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    Knife Skills

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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.
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    Italian Desserts

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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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    Cooking Parm Crusted Chicken

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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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    Intro to Artisan Breads

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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 Note: This class is BYOB.
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    Fun with Bagels & Cream Cheese

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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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    15-Minute Pasta

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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 Cajun Meals

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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 French Meals

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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 Greek Meals

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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 Latin Meals

    Cooking Skills Academy
    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) Note: This class is BYOB.
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