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    Hot and Spicy (Merchandise Mart)

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    If you love to spice things up in the kitchen, this class is for you. Come learn the best ways to utilize hot and spicy ingredients in your recipes with the help of a professional instructor. You'll discover how to select the freshest ingredients, work spices into your food, and create sour-cream based sauces to pair with your spicy creations. Break off into small groups and prepare such mouth-watering dishes as spicy spinach and artichoke dip ,andouille sausage with Nacho Mama sauce, blackened shrimp skewers with cajun dipping sauce. Then take it to the taste buds as you feast on your your fiery creations.
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    Hot and Spicy (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn how to create a variety of spicy dishes with the guidance of a professional instructor
    • Discover the secrets to selecting the best ingredients
    • Craft recipes like grilled spicy spinach and artichoke dip and jerk chicken wings
    • Add a hot variety of new recipes to your cookbook
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    Hot and Spicy Dishes (Lincoln Square)

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    If you love to spice things up in the kitchen, this class is for you. Come learn the best ways to utilize hot and spicy ingredients in your recipes with the help of a professional instructor. You'll discover how to select the freshest ingredients, work spices into your food, and create sour-cream based sauces to pair with your spicy creations. Break off into small groups and prepare such mouth-watering dishes as spicy spinach and artichoke dip, jerk chicken wings, blackened shrimp skewers with cajun dipping sauce. Then take it to the taste buds as you feast on your your fiery creations.
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    Hot and Spicy Dishes (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create a variety of spicy dishes that sing to your taste buds
    • Discover the secrets to selecting the best ingredients
    • Craft recipes like grilled andouille sausage with Nacho Mama sauce
    • Add a hot variety of new recipes to your cookbook
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    29 positive reviews
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    Couples Cooking: Hawaiian Luau

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    Bring the tastes of the Hawaiian islands into your home with this all-levels class that's sure to take your senses on an exotic vacation. Cook up delicious dishes like mango and shrimp spring rolls, macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi with volcano-spiced pineapple relish, coconut rice, and passion fruit chiffon pie. As you work in small groups to create these delectable recipes, you'll also practice important skills such as selecting and cutting mangoes and pineapple, working with rice paper wrappers, selecting and sautéing fish, making nut crusts, and steaming rice. When you're finished cooking, you'll enjoy a Hawaiian feast with your classmates. Aloha! Note: All necessary equipment is provided. Teens 12 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult to participate.
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    Couples Cooking: Hawaiian Luau

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create the Hawaiian islands cuisine in your own kitchen
    • Make delicious dishes like macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi with volcano-spiced pineapple relish
    • Practice kitchen skills such as whipping egg whites and sautéing fish
    • Add exotic new flavors to your recipe book
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    Date Night: Jamaica Me Crazy

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    Spice up the night as you learn the secrets to making mouthwatering Jamaican cuisine. In this all-levels class, you'll work in small groups to cook up such satisfying dishes as coconut-crusted shrimp with sweet chili dipping sauce, Jamaican braised chicken with macadamia rice, and caramelized pineapple crêpes. As you cook, you'll practice culinary skills like selecting and deep frying shrimp, braising chicken, working with spices, cooking rice, making crêpe batter, and working with pineapple. When the meal is complete, you'll sit down at the table with your fellow classmates for a sweet and savory taste of Jamaica.
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    Date Night: Jamaica Me Crazy

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the art of preparing your favorite Jamaican fare
    • Develop culinary skills such as how to select and fry shrimp and prepare crêpe batter
    • Cook up flavorful dishes like coconut-crusted shrimp with sweet chili dipping sauce
    • Gain the skills to bring the taste of Jamaica to your dinner table
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    Cooking Parm Crusted Chicken

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    Parmesan makes just about everything taste better: pasta, soup, probably even pretzels. But if you didn't know, Parmesan and chicken are perfect pairs. Are you ready to try it? In this hands-on cooking class, learn the proper breading techniques and secrets behind a perfect Carbonara sauce. From there, your menu for the night includes Parmesan crusted chicken with linguine carbonara, and a brussels sprout salad. As you cook this delicious meal, make sure to keep your own booze and appetite nearby. This will be the best meal you've had in a while... and you made it yourself!
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    Cooking Parm Crusted Chicken

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Learn how to bread chicken with a delicate Parmesan crust
    • Make the perfect Carbonara sauce for your linguine
    • Bring your appetite and taste your way through this match made in heaven
    • No experience necessary
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    Fresh Start (Lincoln Square)

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    Learn the secrets to creating healthy and appetizing entrees from a professional chef in this all-levels class focused on fit fare. You'll work in small groups to create delectable dishes like miso-ginger poached halibut with leeks, spinach and soba noodles, grilled chicken kebabs with carrot slaw and mint yogurt sauce, and minestrone with chickpeas and kale. As you cook, you'll practice proper techniques such as how to select and poach fish, prepare soup, and cook grains. You'll also make yogurt sauces and discover the best ways to check your meat's doneness. When you've finished, you'll take a seat at the table with your classmates for a healthy feast that you'll be proud to have prepared.
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    Fresh Start (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to make healthy meals that will satisfy the senses
    • Practice important techniques such as how to select and poach fish
    • Cook delicious dishes like minestrone with farro, chickpeas, and kale
    • Wipe the slate clean and get a fresh start on a healthy diet
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    29 positive reviews
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    15-Minute Cajun Meals

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    Do you like it hot and fast? Learn to make delicious Cajun style cuisine in minutes! This culinary workshop features easy-to-make meals with a Louisiana legacy. You'll receive hands-on cooking instruction under the guidance of a professional chef, picking up recipes, and cooking tricks and tips that will fit into your home kitchen cooking with ease. Foods could feature the so-called "holy trinity of Cajun cooking" - bell peppers, onion, and celery - along with any number of other traditional ingredients particular to this style of rustic cooking. You'll be amazed at the intensity of the aromas and flavors of these fast foods. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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    15-Minute Cajun Meals

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Discover several easy-to-prepare Cajun dishes you can add to your culinary repertoire
    • Get hands-on experience cooking these simple, fun meals
    • Enjoy eating the delicious products of your labor
    • Complement your culinary skills by picking up some new skills
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    15-Minute Pasta

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    Time to toss out the spaghetti-o's from your meal plan? Learn to make delicious, healthy pasta dishes that you can have prepared in minutes during this fast food workshop. You'll be working with a variety of pastas and pasta accompaniments during this hand-on class. learning recipes that you can easily work into your daily schedule. This class is perfect for people who live jam-packed lives, as you'll be learning dishes that are quick to cook and full of carbs to keep you fueled. Learn to make authentic pasta dishes. Don't settle for an impasta!
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    15-Minute Pasta

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Discover several easy-to-prepare pasta dishes you can add to your culinary repertoire
    • Get hands-on experience cooking these simple, fun meals
    • Enjoy eating the delicious products of your labor
    • Complement your culinary skills by picking up some new moves
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    Gluten Free Pasta (Lincoln Square)

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    Have you missed the taste of fresh, handmade pasta ever since that pesky gluten allergy showed up on your dietary doorstep? Then you're going to love this. Let a professional chef lead the way to culinary satisfaction as you learn to make delicious gluten-free pasta from scratch. You'll create dishes like three-cheese and spinach lasagna with tomato sauce, fresh fettuccine primavera with pesto, and quinoa mac 'n' cheese with mushrooms, bacon, and gruyere cheese. You'll also practice pasta-making techniques like working with gluten-free flours, rolling and cutting fresh pasta, sautéing vegetables, and making béchamel sauce and pesto. When you're finished, you'll join your fellow classmates for a handmade pasta feast that will have you saying good riddance to gluten.
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    Gluten Free Pasta (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to make delicious gluten-free pasta
    • Discover how to work with gluten-free flours to make the best dough
    • Create delicious recipes like three-cheese and spinach lasagna with tomato sauce
    • Take your diet into your own hands and develop new culinary skills in the process
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    29 positive reviews
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    Homemade Meals in a Hurry

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    You've said it before and you'll say it again: Who's got the time to cook? Put an end to this question and get your dinner routine under control with some simple preparation and a little practice in culinary techniques. Follow along as a professional instructor teaches you how to make simple sauces that you can prepare ahead, freeze, and then add to a myriad of dishes for quick and easy meals that won't hold back on taste or nutrition. Your sauces will include such varieties as ginger teriyaki, wild mushroom cream, ranchero, and garlic-herb butter. Work in small groups to create quick meals like roasted teriyaki salmon and zucchini, creamy pesto rigatoni, and chicken poblano chili. As you cook, you'll develop new culinary skills and understand how easy making delicious homemade meals can be with a little preparation. You'll leave with samples of your sauces and over 20 quick-fix meal recipes.
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    Homemade Meals in a Hurry

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Discover the secrets to creating quick homemade meals
    • Learn how to make easy, freezable sauces that can be added to a variety of meals
    • Create tasty dishes like creamy pesto rigatoni and chicken poblano chili
    • Rebuild your relationship with cooking in no time flat
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    12 positive reviews

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