There are many reasons why I don’t sign up for all of the cooking classes that always sound so intruiging.

Most of the time I don’t want to spend the money. $50 for a cooking class?! I’m on a budget! (Let’s pay no attention to the fact that I don’t bat an eyelash at spending double that at Whole Foods. Or out to eat.)

The other issue I have is that I kind of like low-key nights at home during the week because it feels like I’m always scrambling to keep the house in order, wash my dishes from lunch and breakfast at work, prepare the meals for the following day, make a decent meal and sneak in some trashy tv, all while washing my sweaty yoga clothes.

But it turns out that I should just suck it up sometimes. They are SO fun! Mercedes treated me to a Cooking Class for a shower gift (really good gift idea!) and we had a blast! Here are the reasons, why you should take that cooking class you’ve been putting off.

  • Inspiring! There are so many things I want to make now
  • Perfect way to spend time with a loved one, friend, etc.
  • You actually learn things!!! I learned SO much – did you know that you should sweat mushrooms in a dry pan before adding any oil? I didn’t!
  • Our chef didn’t really believe in recipes, so we really learned techniques, not just how to read a recipe which I loved
  • I’m no longer intimidated by a caramel sauce
  • It is just plain fun. It also happens to be a great way to take a break from non-stop wedding thoughts. ;)
Have you ever taken a cooking class? What did you think of it? 

15 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ For the Health of It
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    That has to be one of the coolest opportunities ever (and an amazing shower gift to boot!) I’d love to take one, but I have yet to sign up because of the $$ – same as you!


  2. Bill Roehl
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    I went to one at Cooks of Crocus Hill once w/my wife. It wasn’t so much a “cooking class” but instead a class where they showed you how to make a meal with several parts. I don’t know if that counts.

    I am a “throw stuff together and hope it works” kind of person. I can blindly lead my way through the cabinets/fridge and make something out of nothing. I really need to get better at doing this from store->dinner though and avoid falling into ruts.

    By using recipes found elsewhere and planning ahead I’ve been able to do that but only with the guidance provided by others. I’d really like a class which helped me better organize shopping for vegetables and proteins and got me to be able to pull a bunch of random items together from a shopping trip meant to last us two weeks. That would be perfect :)


  3. Rachel @ the Avid Appetite
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Ok, this is a fantastic idea! I have never taken a cooking class, but I really want to. What a great gift!!


  4. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    I’ve never taken a cooking class although I’d like to! I think it would be fun if Jason and I did it together.


  5. thehealthyapron
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    When we move we will be super close to a cooking school!I can’t wait to take classes! I really want ot be a good cook!


  6. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    Yay!!! It was my first cooking class also and I learned great basic tips and tricks! It helps to have a very entertaining host who keeps you interested and makes you laugh! Mostly I loved it because I got to spend time with you!!


    • Emily
      Sep 13, 2011 @ 4:29 pm



  7. Kristin
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

    I take about 5 classes a year at the Whole Foods in Uptown. The woman that teaches the classes is amazing and she gives you history on cuisine, variations on recipes, etc. You should check them out in LA. They are around $30 and you get a meal out of it too. In other states (where liquor is sold in grocery stores), they serve wine at them too!


  8. Stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    I definitely did not know that about mushrooms? I always heard not to salt them because they will release too much liquid, but who knows if that’s even right?! That cooking class sounds like alot of fun – I go to many of our monthly Whole Foods cooking demos and enjoy them alot, but they aren’t hands on. I’d love to try a class that was sometime soon!


  9. Carol
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    I have taken several cooking classes. The last one that I took was to learn how to can stuff. I’ve grown up with canning but I’ve never really tried it. While my mom could have shown me everything they showed me, they had some different recipes thatmy mom would have never thought of. It was great fun!


  10. Luv What You Do
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    What a great gift idea!
    I love taking classes and wish I could afford to take more. Ps I also don’t claim my Whole Food sspendings in the budget : )
    Just in case you missed it you can get $20 for $10 at WF on Living Social today!


  11. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Sep 14, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    that sounds really fun!


  12. Mercedes
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

    Just clicked on this link from your post today! Fun to see the pictures! That chef was such a hoot!


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