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Real Simple Launches Free Virtual Cooking School

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Learn how to master cooking—from the comfort of your own home.

Our friends at Real Simple just launched The Real Simple Cooking School: a free community-meets-school where users can “learn the tips, techniques, and recipes they need to cook with confidence.”

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Real Simple Food Director, Dawn Perry, says, “We're excited about the Real Simple Cooking School because it teaches our readers and viewers the basics of cooking in a practical and approachable way, but experienced cooks can still learn a thing or two—like how to spatchcock a whole chicken."

There’s also a robust library of helpful how-to videos on their Facebook page. In just a few minutes, users can learn how to make a 5-ingredient chocolate and coconut pie, or learn how to slice the perfect onion (something I personally happen to struggle with!)

The recipes don't all meet Cooking Light's nutritional guidelines. But they’re real, easy, and approachable for home cooks who are wanting to try something new. And we’re definitely on board with getting people to cook more at home.

Want to check the content out for yourself? Check out their website here, or their Facebook page here.

Cooking in the Classroom: 27 Cooking Activities for Kids

These fantastic cooking activities for kids taste great and will keep your students interested in learning. Making food in a classroom setting is even more fun because it helps build teamwork skills too. Fostering a love for cooking and baking in children at an early age can help beat picky eating, and create a love for food and creative cooking that lasts a lifetime. Here are some of my favorite cooking activities for kids!

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Named one of the best Online Cooking Classes for Kids 2021 by The Spruce Eats.

“Best for Kid-Led Instructional Videos”

Do you want your kids to be able to help prepare, or even cook on their own?
Can you imagine how proud they will be after creating something in the kitchen?

Cooking builds confidence and self-reliance and teaches them art, math, and science along the way.

We know that cooking with the kids can be stressful and time-consuming. And messy too! We’re here to help by providing recipes and narrated kid-led instructional videos.

Best date-night cooking class for couples: The Chef & The Dish

Cooking with your significant other is as romantic as it gets — well, as long as you know what you’re doing in the kitchen, that is.

Take a cooking class from the pros, turning date night into a learning experience that is as fun as it is tasty. The Chef & The Dish classes are perfectly priced for two people, making it a breeze to book for you and your love. Choose any dish from their large menu of cuisines from across the globe, and then schedule a date and time that work for you. Via video, a professional chef will be there the whole time, cooking alongside you every step of the way.

Easy Recipes That Kids Can Make

Whether you’re looking for an extra set of hands to help you meal prep or have a little one that loves to help in the kitchen, these simple, family-friendly recipes are the perfect way to get your kids cooking.

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Get the Kids Involved

From breakfast to dinner (and all the meals and snacks in between), these easy recipes are perfect for kids who are ready to get their hands dirty in the kitchen &mdash with a little bit of grown-up supervision, of course!

Sloppy Joe Sliders

This is the perfect sloppy joe for little hands but with a flavor both kids and adults will love. For little kids: Let them measure out the vegetables. For big kids: Help them stir the meat and assemble the sliders.

Crunchy Breakfast Tacos

Add some crunch to your morning with these egg-filled breakfast tacos. Both little and big kids can help measure, and big kids can help scramble the eggs.

Taco Cheeseburger

Here are two things children (and adults!) love, in a fun little package. For little kids: Let them help tear the cheese and measure the salsa. For big kids: Let them help shape and season the beef patties and shred the lettuce. Everyone can assemble his or her own taco. The generous amount of taco seasoning on the burgers, plus cooking them in a cast-iron skillet, gives them a crispy, flavorful crust.

Waldorf Chicken Boats

Turn kids on to salad with this one that's fun to assemble and eat. For little and big kids: Let them whisk the dressing and scoop it into the lettuce leaves or cups.

Pizza Skewers

In this mash-up recipe, pizza meets kebabs on the grill. For little kids: Let them dump the ingredients into the bowl, stir them up and tear the basil leaves over the skewers. For big kids: Let them measure out the ingredients, roll out the dough and thread the skewers.

Baked Tofu Tenders

These tofu tenders are crisp on the outside and creamy inside. Serve with the sweet and spicy sauce in this recipe or with any condiment you have on hand. For both little and big kids: Let them help measure and bread the tofu (make sure they use separate hands for the wet and dry ingredients when breading, so little fingers don't get breaded themselves).

Roasted Turkey and Basil Cream Cheese Pinwheel Sandwiches

These colorful pinwheels can be made in the morning and kept chilled for an easy lunch or afternoon snack. For little kids: Let them wash and spin-dry the lettuce. For big kids: Let them layer the ingredients and roll up the sandwiches.

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

This all-in-one milk-and-cookies smoothie makes a nice change of pace for a summer breakfast or afternoon snack. For little kids: Let them help press the buttons on the blender. (Be sure to let it run for a full minute before you add the ice, so the oatmeal-and-raisin mixture gets as smooth as possible.) For big kids: Let them measure the ingredients &mdash it's the perfect time to teach them the difference between wet- and dry-ingredient measuring cups.

Cheese Fondue

As an appetizer or main dish, this cheese fondue is a fun and interactive meal your little ones can help with. For both little and big kids: Let them help shred the cheese and stir it into the simmering apple juice, and choose and help prep all the dippers.

Raspberry and Cream Cheese Brownie Bites

Who doesn't love the classic combo of chocolate and raspberry? Add some sweetened cream cheese and you have the perfect dressed-up bite-sized brownies. For little and big kids: Let them help measure, mix and fill. For a bittersweet grown-up version, use strawberry jam or orange marmalade.

Watermelon Split

Cool chunks of watermelon topped with ice cream make a perfect split for the dog days of summer. For little kids: Let them help mash the berries with sugar. For big kids: Let them measure the ingredients. Everyone can pitch in to build the sundaes.

Ricotta, Blueberry and Grape Toasts

These pretty toasts are simple to make. For little and big kids: Let them help measure and spread the ricotta on the bread. For big kids: Let them cut the grapes in half.

Homemade Bread

Nothing smells better and is more fun and messy than making fresh bread with your kids. Both big and little ones get to measure all the ingredients and squish them together in a resealable bag. Let them take turns kneading the dough, then practice patience as they wait for it to rise, bake and cool.

Mini Lasagna Cups

These genius little lasagna cups are made with a surprise ingredient: ravioli! They fit perfectly into muffin tin cups and add an extra bonus pocket of cheese. Little kids can help measure the ingredients and big kids can help make the sauce. Both can help fill the cups.

Chocolate-Marshmallow Mug Cakes

Kids will love these copycat mug cakes, which are made in the microwave instead of the oven.

Chicken Nuggets

Prepare the breading in a plastic bag, then cut chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. Once the chicken is in the bag, have the kids shake it up until every piece is coated and ready to be fried.

Black-and-White Spotted Animal Cookies

What is black and white and sweet all over? These chocolate and vanilla cookies. Plus, this is the perfect baking project for kids &mdash let them help drop and roll out the dough. Then dunk in a tall glass of cold milk.

Apple Granola Stackers

As Ree says, these apple stackers "are so much fun to make and even more fun to eat." Core and slice an apple into rings and let the kids top decorate each slice with peanut butter, granola and a cinnamon-sugar topping. Once the slices are finished, stack 'em up and snack away!

The Virtual Cooking Classes That'll Get You Excited to Make Dinner Tonight

Everyone has their repertoire of tried-and-true recipes that eventually become a part of the weekly menu. But when you've been cooped up at home for weeks on end and constantly cooking, even family favorites can become a bore. That's when it's time to look to your phone, tablet, or laptop for a little extra help. More specifically, it's time to sign up for some virtual cooking classes.

Whether you've always wanted to learn how to properly slice and dice or need ideas for innovative recipes and pairings, there's an online class for you. You'll be amazed at how quickly you're able to spice up dinner time. But don't stop there. You absolutely should keep the good times (and the good kind of screen time) going by hosting virtual game nights, virtual book club, and virtual birthday parties. But first thing first: You gotta learn to cook some good stuff.

The Chef & The Dish

If you can use Skype, you can cook "next" to a pro chef thanks to The Chef & The Dish. While the site offers virtual cooking classes for everything from Thai cuisine to at-home date nights, there's one offering that's perfect for right now: What's In Your Fridge? The limited-time class connects you with a professional chef who will take a look at what you have on hand and guide you through making an amazing meal.

The Kids' Table

The Chicago-based cooking school is just for budding chefs, but you'll probably pick up a few fun new recipes while you cook with your little one. They host classes via Facebook Live (but there's also an archive available in case you've missed anything) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Particularly interesting: Family Pizza Party, which happens every Friday and includes ultra-creative ideas like enchilada pizza and butternut squash Fontina pizza.

Quar Eye with Antoni Porowski

Queer Eye's food pro launched an Instagram channel show specifically for stuck-at-home cooks ("Quar" is short for "Quarantine," after all). The meal ideas are simple yet special, made with ingredients you probably already have on hand, and focused on making you feel comforted rather than cooped-up.

Cooking in Quarantine at the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute

It's "Office Hours With a Chef" at this pay-what-you-can class held on Tuesdays and Thursdays via Zoom. The recipes change based on what the chef is up for (you'll get notice beforehand so you can pick up ingredients if you'd like to cook along). Classes are interactive, so you can ask questions as they come up or just enjoy the company of your classmates.

Complete Knife Skills via Bluprint

Online class portal Bluprint is offering free classes until April 16, so take advantage of your free time by brushing up on all the basics. While there are hundreds to choose from, the Complete Knife Skills by culinary pro Brendan McDermott is one that'll pay off no matter what you love to cook.

Haven's Kitchen

The New York City-based cooking school is going all-virtual in April, with a focus on comfort fare that will make your mouth water just thinking about it. You can learn how to make the perfect steak frites, pot pies, and fried chicken and biscuits, or brush up on your braising and pasta-making skills.

Annie's Signature Sweets

Whether you're a novice who has never baked anything beyond banana bread or practically a pastry pro, there's a virtual baking class made for you thanks to pastry chef Ann LoParo of the Rocky River, Ohio-based Annie's Signature Sweets. This month, you can learn how make macarons, babka, pretzels, cream puffs, eclairs, pies, cheesecakes, cookies, and so much more&mdashall through Zoom.

Quarantine Kitchen with Seamus Mullen

When you need a break from heavy fare, tune in to this Los Angeles-based chef's nightly live cooking class on IGTV (9:30 ET/6:30 PT). The recipes and ideas largely build off of Mullen's passion for clean eating, making this a great opportunity to learn how to use all the veggies that are about to be in season.

18 Reasons

18 Reasons is a nonprofit cooking school that offers free (now online) cooking classes as well as grocery distribution for food-insecure families throughout the Bay. The company's philosophy is that the majority of the world&rsquos problems could be solved if people cooked and shared meals together, so the Cooking Matters program was founded in 2008, on 18th Street in San Francisco.

The online healthy cooking classes teach you how to select ingredients and cook in a creative way. Whether you want to diversify your palate, master your culinary skills, or BBQ like a California pitmaster , the 18 Reasons school has a course for you.

Let the pros show you how . . .


Maria Kopsidas is the creator and owner of Cookology. Growing up in a Mediterranean family with philanthropists, cooks, cookbook authors, health experts and professional chefs on both sides, including a pastry chef in the White House, the idea of a super accessible, affordable cooking school was her dream. Starting in 2003, Maria took her marketing experience and love of cooking, food, health, and people and created Cookology. Finally, after six years of chasing her dream, working on her marketing career while raising a child, she secured an SBA loan, negotiated a lease, oversaw construction buildout, hired her staff, and opened the doors of her first location in February 2009. Eleven years later, she reached for Ballston Quarter.


Joan Nathan is the author of eleven cookbooks including her latest work, “King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World,” released by Alfred P. Knopf in April 2017. Ms. Nathan’s PBS television series, Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan, was nominated in 2000 for the James Beard Award for Best National Television Food Show. An inductee to the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage, she also received the Silver Spoon Award from Food Arts magazine. In 2015, Les Dames d’Escoffier awarded Joan Nathan the prestigious Grande Dame distinction, an award recognizing professional achievements in the food industry. Joan Nathan was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in French literature and earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University. For three years she lived in Israel where she worked for Mayor Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem.


Najmieh has spent the past 40 years cooking, traveling, and adapting authentic Persian recipes to tastes and techniques in the West. She has been hailed as “the guru of Persian cuisine” by The Washington Post. Her "Food of Life" was called “the definitive book on Iranian cooking” by the Los Angeles Times. Her "Silk Road Cooking" was selected as one of the 10 best vegetarian cookbooks of 2004 by The New York Times and her book "From Persia to Napa: Wine at the Persian Table" won the Gourmand Cookbook Award for the best wine history book of 2007. Najmieh’s most recent book, "Cooking in Iran: Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets," was selected as one of the best cookbooks of Fall 2018 by The New York Times. Najmieh is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches Persian cooking and consults with restaurants around the world.


Chef Evelyn Bunoan owns and manages the Philippine Oriental Market and Deli located in Arlington, Virginia, in operation now for over 43 years. Five days a week, customers near and far line up for hot food or a lunch platter cooked by friendly and popular Chef Evelyn. In addition to operating the market and deli, Chef Evelyn creates and demonstrates exciting and fun recipes for the public at major events like the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Over the years, she has catered to ambassadors, senators, White House officials and dignitaries from the Philippines. To cook pro bono for Filipino-Americans who are afflicted with cancer and other serious illnesses, Chef Evelyn founded and serves as president of the CHEW Foundation (Cancer Help—Eat Well), 501(c)(3) nonprofit. She has perfected many nutritious and popular Filipino dishes, desserts and pastries that help to revive the appetites of her community and customers.


Chef Justė is the Executive Chef and owner of Maple Ave Restaurant - a modern European bistro in Vienna, Virginia. Born and raised in Vilnius, she has harnessed the frugality and constraints of her formative years in post-Soviet Lithuania to fuel her creativity in the today's kitchen. Her American Dream journey started with an apprenticeship in the kitchen. Two years later, she was the Sous Chef, and she owned a restaurant in just three years. Under her helm Maple Ave Restaurant was celebrated as the top 3rd spot in Northern Virginia Magazine's 50 best restaurants in 2018.

15. Don’t Panic Pantry

Every Monday and Thursday, American comedian Iliza Shlesinger uses the hashtag #dontpanicpantry to live-stream a cooking video on Instagram. Since she is not a professional chef, her videos are less instructive and more engaging, as she cheerfully navigates a new recipe in every episode. Her success in the kitchen inspires amateur home cooks to give new recipes a try. Follow along on Instagram for her take on chicken noodle soup and the perfect cheesy tuna melt sandwich.

Free virtual cooking classes for kids

All our virtual classes are archived on our website (

Free Virtual Classes thru FB live: M,W,F,Sat accepting “pay-what-you can” donations thru PayPal.

Virtual Friday Night Pizza Parties: Selling Meal Prep kits with curbside pick up at our Wicker Park location. Each week will feature a different type of PIzza – Popeye Pizza, Enchilada PIzza, Deep Dish pizza etc. (still offering the Pizza making class on FB Live for free) folks can also add on cooking tools (rolling pins, choppers, graters, etc)

Private Virtual Cooking Parties: Working on using the zoom platform to provide group parties, birthday celebrations etc. (This would be a paid event) Customers could select from a limited menu and gather virtually to cook “together” with the help of a lead instructor guiding them each step of the way. We are considering selling meal prep kits and goodie bags (including cooking tools and recipe cards) for curbside pick up. We will be finalizing these offerings over the next day or two and will update the website with pricing info as we do (definitely before Friday).​​​​​​​

About The Kids’ Table
The Kids’ Table is a hands-on cooking school for kids and families with 2 Chicago locations – in Wicker Park (13 years) & in Lakeview (almost 5 years). Our goal is to help kids discover from an early age that cooking is fun and real food is really good. Cooking with kids engages them around food in a positive and healthy way, empowers them to learn an important life skill, and is a great way to get them to eat their veggies! Co-owners: Elena Marre and Anastasia LaBorde

Elena Bio
Elena Marre is the founder of The Kids’ Table, a unique Chicago cooking school with over 13 years of experience getting kids in the kitchen. The Kids’ Table’s mission is to help folks of all ages discover that cooking is fun and real food is really good! Classes start as young as 18 months and go all the way through teens. Offerings include weekly classes, family dinners, summer camps, birthday parties & school programs.

The idea for The Kids’ Table was born from the trials and triumphs Elena faced in feeding her two sons (now 17 and 20) and her desire to share what she has learned with other families

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