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Argentinian Desserts with Jezabel Careaga

Jezabel Careaga returned to COOK last week to show how to make some desserts that are special to her Argentinian background. The multi-talented chef/owner of Jezabel’s Cafe and Jezabels’ Studio demonstrated how to make a coconut dulce de leche cookie and baked a special Argentinian tart for guests to enjoy. Lucky for you, Jezabel shared her recipes with us, and now we are sharing them with you! Read on to see how these delicious desserts were made so that you can try them out at home.
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Sneak Peek of February at COOK

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Photo: Heather Thomason of Primal Supply Meats

We’re putting the finishing touches on our February schedule, but here’s a sneak peek of what we have coming up. Don’t forget to grab your seats here tomorrow, Thursday, January 11th at 12pm.

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New Year, New Kitchen

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Happy New Year! With the new year comes resolutions and the idea of a fresh start. Many people make plans to eat healthier, become more organized, and gain a fresh perspective. So why not freshen up your kitchen and get cracking down on some healthy cooking? Check out COOK’s retail goods that will not only add new life to your kitchen, but get it looking and smelling clean for the New Year! Read on for cookbook recommendations, and check out our boutique products that will spruce up your cooking space.

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“I received a COOK gift certificate. Now what?”

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Around this time of year, when so many of you receive a holiday gift certificate, there is one question we hear more than any other: “How do I get into a class?” The question is often followed by, “It seems like you’re always sold out!” While there are often SOME seats available to select classes, getting into the class of your (first) choice does indeed require some planning. So with February’s schedule coming out Thursday, January 11th at Noon, we’d like to take the opportunity to offer some class registration tips. Before we begin, keep in mind that gift certificates never expire, so if you don’t see anything in February that strikes your fancy, no worries–hold out for the next month!

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Class Recap: A Very Vegan New Year’s Eve Happy Hour with Christina Martin of Cooking to Nourish

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Christina Martin of Cooking to Nourish returned to COOK last night to get us into the New Year’s spirit! Her 100% vegan menu was a great way to showcase how healthy eating can be delicious. With the New Year approaching, many people make resolutions to eat better and get in shape. Cooking to Nourish is a great resource, as Christina focuses on teaching the basics of healthy and sustainable eating. Not only will this post review Christina’s vegan hors d’oeuvres, but it will also tell you how to make the cocktails, perfect for a New Year’s party. So read on for some New Year’s Eve party inspiration!

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New Year’s Eve Batch Cocktail Recipe

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Cheers to the New Year! With 2017 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect and celebrate while looking forward to all the possibilities that 2018 may bring. And of course with New Year’s Eve come toasts, cheers, and clinking glasses at midnight. If you’re hosting a party this New Year’s Eve, take our advice: avoid mixing cocktails individually. Go the batch route so that you can actually enjoy yourself rather than mixing and shaking drinks individually. We reached out to Jillian Encarnacion of Twenty Manning Grill for a couple batch cocktail recommendations–here are two recipes, direct from a pro!

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Baking Holiday Cookies

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We wish you a COOKie Christmas! If Cookie Monster is your spirit animal, this is the post for you. In the theme of the holidays, I set out to make some festive cookies using recipes from our vast cookbook library. Be sure to stop in to check out the selection for yourself this Thursday, December 21st from 12-5pm when all cookbooks are 20% off. This is a perfect opportunity to get a last minute gift for the home cook in your life.

Using two eye-catching titles from the baking section, I tested out three cookie recipes of varying difficulty. Use these recipes to make treats for Santa, to give as a gift, or to simply make your house smell amazing. The outcome of my baked goods adventure is below the jump.

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Holiday Pop-ups: Machine Shop Boulangerie and Aurora Grace Chocolates

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What’s poppin’ Philly? I’ll tell you what’s popping, two sweet pop-up shops at COOK! If you love baked goods and sweets get excited.  Joining us Sunday, December 17th from 11am – 4pm is Machine Shop Boulangerie, a South Philly French-inspired bakery that churns out amazing breads and pastries. Then, on Friday, December 22nd from 12 – 6pm we will have Aurora Grace Chocolates, an artisanal confectionery shop in Philadelphia that specializes in chocolates, macaroons and pastries. Stop in both days to purchase from their gorgeous selection of baked goods.
With the holiday season underway, this is a perfect opportunity to get some sweets for friends, coworkers, and loved ones. Or simply treat yourself! These treats and breads from Machine Shop and Aurora Grace are also great additions to any holiday feast, with no kitchen hassle for you! We will be serving hot spiked mulled beverages during each pop-up so that you can warm your body and mind while doing some holiday shopping. And if all of that wasn’t enough, our 12 Days of COOKmas sales are still underway during the pop-up events so you can enjoy 20% off on select retail items! Check below for details on what Machine Shop Boulangerie and Aurora Grace Chocolates will be selling and what retail items COOK has for sale each day.
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COOK Gift Giving Guide

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Looking to get the perfect holiday gift for that special someone in your life? Look no further! We’ve kicked off our 12 Days of COOKmas sale yesterday. Save 20% off select retail items–sale items change daily, so there’s something for everyone! Does you have a loved one that is all about baking? Maybe your bestie is a cocktail enthusiast. Or perhaps your you know a seasoned grill master. If you have a friend or family member that can be found in the kitchen any given day, we have you covered this holiday season. Below are recommended great gifts for someone special in your life.

Also, be sure to check out the 12 Days of COOKmas sale schedule!

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Class Recap: Amazing Grace: Wine Dinner with Scott Megill and GM Elizabeth Megill of Grace Winery

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This past Wednesday, Executive Chef Scott Megill and General Manager Elizabeth Megill of Grace Winery graced (see what we did there?) COOK with a fantastic seasonal wine pairing dinner. The Inn at Grace Winery is located in the heart of Brandywine Valley in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. The original Quaker farmhouse from 1734 sits on fifty acres of historic land. From housing the British during the battle of Brandywine, to housing countless barrels of wine, this beautiful land has certainly seen a lot. In 1995, current owner Chris Le Vine named the winery after his sister, Grace, who previously owned the establishment, formally Sweetwater Farm Bed and Breakfast.

While the wine was absolutely a hit, Scott’s execution of locally procured meats, cheeses, and vegetables stole the show. COOK guests enjoyed an amuse trio followed by a four course meal. Each course was served with a wine that complemented the flavors of the dish.

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