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Get Cooking in the Twin Cities


Tired of that same old chicken recipe? Wish you could whip up something really good, something exotic? Or perhaps you interested in nutrition and weight loss, and need to find healthy recipes.Maybe it's time you checked out some Minneapolis-St. Paul cooking classes. In addition to learning and cooking, the classes are a lot of fun. Led by enthusiastic and capable chefs, you'll leave the class ready to try all your new recipes.

Let's Cook

Lets Cook, in Northeast Minneapolis, is the place for the hands-on gourmet cook or beginner. Providing quality, durable and affordable cooking equipment, Let's Cook also has a demonstrative cooking environment in the back of the store that plays host to the cooking classes. Let's Cook's ever-changing line-up of classes and events is a great way to fuel your passion for cooking.

The Kitchen Window
Located in Calhoun Square, in Uptown Minneapolis, the cooking classes at the Kitchen Window are specially designed for the home chef. The Kitchen Window offers a variety of cooking classes on everything from the basics to the gourmet. The goal of the program is to go beyond just teaching recipes- the staff at the Kitchen Window strives to teach you the tools, skills and techniques involved in the cooking process so that you can apply that knowledge at home. The staff's goal is to make you comfortable and confident in the kitchen whether you are a beginning cook, a parent in need of quick recipes, or a seasoned food enthusiast.

Cooks of Crocus Hill
Minnesota Monthly called Cooks of Crocus Hill "the Cadillac of cooking schools...with a roster of instructors that reads like a who's who of local chefs and culinary hot shots." This St. Paul cooking school offers so many classes full of so many recipes, you'll have a hard time deciding which class to register for. Think you don't have time to make dinner? The "Three 30 Minute Meals" class covers the most essential skills for whipping up quick recipes, and you can have a complete meal prepared and ready to eat in 30 minutes. On the menu- a delicious sweet and sour chicken recipe, complete with vegetable stir-fry and perfect rice. In "Layer Cakes" see how simple a home baked cake can be. With a variety of scrumptious cake recipes, you'll never use a box mix again-and you'll forget about that diet you were on.

As a parent, it's so easy to turn to prepared foods or take-out after a long day at work. Mothersauces, located in Minneapolis, offers a variety of classes to better your health. In "Healthy Cooking 101" you will learn diet and nutrition information that will provide you with fast, easy menus that are good for you and good for the kids. In "Express Lunch-Spa Cooking 2", start off the new season with a delicious Ginger Chicken recipe, complete with sweet mango sauce, roasted vegetable soup and a fresh green salad made with strawberry vinaigrette.

Everyday Expertise is a series of informative, one-hour cooking classes held at Byerly's in St. Louis Park. Here you'll learn about favorite and new products, food ingredients and cooking trends. In "Every-Night Cooking" Executive Chef Sue Erickson opens up the pages of Bon App├ętit magazine's latest cookbook to cook up some delicious everyday recipes. Enjoy Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Sausage, a delightful Curried Chicken recipe, Green Bean and Almond Salad, and Pound Cake with Ice Cream and Cider Sauce.

Megan Torrini has a range of education and experience-from Resource Management and Forestry to Information Technology. She also enjoys freelance writing and is currently developing her own online business. Megan lives in Inver Grove Heights with her husband Tony, daughter Isabel, son John, and two beautiful but very naughty Siberian Huskies, Mika and Timber.

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