here in State College.

Classes include, but are not limited to, basic cooking techniques, various recipes of your choice, meal ideas, and grocery shopping tips. They are scheduled in groups of 3 to 4 people per lesson—bring your friends or come alone and meet new ones!  My classes are a hands-on experience.

We WILL eat what we cook!

My wife and I had a great experience with Happy Valley Learn to Cook. We made a bolognese sauce and a chocolate ganache cake, both of which were delicious. LaCreta is a good teacher and a wonderful entertainer. Besides giving us pointers on ingredients and techniques, she also regaled us with tales of her time living in Italy. She also gave us information about where to obtain locally-grown ingredients. We wholeheartedly recommend Happy Valley Learn to Cook to anyone who is interested in upping their cooking skill, learning some new recipes, or just spending a fun evening making and eating delicious food.



Great cooking lesson for my 7 year old. Thank you!



Thank you for doing the apple pie demo for A Tasty Affair event on Friday. I for one learned some new tricks on how to prepare my pie crust! Having the kids help was a lot of fun too.