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Not Yo Momma’s Edamame Hummus Dip!

One final Tailgate Recipe in honor of our Boys in Blue…
Switch up your ‘regular’ hummus appetizer with this awesome one made with edamame! Zig when they think you’ll zag. Keep ’em on their proverbial toes.  Your guests will enjoy it with pita or veggies… #TookTheCrown

Edamame HummusEdamame Hummus

  • 8 ounces edamame, frozen, shelled
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, fresh, peeled, grated
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tahini paste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Sriracha hot sauce to taste

CCKC Loves BaseballCook edamame according to package directions and drain through a colander. In a food processor, add the cooke4d edamame, water, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, tahini, garlic, salt, and sriracha sauce. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour before serving.

Makes 6 (1/4 cup) servings.


Devilishly Good Tailgate Fare!

Eggs and truffle oil.  A perfect match.  Done.  Enjoy them at your next dinner party or tailgate… Go Royals!

Deviled EggsDevilishly Good Deviled Eggs

  • 7 large eggs, hard boiled, peeled, sliced in half lengthwise, divided
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • ½ teaspoon white truffle oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Paprika, for garnish
  • Pimentos, for garnish

Remove yolks from the egg halves, reserving the whites, and transfer to a small bowl.  Using a fork, mash the yolks.  Add mayonnaise, relish, oil, mustard, salt, and pepper.  Stir to combine well.  Transfer the egg yolk mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe the egg filling into the egg white halves, dividing evenly.  Sprinkle paprika and pimentos over the tops, for garnish.  Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.  Serve cold.

Makes 14 servinCCKC Loves Baseballgs.

Truffle oil has become a popular ingredient in the recipes of some of the most famous chefs but can be too expensive for the average home chef. Because of this growing popularity, a less expensive version of truffle oil is now showing up on store shelves in local grocery stores and specialty markets. 

Find this and other CCKC favorite recipes in our cookbook “The Culinary Center of Kansas City’s BEST RECIPES –SECOND EDITION.” ™
Available for purchase on-line at www.kcculinary.com and in our retail store – “The Kitchen Shop.”™

Spread Some Royals Love At Your Party

This warm and wonderful dip would be a great starter to serve at your World Series party – just sayin’.  Enjoy and… Go Royals!

ArticCCKC Loves Baseballhoke and Asiago Dip

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 3 cups artichoke hearts, canned, drained, chopped
  • ¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ pound asiago cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat a dry skillet over medium. Add oil and heat.  Add onion and garlic and cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In an electric mixing bowl add cream cheese and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Add sour cream, artichokes, juice, cheese, mustard, pepper sauce, salt, and pepper.  Continue to mix on medium speed until mixed thoroughly, scraping sides of bowl often.  Transfer mixture into a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil.  Bake for 15 minutes or until top is brown and bubbly.  Remove from oven, uncover, and transfer dip to a serving bowl.  Serve warm with crostini or crackers on the side.

Makes about 6 cups.

Artichoke & Asiago Dip



Scary to Pronounce, Delish to Eat

Yes, we know it’s hard to say it without sounding silly.  But this great dip will make you look far from silly when you serve it at your game watch party. Great with  pita bread or cucumber slices for maximum impact.  Enjoy it at your World Series tailgate and… Go Royals!

BCCKC Loves Baseballeet Tzatziki

  • 4 cups Greek yogurt, plain, non-fat (preferably Chobani)
  • 12 medium red beets, washed, trimmed
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, divided
  • 12 sprigs thyme, fresh
  • 6 tablespoons dill, freshly chopped
  • ½ cup mint, freshly chopped
  • ¾ cup chives, freshly chopped
  • Pita bread, for serving (or cucumber slices)

Set a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. Add yogurt. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl add beets, 1 tablespoon oil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat beets well. Wrap 1 beet and 1 sprig of thyme in a sheet of aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining beets and thyme. Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes to 1 hour or until tender, depending on size. Remove from oven and set aside to cool in the foil.   Remove the foil and trim the stems and skin off of the beets and mince.

Remove yogurt from refrigerator and discard the liquid. In a bowl add strained yogurt, remaining oil, dill, mint, and chives. Mix well to combine and season with salt and pepper. Serve with pita bread (or cucumber slices).

Makes 24 servings.

p.s. According to Wikipedia, tzatziki is pronounced  tstˈski.

Beet Tzatziki

Everyone Will Want S’more Pizza…

This fun dessert will thrill the grown-ups as well as the kids at your next tailgate or party. Who doesn’t love s’mores?!  And this recipe takes them to a whole new level.  Enjoy…. and Go Royals!

S'mores Pizza“Gimme Some S’mores” Pizza

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, for rolling
  • 2 thin crust pizza dough (recipe follows)
  • ¼ cup cornmeal coarsely ground
  • ¼ cup almonds, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1 package graham crackers, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows, divided
  • 8 ounces Belgian dark chocolate pistoles

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Sprinkle the flour on a work surface and roll out each piece of dough into a 10-12-inch round, 1/8-inch thick. Dust a pizza peel with cornmeal and slide onto the pizza stone. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until just beginning to brown.

While pizza crust is baking, in a small sauté pan add the almonds and toast over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a plate and set aside.

In the same pan melt the butter. Add graham cracker crumbs, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Sauté for 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

Take the pizza dough from oven and top with half of the marshmallows, randomly place chocolate over marshmallows. Return to the oven and bake for 3 to 5 minutes or until marshmallows are puffed and lightly browned. Remove from oven and sprinkle with half of the graham cracker mixture and top with half of the toasted slivered almonds. Repeat the process for the second pizza. Let the pizzas rest for 3 to 4 minutes before slicing. Serve.


CCKC Loves BaseballSimple “No Fail” Pizza Dough

  • 1-¼ cups water (100 degrees)
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Corn meal, for dusting pan

In an electric mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment add water, yeast, oil, honey, salt, and pepper. Mix together. Gradually add the flour on low speed until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn up to medium speed and mix for 7 minutes. (If kneading by hand, knead for 10 minutes, moving the dough around the counter with a kneading motion to develop a smooth and slightly tacky product.)

Remove the dough from the mixer bowl and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover loosely and let dough rise for 30 to 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

Punch down dough and remove from bowl. Divide dough into 8 pieces for individual pizzas (or in half for 2 large pizzas). Roll pieces of dough into nice round shapes. Lightly flour each piece and roll out to a thickness of about ¼-inch. Place on sheet pan dusted with cornmeal. Top with desired ingredients, being careful not to load too many toppings on the crust or it will not cook evenly.

Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until done. Let cool a few minutes and enjoy.

Makes 2 large crusts, or 8 individual pizzas.

NOTE: This dough could also be used to make focaccia bread. Roll dough to a thickness of ½ inch. Brush top of dough with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, rosemary, and asiago or parmesan cheese. Cover and let proof 15 minutes.

‘Lettuce’ Have Some Pork Tacos!

Lettuce wraps are ‘trending’ now, and these pork tacos are certainly a good explanation why they’re all the craze. These flavorful pork tacos will be the hit of your game party! Enjoy and… Go Royals!

CCKC Loves BaseballChili-Lime Pork Tacos

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into ¼- to 1/2-inch strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 small jalapeno, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, fresh, chopped
  • 8 butter lettuce leaves (about 1 large head)
  • 2 avocados, peeled, sliced

Heat a large dry skillet over high heat. When hot, add oil. Season both sides of the pork with salt and pepper. Add to skillet and sear until lightly browned, medium well temperature. Remove from pan and place in a bowl.

In the same skillet, add the onions and jalapeno pepper; sauté until just tender. Add broth and tomatoes. Reduce heat to low and simmer 2 more minutes, scraping pan sides and bottom to loosen any browned bits. Return pork and juices to pan. Stir in lime juice.

To serve, top each lettuce leaf with equal portions of the pork; then top with fresh cilantro and avocado.

Pork Tacos


Zucchini Like You’ve Never Seen…

Delight in the flavors this zucchini salad will lend to your next party. Wow. Enjoy and… Go Royals!

Grilled Zucchini Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette


  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons Spanish extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to tasteZucchini Salad - slices


  • 1 pound 2 ounces small zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Spanish olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts

For the vinaigrette, add the garlic, cumin, cilantro, and parsley in a food processor and process, using a pulsing action, until well mixed.

With the motor running, add 1 tablespoon of the oil, drop by drop. Using a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the motor running again, very slowly add the remaining 5 tablespoons oil in a thin, steady stream and process until it has all been incorporated and the dressing has slightly thickened. Add the vinegar and process for 1 minute or until blended. Season with saCCKC Loves Baseballlt and pepper and set aside until ready for service.

Layer the zucchini slices in a colander and sprinkle with the salt. Set over a large plate and allow the zucchini to drain for about 1 hour. When the zucchini have drained, quickly rinse the slices under cold running water, then dry well with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Transfer to a large bowl and add the oil and garlic, then toss together lightly.

Heat a ridged grill pan. Add the zucchini slices, in batches in a single layer, and cook for 5 minutes or until tender, turning once. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Set aside and let cool slightly.

To serve, sprinkle the pine nuts over the zucchini. If the vinaigrette has separated, whisk it together, then drizzle some over the zucchini and gently toss to combine. Serve with the remaining vinaigrette in a small serving bowl on the side.

Makes 6 servings.