This week, we take a break from our traditional dining out column to take a look at dining in. Yes, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants in southeast Minnesota, but sometimes you want a nice homecooked meal.
Easier said than done, especially if you’re not confident in the kitchen. Thankfully, there are many cooking classes that can help you gain the skills and confidence needed to create delicious meals right at home.
People’s Food Co-op
The co-op offers a wide range of classes and demonstrations in both their community room and at on-site locations. Next Tuesday, join the chefs from Bleu Duck in their event room as they create dishes using food from the Co-op. You’ll learn new techniques to prepare food, and get to taste their creations. $25, RSVP by calling or stopping at the customer service desk.
There are too many food classes available through Rochester Community Education to list, but here are our two favorites (pre-registration required):
- Easy Artisan Breads
Baking bread at home is such a satisfying experience. Nothing beats cutting into a loaf of bread you made yourself, seeing the air bubbles, feeling the crispness of the crust. David Handley has two classes, one on Nov. 3 and one on Jan. 11. Classes are $25 and you’ll make your own dough to bring home and bake.
- Indian Dining
Tomorrow night, from 6 to 9 pm, you can learn to make traditional Indian dishes such as vegetable biryani (curried rice with vegetables), murgh korma (chicken with yogurt and herbs), and even mango lassi (a yogurt drink). Your instructor will be Ashwini Walimbe; class is $39. Ashwini has a number of other Indian food courses, so if you can’t make this one, check out her other options.
Eagle Bluff Skills School
The newly-launched Skills School at Eagle Bluff is a hotbed of classes, including many non-food related ones. But there is plenty to learn related to cooking. Here is a rundown of three enticing classes (pre-registration required):
- Amish Experience: Pie Making. On November 5, you can learn how to make pies from an experienced Amish baker. The class will demonstrate two different pies, both seasonal and made from scratch. $55.
- The Art of Cheese Making. Tomorrow you can learn how to make three different types of cheeses from award-winning cheese maker Dave Sefton. All ingredients are provided. This class is also offered December 10. $45.