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December 2014

Holiday gift ideas from the COOK pantry

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You already know us here at COOK for our nightly demonstration classes (January tickets on sale now!) and huge cookbook selection. But did you know we also have a small-but-smart retail section in the corner of our kitchen? It’s a carefully curated collection, packed with our own house line of spices, mixes and candies, plus handy tools/utensils and locally produced goods. After the jump, we’re highlighting just three of our favorite pantry items that’d make excellent holiday gifts. Come visit us [retail hours] to check out the rest!

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Say ‘Guten Tag’ To These German Holiday Cookies

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To borrow from the 1989 Shelley Long cinematic masterpiece that is “Troop Beverly Hills“, “It’s cookie time! It’s cookie time! It’s cookie ti-ime!

And though that catchy, little number was about Girl Scout Cookies, at this time of year, we at COOK are all about Christmas cookies. Tomorrow, Philly’s favorite pastry frau, Jess Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz, gets back behind the counter at COOK to teach 4 traditional German cookie recipes to 16 lucky guests. Two of these recipes (the ones with the best names) are below for your baking pleasure. Pfeffernüsse are tiny spice cookies. Elisen Gingerbread (pictured above) is a baked treat with a twist. Both recipes are courtesy of Jess Nolen.

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COOK’s January Schedule Preview

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(Pictured above: Chef Townsend “Tod” Wentz of Townsend)

In two days, COOK will release its January 2015 schedule and there’s something for everyone, including pasta and baby food making, Valentine’s desserts, cocktails, ceviche and more! Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store for the New Year. So check out the schedule below and get ready to be online this Wednesday at 2PM when classes go on sale. (Hint hint: COOK classes and gift certificates make great holiday gifts!)

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Thirsty? Where To Take The Edge Off This Weekend.

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Welcome to the first weekend of December, the official kick-off to this holiday shopping season.  Does running around, buying gifts and wrapping presents like a crazy person stress you out? Then take the edge off by treating yourself at one of Philly’s exciting new restaurants. Check after the jump to see which spots are here to help.
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