L’Auberge Cooking Class

French cooking as couples therapy

Last year, my boyfriend bought me a six-hour cooking class at L’Auberge Edge of Seattle B&B in Woodinville, partly as a Christmas gift, partly as an apology for past indiscretions. Let’s just say he was forgiven. This truly lovely class, put together by the inn’s proprietress, Nancy Douglas, started us off with a packet of cooking information and a glass of wine as we walked in the door. Next, we introduced ourselves to the other couples (ranging from siblings to friends to some married 25 years) before embarking on putting together a surprisingly gourmet French meal. I didn’t think we, an amateur group, had it in us, but under the tutelage of the chef (this year, it’s Tom Black), our class pulled off an amazing dinner, which we then sat down to enjoy (with wine, naturally) at the end of the evening. (Nancy also offers a great package in which you can stay the night at the B&B after the dinner.) This class taught me that cooking is an amazing couples activity, and that I actually have the potential to make haricots verts, potatoes Lyonnaise, and chocolate mousse! All I need is six hours and an overly obliging boyfriend. L’Auberge Edge of Seattle, 16400 216th Ave. N.E., Woodinville, 425-844-4102, www.edgeof-seattle-cooking.com. $198 a couple. 3-9 p.m. ALLISON HORD

Sat., Jan. 26, 3 p.m., 2008

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