Easy Fruit Cobbler
From Tim Hall…..a true southern gentleman from New Orleans!
Believe me when I tell you that this is a quick and easy recipe that will delight your guests. I’ll give you two versions of it and expand your fruit cobbler universe by the number of fresh fruits you care to try. This was the first dessert we used in the catering business and it was always popular. It expands easily. If memory serves me, the last time we made it in the catering business we did so for 100 people. Take that cue to mean that it expands easily. When making it at the house I always use a deep ten-inch cast iron skillet, otherwise known as a chicken fryer.
1 stick unsalted butter
1 large can sliced yellow cling peaches or any fruit you wish
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
Prep time: 15 min. Cook time 45 min. Yield: 10 servings
Preheat the oven to 375º F. Melt the butter in the skillet and swirl it around to coat the sides. You’ll be glad you did when you start to clean up the skillet! Add the peaches with their juice and warm them up while you are mixing the batter. Whisk the flour, sugar and baking powder together and add the milk. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. Pour the batter in the middle of the melted butter and peaches and bake for 45 minutes. When done the batter will have risen to the top and will be a nice toasty golden brown. It is cake-y in texture. Serve hot with ice cream and enjoy the accolades.
To use fresh fruit (I’ve used Door County cherries, blackberries, raspberries, apples, plums and peaches to name a few) just make a simple syrup with 1/3 cup sugar and ¾ cup water. Heat the water to dissolve the sugar. Add 3 cups of the fresh fruit and warm the fruit for about ten minutes. (You can even use a frozen berry mix that is available at most grocery stores as well. Treat it the same as you do fresh fruit.) To make the cobbler use this mixture in place of the large can of prepared fruit. Have some fun and experiment with this recipe.
The “Main Dish’s” Irish Brown Bread
1 ¾ c. whole wheat flour
1 ¾ c. all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 -5 T mixed seeds, such as sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, chia, golden flax, etc.
2 T. butter, softened
About 1 2/3 c buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Mix the flours, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl and mix in the seeds. Add the butter and rub into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it resembles bread crumbs. Make a well in the center. In another bowl, whisk the egg with the buttermilk and pour most of the liquid in to the flour mixtures. Using one hand bring the flour and liquid together, adding more of the buttermilk, if necessary. The dough should be quite soft, but not too sticky.
Turn onto a floured surface and gently bring the dough together into a round about 1 ½ inches thick. Cut a deep cross on top and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes. Turn down the heat to 400 degrees F and bake for 30 minutes more. When done, the loaf will sound slightly hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove from the baking sheet and place on a wire rack to cool.
4 cups heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
Pinch of salt
8 egg yolks
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
½ cup Nutella brand spread
16 teaspoons sugar, for glazing
Preheat oven to 300-degrees. In a medium saucepan, cook the cream with the vanilla bean and salt over moderate heat until the surface begins to shimmer. In a large heatproof bowl, blend the egg yolks and granulated sugar with a wooden spoon. Slowly add the hot cream mixture, stirring gently. Add the Nutella and stir. Strain the custard into a large measuring cup: skim off any bubbles.
Arrange 8 oven safe ramekins in a roasting pan. Slowly pour the custard into the ramekins, filling them all evenly. Set the roasting pan in the center of the oven and carefully pour in enough hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the pan loosely with foil and bake for about 1 hour, or until the custards are firm at the edges, but still a bit wobbly in the center.
Transfer the ramekins to a wire rack to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 3 hours or up to 7 days.
Preheat the broiler. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of the sugar over each custard in a thin,even layer. Broil the custards as close to the heat as possible until the sugar is evenly caramelized, 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve at once.
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 to 4 tablespoons water
2 tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup caramelized onion
1 cup roasted red pepper strips
1 cup cooked andouille, thinly sliced
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup milk
pinch each cumin and cayenne
6 large eggs
1/3 cup heavy cream, preferably not ultra-pasteurized
8 oz. shredded cheddar or provolone
To make the pastry: In a bowl, using fingertips, mix the flour, softened butter, and the salt, adding just enough of the water to form a ball. Do not overwork the mixture. Cover and chill for several hours.
To make the filling: Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Add peppers and cook over medium heat until juices are evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove to a medium bowl and let cool. Stir in sausage. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
In a medium bowl, whisk the milk into the eggs. Add the cream and continue whisking until homogenous. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12 inch circle. Pat into a 10-inch tart pan so that the dough extends up over the edge by ¼ inch. Prick the bottom and sides with a fork and gently line with a sheet of foil, pressing against the bottom and sides. Bake for 6 minutes. Remove the foil. Bake for another 5 minutes, pressing down any pockets with a fork. Spoon in the vegetable mixture and pour the egg mixture over. Top with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Serves 4 to 6.
2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Overland Park and the 50th Overland Park Fall Festival! In conjunction with the City of Overland Park, TODAY’s event features a large arts and crafts fair in Santa Fe Commons Park, the annual parade, the farmers market, music, fun for the kids, an outdoor Business Connection Fair (expo), and much more.
Parade 10 a.m.
Farmers Market 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Arts & Crafts 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Business/retail fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Music all day
· 1/2 cup mild honey or light corn syrup
· 3/4 cup brown sugar
· 1 can condensed milk
· Apples (and Pears! ) for dipping
Mix together the syrup, honey, butter and sugar in the sauce pan. Turn on medium-high heat while stirring regularly. Bring the mixture to a boil for two minutes while stirring constantly.
Add the condensed milk and mix well, keeping the stirring and heat constant. Store the caramel dip in airtight jars in the refrigerator. To warm the dip back up, do so in the microwave on a low setting.
Downtown Dinner Club
In The Heart of Downtown Overland Park
Can you say “Dinner, Downtown Strolling and Dinero!” KC’s newest dining concept seats you at community tables where you will be served an inspirational chef-prepared meal AND you will be rewarded for strolling through some of the most unique shops and galleries in Kansas City.
Grab some friends, or fly solo, and drop by anytime between 6:00 and 9:00. Have a pre-dinner cocktail in our “Santa Fe Kitchen Lounge,” enjoy some laid-back music and complimentary “bar bites.”
You’ll be issued a “Downtown Clocktower Card,” that can be stamped at some of these funky galleries and shops (Yes, we are cool and hip down here in DTOP!www.downtownop.org] to receive a $10 gift certificate toward a cooking class of your choice. Now we’re having some old-fashioned FUN! Kind of a throwback to the good ole’ days where things were simpler, the food was honest and folks gathered “in town” on a Friday night.
Dress casual. We’ll be waiting for you.
This Friday, 9/17/10
serving anytime between 6:00-9:00
Cost is $35 per person
(Includes full dinner with dessert and nonalcoholic beverages; serving anytime between 6:00-9:00 p.m. only on Friday 9/17/10; no advance reservations accepted; this is a “walk-in” event only; first-come, first-served … until the food runs out!)
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
1/2 small red onion, minced
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3/4 lb green beans, end trimmed and cut in half crosswise
2 ears white or yellow corn, shucked, kernels removed
1/2 lb frozen BABY lima beans
1/2 small red bell pepper, diced
1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp.+ chopped fresh basil
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, honey and red onion. Add sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. In a medium sauce pan bring 2 ½ quarts of water to boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and green beans and boil for 1 minute. Add lima beans and corn and cook for 5 more minutes or until tender. Drain in colander, rinse with cold water and drain well. Transfer to serving bowl and pour dressing over vegetables. Toss and coat evenly, add basil and toss gently, adding more salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
This is best made one day ahead of serving. If made ahead, take out of refrigerator and let set out for a few minutes. Add basil just before serving.
CCKC’s Midwest BBQ Institute
“Goes For The Gold”
at The American Royal Barbecue Contest!
The Culinary Center of Kansas City ‘s – Midwest BBQ Institute (“MBQI”) (offering serious educational curriculum dedicated to the art and science of grilling and smoking) will be competing for the first time in the largest BBQ competition in the world – the American Royal Barbecue!
MBQI headquarters for the weekend of Oct. 1st – 3rd will be its “Smokin’ Schoolhouse” booth on the grounds of the American Royal BBQ Contest. Heading up the MBQI competition team will be American Royal Grand Champion Winner Chef Richard McPeake along with The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s own Executive Chef Matt Chatfield and Culinary Instructor, Food & Beverage & BBQ Guy Bruce Campbell. Everyone is invited to register to join us for some food, drink and tomfoolery at our “smokin’ hot” Friday night party. On Saturday we are offering two cooking classes on-site at the American Royal: “Introduction to Smoking” from 12:00-2:30 and “Flamin’ Fantastic Appetizers On The Grill” (5:00-7:30) (featuring a Hobnobber’s Happy Hour). Become a “teacher’s pet” in our “Weekend In The Inner Sanctum of a Competition BBQ Team” — in an exclusive “up-close-and-personal” full-weekend opportunity to learn competition BBQ “hands-on” from the masters themselves. Registration for all events is available at http://www.kcculinary.com
Friday Night “Smoking Schoolhouse” Party! Fri. 10/1/10 5:00-11:00
Join us in our Smokin’ Schoolhouse at the biggest BBQ party in the world as we set fire to a bash that will put all the others to shame. This will be “recess” at it’s finest with music, beverages and some of the most unique BBQ fare you’ll find at The Royal We’re all about the education but we’ll make it fun with our “Ask-A-Chef” Station, a “Make-Your-Own-Butt-Rub” Station, Your registration automatically qualifies you for a drawing on the night of the party for a catered BBQ party for 25 people at your home. There will be boasting, tomfoolery and impromptu “throw-downs” and “pig offs” as well as cameo appearances by the “who’s who” of the BBQ world. If that’s not enough, we’ll include an event T-Shirt in the mix. Wear it proudly – it’s your “hall pass” (a/k/a/ admission) to the Smoking Schoolhouse Party. (Shameless marketing at it’s finest wouldn’t you say?!) All this for only $48.50 per person!
BBQ “Study Hall” Class: Introduction to Smoking
(See www.kcculinary.com for description of this class) Sat. 10/2/10 12:00-2:30 $75
BBQ “Study Hall” Class:Flamin’ Fantastic Appetizers on the Grill
featuring Hobnobber’s Happy Hour!
(See www.kcculinary.com for a description of this class) Sat. 10/2/10 5:00-7:30 $75
BBQ “Study Hall” CLASS: A Weekend in The “Inner Sanctum” of a Competition BBQ Team(The American Royal Barbecue Contest, the largest BBQ competition in the World) Fri. 10/1/10 (8:30 a.m.) through Sun. 10/3/10 (6:00 p.m.) $495
Here’s a BBQ opportunity of a lifetime! This ultimate BBQ experience is limited to 6 participants and places you inside the inner sanctum of a seasoned BBQ team (actually not just “seasoned” but an American Royal Grand Champion BBQ team). You will work and learn alongside our Midwest BBQ Institute’s BBQ Team as we take it step-by-step through the entire American Royal contest process. From set-up to break-down with all the juicy competition activities and celebrations in between. You’ll learn all the ins and outs, from prep and trimming of meats, to fire building and maintenance, entry presentations and judging activities and so very much more!
The Culinary Center of Kansas City offers over 6500 square feet of event space including two state of the art teaching kitchens where they hold over 450 cooking classes each year in addition to culinary teambuilding and private events. They also have a culinary retail store called “Kitchenology” and offer frozen “Dinners on Demand” for purchase. Since April 1998, they have offered to the public their popular “Staff Lunch” – a $12 lunch offered to the public every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Rachel Ciordas
“Dean of Deliciousness”
The Culinary Center of Kansas City
7920 Santa Fe, OPKS 66204
P: 913-341-4455 x102
16 Roma tomatoes, diced
2 red onions, diced
3 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 French baguettes
¼ cup olive oil
Toss together tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, juice, and season to taste.Slice the baguettes on a diagonal about ¼ inch thick. Lay slices of baguette on a sheet pan and brush with olive oil.Toast in the oven until browned and crisp. Arrange slices of bruschetta on serving plate and top with tomato relish.