Cheers!

by Kitchenworks27. December 2016 15:44

Ring in the new year!

2016 is almost over and it's been a wild ride! Give 2017 a festive welcome- whether you're hosting, attending, or just keeping it mellow we've got you covered!

Champagne flutes ranging from traditional stemware to unbreakable stemless

GoVino Shatterproof Champagne Flute

 

 

5.75oz Alto Champagne Flute

 

Paper plates, cocktail and lunch napkins

 

And just in case you pop one too many bottles of champagne.. stoppers to keep the bubbles from escaping. 

 

Nickel Plated Champagne Stopper

 

 

Silicone CapaBubbles Champagne Stopper

Whether you're partying it up or chilling it down, we wish you a safe and festive New Year's!

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Fill your baskets with Easter goodies!

by Kitchenworks26. March 2015 18:26

 Easter is right around the corner, but you still have time to stock up for your holiday festivities! 

 

 

Check out our seasonal Easter collection, featuring cookie cutters and more. 

 

To ensure delivery by Easter,

place any orders before 7 PM EST on March 30th! 

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3/14/15 Pi(e) Day

by Kitchenworks15. March 2015 12:40

We hope everyone had a delicious Pi(e) Day! Check out the recipe we celebrated with here!

 

Happy Pi(e) Day! 🍓

A photo posted by Kitchenworks (@kitchenworksnc) on Mar 14, 2015 at 10:23am PDT

 

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Top Turkey Tools

by Kitchenworks23. November 2014 11:22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey season is upon us!

 

There are those who find themselves daunted by the prospect of cooking holiday meals, while others rise to the challenge of planning, prepping, cooking, and serving the best possible version of Grandma's recipe that they've ever tasted. We choose to be the latter! And the best way to ensure this time of year remain joyful is to employ the help of some of the best kitchen tools out there. Here is our list of the Top Turkey Tools:

 

  • Trussing Pins and Twine

No stuffing, side dish, or table linens will be able to distract your guests from the misshapen turkey that will emerge from the oven if your bird is not properly trussed. While slightly daunting for first-timers, trussing is remarkably simple and will make your presentation memorable for all of the right reasons.

 

  • Roasting Pan

A quality roasting pan is a vital part of any kitchen. The key is to pick the pan that will be appropriate for you- Not everyone needs a standard size roast pan capable of handling a 16 lb turkey. Whether you choose a full size roaster or one fit for a toaster oven, remember to look for solid handles and even heat distribution.

 

  • Roasting Rack

The perfect roasting pan will be worthless without the proper roasting rack. Not only will this keep your bird from sticking to the pan and allow it to cook more evenly, but it will keep it safely out of those wonderful drippings that you’ll baste or make gravy with later. A "V" shaped rack or one with sloped sides will be helpful not only with turkeys, but with loins and roasts in the future.

 

  • Thermometer

Everyone has an opinion about turkey cooking times. Some theories are based on weight or skin color, but the most accurate way of knowing when your turkey should come out of the oven is by temperature. The bird will be cooked fully when the internal temperature of the thigh meat is 165°. You can use the classic pop-up version, an instant read meat thermometer, or our favorite- the Polder digital probe that will sit nicely on the counter and beep when your bird is done.

 

  • Baster

A good basting schedule will keep your bird nice and moist while adding extra flavor. Some people prefer the classic bulb baster, while others like to use a basting brush. This preference will depend somewhat on the thickness of your basting liquid of choice. The drippings caught in your roasting pan will work nicely or you could create a sauce with your flavors of choice. One of our favorite techniques is to cover the bird in a butter and herb soaked cheesecloth- the cloth will do most of the basting for you!

 

  • Turkey Lifters

Your bird is cooked. It’s out of the oven with a temperature of 165° and has turned a beautiful shade of bronzy brown. Your best platter is on the counter waiting to be the center of attention and your standing in front of the stove with 2 oven mitts, a fish spatula, a bbq fork, and a cookie sheet. Turkey lifters are the kind of item that you might overlook until this very moment. We are here to remind you- Buy the turkey lifters now so your prized poultry doesn’t end up on the floor!

 

  • Gravy Prep

Gravy is an integral part of many holiday meals. The classic turkey gravy takes advantage of those long hours in the oven and uses the pan drippings for wonderful flavor. You’ll want to strain off the majority of the unnecessary fat with either a fat mop or a gravy separator and then you’ll need a good whisk to keep the gravy moving.

 

  • Presentation 

After everything is cooked, rested, and whisked, you are ready to move to the table. Holiday meals can require certain tableware that might not be present on regular Thursday nights. A large turkey platter is essential, along with quality carving tools. A gravy pourer, whether the traditional gravy boat or a modernized version, is also vital. Appropriate servingware for each side dish and glassware for wine, champagne, or punch. A little ambiance is always nice as well- candles and linens are an easy way to make things special.

 

 

Finding your supplies a little lacking? Check out our selection of turkey tools here!

 

 

Happy Cooking! 

 

 

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German Advent Calendars

by Kitchenworks16. November 2014 14:04

 

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Put it in a Pie!

by Kitchenworks22. October 2014 15:52

Check out some of our favorite pie tips, tools, and recipes!

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It's More than Green Beer

by Kitchenworks17. March 2014 13:29

I am not Irish. I have never been Irish, and will never be Irish. I cannot even be confused with being Irish. But that has not stopped St. Patrick’s Day from being one of my favorite holidays ever. All things considered, my love for the holiday probably predates my existence. My father moved to Chicago, Illinois just after he graduated college and to this day, it remains one of his favorite places to have lived. He has told me many great stories about the city: from the die-hard sports fans to the harsh cold winters. Mixed in with those stories are the joyous celebrations around the city on March 17th. He and my mother would venture out to watch the parades and drink up the jubilant atmosphere that was so very different from their southern rural North Carolina traditions.

By the time I was old enough to enjoy St. Patty’s Day, we lived in suburban New Jersey. In our borough, the celebration was not demonstrated by huge parades and river-dying, but in a district-wide meal. My elementary school would make an immense breakfast and the whole town would show up to celebrate in camaraderie and conversations. I would find my classmates, play, and have my fill of jelly doughnuts (not a traditional Irish meal but I was young). Then it would be over. Parents would go to work, children to school, but all riding on a high that is unique to such social gatherings. It, for me, cemented an appreciation and an expectation for what the day could bring.

Now I am older, and the world sometimes feels a little bit colder. But on March 17th (and often the weekend before or after) I strive to find ways to find my friends and play. It is not that hard, because year after year, it seems they want to play too. We pick an apartment or house and gather to make a variety of dishes. Someone must make corned beef. It is a requirement. The only other requirement is that we have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Generally, at some point, we all find our way to the nearest bar. But even if we don’t, the point is that we see each other, and have fun. More than the great food, Guinness, and Irish whiskey--Saint Patrick’s Day is about good friends and good people.

In spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day (and my really good friends); here is one of the better recipes for Corned Beef and Cabbage. It is taken from The Scottish-Irish Pub and Hearth Cookbook published in 1999.

1 lean corned beef Brisket (about 4 pounds) trimmed of excess fat

1 peeled medium onion, stuck with 4 whole cloves

1 teaspoon dry mustard

½ teaspoon dried thyme

Freshly ground pepper

3 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut in halves

4 large carrots, scraped and sliced thickly

6 medium all-purpose potatoes, peeled and halved

1 medium (about 2 pounds) green cabbage outer leaves removed cored and cut into wedges

 

Place the beef in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the meat by 2 inches. Bring to a boil on high heat. Lower heat to medium-low. Skim and discard any froth that rises to the top. Add onion stick with Cloves, mustard, thyme, and pepper. Cook slowly, covered, accordion to the package instructions or until meat is tender and can be easily pierced with a fork, about 3 hours. Add onions, potatoes, and cabbage during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Remove and discard onion stick with cloves. Take out beef. Cover with aluminum foil; keep warm. Allow meat to rest 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

 

To serve, cut into slices and place in center of a platter. Arrange vegetable around it. Top with some of the broth, if desired. 6 to 8 Servings.

 

What makes St. Patrick's Day great for you? Is it the food, the family traditions, or maybe the sense of community in your town? Jump over to our Facebook Page and let us know!

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Why Buy American

by Gia28. June 2013 15:49
 

It wouldn't be the 4th of July without at least one flag cake

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Every year, for the entire month of July, we empty all of the display windows at our Chapel Hill, NC location, fill them all with American-made products, and put them all on sale. It is one of our most popular sales and one that, as a locally-owned and operated small business, we hold very dear to our hearts.

This year, we've decided to take the sale nationwide and offer the same discount for American-made goods on our online store. For the entire month of July, we'll be discounting our American-made products and posting about the awesome American manufacturers we carry. So, we wanted to take a moment to talk about why you should buy American.

1. Protect yourself

The U.S. has something many countries lack: consumer, worker and environmental protection laws. The FDA, FTC, and EPA all exist to help protect Americans from manufacturing and trade practices that are exploitative and environmentally damaging. When you buy American-made products, you can assume that the product you are buying is not going to hurt you (or wasn't made in a way that exploited anyone else). And, if you do find that that product is defective or dangerous, you have options available to you that many people the in the rest of the world lack.

2. Protect your money

For much of the 20th century, America was considered the most creative country in the world. When you create something, you have a vested interest in its quality. Call it hubris, but we all like to know that our ideas are being treated with care and attention. That's why it is not enough for a product to be American-designed but foreign-made. We've been in operation for over 30 years and in that time, we've seen countless products take a sudden and drastic switch in quality, with the culprit pretty much always being a switch in manufacturing base. If you want a quality, long-lasting, product, then you should buy one from the people who invented it because they are interested in seeing it succeed. 

3. Protect your country

The oldest argument to buy American is still the truest: buying American-made goods supports American jobs. No matter how many restrictions or incentives politicians attempt to place on American companies, the free market will win: supply will follow demand. If you demand American-made goods, companies will keep their manufacturing bases in America, which provides American jobs and strengthens the entire American economy.

Obviously, we here at Kitchenworks take this very seriously. None of us would have jobs without the support of our local community. But, there are plenty more reasons to shop local, all of which contribute to making America the best country it could possibly be.

4. Protect the world

Poor quality (ie: highly disposable) goods, long transportation routes, and unscrupulous manufacturing practices all wreak havoc on our environment. Buying American-made goods means creating less waste, using less fossil fuels, and protecting our air, earth and water. 

Realist caveat:

We don't necessarily believe that ALL non-American goods are bad. Contrary to popular opinion, it is possible for quality goods to come out of China (eg: Bambu is a high-quality brand that is proudly made in China) and there are just some things you can't make in America (like German Steel knives). The movement of goods and resources across the world is what makes all of our economies possible, and without international trade, most of us wouldn't have very much access to spices, sugar, or salt (and how would your kitchen work then?). The onus is on the manufacturer to create quality goods without exploiting their workers, their consumers, or the world, and here at Kitchenworks, we believe in honoring those manufacturers whenever we can.

Tell us about some of your favorite American-made products in the comments.

 

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