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? 


where i’ve been

cooking enjoying beautiful sunsets pedal pubbing with friends flying through clouds walking along the beaches baking yoga-ing drinking real coke (for real!) Where have you been lately??  Tweet

moving to la


The Taster and I are getting married next month. (The count is below 30 days!) Then, we are moving. While we absolutely love Minneapolis…it is time for a change. So after the wedding we are packing up and heading to Los Angeles, California. We are excited, thrilled and beyond ready but there are many other

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meat and potatoes

the engagement dinner

So you’ve heard of engagement chicken, right? It’s a miraculous baked chicken that you make if you are in the market for a proposal. They do say a way to the heart is through the stomach… Well, I’m already engaged, and almost married, but if I needed to, ahem, push a little towards an engagement? I’d make my Midwestern

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scenes from the summer

This summer has been a great one so far, my only complaint is that it’s gone by too fast and it’s been a little busy, but those are all standard, right? I wanted to share a little bit about what is going on over here in the midwest! trips up north counselors having fun at

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sriracha popcorn

sriracha popcorn

I’ve been trying to think of a way to combine popcorn and sriracha (my two favorites!) for one ridiculous snack. Don’t ask me why I never thought to google it – it just never occured to me. (This has sadly been like a year in the making.) When the idea finally came to me, I

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LA view

los angeles

I was in LA this past weekend and it was wonderful, as always. I love that city. The sun, the hiking, the views, the food – whats not to love? We got in on Friday afternoon and went straight to Umami Burger (more to come on that) – delicious! Saturday was the Celiac Disease Foundation

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