A Cooking Class with Girlfriends

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For the longest time, I have always wanted to try a cooking class. I like to cook, though I don’t cook very much in this season of my life, and I felt like a cooking class could be a great way to see new techniques and learn how to make different foods from my usual cuisine.

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My girlfriends and I just went to a “Deceptively Delicious Tapas” class at Southern Season in Chapel Hill on Saturday night! It was months in the works, and Saturday night could not get here fast enough!

We were presented a menu for the evening, and the head chef walked us though each course before we started. It began with a salad, 3 different flatbread tapas, and ended with a chocolate cake. That may sound simple, but each course (other than the salad) was made very strategically with different vegetables. For example, the flat breads were not made with flour! We riced cauliflower and broccoli to make two of the flat breads, and the last flat bread was made with lentils. The chef has children, and she explained that she’s always looking for ways to sneak vegetables into her dishes and she wanted to show us how too!

And our chocolate cake had BEETS in it! The ganache for the cake was made with an entire avocado as well! It was really eye opening and fun to see how creative the chef was with our menu.

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Anyway, other than the 6 of us, there was about 7 other students and then roughly 4 staff to assist us all. And we all just dove in, took on different courses, and started cooking!

Everything was made from scratch, from the pesto to the salad dressing, and we even made ricotta cheese (which was unbelievably simple).

I tried goat cheese for the first time. . .

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I’m not too much of a fan. #passthemozzarella

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The cooking part, which was about 1.5 hours of the evening, was so fun but I also learned some really helpful tips from the other chefs in the class.

Did you know the water you boil pasta in should be very heavily salted? Sam, one of the staff who I worked near a lot of the evening, said it should essentially be like ocean water. That really surprised me!

Also, it’s best to crack and egg on a flat surface, not on the edge of your bowl. Sam also exclusively cooks using Kosher salt, and while I use Kosher salt often, I’m going to start using it more and more.

A good way to see if your oil is hot enough on a skillet is to place the bottom of a wooden spoon (not the spoon end) directly into the oil. If bubbles come up around the handle, your oil is very hot!

Finally, we also learned that a lot of chefs (if not all of them) taste test every single step of the recipe and make adjustments as they go, instead of waiting until the end and trying to tweak from there.

For example, we made meatballs, and the head chef told us to tear off a small bit of the meatball mixture, roll it into a ball, and just pop it into the microwave to give it a taste test before you take the time to roll ALL the balls together only to realize it’s missing something.

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I only have these three shots of the food because I completely forgot to take photos of the rest!

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The chocolate cake was surpringly good, and you couldn’t even tell there were beets in it. The recipe I’m most likely to remake at home is the dressing for the salad. I believe it was called Green Goddess and it was full of flavor and had a hint of spice from a jalapeño.

My least favorite of the courses was the cauliflower flatbread with caramelized onions. It just didn’t do much for me. The roasted tomato + red pepper sauce we made for the lentil flat bread was mouthwateringly delicious. So, so good.

The class was so much fun, and was made perfect by the best company a girl could ask for. If you need a girls night idea, look for a cooking class, it’s so much fun!

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claudia says · 08.09.16

I would love to attend a cooking class- your dishes look delicious! And I am a huge fan of beets in e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g!

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Dominique says · 08.09.16

What a fun idea for a girls day!!! Food looks good too : )

xo

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Alyssa says · 08.09.16

This looks so fun! I know it’s nothing new, but I just love the idea of sneaking veggies into things!

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Angie Ski says · 08.09.16

Watch the TV show, The Chew with Chef Mario Batelli, Chef Michael Simon and other co-host. They teach the exact same cooking info and give the same tips you learned at your cooking classes. However, not the same fun girlfriend interaction you had. It’s on your local ABC station and you can watch it On Demand and HuLu. It’s a fun show.

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Abby says · 08.09.16

This looks like so much fun and something I may want to try someday! Also, I love your outfit! It’s absolutely lovely!

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Kd says · 08.09.16

That meat seasoning trick literally just changed my life! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made turkey burgers only to finish cooking them and they have zero flavor! Thank you!!

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Jackie Chorz says · 08.09.16

Looks like it was a lot of fun! Was it expensive?

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Andrea says · 08.09.16

This looks like such a fun activity to do with some girl friends! I’m not much of a cook, but I’m about to take a hip hop class with some of my friends! Wish us luck!

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sahara says · 08.09.16

one thing about the cheese is you have to keep trying them to like the taste of it! 😛

xo,

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Laura Barnes says · 08.09.16

Looks like fun! But… what happened to your Whole 30? (I’ve done it, btw, and know how hard it is).

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Becky Webb says · 08.09.16

Chocolate beet cake is a tradition in my family. ..I come from a farm/ranch family where everyone gardens and making chocolate cake from beets is always how it’s done. ..much more moist and beets are a power food!

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Amelia says · 08.10.16

This looks like so much fun!! I was thinking about doing one of these for a bachlorette party because I love food 🙂 Nice job!

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sidney says · 08.10.16

This looks like so much fun

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Jennifer says · 08.10.16

I took a cooking class years ago with a couple of girlfriends. It was so much fun. I’ve got to do it again.

By the way, I’m not a huge fan of goat cheese But, it is amazing on a grilled vegetable sandwich.

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Tina says · 08.10.16

Where is your darling white skirt from?

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Kate says · 08.10.16

Jcrew Factory!

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Brooke says · 08.12.16

This would be a fun girls night out! Where are your adorable shoes from?

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Ashley says · 08.14.16

Where are your cute shoes from?

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Joey says · 01.23.17

This looks so fun! I know it’s nothing new, but I just love the idea of sneaking veggies into things!

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Garrett says · 07.28.19

Sounds like you had a lot of fun and learned some new techniques. Beets in chocolate cake? Very creative – I’ll have to try that with my own children. It’s amazing what you can learn (and how much fun you can have!) if you open your mind and take a cooking course!

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