Chef's Abode cooking class teaches simple flatbreads and squash soup Monday

Interested in creating a delicious autumn dinner? Join Laurie McCann Crowell and Elizabeth Ries (from Channel 5 Twin Cities Live) at Chef's Abode cooking school on Monday evening for some fun fall entertaining.

Unlike some cooking classes, Crowell promises that the recipes used will be simple. "The idea behind pretty much everything I do is that I'm all about really good local foods, but also things people will actually make. I don't want to go to a cooking class and learn how to make some 50-ingredient thing. I'm going to go out to eat and order that, but I'm not going to make it at my house. My focus is on good ingredients--make it and make it well, but don't spend the whole time in the kitchen," she says.

Participants will watch Ries make a simple flatbread topped with roasted butternut squash, blue cheese, and fresh basil--with just a little balsamic vinagrette drizzled on top. Then Crowell will make the main course, a chipotle butternut squash soup with lime cream drizzled on. "It takes time to roast the squash, but less than 10 minutes to cook the soup--more like five," she promises. Finally, class participants will make a dessert flatbread with roasted applies, mascarpone cheese, a drizzle of honey, and a bit of candied ginger.

Although the dinner focuses on autumn food and not necessarily Thanksgiving, Crowell points out that "you could definitely have that yummy squash flatbread at Thanksgiving, or put the yummy chipotle squash soup on the table; maybe use pumpkin instead."

"It really is what you make of it," she adds.

Chef's Abode
 is at 805 Sibley Memorial Highway
, Lilydale. The class costs $80, and you can sign up by calling 651.406.5401 or by emailing [email protected].

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