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Go Hog Wild with this Pork Recipe

Another fun Local Life in Downtown Overland Park! It was a celebration of pork at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.  Chef Sergio worked a whole roast pig into a number of dishes that we gave as samples and sold as small plates in the CCKC kitchen, including Smoked Pork Belly with Red Wine Demiglace, Pork Leg Braised in Adobo Sauce (see recipe below), Roasted Pork Loin with Apple Whiskey Sauce and Roasted Pork Leg with Roasted Pork Gravy. Yum!

If you’re ready to go ‘hog wild’ in your own kitchen, try this out at home!

Pork Leg Braised in Adobo Sauce

Roasted Pork with Adobo SaucePork and Marinade

  • Pork leg, approx 10 lbs with skin removed
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1  1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Adobo Sauce

  • 8 Ancho Peppers, cleaned & deveined
  • 6 Pasilla Peppers, cleaned & deveined
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening

For marinade, roast garlic and onion in skillet on medium heat.  Then in blender, add the garlic and onion mixture with bay leaves, oregano, black pepper, cumin, juice, vinegar and salt. Blend into thick, smooth sauce.  Cut incisions in pork leg and place in large baking pan. Cover with marinade, smoothing it into the slices in the pork. Marinade in refrigerator for 6-8 hours (or even overnight), turning the meat once in that time.

Prepare the adobo sauce by tasting the peppers in a pan or grill over medium heat. Don’t overcook – it’ll go quick. Then place the peppers in a small saucepan and cover with water. Simmer for about 8 minutes or until soft. Let cool, then drain the peppers and add to blender with orange juice, vinegar, salt and water. Purée until smooth.

Bring pan with pork leg to room temperature while preheating oven to 350ºF.

Melt shortening and spread with pastry brush over the meat, covering completely. Then brush half of the Adobo sauce over the pork leg. Cover with foil and place pan in oven.

Turn meat after 1 hour, basting with juices in pan.  Turn and baste again after another hour. Figure on 1 hour of baking time for every 2 lbs of meat – so approximately 5 hours for a 10 lb leg of pork. Turn and baste every hour. Keep foil right after each turning and basting, in order to keep meat moist and tender.  If meat starts getting dry, brush on more of the adobo sauce.

When meat can be easily pulled with a fork, uncover pan and turn up oven temperature to 450ºF, roasting another 8-10 minutes to brown the meat. Remove pan and let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

 

 

 

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Whiskey-a-Go-Go Recipes!

Wow. What a fun night we had in Downtown Overland Park at 3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE!Local Life - Whiskey-a-Go-GoHere at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, we had fun, family-friendly activities and tastings going on out front under our tent and in our Kitchen Shop, plus a Whiskey-a-Go-Go theme in our Santa Fe kitchen with lots of great tastings (food, wine, beer & spirits), cooking demo, food and drinks for sale for dinner, plus live music by Whiskey for the Lady.

Don’t miss Local Life on the next 3rd Friday on August 18, 2017 – jot it down in your calendar now!

Here are some recipes that our chefs offered up for Local Life.
You’re going to want to make them at home…

Daniela’s Bourbon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 3-4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into even cubes
  • ½ cup Bourbon
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Put cubed sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet and pour Bourbon over top. Toss well with your hands to evenly coat the potatoes.

Over the top of the potatoes, drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle salt, pepper, cayenne powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Toss again with your hands to coat.

Arrange potatoes in a single layer and evenly distribute the butter cubes over the top of the potatoes.

Place in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes or until potatoes are golden and can be pierced with a fork.  Makes 6-8 servings.

 

The Wild Summer Whiskey SlushThe Wild Summer Whiskey Slush

  • 1 12-oz can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1 6-oz can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cups strong brewed black tea
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 cups whiskey
  • 1 liter ginger ale soda

Mix all ingredients except ginger ale.  Freeze.  Scoop some into a glass and top with some ginger ale.  Enjoy.

Makes about 18 drinks.

 

 

A Taste of the Tropics

The  Caribbean Jerk Chicken is a big hit at our Peace, Love & BBQ, Caribbean-themed Local Life at The Culinary Center of Kansas City tonight. Lots of folks are asking for the recipe, so we’re sharing it here on the CCKC Kitchen Talk Blog.  Turn up the steel drum music and enjoy!

Note: we used boneless chicken thighs for ease of sampling and small plates. Take license with the recipe and get creative…

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Caribbean Jerk Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon Ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon Dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Ground sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup White vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Orange juice
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup Chopped white onion
  • 3 Green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 lb chicken wings

In a large bowl, combine the allspice, thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, sage, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, garlic powder and sugar. With a wire whisk, slowly add the olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, and lime juice. Add the Scotch bonnet pepper, onion, and green onions and mix well. Add the chicken wings, cover and marinate for at least 1 hour, longer if possible. Preheat an outdoor grill. Remove the wings from the marinade and grill for 6 minutes on each side or until fully cooked. While grilling, baste with the marinade.

 

Visit our CCKC Holiday Open House!

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Come Jingle Your Bells at our

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
this Friday at Local Life! 

Friday, Dec 16, 2017   |   5 – 9 p.m.

Happy Holidays! We’ll be jingling ours as we offer FREE tastings of wine, spirits & artisan food,
live local music and chef demo & tastings! We’re celebrating Third Fridays this week with a Holiday Open House at The Culinary Center of Kansas City at Local Life in Downtown Overland Park.

We’ll feature Elle Lebeaux ‘Naughty Elf’ and White Winds ‘Chaos’ & ‘Mischievous’ at our free wine tasting station. These local wines will have you feeling jolly!  (I mean… how can you NOT smile when trying a wine call Naughty Elf, right?)

Not one but TWO great distilleries will be offering tastings this month. Try out some Defiance Whiskey and spirits from Weston’s Holladay Distillery!

Our featured Local Maker of the Month is Boozy Botanicals. And they’ll be here with samples of their delicious flavors of simple syrup.  We’re offering 10% off your Boozy Botanicals purchases this month, and we have lots of other great gift ideas, stocking stuffers and gift certificates available in our Kitchen Shop, so finish up your holiday shopping while you’re here!

Culinary Center cooking instructor Daniela Mancinelli-Abel will be demonstrating how to make focaccia bread with a variety of toppings. Not only will you get a recipe to take home and try out on your own party guests, the samples will be amazing!

Dan Bliss will be entertaining us with live music…  and we may even be able to talk him into a few Christmas carols where we could all join in!  We will have a cash bar and small plates of food available for sale, so plan on staying for awhile to enjoy the fun.

You think that’s a lot going on?!  Wait…. there’s more!
That’s all just right here at The Culinary Center. There’s so much going on in the Downtown Overland Park area Friday night that you’ll want to spend some time walking around in our winter wonderland.  Click here for a listing of Local Life activities.

Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland Park

See You Tonight At Local Life!

Local Life in Downtown Overland ParkDon’t Be A Turkey…
Come Party with Us Tonight!
at 3RD FRIDAY LOCAL LIFE 
Last chance before you hunker down
on those recipes for the big dinner next week!
 

Friday, November 18   |  5 – 9 p.m.

LIVE MUSIC
  Johnny Murphini (& his band of merry groupies) 

 MAYOR’S XMAS TREE LIGHTING @ 5:30
(Right Across The Street Under the Clocktower) 

FREE WINE TASTING
Try some great wines perfect for your turkey dinner

FREE SPIRITS TASTINGS
Restless Spirits Distillery

FREE TASTINGS FROM A LOCAL MAKER
Hillsdale Bank BBQ Sauce

FREE COOKING DEMO & TASTINGS
CCKC Instructor Christine Robson will offer holiday appetizer ideas

COOL NEW HOLIDAY MERCHANDISE
IN OUR KITCHEN SHOP

Taste free wine then get your holiday shopping done.
How about a free cookbook with all gift certificate purchases?!

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE
Enjoy beverages and tasty things while you listen to music

That’s what will be going on at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
There will be a lot more live music and special events
going on around Downtown Overland Park…

Local Life - Third Fridays in Downtown Overland Park

Thinkin’ Pink TONITE in Downtown Overland Park

Think Pink @ Local LifeWe’re thinkin’ pink &
celebrating Third Friday Local Life
in Downtown Overland Park! 

Enjoy FREE tastings of wine, beer & artisan food,
Live local music, chef demo & tastings all in our kitchens! 
October 21, 2016  5 – 9 p.m.

FREE WINE TASTING
ONE HOPE’ WINES 
a California socially conscious winery
supporting breast cancer research

FREE SPIRITS TASTINGS
Tom’s Town Distillery
&
Holladay Distillery

FREE TASTINGS FROM LOCAL MAKERS
Dēz Nüts
&
Vain Vanilla

FREE LIVE MUSIC
  Dan Torchia & Laura Lisbeth

FREE BEER TASTINGS
Defiance Brewing

FREE COOKING DEMO & TASTINGS
Chef Jesse Vega creates a
‘Think Pink’ Vodka Tomato Sauce

CASH BAR & SMALL PLATES AVAILABLE
Enjoy beverages and tasty things while you listen to music!

That’s what will be going on at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.
There will be a lot more live music and special events
going on around Downtown Overland Park…

What A Week We Have Planned!

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!