Have fun improving your cooking skills

There is an easy way to improve your cooking skills and have a blast doing it without having to travel a great distance or take out a student loan. Right in our own N. W. Metro Detroit area there are 2 places where you can sign up for individual cooking classes.

The first is Sur La Table Cooking School** in the Somerset Mall in Troy MI. These classes are held in a hands-on environment in a professional kitchen, led by professional chefs. An example of the upcoming classes offered this month are:

Great Mediterranean Fish Dishes $79.00
Seared Snapper with Capers, Olives, and Lemon – Spicy Sole with Feta and Parsley Pesto – Tuna Tabbouleh with Tomato and Basil – Pan-Roasted Salmon with Cannellini Beans and Roasted Red Peppers

Date Night: Spain in the Fall $79.00
Pear Salad with Serrano Ham and Marcona Almonds – Garlicky Chicken Thighs with Piquillo Pepper Sauce – Pimenton-Braised Kale with Chickpeas – Caramel Flan

Chocolate 101 $69.00
Chocolate Caramels with Sea Salt – Chocolate Espresso Amaretto Truffles – Silky Chocolate Soufflé

A Tour of Italy $85.00
Parmigiano Reggiano and Pear Salad (Emilia-Romagna) – Creamy Potato and Pumpkin Soup with Cannellini Beans (Lombardia) – Tuscan-Style Roast Pork Loin with Sage (Toscana) – Chocolate Covered Figs (Calabria)

Fall Pies and Tarts $69.00
Baci Tart with Frangelico Cream – Upside-Down Pecan-Crusted Apple Pie – Cheddar Cheese and Chive Tartlets – Shaker Lemon Pie


The second is Holiday Market’s Mirepoix Cooking School in Royal Oak MI. Mirepoix offers a hands-on cooking experience where you “interact” with the ingredients and do the prep work yourself. An example of the upcoming classes offered this month are:

Date Night – Mediterranean $129.00
Tsatziki – hummus – tabbouleh – cucumber tomato and feta salads – lamb and vegetarian

The Canning Process $69.99
Caponata agrodolce – a sweet and sour grilled vegetable topping

Make & Take Pasta $69.99
Fresh pasta with pasta topping combinations

Blue Ribbon Pies $69.99
Autumn fruit pies


Check them out, take a class and let us know how you enjoyed your cooking school experience.

Sur La Table/Food of the Greek Isles - Carmelized Figs

**Disclosure: The author works at Sur La Table as an Assistant to the Resident Chef, Chef Instructors and Guest Chefs.  See Foods of the Greek Isles – Caramelized Figs.

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