GoColumbia: A fun way to cook together

07/24/2014 11:05 PM

07/24/2014 11:06 PM

For lots of couples, dinner works like this: you cook (or pick up), and I’ll clean up.

Chef John Militello, who owns Let’s Cook Culinary Studio in Columbia, has a different attitude: share all the duties.

“Cooking together is a fun way to catch up at the end of the day,” he says. “Once you’ve mastered a few basics, it’s not complicated to pull a good dinner together.” If you’re intrigued, but not completely persuaded, here’s your chance to give it a try: On Friday, July 25 Militello will be teaching a couples cooking class at the studio. Participants will prepare a Caribbean-inflected, four-course menu that will include empanadas with cheese, chicken with mango salsa and a mojito cake flavored with lime and coconut. Bring your own beer or wine; Militello suggests Chardonnay, Syrah or dry Riesling to go with the spicy chicken.

If you can’t make it to class, here are Militello’s tips for making it just a little easier to make dinner at home.

Cook with all your senses. “If it smells done, it probably is,” he says.

Get prepared. Militello inventories his pantry before heading to the store and purchases several days’ worth of produce. Once home, he preps the veggies for the week, storing them in plastic until needed.

Make a list. It will save time at the store.

Involve your kids. You don’t want them relying on takeout for the rest of their lives, do you?

The Let’s Cook Couples class begins at 6:30 and costs $80 per couple. For more information visit letscookculinary.com or call (803) 348 5874.

Katie McElveen, Special to The State

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