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Friday, January 20, 2012

A new kind of cooking show is debuting next week—in your kitchen

Women cooking healthy food Cooking along with a Food Network show has its limitations. What, you don’t have any Meyer lemons in your fridge? No mandoline handy? You’d never use chicken stock?

Robyn Youkilis and Quinn Asteak, the founders and chefs of Healthy Cooking Camp, want to change all that with simpler techniques, healthier ingredients, and on-the-spot answers to your cooking questions.

Their new show teaches you how to cook good-for-you food in real time, via live streaming online video.

How does it work? You sign up for the two-hour class, which is held one night a week for four weeks ($199).

The chefs send you a grocery list beforehand, then you log on to cook along. Each class has a topic—from Cooking for Weight Loss to Cooking for an On-the-Go Life.

During the 120-minute class each week, Youkilis and Asteak, both graduates of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, will cook a healthy recipe while you chop and sauté along with them.

And since it’s live, you can send them questions and comments via chat as you go, like “Stop slicing so fast, I’ve only finished one carrot!” or “How can I make this recipe gluten-free?”

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Your live-streaming chefs, Robyn Youkilis and Quinn Asteak

You won’t need fancy tools or food-prepping prowess—just a little bit of counter space to prop up your laptop. And, like a Food Network studio audience, you get to enjoy the results of your labor. Dinner is served!

Youkilis and Asteak also share healthy cooking tips and strategies, like the five ingredients you should always have in the house, how to steam food without making it bland, and why having multiple bendy cutting boards on hand is a huge time-saver.

“There can be a lot involved in healthy cooking if you don’t know where to start,” says Asteak. That’s when well-intentioned New Yorkers reach for the takeout menus instead. “So, we’re taking the thinking out and making it super simple,” she says.

At the end of the Cooking Camp, you may not be quite ready to take over Giada De Laurentiis’ time slot, but the prospect of whipping up a flavorful kale and quinoa salad won’t give you heart palpitations. —Lisa Elaine Held

For more information, or to sign up for the Healthy Cooking Camp, which starts Wed., January 25 (7:00–9:00 pm), visit www.healthycookingcamp.com

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