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Last night Jess and I attended a cooking class at the Real Atlantic Super Store in Saint John. Although I’ve seen them advertised before, it’s the first time that I’ve been to one of these. She had attended one through work a few weeks ago and loved it so much she insisted that we try it together. So last night’s theme was Southern Hospitality.
I don’t really know much about southern cooking, and what I think I know is probably wrong. KFC? Not southern to southern people! This was going to be an interesting experience.
The first thing I noticed about cooking class, is that the students don’t do any cooking. This seemed odd to me at the beginning, but I quickly changed my mind. We only have 2 hours to prepare a full course meal, and there’s no way that a group of people who had never done that before could pull it off. It would be a nightmare to try to control a class like that, and I don’t think that we would get anything out of it. If it was a single dish that was being prepared, maybe. But not this.
So for $20 per person we got to observe as Chef James Clouthier worked his magic. Think of it as being in the audience of a cooking show on TV. He talked us through everything, and we could easily see what he was doing because of the perfectly positioned mirrors above his working area. It was actually pretty cool to watch!
The meal consisted of Southern Fried Chicken, Mac ‘N Cheese, Fried Greens, and Pecan Pie. Let me tell you… wow! Everything was great, but the Mac ‘N Cheese stood out big time for me! I am definitely going to try making it soon. My second favourite would be the Pecan Pie… I’m not a huge fan of pecans, but I can work with them. To say that it was sweet would be an understatement.
Think of it as a night out. $40 for a couple, and we got to spend a couple of hours watching a live show, learn some neat things for the kitchen, AND get a meal served to us. I can’t wait to go back![For a list of classes at the Real Atlantic Super Store on Rothesay Ave click here.]
Every year President’s Choice Children’s Charity chooses 1 child from across Canada to feature as the inspiration for their holiday bear. This year, my nephew Cameron was selected. What a wave of emotion, as we learned that Cameron would be part of this amazing gift. Cameron has Angelman Syndrome, and has benefited greatly from the generosity of the President’s Choice Children’s Charity. They were able to help my sister and her husband get a wheel-chair accessible van, making it MUCH easier to transport Cameron in his wheelchair.
At only $10, the Cameron bear is an amazing value. And for every bear sold, $2 is donated to PC Children’s Charity ($4 if you purchase the bear with a PC Mastercard). I picked up 3 of these great little guys the other day, and will be handing them out for Christmas this year.
You should be able to pick these up at any SuperStore. I’m pretty sure that the name changes across Canada, but it’s the Atlantic SuperStore in this part. (Loblaws, Dominion, No Frills, Save Easy, among others)
You can read a little more about it here.