Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

A few weeks ago, the amazing Diane wrote a post about taking a pasta class, and it reminded me that it had been ages since I had taken a cooking class. A quick Google search netted lots of options in the area, so I called my best friend Katie (my favorite partner for trying new things), and we selected one and signed up. The class was this past Thursday night, and we had an awesome time. Here are a few reasons this experience is definitely Amanda Approved:

1. You can gain new skills.

Salad LettuceIf you read last week’s post about things I learned from Dad, you already know that the Cade family is big on learning how to do things. Taking a class is, of course, one of the easiest ways to learn or develop a skill. I’ve taken half a dozen cooking classes over the years, and each time I’ve walked away with something new, from how to properly use a pastry bag to how to quickly dice an onion. Most importantly, each time I’ve increased my confidence.

One of the participants in Thursday’s class was very apprehensive at the start, saying that she never cooks, is bad at cooking, and was only there because her sister wanted to go. By the end of the class, she had really come alive, exclaiming, “I can’t believe how easy this was!” It was awesome.

2. It’s a lot of fun.

Salad DressingA cooking class is a great place to find a roomful of positive people. Every instructor I’ve ever had has been engaged, enthusiastic, and invested in the class. The participants arrive with the expectation of getting involved and trying something new, so there’s an open-minded, “can do” attitude right from the start. For many people, cooking has a deep psychological resonance as a social/family activity, and that means we’re primed for a friendly, interactive experience. I’ve always found that conversation and teamwork comes easily during these classes.

Potato SaladPlus, you have the all-important achievement high that comes from accomplishing a new challenge (I talked more about this back in my escape room post). Each step towards creating your culinary masterpiece is a small achievement, especially if it involves something you haven’t previously mastered, all building towards a final, glorious moment of pride in your ultimate creation.

3. You get to eat great food.

I think these classes are a great value, because you get the instruction and the food. Depending on the class, you might take it home with you (usually the case for dessert classes) or have a meal right there with your classmates. The second option was the case at last week’s class, and I love that. Sharing meals with others is something I think is really important (one of the things I learned from Mom), and it’s awesome to celebrate the class’s accomplishments in the context of a social meal.

4. You should try this at home.

Katie and I left the class with a folder containing six detailed recipes for the evening, with added notes and tips from our instructors. Every class I’ve attended has emphasized that the goal is to be able to make the same food at home, and I’ve rarely had any difficulty doing so. Some of my favorite go-to recipes have come from cooking classes, like the Boston cream cupcakes I learned to make six years ago and still make all the time. I’ve already volunteered to bring a side dish and dessert to our next family dinner, because I fell in love with two of Thursday’s recipes and can’t wait to share them with my family.

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Have you taken a cooking class, or another fun class? What other activities are worth trying?

46 thoughts on “Worth Trying: Cooking Classes

  1. I thought the idea of a cooking class was pretty cool when I read Diane’s post. Thanks to your post, I now know there are many options for cooking classes. I bet it was a lot of fun sharing the meal after your last class! Glad you have a great time and walked away with more cooking skills 🙂

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      We had a great time, and we’re planning on taking another class soon. It wasn’t much more expensive than dinner and a movie, and way more fun.

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      1. I didn’t even think to ask about the price. That’s not bad at all.

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  2. Dreamer ❤ says:

    Thanks for the idea ✌️

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I hope you’ll consider giving it a try. ☺

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  3. Sheree says:

    I’ve taken a few classes at a nearby hotel given by its Michelin starred chef. They were invaluable and I picked up so many tips. Plus, they’re great fun.

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      1. Sheree says:

        It was

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  4. Alex Raizman says:

    I’ll admit, that sounds like a blast. Might have to try it myself at some point. Let me know how the recepies you took home to try go!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      You totally should!

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      1. Alex Raizman says:

        Once I have the free time, I’ll definitely give it a go!

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  5. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    I’d be interested in a cooking class! And it’d kind of redeem myself with my wife…. I was on a culinary roll for a while but I got too bold and tried something radically new… I grilled fish with vegetables.. the smell of grilled fish and radishes was apparently not appetizing to the family…. my bro in law gagged 🤦‍♂️

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I guess fish isn’t for everyone. Lol. You should totally try a class!

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        The Eclectic Contrarian has an eclectic palate!

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  6. A friend of ours took a Christmas baking class.
    They all baked cookies/goodies, then exchanged
    to give everyone a bit of everything. Then since
    our friend is on WW, she divided her cookie stash
    into gift packs—which (for us) was delicious! 😍🍪💜 Jackie@KWH

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      My sister took a Christmas candy class like that last year. I wasn’t able to go with her, but this year I’m definitely going, if they have the class again.

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  7. Way to go Amanda & Katie! The classes are so much fun. I signed up for three more classes in my home town in the fall and can’t wait!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thanks again for the inspiration!

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  8. masercot says:

    I love cooking. I’ve never had any training (except from my mom) but I’ve pretty much made everything I’ve ever wanted to make… except beef wellington…

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Is beef wellington on your to do list?

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      1. masercot says:

        Definitely… but, I’ll have to wait until I’m wealthy enough not to mind destroying a beef tenderloin…

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  9. Sounds like a lot of fun! I have recently been considering taking up sewing lessons… to take me out of my comfort zone, plus, as with the cookery classes, I’d get to ‘take it home’!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’ve never considered sewing classes, and I probably should. I literally can’t even sew on a button.

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      1. You sound a bit like me athough I could probably could manage a button… if pushed 🤣

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  10. J Balconi says:

    I have taken clay sculpting and pottery classes. Lots of fun.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’ve done pottery painting, but haven’t tried pottery making or any kind of sculpting since junior high. Is it difficult?

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      1. J Balconi says:

        Not at all, but it really depends on the teacher. I took numerous classes with one teacher because she encouraged me to go well out of my comfort zone but was with me every step of the way. I made lamps! Sculptures!

        Then I took another instructor to throw on a wheel and I didn’t understand anything until I asked her to show me. I watched her work, ignoring her verbal instructions, and finally “got” it. I made some bowls that I use every week.

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  11. Hi Amanda, Well if you “volunteered to being a side dish and dessert to our next family dinner” it should be a very interesting party. Uh, sorry. You know I love to play with words. Sounds like fun !

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thanks for catching the typo. Lol.

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  12. Holly G. says:

    Very interesting! 🙂 This sounds like a lot of fun to do. I’ve considered taking a cooking class before but never have. My husband is a phenomenal cook and I’ve learned quite a bit from him. Cooking should be fun, even if you think you’re not great at it. It’s a creative endeavor that’s usually very rewarding in the end.

    Thanks for sharing this fun post. Great points!

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  13. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    A RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS!

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  14. Shell Vera says:

    I took a cooking class at a local winery and really enjoyed it. We made a full four-course meal and served it to our family and friends. Thanks for the reminder about this!

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  15. Carol Anne says:

    I have taken cooking classes and loved them! I also encourage you to try singing! Vocal coaching is a lot of fun! Or a craft, learn t crochet, knit etc! Also a lot of fun to do that!

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  16. I have never taken a cooking class. It sounds fun! I usually take life path type classes. I’d love to do this 😊

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  17. alexraphael says:

    You and Katie sound like you’d be so much fun to go to cooking class with

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thanks! Having fun is always our number one goal. 😀

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      1. alexraphael says:

        That’s souffle to do it 😉

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      2. alexraphael says:

        Thank you thank you 🙂 If you lived closer i’d whisk you both away 😉

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      3. Amanda Cade says:

        If you’re ever in St. Louis, we’ll do some cooking. Lol

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      4. alexraphael says:

        I’ll pay you in puns 😉

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