LEARN TO COOK

the chopping block 6Last weekend my friend Jesi and I tried out a fun cooking class at The Chopping Block thanks to Vimbly. What is Vimbly you ask? It’s the fastest way to book thousands of activities, classes, and date ideas. Whether you are interested in learning, exploring, eating, drinking, or watching, they have the perfect plan for you. It’s super easy to use, has everything categorized conveniently, and is currently in a bunch of different cities around the United States.  

There are so many amazing classes to choose from that I honestly had the hardest time picking what activity to do. I’ve always wanted to try a cooking class so I thought that was the perfect choice.

I’ve heard great things about The Chopping Block and chose the Steakhouse D.I.Y. class. The menu consisted of a Caesar salad with homemade croutons, grilled strip steak with garlic herb butter, twice-baked potatoes, oven-roasted broccoli, and a peach-blueberry crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

We were paired with another couple and had so much fun learning lots of new chopping + cooking techniques. They also had suggested wine pairings to go along with the class and made me a special mocktail to join in on the fun {since I’m pregnant}. 

We really enjoyed working as a team and got to sit down together at the end to enjoy the meal that we cooked. We even got to take a print out of all the recipes we made so that we could cook it again at home.

This was such a fun Friday night and taking a cooking class at The Chopping Block has inspired me to try another one soon. It would be the perfect gift or date night activity to try!

Not interested in cooking? No problem. Vimbly has a huge range of classes from tours, to shows, to even helicopter rides over Chicago. Also, for every friend you get to sign up, Vimbly will give you both $10 towards another class. What are you waiting for?! Go see what Vimbly has to offer!
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Peach & Blueberry Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

  • For the filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups of blueberries
  • 2 ripe peaches, cut into a medium dice
  • 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • For the crisp topping:
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of rolled "old fashioned" oats
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 stick of cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vanilla ice cream {for serving}
  1. Preheat the over to 375 degrees and butter 4 ramekins, set aside.
  2. Mix together the blueberries, peaches, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and lemon juice. Spoon into the prepared ramekins.
  3. To make the crisp topping, mix together the brown sugar, oats, flour, and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is moist but still crumbly.
  4. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the fruit.
  5. Bake on a parchment-lined sheet tray until the filling is bubbly and top is brown {about 30 minutes}. Serve warm at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

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*A huge thank you to Vimbly for partnering on this post. As always, all opinions are my own.