Holiday cooking begins this Week in Food

The paleo-est soups can be found at the Wedge this week.
The paleo-est soups can be found at the Wedge this week.

Now that we've all downed our weight in turkey and stuffing, it's time to move on to the next big eating event: Christmas. We're already seeing holiday events creep into this Week in Food, so we hope you properly stretched your stomach last week.

11/27 If you're attempting the Paleo diet but stumped for tasty winter food ideas, then the Wedge has you covered with its Paleo Diet Soups and Stews class Tuesday night. Keep warm and stay healthy when you learn how to make these simple Paleo diet soups and stews that are free of grain, dairy, alcohol, and sugar: slow-cooked, grass-fed-beef stew, cream of mushroom and shitake soup, white bean stew with cilantro pesto, avocado and chicken sausage, apple wood-smoked lamb, or chicken stew with zucchini and tomatoes. The class runs 7-9 p.m. and costs $49 for members, $59 for nonmembers.

11/28 Know an American girl who likes sweet treats? Head to the American Girl Store at the Mall of America Wednesday to design and decorate your own gingerbread houses together. This holiday-themed activity includes all the gear you need to make an epic gingerbread centerpiece: frosting, loads of candy, and the gingerbread itself. You'll also get a meal to help fortify your strength, all for just $40. To make a reservation to build a house with a girl age 8 and up, call 877.247.5223.

Serve award-winning cookies this season
Serve award-winning cookies this season

12/1 Get out of your holiday cookie rut at the Mill City Museum, where the Star Tribune's annual Taste Holiday Cookie Contest winners will bake their winning recipes at the Museum's Baking Lab. Meet the finalists, sample their cookies, and snag their recipes. The first-place winner and five runners-up will be announced in the newspaper's November 29 issue, and all will be in attendance. Baking occurs from 1 to 4 p.m. and is free with paid museum entry of $11 adults, $9 seniors, and $6 children.

It may technically be December today, but they're still talking Movember at the Blue Nile Saturday, where the Foam Combers will host the Fourth Annual Stache Bash for Movember. For a $15 fee you get a wristband and bottomless pints (well, until the keg runs out); the chance to bid on the silent auction; live music; and of course a moustache contest. Prizes courtesy of Midwest Supplies, local breweries and brewpubs, and various local businesses.

12/2 Now that we're firmly past the turkey-themed holiday, it's time to focus on what's great about Christmas cooking: sweets. Cooks of Crocus Hill wants students to deck the halls with holiday cupcakes at Sunday's class, which will include a colorful assortment of individually-sized hand-held treats that make great homemade gifts. You'll learn to bake gingerbread cupcakes with a caramelized mango French buttercream; pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese filling; cinnamon Swiss meringue with spun sugar; cranberry and pear cupcakes with dulce de leche pecan cream cheese frosting and a candied pear slice; and chocolate peppermint cupcakes with peppermint Italian meringue and chocolate-dipped peppermints. How epic is that? The class costs $69 and begins at 1 p.m. To sign up, visit the Cooks of Crocus Hill website.

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