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    North Indian Cooking

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    Indian cuisine is a takeout staple. How often do you settle for the Tikka Masala and some flatbread? Experience what it's like to cook in North India, and learn the basics of Indian spices. Carefully balanced and adapted to today's kitchen, these meals are simple, balanced, and flavorful. Roll your own rotis (flatbread), make your own daal (spiced lentils), spice your own masala chai, and fry your own samosas (flaky potato pastry). These are authentic Indian flavors that can be harbored instantly in any kitchen. It's about time you spiced up dinner.
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    North Indian Cooking

    6730 S Euclid Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the basics behind Indian spices
    • Create meals that are simple, balanced, and flavorful
    • Make nine dishes, including flatbread, spiced lentils, masala chai, and even samosas!
    • No experience necessary
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    8 positive reviews
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    Breakfast Breads and Pastries

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    Imagine the smell of freshly baked scones and danishes wafting through the air. Now imagine that smell come from your own kitchen. Yes, it's totally possible. Learn the art of creating fresh-baked treats at home with this all-levels class guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. A professional pastry chef will guide you through the process as you make delicious goodies like sticky buns, lemon cream-filled danishes with raspberry jam, spiced apple cranberry turnovers, and bacon, chive, and cheddar scones. As you bake, you'll develop the proper skills to work with yeast dough and puff pastry as well as learn how to make your own pie dough and fresh fruit fillings.
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    Breakfast Breads and Pastries

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Discover the art of making fresh-baked goods at home
    • Learn how to whip up quick breads and pie dough
    • Prepare tasty treats like lemon cream-filled danishes with raspberry jam
    • Gain a new skill that will have your home feeling like a gourmet bakery
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    11 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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    11 positive reviews
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    Gluten-Free Pasta Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

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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 gluten-free pasta from scratch. You'll create delicious 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 practices pasta-making techniques like working with gluten-free flours, rolling and cutting fresh pasta, sautéing vegetable, 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 Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn to make delicious gluten-free pasta from scratch
    • Discover how to work with gluten-free flours to make the best dough
    • Create delicious recipes like quinoa mac 'n' cheese with mushrooms, bacon, and gruyere cheese
    • Take your diet into your own hands and develop new culinary skills in the process
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    11 positive reviews
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    Grilling with Beer

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    There's just something phenomenal about mixing grilled food with beer. What's even better? Mixing beer in grilling recipes! Think about the taste of beer at the tip of your tongue when you try grilling up Smoked Cheddar Beer Dip, Beer Brined Pork Chops, and Beer Braised Brisket. You guessed right -- that's what's on the menu for this class. In addition to learning beer grilling basics, you'll partake in sampling unique micro brews as well. Enjoy this fun and exploratory experience on a cold Winter's day and take back what you've learned to your next tailgating escapade or friendly get together. You'll never look at beer the same way again!
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    Grilling with Beer

    535 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette

    • Learn to incorporate beer into delicious grilling recipes
    • Experience new techniques of how use beer effectively in grilling
    • Enjoy a sampling of micro brews
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    15-Minute Greek Meals

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    Why settle for crusty microwave lasagna when you could just as easily be eating homemade moussaka? This workshop will teach you to make quick Greek-style meals so you don't have to sacrifice good food in order to live your life on the go. Under a Greek culinary specialist, you'll get hand-on training in the kitchen in preparing several different recipes that are as easy to make as they are delicious. The dishes are sure to be a hit with any tummy, featuring the eclectic ingredients that make Greek food so popular. You can be a gyro, baby.
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    15-Minute Greek Meals

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Learn how to make quick, easy and delicious Greek meals
    • 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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    1 positive reviews
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    Sausage Making

    This class will tell you where to stuff it. If you love sausage, you'll be in the right place, as you learn all the best sausage making techniques and secrets from a professional butcher. You'll be getting hands on experience grinding and casing meats, which in past classes have included beef, pork, veal, and turkey. After the class, you'll get to bring home your own handmade sausage to devour at a later date. During the class, you'll get to enjoy some delicious sausage on the spot during a post-sausage-making meal. The atmosphere of this class is kept light, and you're encouraged to bring your own adult beverages to enhance the fun. It's a sausage party!
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    Sausage Making

    1021 W Armitage Ave, Chicago

    • Learn butchering methods for grinding and casing sausage
    • Enjoy a flavorsome meal featuring delicious sausages
    • Enhance the experience by bringing along your own adult beverages
    • Satiate your stomach and mind during this unique culinary experience
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    German Comfort Food

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    Comfort food is all about satisfying the senses by reconnecting to the traditional cuisine of a region. Come discover the comfort food of Germany in this uniquely satisfying class where a professional chef will take you on an exploration of Germany's favorite foods and provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to recreate them in your own home. Learn important techniques such as how to select and braise beef, prepare a traditional roulade, work the griddle, and make potato dough. Breaking into small groups, you'll creates such delicious dishes as German rouladen (rolled flank steak), braised red cabbage, schupfnudeln (potato noodles), and kaiserschmarrn dessert (sweet Austrian rum-raisin pancake). Exploring another culture has never tasted so good.
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    German Comfort Food

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to craft traditional German comfort food from a professional chef
    • Create satisfying dishes like German rouladen (rolled flank steak), braised red cabbage, and schupfnudeln (potato noodles)
    • Discover how to select and braise beef as well as prepare a roulade
    • Connect to the comforting cuisine of another culture
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    28 positive reviews
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    Date Night: Brazilian Carnival

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    Work alongside classmates to create delicious dishes like hearts of palm, crab and avocado salad with cilantro vinaigrette, Feijoada (Brazil's National Dish: Black Bean and Pork Stew), and lime cupcakes with dulce de leche frosting. A professional chef will guide you as you practice proper techniques such as selecting crab, cutting avocado, preparing vinaigrette and balancing flavors. When you've finished, you'll take your seat at the table and enjoy an explosion of Brazilian flavor sure to get a standing ovation.
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    Date Night: Brazilian Carnival

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Cook up a variety of Brazilian-inspired dishes
    • Discover secrets to selecting and preparing the best meat and produce for your recipes
    • Create delectable dishes and get familiar with South American ingredients
    • Bring a whole new meaning to movie night
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    28 positive reviews
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    Food Preserving 101

    Growing your own fruits and vegetables to decrease your reliance on store produce can be a liberating life-decision... Right up until they rot a few days after your harvest them. If you're a novice when it comes to preserving foods, this introductory course will help get you out of this jam (by showing you how to make jam). You'll be learning the finer points of freezing, dehydrating, and canning from an organics specialist. After a food safety overview and some basic instruction, you'll be getting hands-on practice in these techniques. For the purpose of this instruction, you'll be working with ripe, delicious strawberries. Afterwards, you'll get to take the strawberry jam you make home with you!
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    Food Preserving 101

    1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia

    • Learn the fundamentals of preserving homegrown produce safely
    • Master dehydration, freezing, and canning techniques
    • Take home a can of strawberry jam that you prepare yourself
    • Relax in a social hands-on course where you'll learn a valuable new skill
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