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Inviting ten of your pals over for dinner seemed like a really good idea at the time.

Until you remembered that you’d been using your All-Clad Starter Set as a fern planter since you received it as a housewarming present two years ago.

Take a lesson from Janine MacLachlan at the Rustic Kitchen, the cozy little cooking school she runs out of her Lakeview home. A firm believer that it’s more important to smile than to stress, MacLachlan (a TV vet and contributor to Concious Choice and Cooking Light) prides herself on teaching casual entertaining minus the fuss.

Her hands-on and demo classes emphasize dishes that use the best seasonal ingredients from local growers. You’ll learn how to prepare a complete dinner party with high-end comfort foods — all of which are heavy on flavor and light on aggravation. So within no time you’ll be firing up those pots.

Just remember to eighty-six the plants.

Rustic Kitchen, by appointment only (773-935-4239 or rustickitchen.com).