May 6th is Derby Day

by Kitchenworks27. April 2017 11:01

May 6th will mark the 143rd Kentucky Derby run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. Dubbed the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports," the Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States. But the Derby far surpasses any sporting event as a spectacle of fashion and social graces. At the center: the Mint Julep

Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice. Source.

Grab a highball glass and ready your muddlers!

Check out the official Kentucky Derby Mint Julep recipe and get ready to enjoy this longstanding Southern tradition.

Happy Derby Day!

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Our go-to Wedding gifts of 2017

by Kitchenworks24. April 2017 12:45

Wedding season is here again! Let us help you find the perfect gift to celebrate the happy couple. Below are our favorite go-to wedding gift ideas. Check them out online or come and see us in person!

 

Handcrafted Cherry wood salad tongs


These 11" salad tongs are handcrafted from unstained Cherry wood in Louisville, KY, USA. Constructed with solid brass hinge fittings and finished with a food-safe mineral oil. A beautiful addition to any kitchen!

$17.95. View online

  

 

The possibilities are endless with this set of 3 Cuisinart mixing bowls. Constructed of 18/10 stainless steel, the bowls are both dishwasher and freezer-safe; hand-washing is recommended for the plastic lids. 1.5 quarts, 3 quarts, and 1.25 gallons.

Only available in-store. $22.95.

 

 

Epicurean's wood fiber cutting boards always make beautiful gifts. Being that we're in Chapel Hill, we're especially partial to this North Carolina specialty board! Dual-sided, dishwasher safe, and American-made, this cutting or serving board is one of our favorites.

NC only in-store. $25.95. View online selection

 

 

Escali's Primo Digital Scale is the only kitchen scale we carry - and with good reason. The simple 2-button control panel is easy to use and is sealed to protect against spills. It has an 11 lb capacity, and measures in ounces, pounds, and grams.

$29.95. View online

 

 

 

 

Still one of our favorite gadgets, the Oxo Tabletop Spiralizer is a unique and versatile gift for anyone! See our in-depth review here. 3 blades and storage case included.

Only available in-store. $44.95.

 

 

 

 

For the person who has everything! All Clad's Stainless Steel Measuring Cups are a beautiful addition to any kitchen. Styled like miniature All Clad saucepans, the heavy 18/10 stainless cups come in 1/4-, 1/3-, 1/2-, 2/3- and 1-cup sizes.

Only available in-store. $50.00.

 

 

 

The Oxo Chef's Mandoline Slicer is the best of the best in mandolines. An adjustable dial switches the blade between thin, thick, julienne or french fry slices. Flip the blade over for a crinkle cut!

$69.99. View online

 

 

 

 

The Donvier 1 qt Ice Cream Maker features the patented Chillfast cylinder which freezes ice cream, sorbet, and more with minimal effort. Healthy homemade ice cream has never been easier!

$79.95. View online

 

 

 

 

 

If a trip to Italy isn't in the cards, enjoy handmade pasta right at home with the Atlas 150 Marcato Pasta Machine. Made in Italy, this pasta maker is iconic. Comes equipped to make 3 styles of pasta, with additional attachments available. Bon appetit!

$89.99. View online

 

 

 

Prices and availability are current as of April 2017.

Watermelon Slicer

by Kitchenworks25. July 2016 16:19

 

 

We look forward to summer watermelon all year long! This gorgeous new Italian-made gadget makes slicing and serving watermelon a breeze.

Solid 18/10 stainless steel construction quickly slices through a halved watermelon.

Simply follow along the rind to easily produce beautiful even slices.

 

Then flip your grip and squeeze the handles to grab and serve individual slices.

 If you've ever leaked watermelon juice all over the counter or spent 20 minutes wrestling a slippery melon only to serve mangled chunks, this tool is a life-saver! One of our new favorites!

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OXO Spiralizers

by Kitchenworks4. July 2016 13:58

OXO was a little late to the spiralizer game. Other options had been available for quite some time, but OXO's patience and research resulted in two of the most efficient spiralizers on the market.

 

Tabletop Spiralizer

The tabletop version is roughly the size of a loaf of bread and can spin through a sweet potato in no time flat. Three included blades mean endless options for healthy veggie additions.

 

Simply flip the gray lever on the side and the entire unit is secured onto a smooth surface by a large suction pad. Select your blade of choice and pop it into the base- either spaghetti, fettuccine, or ribbon cut. 

 

Slice the end off your veggie and center it on the spiky grip and you're ready to create beautiful noodles, curly fries, or stir fry.

After just one use, it was clear that the OXO tabletop spiralizer is the most intuitive and efficient full-size option that we have seen. We were so impressed that we gave one to our entire staff!

 

 

Handheld Spiralizer

The smaller frame OXO handheld spiralizer is perfect for garnishing salads or adding hidden veggies into your favorite dishes.

 

Like many other handheld options, the mechanism operates much like a pencil sharpener. Simply slice the end off your veggie of choice, center it onto the blade, and twist away. 

As you get closer to the blade, grab your spiky finger guard and continue twisting to get every available bit of veggie. 

This handheld option from OXO has easily become our favorite because it quickly produces noodles with a beautiful round shape. We find the flat cutting section to be significantly easier to clean than conical versions and as usual, the OXO ergonomics are well designed.

 

Overall, OXO has produced the best spiralizer options that we have found. Every morning when we use them to create demos for our customers, we are reminded of why we recommend them so highly.

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Popsicle Season

by Kitchenworks15. June 2016 15:45

Popsicle season is here again! Here's a peek at some of our favorite popsicle molds this summer:

Bug Pops

Six fun molds divided into 3 sets of 2- perfect for smaller batches of pops for little hands. One of the most popular sets!

 

 

Twin Pops

Classic double pops pull apart for easy sharing! One set of 4 double pops.

 

Star Pops

Set of 5 star shaped pops- perfectly patriotic for summer!

Groovy Pops

Larger grooved pops are popular for grownup frozen treats! Set of 6 molds.

Rocket Pops

Nostalgic rocket pops are popular with kids of all ages! Set of 6 pops.

Jewel Pops

The perfect substitute for sugary candy, these small pops are the size of a large lollipop and fit on your finger! Set of 6 jewel pops. 

 

 

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Gifts for Dad

by Kitchenworks13. June 2016 13:51

Father's Day is fast approaching and we have some perfect suggestions to celebrate the family man in your life!

Whisky Stones®

Handcrafted of Vermont soapstone, these 7/8" cubes live in the freezer until it's time for your favorite chilled beverage. Keep your whiskey or wine chilled to perfection without dilution. 9 stones per set, storage bag included.

ScoopTHAT! II

This is not your mother's ice cream scoop. Utilizing specialized heat transfer technology, this hotshot cuts through frozen treats by transferring the heat from your hand into the beveled thermo-ring edge. That means perfect scoops every time with zero struggle. And unlike that anti-freeze antique in the drawer, the ScoopTHAT! is dishwasher safe. In-store only.

rivsalt Himalayan Salt w/Grater

Salt is finally back on the menu. After years of being seen as an unnecessary addition to our diet, we have (thankfully!) circled back around to a mindset of moderation. The salt world has exploded with new and previously unheard of styles of salt from Hawaiian to Peruvian, with the most popular being Pink Himalayan. Mined in the Punjab region of Pakistan from a mine discovered by the troops of Alexander the Great, this unique set will quickly become your favorite addition to the dinner table. In-store only.

  

Porcelain Grilling Grid

This innocent looking pan is the unsung hero of grilled vegetables. Don't waste your time skewering one more kabob or flipping another clunky grill basket. Quickly and easily stir-fry your veggies to grilled perfection. Multiple sizes available.

Epicurean Cutting Board

Constructed of stacked layers of pressed wood fiber, these NSF certified boards offer the look, feel, and knife-friendly qualities of a wooden cutting board, while remaining dishwasher safe. Multiple sizes and styles available.

 

Oxo Travel Mug

Nothing will ruin your day faster than misplaced trust in a travel mug. We can personally attest to the leak-proof guarantee of this simple stainless steel sipper. (One may have been tossed into the backseat while fully loaded with hot coffee.) Push button seal means quick, one-handed access to your everyday hot or cold favorite.

 

 

Brooklyn Brewing Beer Kit 

Brewing beer is an ancient science requiring specialized equipment and ingredients. Unfortunately this means that many of us are hesitant to attempt this time-honored tradition. This all-inclusive brewing kit from Brooklyn Brewing provides everything needed to craft a perfect batch of your favorite brew- No guesswork required. Multiple styles available. In-store only.

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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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6 Ways to Spring Forward Your Coffee Habits

by Kitchenworks10. March 2015 08:22

As we lose an hour of sleep from Daylight Savings this week, you may want a stronger cup of joe to keep some spring in your step! Luckily there are a variety of ways to get your coffee fix -- here are the perks of each: 



Ever craved espresso but balk at losing counterspace to a giant machine? Bialetti has your answer: Made in Italy, this is the original manual stovetop espresso maker. An excellent option for folks who love the craft of espresso, Bialetti’s products allow you to fine tune your brew just how you like it. It’s fast, easy, and available in sizes from 1 to 12 cups.

 

 

If you believe vintage never truly goes out of style, a percolator may be up your alley. First introduced in the early 20th century, percolators maintained popularity until the early 1970’s when electric coffeemakers first hit the market. They’re still common among camping and outdoors enthusiasts for their simplicity and usability without electricity. 

 

 

Pourovers offer a lot of control, both in the strength of the coffee you brew and the temperature of the water used, and produce a cup of joe similar in consistency and flavor to an electric coffeemaker. Like the title suggests, this method entails pouring hot water over your coffee grounds via a reusable filter cone. Filter cones come in ceramic and plastic, as well as an array of sizes.  


Chemex 8 Cup Glass Coffeemaker

 

The most widely known style of pourover is the Chemex, which have spiked in popularity recently. While pourover filter cones vary in filtration, Chemex touts an optimized flow rate to maximize flavor and quality. A Chemex also offers similar user control as standard pourovers, just with fewer moving parts! 


  

Bonjour 3 Cup French Press

 

Another option for manual coffee brewing is the French press. Slightly more involved than a pourover, a French press requires more maintenance in both use and cleanup; however, many feel the quality of coffee you’ll get more than makes up for it! Operating without a filter, french presses allow the natural oils in your coffee beans to produce a richer brew.  New to the French press? This blog post offers a great step-by-step guide to get you started.

 

 

Finally, the most conventional of options, the electric coffeemaker. This mechanized system removes almost all preparation from your plate, some even allowing you to set your machine in sync with your morning alarm. Some folks feel electric coffeemakers offer a limited depth of flavor in comparison to other brewing methods, but it’ll certainly still get the job done.

 

 

One wonderful thing about coffee is that no two cups are the same: in both preparation and the beans themselves, there’s enough variation for everyone to find their style.

 

Join us on Pinterest for more coffee tidbits, recipes, and more!

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Haitian Art

by Gia3. November 2013 18:37

 Across the back wall of our store, we have a huge Haitian art display.

Each item is a unique, handcrafted, piece of art imported straight from Haiti. 

 

 Using recycled 55-gallon oil drums, the artist first removes both round ends of the drum and places these inside the cylinder along with dried banana or sugar cane leaves. He sets this on fire, to burn off any paint or residue. When cooled down, the artist then cuts the round drum from top to bottom. The flattening process is a sight to behold, as one of the artists’ helpers will climb inside the drum and using all his weight, push with feet, legs, arms and shoulders to open it up.  It is then pounded into a flattened "metal canvas" of approximately 3" x 6". With chalk, the design is drawn onto the metal sheet. Using hammer, chisel and various primitive tools, the shape is cut and the various decorative patterns are pounded into the metal. The finished design is signed by the artist and coated with a protective finish.

 

 

Haitian steel art began in the early 1950's with a simple blacksmith: Georges Liautaud. In his small shop, he made and repaired tools and created primitive metal crosses for the graves in the Croix-des-Bouquets cemetery. It was at the encouragement of an American teacher, DeWitt Peters, who in 1944 opened the Le Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince, that Georges Liautaud expanded into the creation of decorative metal sculptures. A few talented men apprenticed under him, and this tradition has continued. 

Click here to check out our Haitian Art! 

History and info courtesy of http://www.haitimetalart.com/

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Happy Birthday to Us!

by Gia26. October 2013 13:45

On October 5th, we celebrated our 29th birthday! We had giveaways, promos, sweet treats and demos from professional food producer Debbie Debetino! Check out the festivities below. 

 

 Our Chapel Hill storefront, all decked out for the occasion.

 

 

Our birthday cake, courtesy of Sugarland Bakery in Chapel Hill.

 

 

Our awesome prize wall!

 

 

Swivel peeler test kitchen

 

 

Apple Corer/Slicer test kitchen

 

 

Corn tools test kitchen

 

 

Our sweet salespeople work the crowd.

 

 

Come and get it!

 

 

Our Lucky Winners!

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