It's that time once again when we pledge to make changes in the upcoming year. While dieting may be among the most popular New Year's resolutions for Americans, Food News would never suggest you eliminate food from your life--even if it is just the high-calorie not-so-great-for-you food. It just ain't our style; we like tots and finger steaks just as much as the next dude. (Unless, of course, you're pledging to eliminate multinational fast-food corporations' industrial crap from your diet, then we're all for it.) So how does one endeavor to improve without eliminating? The cooking class.
Boise Co-op has revived its cooking-class program with weekly classes at Pottery Gourmet in downtown Boise. First up in the new year is Julia Child's coq au vin on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Stick with the French theme for another week to check out the French Bistro class, which features Parisian cafe favorites taught in French on Wednesday, Jan. 13. If all that rich French food has you feeling like you should make some attempt at New Year weight loss, the Fit and Fabulous class on Wednesday, Jan. 20, might help with healthy, low-fat recipes. All classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and cost $40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Call 208-472-4500 or visit boisecoop.com for information or to register. Classes are held at Pottery Gourmet, 811 W. Bannock St.
The Basque Market is also offering a handful of classes in January. On Thursday, Jan. 14, learn to make one-dish dinners like rioja braised chicken and paprika pot roast. Thursday, Jan. 28, it's time to think ahead to Valentine's Day with a lesson on a romantic meal of lamb chops stuffed with piquillo peppers and molten lava chocolate cake for dessert. Speaking of February, planning that far ahead isn't a bad idea. On Thursday, Feb. 11, the Basque Market offers its very popular seafood paella and tapas class. Sign up early to get a space for that one. All classes begin at 6 p.m. and the cost varies by class. Call 208-433-1208 or visit thebasquemarket.com for information or to register. Classes are held at the Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise.