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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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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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What are you waiting for? Awesome November classes still available!

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Pictured above: Scott Schroeder of American Sardine Bar and South Philly Tap Room returns to COOK on 11/15

This November, COOK has a bunch of seriously awesome stuff going on – and some of this awesome still has seats available. I’m talking about veteran COOK instructor and holistic health coach, Beth Kaufman, partnering with Koresh Dance Company dancer, Asya Zlatina, for a lesson in professional dancer-worthy fare. Then there is local tea maven, Alexis Siemons, who will be demo’ing some of her inventive and delicious tea-infused recipes. Then we have one of the most unsung chefs in town, Scott Schroeder, back at COOK with a menu showcasing his delicious fare laced with local Tahini brand, Soom Foods. Finally, for you boozebags, we have what will undoubtedly be one of the most useful and fun events of the month: cocktails with Sbraga barkeep, Jesse Cornell. Not convinced? Check out some of November’s not-to-be-missed classes and their descriptions below: 

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November Class Schedule Preview

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OK, COOKies:  time to set that calendar reminder for Wednesday at 2PM when we release our November schedule.

Below is a sneak peek of what we have in store next month. Here’s a tip: take a look at the schedule either tonight or tomorrow, then talk to your peoples (husbands, wives, friends, etc) and be ready to go Wednesday afternoon to book your seats.

NOVEMBER 2014

Sunday November 2 2PM Mochi Madness with Kiki Aranita of Poi Dog (Gluten-Free)

Monday November 3 7PM Koresh Dance Company Presents: The Dancers Diet with Dancer Asya Zlatina and Holistic Health Coach Beth Kaufman of A Mindful Me

Tuesday November 4 7PM French-North African Fare with Paul Lyons of The Good King Tavern

Wednesday November 5 7PM Open Stove IXXX: William Lindsay of Morimoto vs. Phila Lorn of coZara

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Take me to the River: The 2014 Audi Feastival (in photos)

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Last Thursday marked the fifth annual FEASTIVAL: the amazing benefit for FringeArts. For five years now, this premier arts festival has joined forces with Philadelphia’s world-class restaurants to present an event described as a “completely delicious and amazing” evening and named “one of the best events in the last decade”. FEASTIVAL celebrates both our artistic and culinary scenes – two great economic engines that push Philadelphia forward. The evening has been hailed as “the cultural event of the year,” “the best party in Philadelphia,” “a party from a different world” and this year was even better!

For the 2014 “helping”, FEASTIVAL moved a few blocks south along the Delaware River transforming Penn’s Landing (Delaware River Waterfront between Chestnut and Market Streets) into a magical, exclusive and chic party for the hottest movers and shakers in Philadelphia’s business, culinary and social scenes. FEASTIVAL continues to unite Philadelphia’s most distinguished chefs and restaurants with featured live performances from some of the world’s most acclaimed artists. Below are some of our (proud sponsor COOK) favorite photos from the night. Hungry for more? Here is the official 2014 Audi FEASTIVAL photo gallery with tons of cool pics with more on the way (so check back periodically).

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Lily’s March Musts at COOK

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Classes have been selling like hotcakes since the holidays but there are a couple of upcoming classes that I cannot believe haven’t sold out. Personally, I am so excited for the following two classes. So if you like fun, good drink and GREAT food, then might I suggest the following March classes:

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm: An Evening of Organic Wines with Scott Schroeder of South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar and David McDuff of David Bowler Wine
While Scott Schroeder’s two South Philly restaurants, South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar, are known for their impressive beer selections, Chef Scott has recently developed a passion for naturally made wines. Join Scott, the king of the South Philly gastro-pub, when he returns to COOK to prepare an amazing meal paired with naturally made wines provided by David McDuff of David Bowler Wine. David Bowler Wine is a New York based importer and distributor focusing on naturally made, small batch wines from around the world. Working with importers and directly with wineries, it is their mission to present wines of personality and character, wines that reflect something about where they are made and who made them. This is the perfect class for the budding oenophile and more experienced wine lovers alike!

Thursday, March 27, 7pm: Totally Terrific Tiki Time with Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gall of Bar Emmanuelle and Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca of Poi Dog
Sick of the cold weather? Then warm up at COOK’s “one night only” Polynesian oasis. The tiki bar concept – the exotic–themed drinking establishment that served elaborate cocktails, especially rum-based mixed drinks such as the “mai tai” or “Zombie cocktail”, came to popularity in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Tiki bars were aesthetically defined by their Tiki culture décor based upon a romanticized conception of primitive tropical cultures. Join cocktail masters from Northern Liberties’ Bar Emmanuelle, Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, for their delicious and possibly flaming takes on tiki drinks. Phoebe and Christian will be joined by Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca, owners of the Hawaiian food truck, Poi Dog, who will be whipping up a menu of poke, pupus and more. This is going to be a very special evening!

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December Classes Not To Be Missed

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If there is ever a time to eat, drink and be merry, it’s the holidays. Next month, COOK is offering a number of great classes to get you into (or out of – depending on you) the holiday spirit. Bring the family or leave them behind and immerse yourself in holiday cooking or don’t. This December there is truly something for everyone at COOK. Here are just a few classes you don’t want to miss!

Sat 12/7, 2pm: Real Cooking for Kids with George Sabatino and His Step-Son Jett
George Sabatino is one of Philly’s hottest young chefs and has received tons of positive press during his stints at Stateside and Morgan’s Pier. But in his opinion, the best press he could receive would come from his own step-son’s food blog, tastysausagesfoodblog.tumblr.com . Eight-year-old Jett’s blog details his dining experiences at restaurants across the city and has become a hit with many Philly chefs and foodies for its good-natured honesty. Have your kids join George and Jett at this class for 7-12 year olds who like to cook and want to make real food. The hands-on menu will be simple, quick and healthy but also fun and tasty and include: pasta salad with cool and crunchy veggies; hand made mini flat breads with a lot of fresh toppings; and Jett’s famous pumpkin whoopie pies with cream cheese filling.

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Where To Buy Your Thanksgiving Bird

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we at COOK thought we’d share with you the best places around town for buying that big ol’ bird. You can get a turkey at just about any supermarket these days but we have some suggestions if you’re looking for a better bird this year. Below are a few of our top turkey purveyors – but you better place your orders early so you don’t miss out!

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COOK CLASS RECAP: Marshall Green of Jerry’s Bar

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This past Tuesday, COOK was thrilled to welcome for the first time, Marshall Green, Executive Chef of the Northern Liberties eatery, Jerry’s Bar, for a fall feast.

Jerry’s Bar is essentially the perfect neighborhood restaurant. The beautifully renovated space (run by father and daughter William and Christie Proud) has a timeless feel, and everything is done the way it should be. The local, seasonal dishes are always fresh and flavorful, and the brunch menu is arguably the best in town. There are cocktails to match the food – classics and new creations, but never too fussy.

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