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My love of cooking came from watching my mom cook for so many years. I learned so much from watching her, with the biggest lesson being that you can really show love through food. Now, I teach others to cook and love to share my passion with my students. The more I learn, the more I can share with them.

The Cook’s Warehouse hosts fantastic culinary classes throughout the year. Upcoming Fall classes include Dim Sum Delights, Unlimited Pastabilities, Knife Skills, and evening in Morocco and more. Classes are available in both demonstration and hands on formats allowing attendees to join a class in a comfortable environment. For a current schedule of classes at Cook’s Warehouse you can check online at https://classes.cookswarehouse.com/classreg/public/classes.asp.


The Cook’s Warehouse in Decatur was excited to host Chef Jessica Harlan and Kelley Sparwasser, authors of “The Simple Art of Salt Block Cooking”. I was equally excited to attend the dinner. Salt block cooking has held a fascination for me and this was a great opportunity to learn more on the method.


The menu for the evening included Edamame “Hummus”, Goat Cheese and Chive Gougeres, Seared Asparagus with Lemon Compound Butter and Whole Fish in Salt Crust. Who knew all of this could be made on salt blocks?


We began with the Edamame Hummus. It was interesting to watch the demonstration and how the hummus was mixed on the salt block.


Following the hummus, Goat Cheese and Chive Gougeres were passed around the table. Did you know cheese is a real addiction, and I am completely addicted to anything with cheese. Again, it was very interesting to see how these were baked on the salt blocks.


The side dish for the dinner was Fresh Asparagus with Lemon Compound Butter. The salt block adds a very nice flavor to vegetables.


The highlight of the dinner was this beautiful Salt Crusted Red Snapper.


If you enjoy cooking, or even if you just enjoy eating, I would recommend attending a culinary class. This was a great experience. I learned a wonderful new way to cook foods using a salt block, and enjoyed a nice evening being the student instead of the teacher!

If you would like to purchase a copy of “The Simple Art of Salt Block Cooking”, it can be found at The Cook’s Warehouse, in most local bookstores or online.

The Cook’s Warehouse offers classes, private events for corporate team building, major appliance sales, bridal & gift registry both online and in-store and professional knife sharpening services. If you would like to learn more about The Cook’s Warehouse, please visit their website at www.cookswarehouse.com or call 404.377.4005. They look forward to giving you “every excuse to cook!”


*A very special thank you to The Cook’s Warehouse, Chef Jessica Harlan and Kelley Sparwasser and CulinaryLocal for a wonderful evening learning new things. Although the class was complimentary, all thoughts and opinions are my own.