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Cooking Courses, Classses, Places to Learn

Jean Claude | Nov 12, 200211:24 PM

Can anyone point me towards some good cooking classes or schools? I'm not training to be a chef, just trying to be a good cook around the house.... thus affordable would also be nice, as this isn't a career move.

I know of various shops that offer courses (Sur la..)and community college-type things. I'm just not sure how much bang one gets for one's buck.

What I'm most interested in is the following:

1. Sauces. Reductions, stock, etc. I'm confident in cooking many main ingredients, but it's the sauces that that separate the amateurs from the artists. I want to learm how to deglaze anything (and with what), make gravy, use refuse, etc. Plus how to do it without needing 76 other ingredients in the mix. To keep it as simple as a home cook's kitchen.

2. I'd love to walk through a farmer's market and be overwhelmed with ideas. For exapmle, I just got back from China with some wonderful eggplant dish recipes in tow... tastes that I never knew one could gain from this veggie. How do I keep the ball rolling to other dishes? I can turn some dishes out of a number of things offered, but I'd love for a real professional to show me how to find magic in a leek, orange or celery stalk.

Maybe there are good offerings out there. Or maybe there are good cooks willing to educate a small group of fans? I'd prefer the latter in all honesty. Regardless, pop a note with your thoughts.

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