Cooking lessons can pay off

March 20, 2009 9:53:13 AM PDT
The tough economy seems to be reviving an interest in cooking. As evidenced by the dozen or so people who showed up for a recent cooking class at Foster's Homeware in Center City.

Rebecca Swanger, a recent college graduate who lives in Center City, says, " With student loans and minimal income, I've got to save where I can. So, making dinner for friends is a way I can save the most money."

Chef Christina Dimacali says for the price of a single entrée at a Center City restaurant, cooks can prepare a gourmet dinner for two at home.

She titled a recent class her "Gastronomic Stimulus Plan." The appetizer used shrimp that were on sale for Lent, the main course was made from brisket -- an inexpensive cut of meat -- cooked with ingredients most of us have in the pantry. The vegetables were in-season and locally grown.

It was just the type of meal Karen Ball and her daughter Shanaya were hoping to re-create at home. Ball says, "We used to go out every weekend. But now, we're staying at home, fixing meals at home, but it's getting kind of boring. So, I want to learn some different things."

For more information about Foster's cooking classes and free cooking demonstrations, click here. To visit Chef Christine Dimacali's website, click here.

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