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    Lemon Lovers

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    When life hands you lemons, skip the lemonade and make these delicious dishes instead. Learn to wield the power of the lemon from a professional chef in this all-levels course that elevates this our citrus to a whole new level. Work alongside classmates to create dishes like grilled shrimp with preserved lemon and parsley pesto, lemon linguine with parmesan cheese and basil, and lemon pudding cake with raspberries. As you cook, you'll practice culinary skills such as grilling bread and shrimp, frying, working with preserved lemons, making pesto, preparing cream sauces, and mixing cake batter. When you've finished with your recipes, you'll sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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    Lemon Lovers

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Discover the secret to cooking and baking with lemons
    • Practice culinary skills such as whipping egg whites and preparing cream sauces
    • Prepare delicious dishes like bruschetta with arugula, white beans, and fried lemons
    • Experience creative ways to utilize a common fruit in your cooking
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    28 positive reviews
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    Grilling Ribs

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    Sticky BBQ sauce soaks the pork. You take a bite and the meat slides right off the bone. It's succulent, juicy, and the tenderest meat on the market. Dig in and dig the pig in this tasty rib class! With Backyard BBQ Store, members of Dig the Pig BBQ competition team will show you how to smoke ribs the right way: low and slow. You'll smoke baby back, spare ribs and rib tips. Get ready for the best barbecue class in Chicago! Your picnics and BBQs will never be the same again.
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    Grilling Ribs

    535 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette

    • Learn the techniques behind slow smoking ribs
    • Smoke baby back ribs, spare ribs and rib tips
    • Taste your porkified creations
    • No experience necessary
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    Meat 101 (Merchandise Mart)

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    Discover the secrets to cooking up a perfect cut of meat in this all-levels class sure to elevate your culinary game. A professional chef will teach you how to select, handle, and cook meat for mouthwatering results. You'll work alongside classmates to prepare satisfying dishes like sautéed strip steak with miso butter and roasted broccolini, grilled pork tenderloin kebabs with romesco sauce and grilled scallions, and braised lamb and spring vegetable tagine with steamed couscous. As you cook, you'll practice skills such as searing, grilling and braising meat, determining meat doneness, making compound butter, and roasting vegetables. When you've completed your recipes, you'll take a seat and enjoy the tender taste of a perfectly cooked dinner.
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    Meat 101 (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the art to cooking a perfect cut of meat
    • Prepare delicious dishes like grilled pork tenderloin kebabs with romesco sauce and grilled scallions
    • Practice techniques such as searing, grilling, and braising
    • Add a new culinary skill to your kitchen and some new recipes to your cookbook
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    11 positive reviews
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    How to Bake Bread

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    There's nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through your kitchen. The only issue: you have no idea how to make it. Never fear! The Chopping Block's got you covered. In this all-levels class, a professional chef will guide you as you learn the basics of bread making. You'll work in small groups to create satisfying recipes like potato rosemary focaccia, cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting, and mini whole wheat baguettes. As you move through the lesson, you'll practice important skills such as mixing yeast dough, understanding ingredient functions, using different flours, kneading, and shaping dough. You'll also discover secrets to knowing when your bread is done. Once your freshly baked treats are out of the oven, you'll sit down with your classmates and raise a baguette to a job well done.
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    How to Bake Bread

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the secrets to making fresh-baked bread
    • Practice techniques such as mixing yeast dough and kneading
    • Create delicious recipes like cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting and mini whole wheat baguettes
    • Experience the satisfaction of creating fresh-baked bread with your own two hands
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    28 positive reviews
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    Simple French Food (Merchandise Mart)

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    Let your senses wander through the French countryside as you explore the rich cuisine of the region. In this all-levels class, you'll try your hand at such delectable French dishes as steak au poivre with pomme de terre puree and profiteroles with ice cream and chocolate sauce. As you work in small groups to prepare your meal, you'll practice important skills like balancing flavors, selecting and searing beef, working with spices, selecting potatoes, and blanching green vegetables. When you've finished, you'll take a seat at the table and enjoy a delightful taste of France prepared by your own two hands.
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    Simple French Food (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Discover the art of cooking in the French fashion
    • Create delectable dishes like warm haricot vert salad with apples, almonds, and tarragon vinaigrette
    • Practice working with French ingredients and learn how to balance flavors
    • Gain the culinary skills of another culture
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    11 positive reviews
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    Indian Veggie Feast!

    Tired of eating things with dubious ingredients? Who really knows what "thiamine mononitrate" is anyway? We've cooked up a solution for you! During this Indian cooking class you'll learn new recipes that use only gluten free and vegan ingredients. You'll discover the tricks of the trade, and leave this hands-on class ready to whip up the dishes on your own! Your experienced instructor will teach you how to make Indo-Chinese Soup, Indian Spinach and Eggplant Dish,and Tindora, and give you copies of the authentic Indian recipes to take home with you. The wholesome ingredients will put your conscience to rest, and you'll leave the class with a happy stomach and a happy heart! This truly is food for the soul.
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    Indian Veggie Feast!

    2508 W Devon Ave, Chicago

    • Cook traditional Indian foods including Indo-Chinese Soup, Indian Spinach and Eggplant Dish,and Tindora, with an experienced chef and life-long vegan
    • Enjoy delicious gluten-free, vegan food while knowing that your meal is both scrumptious and ethical!
    • Learn how to make vegetable dishes that will satisfy your tastebuds, your belly, and your health
    • Show off your new recipes at your next dinner party!
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    Knife Skills Plus (Lincoln Square)

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    Take your knife skills to the next level with this advanced group class that combines both cutting and cooking to get the most out of your culinary exploration. With your professional instructor leading the way, you'll learn the proper techniques to cut challenging foods like potatoes, mangoes, pineapples, squash, leeks, oranges, and avocados. Enjoy the fruits of your labor (literally) as you transform your handiwork into delicious recipes including pineapple, mango, and tomato salsa with tortilla chips and Fregola pasta with caramelized butternut squash, apples, and walnuts. You'll also learn the art of selecting produce and how to properly balance flavors in your cooking.
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    Knife Skills Plus (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to cut more challenging produce and feast on the fruits of your labor
    • Practice techniques such as mincing, chopping, slicing, and dicing
    • Work in groups to cook up a delicious meal
    • Develop new skills as you challenge yourself in the kitchen
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    28 positive reviews
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    Chicken 101 (Lincoln Square)

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    In this class, a professional chef will take you through 3 culinary techniques that will have you looking at chicken in a whole new way. Work alongside classmates as you grill, braise, and roast your way through a variety of dishes. Along with cooking techniques, you'll also learn tips to help you select your meat, pair it with produce, and determine its doneness. Your menu will include delectable dishes such as orange and soy glazed chicken with gingery grilled pineapple, Arabian spiced chicken and rice with yogurt sauce, and ancho chile-roasted whole chicken with winter squash-hominy hash. Once you've finished cooking, you'll take a seat at the table with your classmates and raise a fork to your handmade feast.
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    Chicken 101 (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the best ways to cook up your favorite dinnertime bird
    • Practice three techniques taught by a professional chef
    • Cook delicious dishes like orange and soy glazed chicken with gingery grilled pineapple
    • Gain new culinary approaches to a dinnertime staple
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    28 positive reviews
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    Cooking with Organic Fenugreek

    Tired of eating things with dubious ingredients? Who really knows what "thiamine mononitrate" is anyway? We've cooked up a solution for you! During this Indian cooking class you'll learn new recipes that use only gluten free and vegan ingredients. You'll discover the tricks of the trade, and leave this hands-on class ready to whip up the dishes on your own! Your experienced instructor will teach you how to make Fenugreek Pancakes, Fenugreek Bread, Fenugreek Pakora, and more, and give you copies of the authentic Indian recipes to take home with you. The wholesome ingredients will put your conscience to rest, and you'll leave the class with a happy stomach and a happy heart! This truly is food for the soul.
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    Cooking with Organic Fenugreek

    2508 W Devon Ave, Chicago

    • Cook traditional Indian foods including Fenugreek Pancakes, Fenugreek Bread, Fenugreek Pakora, and more, with an experienced chef and life-long vegan
    • Enjoy delicious gluten-free, vegan food while knowing that your meal is both scrumptious and ethical!
    • Learn the main health benefits of organic Fenugreek and how to grow it in your home all year long
    • Show off your new recipes at your next dinner party!
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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Lincoln Square)

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    If your idea of an awesome pizza night is opening up the freezer and pulling out a square box covered in frostbite, you'd be wise to read on. Learn to make authentic Neapolitan pizza with your own two hands in this all-levels class perfect for the culinary neophyte. With fellow classmates by your side, you'll cook up such tasty creations as crispy-fried calamari with marinara sauce, prosciutto pizza bianca, and grilled fennel, artichoke, and goat cheese pizza. Master skills like selecting squid, deep frying, making and rolling yeast dough, preparing tomato sauce, and baking on a pizza stone. When the pies are out of the oven, you'll sit down and grab a slice to celebrate your culinary victory.
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    Neapolitan Pizzeria (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to create the perfect Neapolitan pizza
    • Master techniques such as preparing dough and baking on a pizza stone
    • Cook up tasty pies with ingredients like grilled fennel, artichoke and goat cheese
    • Put away the takeout menu and bring a fresh approach to pizza night
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    28 positive reviews

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