Archive for the ‘The Kitchen Shop’ Category


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

February 19, 2017

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?

January 26, 2017

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…

January 9, 2017

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

December 26, 2016

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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CCKC Gift Certificates – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

December 17, 2016

Talk about a Win-Win Christmas gift to give… what could be better than a Gift Certificate from The Culinary Center of Kansas City?!  Make your loved one happy with the gift PLUS they’re bound to practice their newfound culinary skills on YOU!  Or better yet, come to the class with him/her…


You can purchase CCKC Gift Certificates online, by phone or in our Kitchen Shop. If possible, stop by and get them in our shop, because we’ll include our class catalog and tie it up with a bow and tissue, and you won’t even have to wrap anything!

PLUS if you purchase $100+ in Gift Certificates in our Kitchen Shop, we’ll throw in our Culinary Center ‘Best Recipes’ Cookbook for FREE. (Keep it for yourself or add it to the gift – you decide. We won’t judge.)  

If you buy a Gift Certificate online or by phone, we can email you a gift certificate that you can print and gift OR we can send it to you or the lucky gift recipient by postal mail. Just let us know what you prefer!

The Gift Certificates are available in any denomination and are valid for 5 years from date of issue.  We’d love to see folks in our cooking classes using their gift Gift Certificates, but you have options there too. You can use them on purchases in our Kitchen Shop and in our Dinners on Demand™ freezers, as well as for cooking classes.

Give us call or shoot us an email if you have any questions about our Gift Certificates. We’d be happy to help. Or better yet, just stop by The Culinary Center and pick one up!


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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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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