Giveaway: League of Kitchens Cooking Workshop!

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congrats to Sarah & thanks to all who entered! 

On an average night behind the scenes here at A Bicycle Built for Two, you can find Ashley & I in the kitchen, singing along to the Hamilton soundtrack while we stir, chop, and sauté. Although I am the primary cook in our household, we both love eating—and today, we have something particularly tasty to share with you!

tori & kateTori & Kate had one of our all-time favorite engagement shoots in their home kitchen! 

The League of Kitchens is a unique cooking school in New York City which offers an immersive culinary experience to beginning and experienced cooks. 

Today, we’re excited to be giving away two free spots in one of their “Taste of…” workshops!

Each workshop is taught by a New York City immigrant in her own home, using family recipes to immerse the participants in Japanese, Uzbek, Argentinian, Trinidadian, Indian, Lebanese, Bengali, Afghan or Greek cuisines.

Here's the Argentinian workshop in progress!Here’s the Argentinian workshop in progress!

While we usually focus on wedding-specific businesses, we are excited to partner with League of Kitchens because they offer something for all of our readers: their workshops make for great wedding gifts, bridal shower/bachelorette activities, and simply delicious dates! They’ve gotten great press from The New York Times, Saveur, and elsewhere—and, like so many of our favorite vendors, their business is woman-owned and operated & focused on social engagement.

We could definitely go for some of this delicious-looking Bangladeshi cuisine! We could definitely go for some of this Bangladeshi cuisine!

If you live in the New York City area (or are planning a trip to NYC any time in the next year), then you don’t want to miss out on this giveaway! One winner will be awarded a FREE workshop experience for you and a spouse/partner/significant other/best friend/mom/child etc. 

To enter: leave a comment on this post & tell us about one recipe you think every couple should know!

Your comment may take a few minutes to pop up, but don’t panic! We will approve comments as quickly as we can. Once you’ve commented, make sure that you officially enter using the fancy little box below—that’s how we’ll pick the winners! 

Please note that by entering, you are agreeing to join the League of Kitchens mailing list; however, we promise your email address will go ONLY to our friends at League of Kitchens—no funny business here. The giveaway will be open until midnight EST next Thursday, June 2nd, and we’ll announce the winners on the site shortly thereafter!

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  1. Paris
    Posted Thu, May 26, 2016 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Every couple should experiment with Southeast Asian cuisine. I particularly enjoy making larb gai with my girlfriend. After a quick trip to the Vietnamese market down the street we are outfitted with fresh basil, mint, cilantro and thai chili to enhance our minced chicken. The unique texture of this dish comes from the sticky rice powder. We like this dish the spicier the better.

  2. Nikelle Riggs
    Posted Thu, May 26, 2016 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Defo ice cream, so that the couple can serve each other liquid coldness all the time. Or more realistically, a roasted chicken with veggies, because it doesn’t take too much effort and the leftovers create new experiences, and each partner can either learn the best ways to run butter in crevices OR the most effective chopping methods.

  3. Lindsay Olsen
    Posted Thu, May 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Shakshuka! This easy one-pot meal is a clear winner for any leisurely weekend brunch or special date night dinner. The subtle spice from the harissa blends with the sweetness of roasted red peppers and richness from tomato paste to create a bubbling masterpiece into which you crack and simmer eggs to gooey perfection. Crank up the heat with a spicy sausage, or serve it in its traditional vegetarian state. Share the pot in the center of the table as you dip your favorite grilled toast into this delightful confection and make eyes at the person across from you. My partner and I love this dish so much we recently made it for a crowd of 13 while rafting the Grand Canyon! The smells, color, and taste never fail to impress.

  4. jill
    Posted Thu, May 26, 2016 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Every couple should know how to make breakfast together! Eggs, bacon and pancakes.

  5. Posted Fri, May 27, 2016 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Tacos. There are enough components to prep that you can divide and conquer. And the meal becomes interactive.

  6. A Bicycle Built For Two
    Posted Fri, May 27, 2016 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    These all sound delicious! Keep those entries coming! 🙂

  7. Posted Mon, May 30, 2016 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    Dates in Greek yogurt. Very simply: sauté the dates in a good amount of good olive oil, being very careful not to let them burn. Then invert the whole pan over some cold Greek yogurt. Then sprinkle the whole thing with flaky seat salt. Done! Scoop this up with the thinnest crackers you can find. It’s fast, it’s freaking delicious, it’s sweet and salty and savory and goes amazingly well with a glass of Prosecco and making out. And I may be biased because my girlfriend just asked me when we can make these again. (Hat tip to Food52’s Genius Recipes column, which is, in fact, Genius.)

    Also: as a only-pants-wearing lesbian dating another only-pants-wearing lesbian, thank you for this blog. Most of the images of weddings I saw it were very hetero, not a lot of room for two people most comfortable bending androgynous. My girlfriend asked me recently how it is that I’m so comfortable with the idea that a wedding doesn’t have to look any one way– and I realized the answer was this blog. Thanks for what you do.

    • A Bicycle Built For Two
      Posted Mon, May 30, 2016 at 2:24 pm | Permalink


      Also, you’re so welcome! We hope to represent as many people as possible, so we’re glad you can see yourself here. 🙂

  8. Posted Mon, May 30, 2016 at 3:39 am | Permalink

    Typo! Saw before it, I mean. And I don’t mean to imply that all suit/dress combos look hetero– not at all! Just that for those of us who need another way, it can be hard to find visual inspiration, and sometimes that’s needed for daydreaming/hope/etc. Representation matters. Anyway, thanks!

  9. Kathleen Stewart
    Posted Mon, May 30, 2016 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Nothing is sweeter than dessert… therefore, cookie pie! My partner and I love cookie pie with oatmeal and processed garbanzo beans, lightly sweetened and spiced, then baked in the oven. It’s breakfast, dessert, or in our case, the way to send a message of “I’m sorry”or “I love you” via chocolate chips. Some couples opt for flowers, we go for cookie pie (easily made gluten free or vegan, so cookie pie for everyone). Our favorite recipe:

    • A Bicycle Built For Two
      Posted Mon, May 30, 2016 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

      Ooh! This sounds delicious!

  10. Joanna Lareau
    Posted Mon, May 30, 2016 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    My wife can’t cook at all but she loves my cooking! I like to make what I call “green sauce” which is basically pesto but you can swap out the basil for any leafy green thing (arugula, spinach, scallions, etc.) then just add some garlic, Parmesan, and whatever else you’d like and blend. It makes a great sauce for anything from pasta to meat to grilled vegetables and it’s quick and easy. My wife loves it, so I put it on Everything!

  11. Sarah
    Posted Tue, May 31, 2016 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Every couple should have a go-to recipe that is simple and tasty! Ours is chicken thighs with vegetables and potatoes. Put it all in one 13×9 pan, then top with a stick of melted butter and a packet of dry Italian dressing mix. Bake for and hour at 350 and enjoy!

  12. Anonymous
    Posted Tue, May 31, 2016 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Healthy chicken parm!

  13. Simona
    Posted Tue, May 31, 2016 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love to cook and bake, so it’s incredibly difficult to pick one recipe. What’s most important to me is being able to collaborate with a partner in the kitchen. It’s most fun to do this with new recipes or techniques, like trying out a different cuisine or an alternative way to cook something.

  14. Posted Tue, May 31, 2016 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    My favorite recipe to make with my girlfriend has been making sweet potato gnocchi together from scratch! She’s not much of a cook but I love to experiment with new things and there’s a lot of laughs to be had while covered in flour and smashing potatoes. I like to top it with a browned butter, herb, and mushroom sauce with garlic goat cheese for a perfect fall meal.

  15. Kara
    Posted Tue, May 31, 2016 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Choosing a recipe is very difficult! Long and leisurely weekend days cooking and talking over coffee or wine are the best. But, I would say that every couple should have a few recipes that are easy to do on busy days – that can make the difference between ending the day on a hangry note or a relaxed one. My favorite quick dinner is inspired by this spaghetti squash dish:
    The squash doesn’t suffer from being cooked in the microwave, so you have approximately 15 minutes while that’s happening to gather and prepare anything you like to mix in afterward. Lately, I’ve been adding feta, olives, tomatoes, and white beans. So good!

  16. Meghan
    Posted Tue, May 31, 2016 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    carrot and ginger soup! or any type of soup, really.

  17. Jennifer Davis
    Posted Wed, Jun 01, 2016 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Fried Chicken & Waffles

  18. Danielle Villano
    Posted Thu, Jun 02, 2016 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    My boyfriend and I like cooking things that yield a lot of leftovers – so we can enjoy them together more than once! Even though it feels more like a winter dish, a good beef stew is comforting and filling, and it can be stretched for a few meals! We also like making pasta sauces because they’re so versatile.

  19. Ashley
    Posted Thu, Jun 02, 2016 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Key lime pie! A delicious and relatively easy dessert- great for dinner parties, always a hit.

  20. Jenn
    Posted Fri, Jun 03, 2016 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    My girlfriend and I have started making dinner together once a week to improve on our cooking skills and expand our recipe book – it’s definitely done that and we have a great time working together to make dinner instead of takeout again or uneven distribution of cooking. I’d say that the most important recipe a couple should know is an excellent pasta sauce! Having a base recipe means you can improvise based on allergies, dietary restrictions, and personal preferences. Pasta is also a great dish to bring to parties/host with and it’s a talent to have a pasta sauce that stands out from the rest

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