Tuesday, January 30, 2007

cooking class

last wednesday i went with a friend to a cooking class at williams-sonoma in the mall. the class was titled 'food made fast: soup'. never having been to a cooking class i did not know what to expect. the class was officially 'full' with 15 'students'. it took place at the center of the store in front of the cooktop (if you've ever been in a williams-sonoma, you know what i mean). anyone and everyone who wanted to stop shopping and listen to the instructor could (which perturbed me since i PAID to take the class) but they didn't get the handouts of the recipes so i guess that's the difference between standing around eavesdropping on the class, well that and a place to sit down. the instructor made 4 soups: thai coconut-chicken soup, florentine white bean soup, pork and soba noodle soup and greek chicken-lemon soup. the pork and soba noodle soup was by far the best of the bunch. they were all truly fast to make as the course title suggested BUT none of them seemed freezer friendly which is a necessity in our household as i generally cook once a month and freeze stuff for later. i did learn both some new techniques and that i highly covet a le creuset dutch oven! we enjoyed the class enough to sign up for another one in march titled 'food made fast: asian cuisine.'

~k

4 comments:

rpm said...

Now that sounds like fun. I have a le crueset dutch oven and it is wonderful for cooking pot roast when you need a heavy pot with a tight lid. And I've cooked fried chicken in it, too, and that was nice because you could get the oil hot and hang a termometer on the side to see the temp and it didn't splatter out of the sides.

Pam said...

The class sounds great! I picked up one of their schedules once a few years ago but never followed through and signed up for a class.

I love the le crueset dutch oven too. I don't have one but I just love the design and colors.

girlville said...

rpm, i'm glad to hear you like your le creuset! there is a le creuset outlet not too far from my house that i may have to check out soon...or i might ask for one for my birthday...

pam, you should go to a class! it was fun and i really enjoyed the instructor. her tips were great and the fact that she wasn't an employee of ws meant she wasn't pushing their products which i liked.

rpm said...

K- I got mine at the outlet near where I live. They have two sales a year...one around 4th of July and one near Christmas or beginning of December. And you can sometimes get 20 or 25 percent off pieces then. That's the only time I will buy a piece. I have two pieces of their casserole type dishes and two dutch ovens, one big and one small and the fondue pot.