ImUrSuprman05 saidMy boyfriend is ah-mazing in the kitchen. I on the other hand can burn toast like nobody's business. But my guy works super hard and sometimes comes home too tired to cook, even tho he loves to do it. I want to be able to cook him meals that are edible. And I also want to help improve what little cooking skills I have.
So, does anybody have suggestions on cheap cooking classes (in the Chicago area, or all around)? I know that sometimes Whole Foods will put on classes. I've also looked at Williams-Sonoma. Any other suggestions?
Let Chef Jeff here help you out! I consider myself accomplished in the kitchen as a home chef and here is what I would like to suggest:
You have my heart and desires in mind in thinking of classes from Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma as I love both places (so does my wallet), however, you can do just as well by watching a few of the cooking shows on Food Network on Saturday mornings between 10 AM and 2 PM.
A FN personality that I consider a "mentor" is Ina Garten with her show "Barefoot Contessa." Her style appeals to me completely (and along with many of her gay friends that appear on her show). I have all of her cookbooks, but the one I suggest you buy is Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
. The recipes are not difficult to follow and feature ingredients that you can find anywhere (if you are a Whole Foods addict like I am), they have the over-the-top stuff.
Lastly, go to the Food Network's website and use their search engine for recipe ideas. If you type in "meat loaf" you'll get a number of good recipes for it and it will tell you the "difficulty factor" for it as well.
Cooking is not hard. If you see something that looks great, just go out there and make it. If you have a kitchen disaster (happens to me, but the fire department has not been called yet), don't sweat it. Try again!
Hope this helps you out. Happy cooking!