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Cooking with Lauren

June 21, 2017

Lauren LaneWe are pleased to introduce you to Lauren Lane, one of our newest culinary instructors at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.

Lauren left behind a corporate career to pursue her passion of teaching cooking and entertaining.  She enjoys traveling and tasting all the local foods a region has to sample. She not only teaches people how to recreate her delicious recipes but also provides tips and tricks on how to entertain effortlessly in your home, and have FUN while doing it!

Italian food is Lauren’s passion but she also dedicates a lot of love to simple and delicious seasonal dishes.

She believes nothing brings friends and families together like great food – and she inspires her classes with fun, make-ahead entertaining ideas. She encourages us to slow down, enjoy life and gather around the table.

Check out two upcoming classes Lauren will be teaching at The Culinary Center soon –

Low-Country Shrimp Boil: The Perfect Party
Sat, July 15,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner  |  Limited Hands-On

Cooking with Lauren: My Favorite Italian Dinner Party
Sat, August 19, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Dinner  |  Limited Hands-On

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A Taste of the Tropics

June 16, 2017

The  Caribbean Jerk Chicken is a big hit at our Peace, Love & BBQ, Caribbean-themed Local Life at The Culinary Center of Kansas City tonight. Lots of folks are asking for the recipe, so we’re sharing it here on the CCKC Kitchen Talk Blog.  Turn up the steel drum music and enjoy!

Note: we used boneless chicken thighs for ease of sampling and small plates. Take license with the recipe and get creative…

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Caribbean Jerk Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon Ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Ground sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup White vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Orange juice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup Chopped white onion
  • 3 Green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 lb chicken wings

In a large bowl, combine the allspice, thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, garlic powder and sugar. With a wire whisk, slowly add the olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, and lime juice. Add the Scotch bonnet pepper, onion, and green onions and mix well. Add the chicken wings, cover and marinate for at least 1 hour, longer if possible. Preheat an outdoor grill. Remove the wings from the marinade and grill for 6 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. While grilling, baste with the marinade.

 

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BIG Deals on Remaining Seats!

June 15, 2017

Big Deals! Act now...We have a few remaining seats in upcoming classes, and our CCKC Class Coordinator Lisa wants to get them all filled. (She’s leaving on vacation, and I suspect she wants to get everything wrapped up before she heads to the beach!) What that means for you is some CRAZY GOOD DEALS!  The deal officially ends Sunday, June 18 at 4 p.m. – but there really are just a couple of spots still open, and they’re bound to go quickly, so act now.   (p.s. There are some great Father’s Day gift ideas here…)

JCA & MBQI: Kids Learn ‘Que –
Fundamentals of Grilling

ages 9-14
Sat, June 17  |  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chef Bruce Campbell
Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home BBQ Sauce & BBQ Rub)
Was $60    SAVE 25% – 2 seats remaining!   NOW $45.00

Midwest BBQ Institute: Patio-Daddy-O!
Backyard Grill Class with Dad on Father’s Day

ages 11+
Sun, June 18  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Chef Richard McPeake
Hands-On | Tasting
Was $140/adult-child team  
SAVE 25%  – 1 team spot remaining!  NOW $105.00

Father/Child:
Dads & Kids Learn To Make Real NY Pizza

ages 11+
Sun, June 18  |  10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Chef Jesse Vega
Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home Pizza Dough
Was $85/adult-child team  
SAVE 25% – 2 team spots remaining!   NOW $63.75

Dinner with the Family:
Handmade Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tue, June 20  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Chef Daniela Mancinelli Abel
Hands-On | Tasting & Take-Home Food
Was $55  
SAVE 25% – for the first 7 callers!
  This deal is NOT available online… CALL FOR $41.25

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Daylily Delight

June 14, 2017

daylilies - edible?Beautiful daylilies are in bloom in the Kansas City area now…  did you know you can eat them?!

Farmer Steven brought a lesson in edible flowers along with his fresh produce this week.  (Disclaimer: we’re talking about organically-grown daylilies, of course – not ones that have been sprayed with any pesticides, etc.)

There’s so much to enjoy with these perennial flowers. The tender, velvety petals of the blossoms make a nutritious, colorful addition to a salad. The buds offer protein, vitamin C and vitamin A – Steven suggests slicing them on an angle and sautéing them. Dried daylily petals are known in China as ‘golden needles’ and used as an ingredient in many recipes.

But eating daylilies is not without controversy. There are some who contend that daylilies help prevent blindness. Others warn that daylilies can be toxic to eat (or are at least easily confused with tiger lilies, which are not advisable to eat.)  Steven recommends that you try just a small bit of the daylilies the first time you eat them. The flowers can have a diuretic effect to some people; “nature’s laxative,” as Steven calls it.  And the daylily can be toxic to cats, so keep Kitty out of your daylily flowerbed.

Bottomline, enjoy your daylilies in a whole new way – sauté them, boil them, stirfry or serve them raw. Oh, and they’re just beautiful in a vase on your table too!

Farmer Steven & daylilies

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Let’s Do Lunch!

June 13, 2017

Specifically, let’s do lunch on Friday, June 23!

Pop-Up Lunch @ The Culinary Center of Kansas CityGet this on your calendar, friends…
The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s
Pop-Up Lunch

Friday, June 23
serving 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Ever since our weekly Tuesday Lunch ended last fall, we’ve had folks tell us they miss it!  Well, we do too. So, we’ll be hosting the occasional pop-up lunch, and we scheduled our first one to kick off Summer 2017.

Stop by and enjoy this tasty lunch prepared by our CCKC Chefs:

Here Comes Summer!
Menu
Chef Sergio’s Summer Salad
(seasoned and grilled salmon, pickled red onions,
strawberries and spiced pecans over fresh greens
dressed in a White Balsamic Vinaigrette)
Homemade Herb Crackers
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Paradise Tropical Iced Tea

$12.95 + tax

* Add a Sangria with your lunch, if you like.
* And we can serve lunch up ‘To Go’.
* Reservations accepted for parties of 6 or more.
(For reservations, call 913-341-4455.)

See you on the 23rd!

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Corn and Tomato Bruschetta

June 12, 2017

There were beautiful big tomatoes in Farmer Steven’s CSA boxes this past week (CSA = Community Supported Agriculture) from Just Natural Farms.  Here’s a great way to use tomato. It’s a delicious bruschetta that will make a colorful appetizer for your happy hour this week… Enjoy!

tomatoes

Corn and Tomato Bruschetta

  • 1 large ear yellow corn, husked
  • 1 small red onion, peeled, halved through root end
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 medium tomatoes
  • 1 small loaf country bread

Prepare barbecue grill for medium heat.

Using a pastry brush, brush corn and onion with part of the oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Place corn, onion halves, and tomatoes on grill and cook until corn is golden brown, onion is just tender, and tomato skins are blistered and loose, turning often, about 12 minutes for tomatoes and 15 minutes for corn and onion.  Transfer to foil-lined baking sheet and cool.

Scrape kernels from fresh corn. Cut tomatoes in half and remove as many seeds as possible.  Dice tomatoes and onions into ½-inch cubes and combine all vegetables together.

Using a pastry brush, brush bread with remaining oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on the grill and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until crisp. Remove from grill.  Using a sharp knife, cut bread into ½-inch slices and arrange in a single layer on a large serving platter.  Top each slice with vegetable mixture, equally dividing.  Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.

Farmer Steven market stand

 

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Join Us For A Friday Night Food Fight!

June 5, 2017

Introducing a NEW cooking class concept
offered by The Culinary Center of Kansas City…

Friday Night Food Fight
Friday Night Food Fight
An Iron Chef-Inspired Mystery Box Cooking Party
Offered Three Times This Summer!
Friday, June 16, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 25, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Much like the popular Food Network cooking shows, this interactive and fun Friday night food competition will place you in small teams where you’ll be pitted against other chef wannabes, all with mystery boxes of ingredients and a cruel clock.  Folks, we have been providing these kinds of interactive experiences for 20 years now!  We can absolutely guarantee a fun … and delicious… evening! 

We’ll greet you with a specialty cocktail we like to call the ‘Chef’s Little Helper’, and then all you weekend kitchen warriors will be let loose to transform your ingredients into a restaurant-quality dish to feed the entire motley crew.  Bartering?  Uh-huh… if you wanna.  Trips to our pantry?  Sure… within reason.  And, our chefs and staff will be right there with you during the evening cheering you on, fetching equipment and providing real cooking education as you go.  

Expect a fair amount of kitchen “trash talk” as we anticipate that a few of you will get quite cocky as you compete for some seriously good prizes. (e.g “Hey, where did you get your training, Le Cordon Poo?”)  Not to worry though … our chefs will make certain that the drama stays at a minimum… and that your dish comes out like a star.  

You’ll strategize, plan, barter, cook, create and beautifully present your tasty dish.  We might even throw in a few challenges, just to keep things exciting.  In the end, we’ll all sit down around the table and dine on our culinary creations.

The judges will pick the winners and provide light-hearted feedback.  Pull together your own winsome cooking team or we’ll put you with some new friends.  Either way, it’s a good, clean and tasty way to party on a Friday night!

This hands-on class includes dinner and PRIZES!
$65/person

Click on the desired date below and reserve your spot today…
Friday, June 16, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 25, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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