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Cooking Class: Parents Need to Eat Too!

May 19, 2011

Now that baby’s here, are you living on takeout and jarred pasta sauce? Learn a new way of cooking, specifically created for new parents. “Parents Need to Eat Too”, the class that inspired the cookbook, focuses on recipes and techniques that are easy enough for beginners and frazzled new parents—delicious, nutritious meals you can make in stages during junior’s naps, or cook quickly from pantry ingredients after you put her to bed. You’ll leave each class with that night’s dinner and a dozen more recipes to try at home, each of which includes instructions for transforming it into homemade baby food. Along the way you’ll learn tips about cooking in general, and meet other parents to compare notes with.

The class is taught by Debbie Koenig of the popular cooking blog “Words To Eat by”. She’s a naturally garrulous and enthusiastic person and I expect, then, a very fun teacher.

There are three sessions:

  • The New Mom’s Pantry, in which we’ll discuss the staples that make life easier when there’s a baby in the house, and prepare a lightning-fast dinner using items from the pantry. Recipes from this class include Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, Dried Fruit & Almonds, Baked Falafel, and Pasta with Porcini Mushrooms.
  • The Slow Cooker, in which you’ll learn how to use the new parent’s best friend (and don’t worry if you don’t have one—you’ll also learn how to adapt slow cooker recipes to your oven). Recipes from this class include Moroccan Red Lentil Stew, Butternut Squash Risotto, and Balsamic Beef Stew.
  • Nap Time Cooking, in which you’ll learn to break down more complicated recipes into stages, to be completed while junior naps. Recipes from this class include A Greekish Orzo-Tomato Salad, Braised Chicken Provençal, and Indian-Spiced Black Lentil Stew.

The series of three classes is $200—that includes the food, the lessons, the chitchat, plus three full chapters from Parents Need to Eat Too: 150+ Simple, Healthy Recipes for Sleep-Deprived, Frazzled New Moms & Dads, coming from HarperCollins next year.

Classes meet once a week from 10:30-noon at Caribou Baby, three consecutive Tuesdays starting May 24th. Babies are welcome, of course—the whole point of the class is to learn how to cook while taking care of your baby. Click on over to Caribou Baby to sign up!