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Baking with Francine makes a fun girls night in

Gather nine of your best friends. This month’s girls’ night out suggestion is a girls’ night in!

Cookbook author and television personality Francine Bryson will bring her humor and fantastic baking skills to your home as she teaches you to create a mouth-watering dish.

“All you need is an oven and space for everyone to work,” said Bryson, who lives in Pickens with her husband. “The class is hands-on. You learn best by doing.”

Bryson insists that anyone can learn to cook.

“I could teach a monkey to make buttermilk biscuits,” she quipped.

She recommends that her students request assistance with a dish that they have difficulty making. It could be anything from biscuits or pie crust to the perfect apple pie. The class is a great opportunity to develop a signature dish-one that will be requested at all of your holiday gatherings. For those of us who are all thumbs in the kitchen, a little instruction goes a long way.

If you’re looking for an expert teacher, don’t worry. Bryson is experienced in the kitchen. She has won more than 200 local baking competitions, but is perhaps best known for her appearance on CBS’ “American Baking Competition,” where she was runner-up. She is author of two cookbooks, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen and Country Cooking from a Redneck Kitchen.

If you are interested in hosting a cooking class in your home, contact Bryson through her website, The cost of a class is $25 per person and requires a minimum of 10 students.