SQUID -- THAI IT
Learn to make yum pla meuk (squid salad) and Thai fried rice with chicken Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Jasmine Market, 14600 10th Av. S., Suite 100, in Burnsville. Cost is $39; call 952-953-6424.
You don't have to be a snowbird to enjoy Florida cuisine. You and a friend can prepare and dine on some of the Sunshine State's specialty dishes with Beth Fisher Aug. 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Kitchen Window, 3001 Hennepin Av. in Minneapolis. Start with a crostini martini and feast on Florida grouper with Spicy Gulf Shrimp Salsa served with a pineapple-jicama slaw and more. Cost is $140 per couple (includes wine); call 612-824-4417.
Jim Wuollet will demonstrate how to make kransekake (chewy almond cookies made in ring forms to create a Scandinavian wedding cake), princess torte and shape marzipan Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cooks of Crocus Hill, 3925 W. 50th St. in Edina. Cost is $60; call 952-285-1903 or 651-228-1333.
KEEP IT LIGHT
Learn to create meals using lots of fresh food and low-fat cooking styles. Gabriele Kushi will demonstrate cooking techniques that will cut down on your kitchen time for the summer Aug. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wedge Co-op, 2105 Lyndale Av. S. in Minneapolis. Cost is $20, or $17 for members. Call 612-871-3993.
Coastal Seafoods, 2330 Minnehaha Av. S. in Minneapolis, will teach beginners the basics of seafood handling and selection, including preparation techniques, Aug. 15 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $35; call 612-724-5911 for reservations.
HERBS, HERBS, HERBS
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr. in Chanhassen, will hold its 18th annual Herb Symposium Aug. 8 through 10. Aug. 8 workshops, which run from 6 to 8:15 p.m., include herbal bread made easy, bath salts and foot soak and massages; Aug. 9 programs run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will focus on health and international uses of herbs; Aug. 10 will feature pressed flower cards and preparing an herbal picnic. Cost ranges from $35 to $65 per day; for more information, call 952-443-1516.
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