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    Knife Skills

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    Cut that out! Using a knife shouldn't stress out each finger. In this basic skills cooking class, learn how to properly handle your knife like a professional. Beware, it's not a dagger! From there, you'll try your hand, without clipping it, and practice techniques like dicing, chopping, slicing, mincing, and julienne. As your knife techniques improve, sharpen and hone your skills by making fresh Pico De Gallo, mashed potatoes, and rosemary roasted chicken. With these newfound skills, you'll chop and dice, without the tears... well, maybe tears of joy.
    Knife Skills

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Practice handling, sharpening, and controlling your kitchen knife like a professional
    • Learn how to dice, chop, slice, mince, and julienne
    • Create dishes like pico de gallo, mashed potatoes, and roasted chicken
    • Learn how to purchase the perfect knife just for you
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    Italian Desserts

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    Tarts, cakes, pies, and biscotti. The Italians make some of the tastiest pastries on the planet. This cooking skills workshop will give you a great introduction into Italian desserts under the guidance of a bonafide dessert specialist. If you're looking to up your confectionary game with some hands-on culinary training, this is a perfect opportunity to do so. You'll be working in a dynamic kitchen with fellow foodies on a number of different recipes that will wow at your next dinner party or event. Join in the fun as you find out how making cake can be as easy as .... pie.
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    Italian Desserts

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Learn to make desserts Italian-style in this confectionery cooking class
    • Receive guidance and advice from a professional chef
    • Discover new recipes to unveil at your next party
    • Enjoy making treats in a vibrant learning environment
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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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    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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    15-Minute Indian Meals

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    Love living life in the fastlane, but tired of too many microwave meals? This class will spice things up for you! You'll learn to make savory Indian dishes that can be put together in minutes. You'll get hands-on experience under the guidance of a culinary pro in making multiple traditional foods, including meat dishes and vegetable dishes. Indian foods are among the most flavorful and exotic in the world, so the recipes you learn in this class are sure to curry favor at the dinner table. Enjoy!
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    15-Minute Indian Meals

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Discover several easy-to-prepare Indian 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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    Intro to Artisan Breads

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    Is there anything more satisfying than a warm piece of bread with a crispy crust and steam rippling out of the inner dough? Hungry just thinking about it? Wish you knew how to create this delicious bread you're now fantasizing about? At Cooking Skills Academy, first uncover the science behind bread baking, such as measurements of water, dough, and yeast. Once you have the basics covered, you'll explore your bread-making skills as you craft a tasty rustic bread with fluffy insides and firm, crispy crust. Improve every meal you cook with homemade bread! A sample menu for the class includes:
    • 5-Seeds Lavash Cracker
    • Pain A L'ancienne (Rustic Bread)
    • Hummus
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    Intro to Artisan Breads

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Learn bread baking basics as your uncover the science behind successful baking
    • Properly knead your dough to create a tender center and crispy crust
    • Taste your doughy creations in this BYOB class
    • No experience necessary
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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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    Fun with Bagels & Cream Cheese

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    Is there a better breakfast than a doughy bagel with lox and cream cheese? Take your breakfast one step further by creating your own, chewy, New York style bagel. At Cooking Skills Academy, uncover the secrets behind making, shaping and baking the perfect bagel. Mastering the simple techniques, you will also make flavorful cream cheeses to pair with your homemade bagels. Are you a cinnamon raisin bagel kind of person? Or are you a poppy seed? No, you're a honey almond. No matter what your favorite bagel may be, you'll be able to make it whenever you want! A sample menu includes:
    • Cinnamon Raisin Bagel
    • Poppy Seed Bagel
    • Sesame Seed Bagel
    • Whole Wheat Bagel
    • Plain Bagel
    • Vegetable Cream Cheese
    • Honey Almond Cream Cheese
    • Berry-Berry Cream Cheese
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    Fun with Bagels & Cream Cheese

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Discover how to create your own homemade New York style bagels
    • Master the techniques to create flavorful cream cheeses
    • Taste test a variety of bagels and cream cheeses to satisfy your taste buds
    • No experience necessary
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    2 positive reviews
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    15 Minute Asian Meals

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    Chinese delivery is always surprisingly fast. It's actually so fast you wonder if anything could be cooked so quickly. Come find out the secret at Cooking Skills Academy. This class is dedicated to the art of the fifteen minute meal. With a focus on Asian cuisine, dissect the Asian flavors in chicken chow fun, Mongolian beef, and a variety of other Asian dishes. As you learn the flavors, you will cook each meal. In fifteen minutes or less, you'll have a complete, delicious dinner right under your nose. It's so fast you'll wonder why Chinese delivery takes so long. A sample menu include:
    • Chicken Chow Fun
    • Mongolian Beef
    • Szechwan Chow Mein
    • Sesame-Soy Vegetable Tofu
    • Jasmine Rice
    Note: This class is BYOB.
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    15 Minute Asian Meals

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Learn how to cook a variety of quick, easy, and authentic Asian dishes
    • Accustom your taste buds to Asian flavors and spices
    • Prepare and taste a delicious Asian dinner in fifteen minutes or less
    • No experience necessary
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    2 positive reviews
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    15 Minute French Meals

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    Making great French cuisine shouldn't be this easy. Hors d'Å"uvres and entrées are both on the menu, as you learn to make a variety of foods under the guidance of a culinary expert. French dishes are traditionally very eclectic, consisting of a variety of ingredients ranging from vegetables such as leeks and truffles, fruits such as tangerines and blackberries, and meats such as squab and lamb. No matter what you prepare, you can be certain it will delight the palate and eye, while be being easy enough to prepare in the future that you won't have to sacrifice time out of your busy day in order to eat healthy and delicious meals. Bon Appétit!
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    15 Minute French Meals

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Discover several easy-to-prepare French 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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    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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    Pasta Making

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    Have you always wanted to make homemade pasta, but think you don't have the time, space or equipment? Well, now you do. In this beginner class, you'll handcraft your own dough for fettuccini or capellini di angelo (angel hair) pasta. In addition to these traditional pastas, you will also create a delicious potato gnocchi. But no pasta is complete without the sauce! Once you have made the noodles, it's time to try a simple tomato marinara and mushroom marsala. You better BYOB and BYOA -- Bring Your Own Appetite!
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    Pasta Making

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Handcraft your own dough for fettuccine or capellini di angelo (angel hair) pasta
    • Learn how to make potato gnocchi in minutes
    • Create traditional Italian sauces such as a simple tomato marinara and mushroom marsala
    • Taste test each delicious homemade pasta dish
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    15 Minute Italian Meals

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    Italian food consists of more than late-night pizza and ten minute spaghetti. Also, ketchup on rigatoni doesn't count as an "Italian" dinner. In this class, learn an array of quick Italian culinary techniques behind meals that aren't spaghetti or pizza. Embrace the Italian flavors using cheeses, rosemary, herbs, tomatoes, and of course, a little wine. Taste your way through the country that gave the world some of the best food, and enjoy the eclectic flavors that are sure to liven your taste buds. A sample menu may include:
    • Chicken Francese pasta campanella, white wine-rosemary butter sauce, & sun-dried tomato chutney
    • Pork Roulade stuffed & rolled pork loin, mozzarella cheese, prosciutto de parma, wild mushroom sherry wine sauce, pan fried herbed potatoes
    • Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia zucchini squash, black olives, capers, sicilian tomatoes, orzo pasta, & sauteed garlic spinach.
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    15 Minute Italian Meals

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Cook up delicious, Italian dinners in 15 minutes or less
    • Learn how to make Chicken Francese, Pork Roulade, and Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia
    • Enjoy the relaxed, BYOB atmosphere
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    15 Minute Latin Meals

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    How often do you resort to takeout because there's not enough time to cook dinner? Well, in the time it takes to order and then have it delivered, you might realize you are much better off cooking instead. In this cooking class, you'll make a delicious Latin meal in only fifteen minutes or less. Now, this isn't your typical Chipotle burrito kind of dinner -- this is the real deal. These dishes include steak with ranchero sauce, tortas, chicken mole and rice, and even roasted pork with pico. In fifteen minutes, you'll capture the essence of Latin flavors, and they'll be in your mouth before delivery ever arrives. A sample menu includes:
    • Bistec Ranchero (Steak & Ranchero Sauce)
    • Mini Tortas with Pork Milanesa and Cilantro-Lime Cream
    • Chicken Mole and Rice
    • Cochinita Pibil (Roasted Country Style Pork and Plantain Pico De Gallo)
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    15 Minute Latin Meals

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Learn how to cook a collection of quick, easy, and authentic Latin meals
    • Dissect and taste the Latin flavors in each dish
    • Prepare a full-blown Latin dinner in fifteen minutes or less
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    2 positive reviews
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    Steaks & Chops

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    Think you've got the chops to make great chops? Learn to prepare beef cuts like a pro during this all-meats workshop. You'll receive instruction in preparing a variety of steak and chop dishes from a culinary artist in a vibrant learning kitchen, alongside other students that share your passion for meats. Learn how to choose the best cuts of beef, as well as techniques best suited to turn those cuts into perfectly cooked, mouth-watering entrees. After this class is done, you'll be heading straight to the butcher's shop to put your new meat skills to work. Steak your claim as a meat virtuoso!
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    Steaks & Chops

    1201 Norwood Ave, Itasca

    • Discover the techniques to produce perfectly cooked steaks and chops
    • Get hands-on experience cooking a variety of different cuts
    • Enjoy eating the delicious products of your labor
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    2 positive reviews

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