Wish list: A cooking class

Recessionistas are rediscovering the simple pleasures of homemade meals, and they’ll surely enjoy the not-so-simple foie gras cooking class by caterer extraordinaire Denise Cornellier (December 10, $225, cornelliertraiteur.com). From fancy holiday hors d’oeuvres to hearty soups with a twist and scrumptious mains, your dear ones might very well surprise you with fine new delicacies at this year’s Xmas dinner party.

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