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Enjoy A Lotta Panna Cotta

September 27, 2016

The ‘cherry on top’ of our final Tuesday Lunch here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City today was a delicious, creamy Panna Cotta with stewed seasonal berries.  What a tasty way to bid our weekly feasts farewell!  Try out our recipe at home. Berries are a great topping for it, but as always, we encourage you to experiment and get creative. How about peaches? Or caramel or chocolate sauce?  Let us know other toppings you try and give us the review…

Panna Cotta

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Coat four (5-6oz) ramekins lightly with flavorless oil

Pour 1/4 cup cream in to heatproof bowl, and sprinkle in gelatin.  Let stand for about 10 minutes, or until softened.

Place bowl in larger bowl of hot water to completely dissolve gelatin.  Then, in a medium saucepan, bring the remaining ¼ cup cream, sugar, and salt to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk until smooth.  Add the gelatin mixture and stir to incorporate well, strain mixture through a fine sieve into a measuring cup.  Divide mixture evenly among the ramekins, and let cool to room temperature.

Cover the panna cotta loosely, and refrigerate until set and completely chilled, at least 3-4 hours, or overnight.

To serve, dip ramekins in a bowl of hot water for 5 seconds, then, run a knife around the edges of the custard and invert onto a serving plate.

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We Love A Parade! And Lunch. And Live Music. And Free Tastings…

September 23, 2016

leavesJoin us in Downtown Overland Park on Saturday for the annual OP Fall Festival…

The parade starts at 10 a.m.
Look for The Culinary Center of Kansas City float!

Afterward, come on over to CCKC for lunch and more…

‘BBQ GOODNESS’ MENU  
featuring BBQ Parfaits, Chipotle Brownies & More
(Eat it here or take some home with you!)   

CASH BAR  
featuring Margaritas, Wine, Craft Beer & Rose Lemonade

FREE WINE TASTING
Robller and Lone Birch Wines

FREE TASTINGS FROM A LOCAL MAKER
Boozy Botanicals
(these will also appear in our Margaritas at our Cash Bar)

FREE FOOD SAMPLES
Tasty samples from one of our favorites dishes in our Dinners on Demand freezers.

LIVE MUSIC FROM NOON TO 6 P.M.
Listen from under our Tents

CLASSIC CAR SHOW 
Right Outside Our Front Door

… and more!

For a map of parking options, click here!

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Mighty Meaty Ranch Baked Beans

September 20, 2016

Because it’s one of the menus we’re most often asked to serve, we decided on Pulled Pork with Potato Salad and our Mighty Meaty Ranch Baked Beans for today’s second-to-last Tuesday Lunch. Again they were a hit, and we thought you might like to try them out at home!  Note: as always, our chefs love to tweak recipes… the BBQ Dude made them even mightier and meatier by adding a little of the pulled pork to the baked beans. Be creative!

We have just one remaining week of Tuesday Lunch at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. Don’t miss out. We’ll be serving up our final menu from 11:30 -1:00 on Tuesday, September 27. But never fear – while Tuesday Lunch is going away, our great cooking classes, private events and catering services are still going strong!

Mighty Meaty Ranch Baked BeansMighty Meaty Ranch Baked Beans

  • 1 pound bacon, uncooked, cut into small pieces
  • 2 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans baked beans
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet.  Cook over medium-high heat until almost brown.  Add the onions and cook till clear and bacon is crisp. Drain and set aside.

In a large bowl combine beans, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, cinnamon, onions, brown sugar and bacon.  Pour into a 9- x 13-inch casserole dish and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Makes 10 – 12 servings.

 

 

 

 

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What A Week We Have Planned!

September 19, 2016

It’s Jam-Packed Crazy Fun This Week
@ The Culinary Center of Kansas City!

We are still havin’ a “fun party hangover” from last Friday at 3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE celebration here in Downtown Overland Park. Despite the threat of rain, we had oodles of people stop by for tastings, food and live music.  Quick > jot it in your calendar for Fri, Oct 21 before you forget! See you then.

Last Minute Delicious DealToday, our Dean of Deliciousness, Rachel, put two upcoming classes on a Last-Minute Delicious Deal!  Take advantage of the special while it lasts. The seats are bound to fill quickly. Save 10% off Thursday’s Wine Lessons: The Art of ‘Blind Tasting’ with a Certified Sommelier class and Friday’s Midwest BBQ Institute: Grilling Tuscan Flavors. Read more about the deals here.

Tuesday Lunch @ The Culinary CenterTomorrow is our second-to-last Tuesday Lunch. That’s right… Tuesday Lunch is ending next week, Tuesday, Sept. 27.  Don’t miss these last two weeks!  This week, we’re serving up BBQ Pulled Pork Sammies, Housemade Pickles, Potato Salad, Mighty Meaty Ranch Baked Beans and Rice Krispy Treats with Nutella and Toasted Marshmallow.  (Seriously… come for the dessert!)  Bound to be DELISH – make sure to be here between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with $12, and we’ll set you up with the works!

opfallfestThis Saturday is the  Overland Park Fall Fest.  Look for us in the parade starting at 10 a.m.  Then once the parade is over, head to The Culinary Center for some BBQ Goodness (and a Local Brew if you like!) in the form of Pulled Pork Parfaits. For dessert, Chipotle Brownies and/or Peanut Butter Cookies.  (You heard me.)  FREE wine tastings and Boozy Botanicals samples.  Drink options for everyone at our cash bar – Rose Infused Lemonade, a special Fall Fest Margarita, and local beer and wine, of course. We’ll have special deals in our Kitchen Shop. This is a huge annual festival you’re going to want to enjoy. Plan on making a day of it. After the parade and then lunch at CCKC, take in the live music and classic cars along Santa Fe Drive, shop the stores in our downtown OP community, then wander to Santa Fe Commons Park to enjoy all the craft vendors and live music there is to offer there!  Whew… that’s a full day of fun!

 

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Celebrate Third Fridays @ LOCAL LIFE!

September 15, 2016

Know what this Friday is?
It’s the Third Friday of the month and that means
we’re celebrating September LOCAL LIFE
in Downtown Overland Park!

Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland Park3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE
Here’s what we’ll have going on this month!

  The Culinary Center of Kansas City
Friday, September 16  5 – 9 p.m.

FREE LIVE MUSIC
  Lacy Gordon

FREE WINE TASTING
Gen5 Wines

FREE BEER TASTINGS
Defiance Brewing

FREE SPIRITS TASTINGS
J Rieger & Co.
and
Restless Spirits

FREE COOKING DEMO & TASTINGS
Chef Matthew Puttroff

FREE TASTINGS FROM A LOCAL MAKER
Hugo Tea

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE
Enjoy 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.

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Black Beans That Rock

September 14, 2016

Although Chef Matthew likes to experiment with recipes and probably changed a little bit of this and that, these yummy beans were served in our New Mexican Steak Salad at Tuesday Lunch this week.  Only two weeks of Tuesday Lunch remain. What have been your favorite Tuesday Lunch dishes? Let us know and it will help as we plan our final two weeks’ menus!  Send your ideas to marti@kcculinary.com. And make sure to join us for our final two weeks of Tuesday Lunch!

Smoky Chipotle Black Beans

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo, chopped or pureed (or more, if you prefer more spice)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans black beans, drained
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped

In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onions and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and chipotle peppers; cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the vinegar and deglaze pan. Add beans and just enough water to prevent scorching. Cover and simmer over lower heat for 10 minutes. Stir in cilantro. Serve warm. Makes about 2 cups.

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Crazy Good Deal… But It Ends Soon

September 12, 2016

Our “Main Dish” Laura Laiben
has flipped her lid!

She is offering a one day deal on our cooking classes to beat all deals.
Every single class is on sale….wait, what?!
Yes, EVERY class … but it’s only available for one day, folks.
till Tuesday, September 13 at midnight!

Check This Out –
10% off ALL our classes!
No exclusions.
Use promo code BigDeal10 when checking out.
NOTE:
type it exactly like this > BigDeal10
Upper-lowercase matters. Call us if you need help…

Ready, set, GO… Quick, before she changes her mind!

Don't miss this really big deal!

(Sorry, but this deal is NOT retroactive.)

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