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Recipe: A Colorful Salad for a Grey Winter’s Day

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During this stretch of single-digit temperatures and salt-streaked sidewalks, we could use a break from the grey. This past weekend, Betsey Gerstein Sterenfeld of Essen returned to COOK and began the meal with a colorful respite from winter. Thank you to Betsey for braving the snow and for sharing the recipe for her delicious winter salad.

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Sneak Peek of March 2015 at COOK

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Above: Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette and La Peg. Photo by Michael Spain-Smith.

This March, lose an hour, gain some flavor at COOK. We may be in the thick of winter, but with March comes Daylight Savings, the official first day of spring, and so much deliciousness at COOK. Below is a preview of our March class schedule. Share with friends and family, and be ready to make your purchase TOMORROW AT 2PM!

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Kitchen Products of the Future?

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We live in some list-filled times. Top 11 Places to Eat Artisanal Popcorn While Wearing a Sombrero. Top 5 Shades of Purple Lipstick to Apply Before Capoeira Class. Top 8 Influential Cinematic Swine (shoutout to Porky Pig in Space Jam!). And no site produces lists like rabbits produce babies quite like Buzzfeed. One of their latest — 30 Futuristic Kitchen Products You Had No Idea You Needed — really spoke to us here at COOK. After the jump, check out just a few of the ridiculous culinary items we’ll most likely be purchasing for no reason during our next late-night online shopping sesh.

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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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