Last weekend, we attended our first class at Ann Arbor Cooks, Basic Knife Skills which we signed up for through the Washtenaw Community College LifeLong Learning program. We’re also signed up for The Art of Souffle in the next couple of weeks, I can’t wait.
Taking a Basic Knife Skills class is another thing crossed off my life list! I’m planning on crossing off several more items off my life list this year as well, including learning to letterpress, hiking the entire Potawatomi Trail in one day, dying my hair a crazy color, and make my own cheese. Sounds like a fun upcoming year, huh?
Back to the class. Ann Arbor Cooks is a local cooking school only five minutes away from our house. They offer a number of courses both directly through themselves as well as WCC, they also offer private events. Their space is really nice with plenty of room for everyone to work. The instructor and owner, Natalie Marble was great. She explained everything very clearly and provided constructive criticism during our practice time. She was super helpful and knowledgeable. Natalie demonstrated each skill and then we had time to practice. We cut celery into fine dice, carrots into thin discs, baby spinach into chiffonade, and more including potatoes, parsley, and the grand finale was breaking down a whole, raw chicken.
I learned a lot and Dave really enjoyed it as well even though he has more experience. I bought him a book with DVD on knife skills a couple of years ago for Christmas.
I highly recommend checking out Ann Arbor Cooks, they have a lot of great looking classes coming up on the schedule!