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Recipe Roundup: Two from Brian Ricci of Brick & Mortar

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Brian Ricci is no stranger to COOK. During his position at Kennett, Brian made several eclectic appearances in the COOK kitchen–a Burns Dinner a couple years back (complete with haggis bundle); a curry feast (at the recommendation of Rival Bros.‘ Jonathan Adams, who praised Ricci’s curry, which was a popular staff meal during their shared Pub & Kitchen days); and many more. So when we heard that Brian was to be the chef at the upcoming Brick & Mortar, we jumped at the chance of hosting a restaurant sneak peek event.

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February Classes at COOK…What’s Left?

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Pictured above: Our Emmanuelle Cocktail Series kicks off on February 25 with a focus on Punch

February is an especially exciting month at COOK so we’re not surprised that we’re almost fully booked. However, there is still space available for three fantastic classes; full descriptions are listed below. However, as was the case with our other February offerings, they’re sure to fill up quickly. So what are you waiting for? Enroll today!

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Big Week for Philly Food Scene

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(Pictured above: Tacos at La Calaca Feliz)

In case you are still recovering from the holidays (and really, who isn’t?), this week was a pretty big one for the Philly restaurant community.

Sunday and Monday marked the 2nd annual Philly Chef Conference. The conference, held at Drexel University, is designed “for chefs, by chefs”. The jam-packed, two-day event showcases new and useful ideas and techniques through lectures, panel discussions and demonstrations. And not only did Philly’s FOH and BOH leaders represent big time but so did some major non-Philly players such as Chef Peter Reinhart, James Beard award winning author and internationally renowned expert on bread and baking, and writer Matt Rodbard of Food Republic who came away with these glowing words for the conference and for Chef George Sabatino’s Instagram account.

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Sneak Peek of February 2015 at COOK

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February is the shortest month of the year, but there will be no skimping at COOK. Next month’s class schedule packs a concentrated but powerful punch with some big names making their first COOK appearances and several popular veterans returning to our kitchen. Below is a preview of February’s schedule, so take a look, share with friends and family and be ready to make your purchase TOMORROW AT 2PM!

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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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Grosser Than Gross: Freaky Deaky Halloween Foods to DIE for

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Happy Halloween, COOKies!

Is this one of my favorite holidays? Yes. Is it one of yours? Probably not. But here’s one thing we obviously have in common: food. And here’s another: the internet. Whether you’re throwing/going to a party or just staying in, there are a ton of creepy crawly Halloween-inspired recipes out there that would be fun to take a stab at (see what I did there?). So if you’ve been procrastinating or just realized that it’s also FRIDAY NIGHT, then here are a few ideas that will hopefully inspire a frightfully good time for all.

First off, if you are hosting an adult soirée, Bon Appétit’s Editor-In-Chief, Adam Rapoport, has a few DOs and DONTs to abide by.

Over at Martha Stewart‘s website, the Gwyneth-bashing domestic goddess has outlined tons of recipes for frightening fare to make this evening (or whenever the mood strikes, really). Martha’s got everything from Bedeviled Eggs (complete with red chile pepper devil horns and skinny chive mustache) and Monster Mucus (made from oysters) to Swamp Sangria and Cauldron Curry. Even if you don’t like the whole dressing up part, these items look spooktacularly fun to make and are probably pretty delicious!

If Martha isn’t your cup of tea, the Food Network has a bunch of ideas from classics like Chocolate and Caramel Candy Apples to adorable, easy-to-make, little Spider Bites (made from pretzels and by Sandra Lee, sorry!) and the pièce de résistance, THIS PUMPKIN CHEESE BALL.

The good folks over at Southern Living also put together a list of dips, drinks and snacks but if you really want inspiration, I recommend losing yourself for hours in this Halloween Food Ideas Pinterest board. Somebody made Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas, you guys! I die. I die.

Have fun tonight!

 

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Holiday Chopping: A Pictorial Preview

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‘Tis the season? Not quite, but here at COOK we’re already planning ahead for the upcoming holiday season. We’ve cleared space in our retail pantry and on our bookshelves for new (and returning) items.

In the coming weeks, we will be Insta-tweet-book-ing photos from a recent photo shoot to highlight the unique, epicurean gifts available for purchase at COOK. Until then, here’s a sneak peek! All items are currently available, and, as a reminder, we’re open Tuesday through Sunday noon until 5pm (unless our doors are closed for a class–check our schedule here).

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