Category Archives: Recipes

Class Highlight: Mom’s Soul Food with Malik Ali


This week COOK had a very special class that made our guests’ hearts warm and fuzzy. After telling many stories about his mother at previous classes, Malik Ali of The Blue Duck finally brought her to help him cook! Miss Adrien, as she called herself, and her beloved son prepared a hearty soul food supper that had everyone begging for more.  Malik highlighted the southern-style dishes that his mother made for him as a child. Throughout the night his mother encouraged him to “go on, Bub,”  as they collaborated in this feel-good feast. As one of the oldest of 13 siblings, Malik helped his mom cook up large meals in the kitchen, so watching the two cook together again was a special sight to behold! Read on to see this loving mother and son duo dish out soul food classics and learn how Malik got into the culinary world through his wonderful “Momma A.”

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Class Highlight: Diana Sabater’s Hummus Recipe


I pita the fool that doesn’t like hummus. Diana Sabater of Diana’s Spice Cantina brought some Moroccan heat to the COOK kitchen for Valentine’s Day. From mussels in a harissa tomato cream sauce to lamb kabobs with Yemeni green chili sauce, Diana made this Valentine’s Day extra spicy! While guests thoroughly enjoyed these dishes that left their taste buds tingling, Diana’s savory roasted red pepper hummus blew everyone away.  Chef Diana claimed that once you try homemade hummus you will never go back to eating the store bought variety. Lucky for you I was able to follow up with her after class to get her recipe. Read on for three-time Chopped champion Diana Sabater’s roasted red pepper hummus recipe and see why it left guests wanting more! 

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Happy National Pizza Day!


“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore”. If you love pizza, then rejoice because today is National Pizza Day! COOK is here to help you celebrate with some pizza making recipes and pizza cookbook recommendations. Additionally, as a former pizzaiolo, I have learned the art of pizza making and want to share some tips for this grand holiday. So let’s get rolling!

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Stay In This Valentine’s Day with Recipes from COOK


It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day! If you forgot to make a reservation or if you prefer a night at home, COOK has you covered! I searched through our selection of books at COOK to find some lovely recipes to charm that special someone in your life.  Learn to make a fancy French-y cocktail for your significant other or try your hand at playing Cupid by baking some decadent chocolate cheesecake brownies. Do Valentine’s Day right this year by making these treats or come into COOK for additional inspiration from our extensive library of cookbooks.

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Oh My God, The Eagles Are In The Super Bowl, What Do I Do?


Brace yourselves. The city of Philadelphia is hungry for redemption, for victory over the locally-loathed New England Patriots. Thirteen years ago the Eagles faced the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX. It didn’t end well for our boys in green as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick went home with the coveted Lombardi Trophy. Fast forward to this Sunday’s Super Bowl LII, a rematch that stirs up some harbored animosity, but this time, it’s different. The city of Philadelphia has fully embraced its underdog role. After QB wonderboy and MVP hopeful Carson Wentz tore his ACL all seemed lost, but the team and the fans have rallied around former Eagles starter and backup QB Nick Foles. This is a real life Rocky scenario, and Philadelphia is sure to be in a frenzy this Super Bowl Sunday. Here at COOK we understand how vital food and drinks are to any Super Bowl affair, so we’re here to get you ready for game day. Read on to see how you can make a great batched cocktail and a deliciously green appetizer. Plus, check out the local lineup of bars and restaurants that are participating in the Eagles festivities. 

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Chef Rich Freedman’s Bolognese Ragù Recipe


Inside scoop alert! Recently, while working a private event at COOK I came across one of the best bolognese sauces I’ve ever encountered. Luckily, I was able to try a bit for myself and it tasted even better than it looked and smelled. Rich Freedman, Chef de Cuisine at The Olde Bar, is the mastermind behind this meat lover’s sauce. He made the ragù for his pappardelle dish, which the guests raved about. “It’s such a win, it’s crazy!” exclaimed one of our guests. Patrons asked Rich for his recipe and about the various meats that made up this classic Italian sauce. I followed up with Rich after dinner to obtain his bolognese secrets so that I could share them with lucky you! Read on for the recipe and try it out at home on your next lazy day!  

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Mulled Cider & Wine Recipes


We are in the midst of a particularly cold winter. While this weekend may be sunny with temperatures approaching the 50’s, we’re still in the dead of winter. At COOK we have just the right thing to bring warmth and joy to you – mulling spices! Nothing says winter quite like the aroma of this blend of spices. With notes of cinnamon, orange peel, allspice and cloves, our spice mixture will turn any warm beverage into a seasonal treat. Here are a couple recipes that will spice up your morning, keep you and the kids warm during the next snow storm, or bring a smile to your guests at your next gathering. Read on to see just how simple it is to make flavorful beverages with our COOK Mulling Spices!

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COOKbook Corner: Winter Soup Recipe


Got the Winter blues? Below freezing weather got you sniffling? COOK has you covered. At COOK we have an extensive library of cookbooks, so I browsed our collection and found two great soup recipes that will be sure to lift your spirits. I tried out the recipes for myself to show you how delicious these soups are. Thaw out your body and fill your house with warmth and spice with these recipes for homemade chicken stock and potato leek soup. Read on for the recipes and see how easy these cookbooks make home cooking!

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


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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