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We're teaming up with CourseHorse, a new free service that aggregates classes to take in your spare time. Each Monday we'll round up some food-centric courses to take this week.

Jam & Cheese Pairings w/ Anarchy in a Jar
Tuesday, December 11th, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Brooklyn-based Anarchy in a Jar opens up the world of jam-making for you as you learn about and sample their creations like Chipotle-cinnamon-pear jam with cheese pairings from the much-loved Murray's Cheese. $60 for one session. Murray's Cheese, 254 Bleecker Street, New York, NY; sign up here

Gingerbread House Decorating / BYOB
Tuesday, December 11th, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
If you love making the world a more beautiful place, then this is the class for you. Come, create a gingerbread masterpiece (that you get to take home) to best all other gingerbread houses, and win a free class at Taste Buds Kitchen. $80 for one session. Taste Buds Kitchen, 109 West 27th Street, 10th Floor, New York NY; sign up here

Pickling with Rick's Picks
Wednesday, December 12th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Still scratching your head on what to do with that big pile of produce from your CSA? Pickle it! Rick Field will walk you through the basics as you munch on pickles and sip on beer. Take home the jar of pickles you make. $55 for one session. The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here

Gelato/Sorbet Workshops
Thursday, December 13th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Be a gelato chef for a couple of hours. Don't worry about being sad when it's over—you'll have your pint of creamy gelato to console you. $120 for one session. Mia Chef Gelateria, 379 3rd Avenue, New York, NY; sign up here

Northern Italian Classics
Thursday, December 13th, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Italian never goes out of style. In this class, get your hands dirty with and feast on pasta, bolognese sauce, tiramisu and more. $100 for one session. Home Cooking New York, 236 West 26th Street, New York, NY; sign up here

Micro Brews: Artisanal Beers & Cheeses
Friday, December 14th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Start the weekend off right with two hours of small-batch beers and cheeses. $75 for one session. Artisanal Premium Cheese, 483 10th Avenue, Suite 200, New York NY; sign up here

Holiday Cheese Pairing Cruise
Saturday, December 15th, 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Cheese + ___? Answer this age-old question while taking in the Manhattan skyline from a yacht cruising along the Hudson River. Jams, chutneys and other accompaniments will be present. $95 for one session. Classic Harbor Line, 12th Avenue, Pier 62, Chelsea Piers, New York NY; sign up here

Canal House Cooks Lunch
Sunday, December 16th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This Sunday afternoon, get away from all the hullabaloo of holiday shopping with a stunning 5-course meal paired with wines, prepared by the authors of the beautiful Canal House cooking guides, Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton. They will be making seasonal dishes based on their newest cookbook (such as Escarole Salad with Lemon and Parmigano and Braised Chicken with Capers and Pancetta). $95 for one session (includes a copy of "Canal House Cooks Every Day"). The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here

Holiday Bread Making Class
Sunday, December 16th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
If you're anything like us, you're a sucker for the pillow-y soft, high-butter holiday breads studded with dried fruits or nuts. This year, learn how to pull one of these out of your very own oven from Roberta's head baker. $60 for one session. The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY; sign up here

Knife Skills
Monday, December 17th, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A must-have for anyone who loves to cook, knife skills will make you a leaner, meaner force in the kitchen. Learn from a professional chef; then, sit down to enjoy the gazpacho and fruit salad you prepared. $75 for one session. Camaje, 85 MacDougal Street, New York NY; sign up here

Mixology: Create Tea-infused Cocktails
Monday, December 17th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Earn some serious cred at your next shindig by learning how to make tea cocktails in this class headed by Santuary T's mixologists. $60 for one session. Sanctuary T, 337 West Broadway, New York, NY; sign up here

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