Category Archives: The Kitchen Shop

Make Sure It Gets There By Christmas!

CCKC Kitchen Shop OnlineWe are receiving orders like crazy from our online Kitchen Shop and sending out oodles of Kitchen Boas®, magnetic hooks, cookbooks, soap and more, that will no doubt end up under Christmas trees from coast to coast.

Just to be sure your package arrives in time for the holiday, make sure to order by this Friday, Dec. 15!  We’ll be happy to send your order after that, of course, but we just can’t guarantee that it will arrive in time for Christmas.

CCKC Kitchen BoaHave you visited our online Kitchen Shop? Today’s the day! We have all sorts of kitchenwares, CCKC Pro Series Cookware, local KC-area products, our own Culinary Center of Kansas City Cookbook and Bitchin’ Kitchen Soap (made for us here in KC by Indigo Wild), and of course, the ever-popular Kitchen Boa, a CCKC creation and a stylish reinvention of the kitchen towel. Make your holiday shopping quick and easy – click here to shop online at The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s Kitchen Shop.


December’s Maker of the Month…

The Culinary Center of Kansas City features local artisans in The Kitchen Shop, and each month we feature a Local Maker of the Month. In December, we’re featuring Sweet Streams Lavender

Sweet Streams LavenderJoe and Christina Blincoe, founders of Sweet Streams Lavender, grow and harvest a wide variety of lavender including Provence, Folgate, Grosso, and Royal Velvet. lavenderThe company was named for the tranquil surroundings and streams that converge on the pond of their home and family-owned and -operated lavender farm located near Louisburg, Kansas.

Committed to practicing clean and organic farming. the folks at Sweet Streams are dedicated to improving lives through the use of natural and minimal ingredients in each of their products.  Lavender, they say, is one of the most versatile herbs with many health benefits and uses.

We carry several of their soothing products in our Kitchen Shop at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, including their lavender buds (great for cooking!), lip balm and candles. And you’ll get 10% off your in-store purchase of Sweet Streams Lavender products in December (they make wonderful holiday gifts!)

The lavender buds are also available on our online Kitchen Shop (click here). Grind the buds and try out this tasty recipe with our friends at Sweet Streams Lavender…

Lavender FudgeWhite Chocolate Lavender Fudge

  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon ground lavender
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  •  3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 jar marshmallow fluff

In a double boiler, stir in cream, condensed milk, lavender, butter, salt, chocolate chips and fluff. Stir until temperature is 240ºF. Pour into greased 9×9 pan and chill. Cut into squares. Serve.

Sweet Streams Lavender

Gift Them An Experience!

Here’s the secret to being everyone’s favorite elf this holiday season (and it’ll make your shopping a breeze!)…  buy your family and friends Gift Certificates to The Culinary Center of Kansas City®. They’re the perfect gift for everyone on your list – both foodies and those who have never even boiled water.

Culinary Center gift certificateYou can purchase Culinary Center gift certificates in any denomination. Your gift recipient will have 5 years to choose how to use the certificate. And it may be a hard choice!

CCKC Cooking ClassesThey can use their CCKC gift certificate to take a cooking class.  It might even be a perfect way to attend a class WITH them. Choose one together – we have a class for everyone.  Kids classes, couples classes, healthy cooking, international cuisine, girls’ night out, grilling and smoking, kitchen basics, wine & spirits, etc. The list goes on and on – and we’re constantly adding new classes to our calendar, so bookmark the schedule and check back often.

The Kitchen Shop @ The Culinary CenterGift certificates can also be used on purchases in our Kitchen Shop. In our little haven of culinary retail therapy, we carry a variety of kitchen tools and gadgets, as well as aprons, tea towels and our very own Kitchen Boa® (click on the link for more on these unique kitchen ‘musts’). We’re proud to carry products by many local artisans from the Kansas City area, including Boozy Botanicals simple syrups, Vain Vanilla, Sweet Streams Lavender, Zims Sauces, Hillsdale Bank BBQ Sauce, Boys Grow, Royal Brew Coffee, Thez Nuts, Salt & Flint caramels, Hugo Tea, Hardwood Reclamation handmade cutting and serving boards, Green Bee KC tea towels, Bates County Produce Growers‘ Honey, our own Bitchin’ Kitchen Soap made locally for The Culinary Center by Indigo Wild and our CCKC Pro Series Cookware made by local company Vitacraft.

CCKC Dinners on DemandOur Dinners on Demand™ freezers are another place to use CCKC gift certificates, and there’s something for everyone here also.  The menu changes constantly as we sell out of one dish and add others, but dishes include both vegan and ‘carniverous’ entrees, Crockpot Creations, soups, sides, appetizers, vinaigrettes and sauces, and desserts to make your tastebuds tingle.  Our Dinners on Demand items are ideal to have on hand in your freezer.

One of our favorite things about Culinary Center gift certificates is that the person to whom you give it gets an Experience. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. 

Gift an Experience this holiday season
with a gift certificate from
The Culinary Center of Kansas City!

Cyber Monday Starts Now!

Shop SmallThanks to you all, Small Business Saturday was a great success in Downtown Overland Park and here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City. Thank you for supporting small, local businesses like ours!

And remember, we’re LOCAL even if we’re online, so let’s kick off Cyber Monday early and start some online shopping!

You can purchase Culinary Center gift certificates for that hard-to-buy-for foodie in your life – click here. They can use their CCKC gift certificate to take a cooking class OR to make purchases in our Kitchen Shop OR to buy tasty dishes from our Dinners on Demand freezers.

Or sign up for a class you can both take together! Click here to view our class calendar.

Bitchin' Kitchen SoapAnd we have a Cyber Monday Special for shoppers on our online Kitchen Shop – get a FREE bar of our Bitchin’ Kitchen Soap, made especially for The Culinary Center here in Kansas City by Indigo Wild, with your purchase of $100+ in our online Kitchen Shop from now through the end of Monday.

Don’t miss out on this great deal.
Get ready, get set… go!


Enjoy Thanksgiving (and the leftovers!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

ThanksgivingThe Culinary Center of Kansas City is closed today on Thanksgiving, so that staff and instructors can enjoy the day with family and friends.  We’ll be right back at it on Friday with cooking classes in our kitchens and Dinners on Demand and kitchenwares for sale in our Kitchen Shop!

We will have tastings available in our Kitchen Shop all weekend. PLUS, with the purchase of $150 or more on Friday or Saturday in-store or online, you can enjoy a FREE meal at our Pop-Up Lunch on Saturday. Get your shopping done in one stop, and enjoy a free lunch to boot! Think gift certificates, gifts for your favorite foodie or Dinners on Demand to stock your freezer… Bring that receipt back with you on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – it’s your free lunch ticket. (Click here for information about our Pop-Up Lunch).  Merchants throughout Downtown Overland Park will have free hot drinks and great holiday sales and promotions on Saturday, so plan on making a day of it!

We also love Thanksgiving weekend because of the leftovers! Turkey dinner with all the traditional ‘fixins’ on the holiday is wonderful, but there is a bounty of follow-up dishes that are heavenly, as well.  Here’s a casserole recipe we love that makes use of leftover turkey and dressing. Hope you love it too! Enjoy…

Turkey Casserole

This simple dish will make perfect use of your Thanksgiving leftovers!

  • Spray oil, for pan
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10 ¾ oz.) cream of mushrooms soup
  • 1 pound turkey, cooked, chopped
  • 8 ounces turkey dressing (leftover or prepared bread dressing mix)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup turkey or chicken broth
  • ¼ cup chives, minced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9- x 13-inch baking pan with oil.

In medium mixing bowl, combine sour cream and mushroom soup.  Add the turkey and stir to combine.

In separate bowl mix dressing, butter, broth, and chives. Spread out half of the stuffing on the bottom of casserole. Top with the turkey mixture; then add the remaining dressing on top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.  Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Roasting A Royal Brew

Local MakerThe Culinary Center of Kansas City features local artisans in The Kitchen Shop, and each month we feature a Local Maker of the Month. In November, we’re featuring Royal Brew Coffee Company….

Chris Smith, founder of Royal Brew, says the local company’s goal is to bring the freshest possible product to market while educating about natural flavor profiles of world coffees. He believes this will lead to reduced sugar intake and increase the natural healing properties of coffees.

Royal Brew CoffeeThe Royal Brew roasting process uses the latest technology that ensures an even roast while capturing the essential coffee oils that produce amazing flavors.

Specializing in small batch roasting, Royal Brew produces single-source coffees from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Brazil, Honduras and Colombia.

You can purchase Royal Brew’s Organic Honduran, Ethiopian Yigacheffe and Columbian Supreme in our Kitchen Shop in Downtown Overland Park, KS, or online (click here).

Royal Brew Coffee

October’s Local Maker of the Month

Vain Vanilla's Kate & CharlieDid you know we feature a Local Maker of the Month in our Kitchen Shop at The Culinary Center of Kansas City?  Better yet, you get 10% off your purchase of items by that Local Maker all month long! 

This month, our Local Maker of the Month is VAIN Foods, Inc., creators of unique vanilla extracts like Indonesian vanilla in cane rum, Mexican vanilla in bourbon and Tongan vanilla in orange vodka, as well as flavorful coffee drops.

Kate Banks and Charlie Hammond, founders of VAIN Foods, are two friends who share a love of cooking and great ingredients. Kate loves to bake, teach cooking classes, and has an obsession with vanilla. Charlie, who occasionally teaches cooking classes at The Culinary Center, is a trained chef with Southern roots and a passion for distilled spirits. A few years ago, they combined their interests and began making their own vanilla extracts.

These flavors were so enjoyable that their friends would beg them for bottles of their delectable concoctions. It soon became clear that they should share their vanillas with others, so in 2015 they began sharing their extracts with bakers, mixologists and foodies everywhere.

By combining high-quality spirits and the best vanilla beans available, VAIN vanillas have incredibly distinctive flavor combinations, making VAIN’s impact on everything from cookies to your coffee truly remarkable.

We’ll have the folks from VAIN in our Kitchen Shop this Friday at Local Life, and they’re bringing samples of a Cranberry Orange bread made with their Tahitian Vanilla extracted in Cane Rum. Stop by The Culinary Center to meet them and talk about vanilla.  Take advantage of the 10% off to get a start on your holiday shopping!

Vain Vanilla