My dear, dear readers, I’ve had a brainstorm. This morning I taught a cooking class, for the moms group from Harry’s preschool, and I had a blast. I’m pretty sure the other moms did, too. In fact, at the end of the class, one of the moms turned to me and said, “You should do this for real. Teach cooking classes to moms.” And you know what? I think she’s right! I’ve been floating around all day, thinking about the possibilities, how exciting it would be for me to share what I’ve learned over the last two-and-a-half years about how to eat well while caring for a youngun. What follows is a sales pitch, but I think it’s a pretty fun one. If you’re local and you’d like to participate (or if you know someone else who might be interested) give a shout!
Now that baby’s here, are you finding it as hard as I once did to make sure *you’re* eating well? Living on takeout and jarred pasta sauce? Come and learn in my Williamsburg kitchen! This class will focus on things that are easy enough for beginners AND frazzled new parents: delicious, nutritious meals you can make in stages during junior’s naps, or cook super-fast after you put her to bed. Think slow-cooker ratatouille, black beans, or beef stew. “I’m a New Mom and I Have No Time to Cook” Turkey Chili. Little Gram’s Meatballs. You’d leave each class with that night’s dinner ready to cook. Along the way you’d learn tips about cooking in general, as well as meet a bunch of other parents to compare notes with.
A little background on me: I’m not a trained chef, just an extremely enthusiastic one. I write about food for a living, and I’ve been taking cooking classes myself for years. I’m also a lifetime member of Weight Watchers (not that you’d know it to look at me now!), so my cooking is always healthy, low-fat, and full of vegetables and whole grains. Of course, if you’re a regular reader of Words to Eat By, you already know all that.
I’m thinking about doing this once a week for six weeks. Cost would be kept as low as possible, just enough to cover the actual expenses and make me a little pocket change. And you’d get dinner out of it once a week!