Mastering the art of home cooking can be a challenge, especially since advances in kitchen technology have made cookware too complicated to operate without extensive training. Crack the code of cooking with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get an in-home private cooking lesson from The Accommodating Cook (a $75 value). Customers can encourage up to three additional recipe-manglers to grab their own Groupons and join the food fight.
The Accommodating Cook’s Karen Newton works tirelessly to help home cooks organize their pantries and gain the confidence they need to reclaim their kitchens in the name of well-prepared meals. Ambitious apprentices can gather in a home kitchen and observe as Chef Newton solves whatever food-related mysteries have perplexed them in the past, from the proper use of food processors to the obscure Micronesian origins of flambé.
Students are welcome to customize their lessons however they wish, using the 90-minute session to tackle blowfish sashimi, roll out handmade pie crusts, craft a saffron-laced paella, or find a sweet-and-savory balance in the custard base for paella pie ice cream—all the while learning about flavors that transcend chicken fingers without terrifying taste buds. Home kitchen owners are responsible for providing all the ingredients, cooking materials, and royal cup-bearers necessary for the class.