Category Archives: The Kitchen Shop

Save 20% on Pro Series Cookware in October

Save 20% on your Pro Series Cookware purchase
in-store and online through November 1!

There’s no better time to buy our
signature Pro Series Cookware,
so start your holiday shopping now.

CCKC Pro Series CookwareThere’s so much to LOVE about this cookware, custom-made for The Culinary Center of Kansas City right here in the Kansas City area by Vitacraft. It’s the last cookware you’ll ever have to buy.

  • This is beautifully designed commercial-grade cookware – professional cookware for the home chef.
  • There is an inspirational food quote etched on each pan.
  • The 5-ply construction (surgical stainless steel / pure aluminum / aluminum alloy / pure aluminum / surgical stainless steel) allows for efficient heat conduction, which means faster cooking at lower heat.
  • Use it on gas, electric or induction cooktops – or even in your oven!
  • Purchase online or stop by our Kitchen Shop here in Downtown Overland Park.
  • Click here for more information or to purchase our CCKC Pro Series Cookware.

Swedish Dishcloths – Stylish & Eco-Friendly!

We’re thrilled to present the latest new items available for sale in The Kitchen Shop at The Culinary Center of Kansas City….  Wet-It! Swedish Treasures dishcloths!

These little beauties are amazingly absorbent kitchen and cleaning cloths that you will LOVE – and you’ll find yourself buying them for others. The patterns are adorable so it’s hard to choose.

The dishcloths are 100% biodegradable, made of 70% cellulose/30% cotton, and they can absorb 16 times their weight.  They’ll last for more than 6 months, and they’re dishwasher safe and machine washable – you can even bleach them, if needed. (Expect some shrinkage if you put them in the dryer.)  Help extend their life even longer by placing the wet cloth in your microwave for 3 minutes now and then. Remember, it will be HOT when it’s done.

Have I mentioned how absolutely CUTE these are?! We have them available for sale on our website. Click here to order online or stop by The Kitchen Shop in Downtown Overland Park, KS.  Take a look online at all the patterns we have…

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We Know What Mom Wants

Mother’s Day is approaching quickly…
Make sure May 14 is noted in your calendar!

It’s sometimes hard to find just the right thing to get the Mom who has everything or the Mom who says she “doesn’t need anything” or well, you just can’t figure out what to get her and don’t have time to do a lot of shopping.

We’re here for you!  Here are some gift ideas from The Culinary Center of Kansas City and our Kitchen Shop that we think she will love…

Give Mom A Night Out

Get her a gift certificate from The Culinary Center of Kansas City. She can choose a fun date night out or a girlfriends’ night out or maybe she’ll even bring you along to a cooking class with her!

Dress Mom In Some Kitchen Fashion

Any mother, wife, grandma, aunt or other person who nurtures folks in their kitchen will LOVE to receive our Kitchen Boa™.  These stylish little numbers are not only adorable, but useful! We have a number of different patterns available – something for everyone. We also carry Kid Sizes in some of the patterns, so how great would it be if Mom and Child had matching Kitchen Boas?!  Click here to see some of the varieties that we have available for sale online. We have oodles more in our Kitchen Shop, but stop by or give us a call to see what other patterns there are to see right now.

Let Chef Sergio Make Dinner  (You Do The Dishes)

Offer to make dinner for Mom and the family. Chef Sergio will help out. Just pick her favorite dish from our Dinners on Demand freezers full of food. We have a full range of entrees, soup, sides, appetizers, vinaigrettes and desserts (Chef just added some Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes this week that are to-die-for!)   Most everything just needs to be thawed and warmed or grilled.  Click here for a list of what we currently have in our freezers.

Dinners On Demand
Raise A Glass To Mom

Wine-A-Ritas from The Kitchen ShopTake a look around our Kitchen Shop for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. May we suggest a package of Wine-A-Ritas that Mom can blend up for a tasty treat?!  We carry them in a variety of flavors, including Blueberry Pomegranate, Peach Bellini and Cosmo-Rita. If she’s more of a tea or coffee drinker, we have that covered also. We carry teas and coffees from local makers that she will love. We have plenty of ways to raise a toast to your mother.

Mother's Day

We’ll Be Cookin’ At The Western Farm Show!

Western Farm ShowThe Culinary Center of Kansas City is proud to be a part of this year’s Western Farm Show at the American Royal Complex in KC on Feb 24-26.  We have partnered with American Family Insurance to provide cooking demonstrations at this very popular event attended by more than 22,000 fine farming folks. Our Kitchen Shop will also have a presence, where we will have our signature Kitchen Boa™ available for sale.

American Family InsuranceWe’ll be set up in the Wagstaff Theater inside the American Royal Complex where Chef Sandy DiGiovanni will demonstrate Freezable One Pot Wonders from 11 a.m. – Noon on Saturday, Feb 25, and Chef Daniela Mancinelli Abel will present Weeknight Meals Made Easy from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

The farm show, one of the largest indoor farms shows in the Midwest, will also feature hundreds of exhibitors showing the latest in farm and ranch tools and technology, plus booths with clothing, crafts and home decor.

Look for pictures from the show… we’ll be posting them on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. Be sure you follow us!

Connect With Us OnlineNOTE: The cooking demonstrations are free to paid attendees of the Western Farm Show. American Family Insurance is distributing the free passes to the cooking shows, but a paid admission to the Western Farm Show is required to attend them. Adult admission is $8 and free for children 12 and under. 

We Have Your Tagine Pot! A What?

Our Culinary Center of Kansas City ‘Main Dish’ Laura Laiben found some uber cool Tagine pots and brought the best of them back to sell in our CCKC Kitchen Shop.

Wait… what?

Never heard of a tagine pot? Well, let us tell you about it. It’s more than just a beautiful pot to decorate your kitchen  (although it will look pretty spectacular on your shelf).

The Tagine is an earthenware cooking and serving pot common in North Africa. The heating is more even than what you would get in a regular skillet, and the liquid that gets released from the food while it cooks the food keeps it moist. A tagine used on a stovetop gives you that wonderful slow, even cooking that you would normally get from an oven-braise. The conical top returns moisture to the food below, and when the dish is done, you can serve it right from the pot! Use the tagine for cooking fish, meat, fruit and vegetables.

Take a look at the lovely pots we have in stock, then scroll down further for a tagine recipe!

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Pork Tagine with Dried Figs and Almonds

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup almonds, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boned pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground dried chili peppers (such as ancho or chili powder)
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup dried figs, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 4 fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put the sesame seeds on a small sheet pan or pie plate and toast in the oven for 6 minutes. Add the almonds (do not mix with the sesame seeds) and toast another 8 to 9 minutes until golden brown. Set aside.

In a large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or tagine pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Brown the pork on all sides in 2 batches, about 5 minutes total. Add the garlic, onions, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, and ground chili peppers to the lamb. Stir well and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 5 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour or until the meat is tender. It should be slightly springy, but easy to pull apart with your fingers.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Strain the liquid from the stew into a small saucepan or bowl and skim the fat. Check for salt and pepper and keep warm. Mix the meat and figs and spread in a single layer in an ovenproof serving dish. Pour the sauce over the meat and figs and sprinkle with the toasted almonds. Bake for 5 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and chopped cilantro. Top with the cilantro sprigs, for garnish. Serve from the hot dish.  Makes 2-3 servings.


Headin’ to the Mart…

kitchen boaMany of you may have seen (and purchased!) one of our signature products here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City – the Kitchen Boa™.    This stylish reinvention of the classic kitchen towel innovates a fashionable alternative to the dish towel over the shoulder. 

Well, our product is heading off to the big time.  Our CCKC Main Dish Laura Laiben has licensed the Kitchen Boa™ product to Demdaco, a Kansas City company  that specializes in artist-driven gift and home décor products that lift the spirit and help people connect in meaningful ways. Clearly a perfect combination!

Pre-sales in September were impressive.  The line of 16 Kitchen Boa™ designs officially kicks off at Demdaco’s Showroom at the Atlanta Gift Mart next week, one of the three major gift shows in the U.S., next to Dallas and Las Vegas.

Our ‘Main Dish’  will be set up in the mocked-up kitchen in the Demdaco Showroom at the Americasmart Building at the Atlanta Gift Show for an artist demonstration of the Kitchen Boa™. She’ll also be doing a cooking demo there, as well as signing her cookbooks!  (She’ll be sending pictures and checking up to let us know how it’s going at the Gift Mart, so look for those next week!)  Whew… who would have guessed that our handmade Kitchen Boas™ would make the big time…

We will have a new batch of our original signature line of Kitchen Boa™, as well as an order of the 18 designs produced by Demdaco this week.

Here’s a sneak peek at the new Kitchen Boa™ by Demdaco. We also have adorable strong magnetic hooks that are perfect for hanging the boa in your kitchen.  Interested in purchasing?  Stop by The Kitchen Shop at The Culinary Center in downtown Overland Park, or click here to shop online at our website.

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More End-of-Year Savings From CCKC

Christmas is over, but we’re still feeling the holiday spirit at The Culinary Center of Kansas City! We are offering gifts galore in our Kitchen Shop this week, so stop by for more holiday fun…

  • 25% off Christmas and selected other items in The Kitchen Shop
  • Free Samples of tasty Dinners on Demand dishes each day this week
  • Savings on Cooking Classes!
    Use that gift certificate you just received for the holidays. Get the class you want by registering as soon as possible after Christmas. Seats will fill quickly. AND we’re offering 10% off the few remaining seats in our 2016 classes.

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