Headed to The Chopping Block

Chopping%20Block.jpgMy cooking has evolved over the years from take-out and cereal and milk to warming up Trader Joe’s semi-prepared meals. Still, I signed up for a hands-on cooking class at The Chopping Block with my mom on Mother’s Day because it seemed more appealing than another family brunch. Now, a few months later, I’m addicted to the cooking classes and whipping up pies on the fly.

Has anyone else been to this super-cute shop in Lincoln Square? It’s crammed full of yummy hard-to-find ingredients (guava curd, truffle salt, pickled asparagus) and cooking tools. The demonstration classes are cheaper than the hands-on (only $35 for 2.5 hours) and more fun because you can sit back, watch, and later taste, like a cooking class come to life. Saturday I took Summery Salads and feasted on savory watermelon with watercress and feta all weekend.

2 Comments so far

  1. spudart (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 10:58 am

    Wow, I didn’t know that Chopping Block had crazy ingredients. I always thought of it as a school and place to buy cooking hardware.

  2. Kate (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    Yeah, before I went with my mum, I had no clue that a good third of the store is yummy food. It’s actually remarkably easy to pop in and pop out, spending less than $10 on something delicious that will make you feel gourmet. Sour cherry preserves, ginger snaps, and little jars of chocolate dips. There’s also tons of Latin and Asian ingredients that you can enjoy post-cooking (though as you can tell, I favor the immediately-edible offerings).

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