If you haven't checked your mailbox lately, you have not seen our new catalog. Go ahead and go check! We will wait for you.....While the rest of us wait let's look at something yummy:
Lamb Curry: So very yummy!! I will share the recipe later. (Yeah, I know, I'm a tease that way).
Okay, you have the new CHEFS catalog! What do you think? Isn't the mixer on the cover amazing? Oh, and it is our first catalog for summer, and our product experts have included many great products for grilling, ice cream and all those summer favorites.
This is also the first new product I wanted to show you. We worked with Seattle artist Nicole Dinardo again for the design of the mixer. If you think back, she is the very talented artist that painted the designs for the Holiday Giveaway Mixers, too!
The mixer itself is a KitchenAid Artisan 5-quart Stand Mixer. While it is available in 26 different colors, we decided we wanted to do something special to celebrate Mom. The Mom's Kitchen stand mixer is a very limited edition: are only 16 of them made. And they are only available at CHEFS Catalog. We think it is the Ultimate Mother's Day Gift!
As an added bonus, we are giving away a Limited Edition Mom's Kitchen KitchenAid Stand Mixer. There is still plenty of time to enter the drawing if you haven't done so, and to invite your friends. When you fill out the entry form, there is a place to notify your friends of the giveaway. For each friend that enters, you will get an additional entry into the drawings. So, tell everyone you know! Giveaway update: this giveaway is closed.
We worked with Seattle artist Nicole Dinardo again for the design of the mixer. She did the designs for the mixers we did during the holiday giveaway, too!
For the rest of this week, we will be looking at some of the new products that we are introducing in our Summer Catalog. Today, however, I wanted to share a few new, fun items that I really liked. By the way, if you use Google Catalog on you tablet or phone, you can find CHEFS catalogs there, too.
I can't remember how many times I have scalded myself trying to juggle straining pasta or a stock, while trying to reserve the liquid without the contents inside the pot coming tumbling out. I was immediately smitten when I saw Chef's Planet Clip & Drain Strainer.
Made of heat-safe silicone, the strainer features a clip and silicone gripper on the back to attach the strainer snugly to most any saucepan. For those recipes where you are reserving the stock or want to keep the contents inside the pan, this strainer is ideal!
I also tried it on a mixing bowl in which I had strawberries macerating. When it came time to drain the juice away, I pulled out my Clip & Drain and strained the strawberry juice in to my saucepan.
Who doesn't love homemade ice cream in the summer? I always spent childhood summers with my grandparents, in the heart of South Texas where ice cream was always a welcome way to beat the heat. And when rock salt was on the grocery list, ice cream wouldn't be far behind. And one afternoon after the rock salt was purchased, there would be my granddad sitting on the front porch cranking the old-fashioned ice cream maker. Oh, lovely, lovely ice cream!
In true grandparent style, Grandma didn't just give us a bowl of ice cream, but banana splits or sundaes. Bananas, chocolate syrup, strawberries, caramel, whipped cream; all the ingredients to make the ultimate ice cream treat were all there to enjoy. And we always used special ice cream bowls or boat-shaped banana split bowls—Grandma knew how to do ice cream right!
When our product experts brought in these new Libbbey ice cream dishes, they sent me right back to my childhood. These clear glass dessert dishes each have the classic ice cream parlor shapes. The Libby Fountain Shoppe Banana Split Set is the classic, boat-shaped, banana split bowls. The Supreme Sundae Dish is a large, 17-ouce, footed dessert dish. What brownie sundae wouldn't look more appetizing arriving at the table in that bowl? And the Classic Soda Set contains tall, 12-ounce soda fountain glasses, perfect for milkshakes, ice cream floats, parfaits and smoothies.
If your family members are ice cream lovers, you will want these classic ice cream bowls and glasses. They will make every dish of ice cream just a little special.
Here's another new Libbey item that you will want for the summer, the Selena Chip & Dip Bowl. It is awesome at the obvious function--serving chips and dip. But I put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes then put in fruit and dip for a party. I also used it as a Jell-O mold (don't hate me, Libbey), for a layered jell-o dessert. The clear glass bowl showed off the layers perfectly. I put whipped cream in the center dish when I used it as a mold, which allowed guests to spoon the amount that they wanted on their portion.
Unlike many chip and dip sets which are in an obvious themed design or very shallow, the design of the Libbey Selene Chip & Dip bowl lends itself to being useful in other ways. The clear, glass design may seem plain and utilitarian at first glance, but it will blend into any table decor or theme. It is a great and stylish serving piece at a very affordable price.
I know you have seen this item on one of those weekend morning infomercials. And no, we haven't lost out minds: the Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker is awesome! We sent the machine home with a couple of our employees, as we do with most of our products under consideration, and had them test it for an extended period.
Here are the basics: the Yonanas uses frozen bananas, plus any combination of frozen fruit, to make a smooth, creamy soft-serve type dessert. Recipes are included with the machine, but it is easy to come up with your own fruity combinations.
The Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker comes with a set of reusable ice pop molds. No more freezing overripe bananas and only getting to use them in banana bread. Now you can serve up a delicious, healthier dessert in just a few minutes using that overripe fruit. Perfect for those hot summer nights when you want a quick, flavorful dessert that is guilt-free.
Summer is the time for movies. From the blockbusters to the classics, all movies are better with popcorn.
The Waring Pro Professional Popcorn Maker is a workhorse of a popcorn maker. Utilizing halogen heating, this home popcorn machine will pop up to 20-cups of theater-style popcorn.
What does halogen heating really mean? The halogen heating system heats up very quickly. Additionally, the unit heats up evenly helping to prevent hot and cold spots on the cooking surface of the popper, unlike many electric popcorn makers. To release the steam that occurs during popping and help keep the popcorn crisp, the lid has build in steam vents.
To help keep the popcorn on the healthy side of snacks, the Waring popcorn maker only requires 2 tablespoons of oil to make the 20-cups of popcorn. The Waring popcorn popper has a built in stirring arm that circulated the kernels and distributes the cooking oil for light airy popcorn every time. Once the popcorn is finished popping, invert the machine and use the lid as a serving bowl. It just doesn't get much easier than that!
Taco recipes are still very popular this year. Especially fish tacos, I have noticed. And every taco needs to start with a good tortilla.
In most large grocery stores, you will find prepackaged flour and corn tortillas. But homemade is better—especially with a corn tortilla. To me, store bought corn tortillas loose all of the nutty flavor of the corn, and they are usually too thick and dried out. Trust me, homemade are much, much better. And they aren't any harder to make than pie dough.
The basic corn tortilla recipe is 2 cups of masa harina (aka, masa flour, corn masa mix, or Nixtamal) and 1-1/2 to 2 cups of warm water. Mix the water and masa together and let the mixture stand for 5 minutes or so. Knead the dough until smooth, adding a little more water if the dough is crumbly or a little more masa harina if it leaves paste on your hands. Divide the dough into 16-18 balls. Then press the dough between the plates of a tortilla press lines with wax paper or plastic.
Why a tortilla press and not a rolling pin? Flour tortillas are elastic, thanks to a good amount of gluten. And while you could use a rolling pin on the corn tortilla, the dough is very soft and it is hard to get it even with a rolling pin. With a tortilla press: place a round ball of dough between layers of wax paper, close the plates, squeeze shut with the handle—round tortilla ready for the griddle.
If you like fresh corn tortillas, you need a good tortilla press in your kitchen.
Featuring tempered glass panels, you can watch your toast turn golden brown in the toaster. Or if you are like me where level 4 isn't enough but level 5 is too much toasting, you can watch and then stop the toaster at just the point you desire. With 7-levels of adjustment, a defrost setting and reheat function, getting toast just the way you want it is no longer a morning struggle.
The long slot of the toaster is perfect for artisan breads, but will also toast English muffins, bagels, toaster pastries and more, to perfection.
And as promised, the lamb curry. I made it the other night, and it was extremely delicious and pretty. I used Jamie Oliver's recipe from the Food Network. You can find the recipe here. The only change I made was to add some potato and carrots. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.