Fresh Tomato & Goat Cheese Pie

August 24, 2016

If you love goat cheese (or even just like it!), this savory Tomato & Goat Cheese Pie is an end-of-summer treat you’ll want to try.  We served it as our Tuesday Lunch entreé along with a tasty arugula salad. Yum…

We also have it available in our Dinners on Demand freezers, so stop on by The Kitchen Shop at The Culinary Center of Kansas City to pick up a pie!

Tomato & Goat Cheese Pie

Tomato and Goat Cheese Pie

PASTRY DOUGH (enough for two (9-inch) pie crusts)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more, for rolling
  • 1 stick unsalted cold butter, cubed
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons salt
  • 2-3 cups ice water


  • 1 (1-pound) log goat cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • 2 very fresh tomatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick (Heirloom are best.)
  • Fresh thyme leaves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

For the pastry dough, in a food processor, add the flour, butter, sugar, and salt. Pulse a few times, then let it run slowly. Add ice water until dough pulls away from bowl. Turn out dough onto lightly floured board, bring all together into a ball, and cut in half to make 2 dough balls. (Note: If only making one pie, wrap the second dough ball in plastic wrap and freeze for future use.) Roll one dough ball out and transfer to a 9-inch pie pan. Par-bake for 11 minutes and set aside.

For the filling, in stand mixer or food processor, whip the cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, and hot sauce until combined.  Fill pie shell about 3/4 full. Top with sliced tomatoes and sprinkle the thyme on top. Place back in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until tomatoes are roasted and cheese is bubbling.  (If crust begins to brown too quickly, cover exposed edges with strips of aluminum foil and continue baking until filling is cooked.)

Makes 1 (9-inch) pie.





Celebration Chair Covers

August 22, 2016

You know it’s a party when the celebrant has their own personal throne at the table!

Check out these Celebration Chair Covers we carry in our Kitchen Shop at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. They slip over the back of a chair and instantly make a person feel special and loved. Whether it’s a birthday or any other special occasion, these chair covers, made by a local area seamstress exclusively for The Kitchen Shop, celebrate the moment.

We recently had a special order prepared for a local teacher who wanted to have it for the birthday boys & girls in her class at school. What a great idea!  Imagine a special order with your child’s name added!  Or get creative and let us design a chair cover for someone who is recently divorced!  See where we are going with this…. 

Stop by The Kitchen Shop to check them out or call us at 913.341.4455 to order one and have it shipped. Stock chair covers are $28.95 each.  Call for pricing on special orders.

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Meet Our New Dean of Deliciousness… Rachel White

August 18, 2016

Rachel WhiteHelp us welcome the newest member to our Culinary Center of Kansas City team. Rachel White is now our Culinary Curriculum Manager (better known in our world as the Dean of Deliciousness – or Dean of Delish, for short).

We’re excited to have her as part of our team and when you meet her, you’ll soon know why we say that.  She has a passion for the culinary world that equals her passion for working with people.

After graduating in 2011 from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York with a Culinary Arts degree, she returned to the Kansas City area worked for 3 years at Dean and Deluca as their Catering Manager, working directly with chefs to plan menus and execute successful events. In 2015, she became the Food and Beverage Manager at Indian Hills Country Club, responsible for the overall operation of their restaurants and details of their special events.  Included on her impressive resumé is time she spent dancing professionally with Tokyo Disney, Wabi Dance Co. and various other commercial and company dance work.

Rachel enjoys volunteering in the community as well, and has served as a Kemper Gala committee member and First Downs for Down Syndrome coordinator.

As Dean of Deliciousness at CCKC, Rachel will manage all of our cooking classes and recruit new instructors. She’s always open to new ideas for classes or the chance to speak with folks who think they would make a great addition to our teaching team. You can email her at rachel@kcculinary.com.


Who Knew Yogurt Could Be So Useful?

August 17, 2016

Chef Matthew served this delicious yogurt dressing on a kale and fried chickpea salad this week at Tuesday Lunch, Try it out at home. You’ll find it useful not only on salad, but also on roasted vegetables, served with couscous or even as a meat marinade.

Don’t let the sumac ingredient put you off. It’s actually a commonly used spice, particularly in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking.  Used in dry rubs, marinades and dressings, its sour flavor mixes well with vegetables, grilled lamb, chicken and fish.  Try it as a topping on hummus!

Yogurt Dressing

  • 1 quart Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ – 1 cup buttermilk, depending on desired thickness
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ tablespoon sumac

In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, juice, buttermilk, white pepper, salt, and sumac.  Use as salad dressing, over roasted vegetables, with couscous, or as a marinade for beef or lamb. Makes about 5 cups.

Yogurt Dressing



3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE Summer-Palooza!

August 16, 2016

3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE is this week!
And we’re having a SUMMER-Palooza…
 Join us for music, food and all-around summer fun. 
Come play with us.   
 The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
Friday, August 19  5 – 9 p.m.

  ‘Kitchen Korn Hole’
with decent prizes

  ‘Good Time Charley’

Stone Pillar Wines

Free State Brewing

Christina Robson talks Pesto

 Blackberry Hill Farms

Can you say farmers market produce?

cause you need beverages and tasty things while you listen to music

And that’s all just at The Culinary Center of Kansas City!
There are a lot more live music and special events
going on in Downtown Overland Park.


Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland Park


Hillsdale “Bar-B-Q” Sauce Lives On!

August 15, 2016

We were sad to say goodbye to Hillsdale Bank Bar-B-Q!  If you’re a connoisseur of Kansas City-area BBQ, you probably ate there at one time or another in their 26 years of business. Located in the historic State Bank building in Hillsdale, KS (about half an hour south of Kansas City), the family-owned restaurant was a classic mix of outstanding food and small-town charm. And owners Greg and Donna Beverlin bottled up their award-winning sauce, as well.

After Donna’s death, Greg decided in 2015 to close the restaurant, much to the dismay of area BBQ lovers. Fortunately, he continues to bottle and sell ‘The Sauce.’  And it’s available now for sale in our grilling section of The Kitchen Shop at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.

Greg will be with us in The Kitchen Shop on Saturday, August 20 giving out samples of the sauce. Stop by and try it – you’ll want to pick up a bottle for yourself!  We’re in Downtown Overland Park across from the Clock Tower. (Call us at 913.341.4455 if you need directions.)


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Don’t Miss Out On These Last-Minute Class Deals…

August 12, 2016


Act NOW –
Special Pricing Now Available Online.
Some of these classes only have a few spots left, so get moving. These seats won’t last long!

Knife Skills 101
Sundays, Aug 14 & 21  |  6:30 – 9 p.m.
Was $60 –  SAVE 10%     NOW $54.00
This is a must for anyone serious about cooking. It’s the first class we recommend to our students! You’ll learn all about knives and how to choose the right one for you, as well as how to sharpen and store them and all the basic “cuts” known by all good cooks. (Bring your own knives or use ours.) (Snacks) HO

Asian Noodle Dishes ‘Pho’ You
Mon. Aug 15  |  6:30 – 9 p.m.
Was $60 –  SAVE 10%     NOW $54.00
Slurp and twirl your way into cooking Asian noodle dishes including a cultural, historical and product overview. Learn Chinese Chao Mein, Pad Thai, and Vietnamese Pho – you’ll get some hand-on action during the class, too. Grab your chopsticks (or your fork, for you newbies!) as we warm up to these Asian comfort foods! (Tasting) LHO

Authentic Homemade Italian Lasagna
(including the noodles!)

Tue. Aug 16  |  6:30 – 9 p.m.
Was $60 –  SAVE 10%     NOW $54.00
There’s more to lasagna than you think. Think layered “old-school style” with a hearty meat sauce and lots of cheese! You’ll explore it all as you make pasta dough from scratch, and learn Daniela’s family recipes-classic Bolognese sauce and a hearty Marinara sauce with fresh veggies. Plus, you’ll design your own personal-size lasagna to enjoy with a fresh Italian salad and homemade dressing at the end of class!  (Dinner) LHO

CookWell! Good-For-You Party Bites!
Wed, Aug 17  |  6:30 – 9 p.m.
Was $55 –  SAVE 20%     NOW $44.00
Let’s focus on appetizer recipes that are good for you as well as high in flavor, shall we? In this “cooking light” class, you’ll learn to create figure-friendly appetizers like Rock Star Roasted Garlic Shrimp, Tabouli with a Twist, Zesty Deviled Eggs, and Super Food Milkshake Shooters that will blow their socks off! (Tasting) D

(Sorry, but this deal is NOT retroactive.)


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