On Monday night, I took a cooking class at a nearby Sur La Table store.
(No, Sur isn’t sponsoring this post.)
I haven’t attended any formal cooking instruction since I was in home economics a few centuries ago.
I do, however, cook all the time.
I wasn’t sure what to expect.
My friend, Nike, signed up with me.
I let Nike choose which class we would go to and she chose a class titled “Fast, Easy and Delicious.”
What’s not to love about Fast, Easy and Delicious cooking?
First of all, I’d like to mention I wish I could cook in a professional kitchen all the time.
It really does make cooking a pleasure.
(I also appreciated working on a team because of my bum arm. How nice to have help chopping!)
I took a few iPhone snaps as class went along.
We were cooking pork medallions in the above photo.
I really liked playing with the salt crock.
This particular (one night) class cost $69.00.
We prepared four dishes – and we were served all four for dinner.
(And no, I couldn’t eat all the food I was given. It was a LOT of food!)
When we left at the end of the night we each took home a copy of the four recipes we prepared during class.
We also each received a coupon, good for one week, for 10% off any Sur La Table purchases.
When the class was over, many of us browsed the store and made use of our coupons.
There were about 15 people who attended “my” class.
We worked in teams of 3-4 people.
I was on the team which was making inappropriate jokes about the thickness of the meat.
The four dishes we prepared were:
• Cider-Marinated Pork Medallions with Sweet Potato and Apple
• Farfalle with Butternut Squash and Parlsey-Almond Pesto
• Maple-Glazed Salmon with Roasted Asparagus
• Pan-Roasted Chicken with Wild Mushroom Sauce
Here’s our first finished plate – the pork medallions, the sweet potato/apple, and the farfalle:
The farfalle would make a nice vegetarian meal all on its own.
Next we made the salmon and asparagus.
Here’s a photo of the salmon cooking while the asparagus was in the oven roasting:
For some reason, I didn’t take a photo of the finished plate with asparagus.
Maybe I was too busy
scarfing it down making jokes?
The asparagus was SO pretty!
Next, we worked on a mushroom sauce for the chicken.
By the way, did I mention how nice it is not to have to worry about dishes or clean-up?
It is VERY nice!
All the ingredients were fresh and pretty.
And, my last photo shows how the chicken looked once the dish was completed (and partially eaten):
Of course, everyone has different dietary concerns these days.
It didn’t seem to matter.
Each attendee can go home and adapt the recipes to their particular preferences.
I had a fun night.
The $69 fee covered the cost of “dining out” for one night, entertainment for several hours, learning some new tips and tricks, and a great coupon.
There are a huge variety of classes provided – everything from beginner basics, to French cooking, to knife skills, to southern cooking, to date night classes with your significant other.
The cost varies depending on what the class is.
Some classes include a pot, pan, or kitchen tool.
Would I take another class?
I plan to.
If I can get a friend to join me, that would be great.
If not, I’d be very comfortable going alone.
Most of the people in class were NOT there with a friend.
It’s a great way to meet new friends.
It will be difficult to choose which class to take next time because there are so many fun ones offered.
Have you ever done anything like this –
Taken a one night cooking class?
Or maybe even a semester long class at a cooking school?