Cooking for the Irish Festival on WCTV this morning!

It was a pleasure to join Asher Wildman and Natalie Rubino on WCTV’s morning show today.  Jessica made colcannon and Ken Winker of the Tallahassee Irish Society shared about the Irish Festival this Saturday, March 12, at Lake Ella, noon-6:00pm.  We hope you drop by KitchenAble during the festival to enjoy a delicious Irish meal!

morning showClick here to see the clip.

“The Dish” on WCTV this morning

Join Us at Hearth & Soul On Saturday February 6

Hearth and SoulValentine’s Day will be here before we know it.  Join KitchenAble for a free demonstration with tasting at Hearth and Soul on Saturday, February 6th starting at 10:00am (until noon). 20151113_175823 Chocolates and flowers are classic gifts to give those you love, Chef Jessica will show you a fabulous way to combine the two  using a few gourmet ingredients you can find in Hearth & Soul .  We hope you can join us:  Hearth and Soul, D-1 1410 Market Street, between Chicken Salad Chick and Momo’s Pizza on Market Square.rose

Buche de Noel- a Christmas Tradition

yule logTis’ the season of celebration and there are many wonderful things and foods that are part of our festivities.  A favorite food for many at Christmas is the “Buche de Noel” or “Yule Log”.  Chef Jessica’s recipe has made her quite popular this time of year- with this being her most requested dessert for catered gatherings.  If you want to have one to share with your guests this holiday season you can order the cake from KitchenAble in your choice of size: small or large.  Please give us at least 7 days advance notice or call if you need it for a specific date or event (and we are happy to prepare it on your personal platter).

20151113_175823We are also happy to offer a very special, decadent treat: Magical Mendiants.  These incredibly decadent disks of dark chocolate are all hand formed in a wide array of rich, beautiful flavors.  Some of our flavor options include:  Hot Chocolate (with organic Saigon cinnamon, raw organic cocoa nibs, and crushed chili pepper flakes), Coconut Cocoa (with dried organic coconut and raw organic cocoa nibs),Cardamom-Black-Pepper-Pistachio, Peppermint, Apricot and Nutmeg, Citrus Zest, Candied Ginger, Hazelnut Praline, Raspberry, Lavender, Dark Cherry, and Pecan- Cranberry.  We make them in our cottage using the traditional French Technique and would be happy to package a platter for your next event or to use as a client gift.  We will warn you- they are addictive!  Call or email to order.

*Both the Buche de Noel and Magical Mendiants are gluten-free.

 

Happy Holidays from KitchenAble

holiday picWe hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving.  As the round of holidays leading up to the new year begins we have a special gift for you.  10% off any cooking classes this December.  You must register for the class by December 7th and enter coupon code “happy holidays 2015” when checking out with Paypal.  We hope your days are merry and bright, and may all your dishes bring delight!

Discount is only valid for classes purchased, not gift certificates or supper clubs. All purchases must be completed by December 7 and classes must be within the month of December 2015.

Find us at the French Country Flea Market this Friday and Saturday

We had so much fun last year and will again be participating in this event hosted by Sweet South Cottage.  This year you can find us under our tents in the “C” area, on the side of the Sweet South Cottage (near the other food vendors).

2015 Market

We will have our famous Herbs de Provence Chicken Salad Croissants, Lemon Event ImageCrepes, Quiche, Aloha Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Mango Slaw, Tossed Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette,  Sweet Potato Bread, Lavender Sugar Cookies, Scottish Shortbread, Mini Trifles- Pumpkin with Sea Salt Caramel and Black Forrest Cake, our custom blend iced tea and many other tasty treats.  Quantities will be limited (and we sold out of many items quickly last year) so visit us early!

 

How to Peel an Avocado

Hopefully you noticed the “Fresh and Appealing” tips we posted last Monday on how to cut a bell pepper.  Today, we are sharing a few more tips on avocados.  We hope you enjoy this and share it with your friends:

We are mixing things up a little

04 09 14_1342_edited-1Thank you for visiting our site.  Please bear with us as we are in the process of making a few changes and hope you’ll return again soon to sample what new things we’ve cooked up.

Fresh and Appealing Video Series

We hope your enjoy this video we created to share one of our favorite techniques for cutting bell peppers.  Next week we will share another video with tips to help you in the kitchen.

Join us September 4 for First Friday!

“Interpreting the joy of living through painting is meaningful to me. I am moved to paint people, nature, still life, and landscapes as a part of everyday life.” -Sandy De Lopez

On Friday, September 4 we hope you will swing by KitchenAble and say hello as we celebrate First Friday!  From 6pm until 9pm we  will offer complementary refreshments and have special guest artist Sandy De Lopez.  Her beautiful paintings will be on display at our cottage and available for purchase.

Sandy DeLopez was born in Chicago, grew up in the Atlanta area, then moved to Germany.  She has called Tallahassee home since 1974.  At Emory University, she studied art history, and then spent hours and days touring all the major European art museums while living in Germany.  After her personal Renaissance in 2008, Sandy began painting with a passion.

Sandy’s work has been shown at the Gadsden Arts Center; FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts; Pond LiliesTallahassee Community College; Tallahassee City Hall; the Marvin Cook Studio; the FSU College of Medicine;  Lemoyne; 1020 Art Gallery; Tallahassee Senior Center; Brokaw McDougall House; Radiology Associates; at a Tallahassee Symphony performance; Forest Meadows Tennis Center; and several local restaurants.  She has won various awards in juried exhibitions.  Her work is also going to be featured September through November, 2015 in the gallery on the 22nd floor of the Florida Capitol.

 Sandy encourages everyone to take the plunge and indulge themselves in art. “Start with any medium: drawing, photography, painting, or sculpture.  Appreciating or producing art is what defines us and connects us as humans.  What we loved naturally as children can be revived in our adult lives.”

We’re Participating in the AARP Boomer Academy

Would yoEvent Imageu like to learn how to prepare healthy meals that don’t cost a lot of money?  Come to this class on July 11, 10:00am at KitchenAble.

KitchenAble Cooking School is participating in the July Boomer Academy for AARP.   Chef Jessica will lead a demonstration cooking class, “Healthy Cooking for 2 on a Budget”. Learn how to prepare healthy and delicious meals on a budget, get some great tips from Chef Jessica and best of all  you will be able to eat what you make!

AARP has been conducting monthly workshops entitled the “Boomer AARP logoAcademy” since January 2013.  Each month a different topic is offered that focuses on areas of interest to Boomers such as writing a book and getting it published, encore entrepreneurs, Medicare 101, healthy active aging, planning for the social side of retirement and civic engagement.  Many of the workshops offered are based on feedback from attendees who tell AARP what they would like to learn more about.  A common request has been healthy eating, eating healthy on a budget and cooking for two.  So how about a class that covers all three areas?  AARP is thrilled to be working with Chef Jessica to offer this class.

IMAG0631AARP is committed to creating and connecting you to valuable resources and tools that help you save money, and tackle the issues that matter most to you, your family and your community. What we do might surprise you.  We’re all about real possibilities.

Use this link to reserve your seat in the upcoming class.  Space is limited so don’t delay!  All are welcome, regardless of age or membership with AARP.