Read about our cooking group’s March event: Traditional and not-so-traditional Irish fare, in honor of St. Patrick’s day! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s February event: All you ever wanted to know about root vegetables, and more!! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s January event: Brunch, followed by a lesson in coffee roasting, hosted by Damian and Rick! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s December event: Our annual cookie bake at Joyce and Jessica’s home! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s November event: Our annual business meeting and dinner at William’s home! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s October event: Ropa vieja and other Cuban delights, courtesy of Fernando! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

These were amazing! William shared all his secrets, and reiterated his offer to coach us through it in person. Click through for the recipe…You’re welcome!

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Read about our cooking group’s August event: Easy, breezy summer pasta dinner with Meg and Shawn. Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s July event: Easy, breezy, beautiful summer fare with Damian and Joyce. Click through to our KTC blog!

Read about our cooking group’s May event: Chocolate adventures with Jessica and Rick. Click through to our KTC blog!

Read about our cooking group’s April event: Homemade Thai food at Frank and Damian’s place. Click through to our KTC blog!


Verano

May 11, 2011

Saw this on someone’s FB page today, and it sounds like an excellent plan to me! The guys never cry about this stuff, do they?

“VERANO. Expirado el plazo de la “operación bikini” arrancamos con la “operación burkini”, mucho más asequible.”

Watch it wiggle

May 1, 2011

Remember those Jello commercials from way back in the day, with that memorable little song: “Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle, cool and fruity, Jello brand gelatin…?”

Today is Seattle’s second spring-like sunny day this year. As such, it required poking around to see what less-than-winter-weight clothing choices I could find in my closet. I doggedly tried on dozens of items which had been in our “summer closet” for the last 18 months or so. Afterwards, suffice it to say that my thoughts were filled with Jello.

My outlook brightened considerably, however, when I ran across this video of Jello cubes bouncing in slow motion (Thanks, @Foodista!). After all, if my jiggly belly could somehow manage to look half as graceful and mesmerizing as it bounces around as these shimmering Jello cubes do, I have no reason to view it with such disappointment, do I? I wonder if painting it a rich shade of burgundy would help…

via Foodista

Read about our cooking group’s March event: Pastry dough with Frank and Fernando! Click through to our KTC blog!

William’s Pie Crust

April 12, 2011

Pie Crust (enough dough for one double crust pie)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 oz. frozen butter, grated, and then re-frozen
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream

In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, and salt.

Cut in frozen butter (use a pastry blender).

Combine lemon juice and heavy cream.

Add lemon-cream combination by the tablespoon and mix by hand only just until the dough is the right wetness.

Make two discs, wrap and refrigerate about 30 minutes.

Roll out dough, place in pie pan, add filling, cover with top crust, brush with milk and sprinkle sugar on top.

Place in preheated oven at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature of oven to about 375 and bake about 45 minutes.

You might want to place the pie/pies on a pan to stop the “juicing over” from messing up your oven.

~William Keegan, March, 2011

I saw a funny tool at a kitchen store the other day. It was marked “Duck Press,” and I assumed it was some kind of old-fashioned tool used to squeeze out more fat from duck skin or something like that. Reasonable assumption, I thought.

In an effort to find the “real” answer (or maybe in part to congratulate myself for having such finely-honed deductive powers!) I did some research, and found I was grossly (emphasis on the ‘gross’ part) mistaken.

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I’ve had this conversation myself (from both sides, I am embarrassed to admit, at some time or another!)… It’s kind of long, but hilarious! “That crap is white water!” ¡Cómo nos engañamos!

Read about our cooking group’s February event, Gnocchi-palooza! Click through to our KTC blog!

Read about our cooking group’s January event, starring three pantry favorites: Kale, sweet potato, and goat cheese. Click through to our KTC blog!

Read about our cooking group’s annual cookie bake at Rick and Anne’s house! Click through to our KTC blog.

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