Join the French Bistro Cooking Class on Saturday, Feb 6th

Join Chef Cesidio D’Andrea on Saturday, February 6th from 5-7 pm, for a feast of favorite French Bistro Specialties!

Menu includes: Galette de Pommes de Terre, Remoulade de Legumes and Smoked Salmon (Potato Galette served with a mix of Julienned Vegetables in a Remoulade sauce with Smoked Salmon); Classical French Beef Tartars served with a chilled Ratatouille; and for dessert, Chocolate Egg Tartlette with a Berry Coulis.

The cost for this demonstration class is just $59 per person. To reserve your seat, call 512-266-5666.

Improve your Knife Skills with our HANDS ON Knife Skills Class, Sat. January 30th!

Angry pepper sliceDo you get nervous in the kitchen because your cutting skills just aren’t up to par?  Well, here’s your solution… Join us on Saturday, January 30th, as Ethan Hamme of Messermeister Cutlery teaches you to handle your knives like a pro!  Ethan is a true knife professional with years of experience teaching regular people like us how to handle knives.

In this HANDS-ON 1-1/2 hour workshop, you’ll learn to grip, chop, cut, dice, slice, julienne, chiffonade, mince, peel, coarse cut, puree and more! You’ll also learn how to care for your knives, how to use a steel to maintain them, and how to properly clean and store them.

Three sessions of this workshop are offered at 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 2 pm.  The cost is just $25 per person, and the knowledge you’ll gain is priceless. To reserve your seat, call 512-266-5666!

Learn the BASIC TECHNIQUES of Cooking with our 5-Part SIMPLIFY Series Starting January 2016

Katy with ChickenSIMPLIFY 5-Week Hands-On Cooking Class Series, starting Tuesday, January 26th! Would you like to improve your culinary skills in the kitchen? Then this 5-Part Cooking Series with Chef Katy Parker is for you- whether you’re a total beginner, or just looking to brush up on your skills and expand your culinary knowledge! In five relaxed, fun-filled HANDS-ON classes, you’ll learn to prepare healthful, delicious food, while learning about basic cooking equipment and menu planning; knife skills; and how to steam, sauté, roast, slice, dice and chop. No matter what your current level of experience, you’ll become a more capable, confident cook.

Week 1– Knife Skills, Pantry Stocking / Equipment;
Week 2– Advanced Knife Skills, Soups and Stocks, Basic Sauces;
Week 3– Roasting, Saute, Basic Pan Sauce, Emulsions;
Week 4– Searing, Baking, Custards;
Week 5– Grilling, Marinades, Composed Salad, Pasta Making.

Class will meet EACH Tuesday for 5 weeks, and a light meal will be included with each session.

Choose EITHER the Morning session (10 am to Noon)  OR  the Evening Session (6 pm to 8 pm). To reserve your seat, call us at 512-266-5666. Space is limited, so call soon! The cost for this HANDS-ON class series is $249 per person.

Psst… want to add more Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to your daily diet? Take THIS class!

green and red healthy food It’s no secret that fresh produce is incredibly good for you. But sometimes it’s hard to break out of our usual routine and come up with some new ways to feed your family on your own.

We’re here to help!  On Saturday, January 16th from 5-7 pm, join us for a Fresh Start Class: Add Delicious, Fast and Energizing Plant-Based Foods to Your Diet, with Chef Marsha Paisley!  In this Introductory Raw Foods class, we will make several green smoothies (using her Vitamix), an easy and filling salad, a lovely nut pate, a marinara sauce with zucchini “noodles” (spiralizer), hemp brownies and the best carrot cake ever……all without sugar, flour, gluten, soy or eggs.

Chef Marsha isn’t trying to turn everyone into Raw Foodists, but rather she wants to show everyone how simple it is to increase the amount of fresh produce in your daily life. Her creative, delicious recipes will make a believer of you! Recipes and small meal provided. The cost for this demonstration class is $49 per person.

Do you have a Baker on your list this holiday season? Give the gift of a Bundt Cake Pan!

bundt_cakeMaking beautiful cakes is easy when you let the Bundt pan do the work for you!

It’s simple to make an elegant dessert! Choose a beautiful Bundt pan, bake your cake, then put on a tasty glaze and a few decorative accents, and you have a dessert fit for any holiday occasion.

Nordicware Bundt Pans are proudly made in the USA of sturdy aluminum with a nonstick coating. They have lots of fine detail, but with a good spritz of “Baker’s Joy“, the cakes pop out easily with the design cleanly defined.

The Classic Bundt is always appropriate, or try one of their fun designs like the Rose, Heart, Bavaria or the new Square. ($32.99-$39.99)

If you’re bringing your cake to a party, or just need a place to store it, check out our Bundt Keepers! ($22.99)

Get Poppin’! The Whirley Pop is perfect for Popcorn Lovers of all ages!

WhirlyPopHand-cranked stove top popcorn poppers are the BEST way to make movie theater style popcorn at home!  The Whirley Pop Popcorn Maker is a favorite for families and popcorn lovers alike who adore the taste of hot, fresh popcorn straight from the cinema – without having to leave the kitchen!

Fun FacesThe Whirley Popcorn Popper is simple and easy to use, and it’s fun, too! Just place the popper on the burner of your gas or electric cooktop, put in the oil and kernels, and start turning the crank. You’ll hear it start to pop in less than a minute. The Whirley-Pop makes twice as much as a standard bag of microwave popcorn – up to 6 quarts in less than 3 minutes! Plus, this homemade popcorn maker gives you mouthwatering flavor with every kernel popped to perfection- no old maids! Invite your family over for a movie night complete with movie theater popcorn made fresh in the Whirley Popcorn Popper, along with your favorite popcorn toppings. (Original Whirley Pop- $29.95)

Give a Whirley Pop, a 5-Pack of their delicious popcorn and seasoning, and a package of Funny Face Popcorn Boxes for a GREAT Family Gift!

Let the gift of Waffles bring your family a JOYOUS start to their day!

Waffle CuisWhip up thick and fluffy waffles and make perfect pancakes, all in one easy-to-use appliance! The ever-so-convenient Cuisinart Breakfast Central comes with waffle and pancake plates, all dishwasher safe to make cleanup quick and easy. This waffle maker also features an adjustable temperature control with six settings so you can determine how golden and crispy you’d like your waffles or pancakes. Indicator lights and an audible beep alert you when your breakfast is ready. ($99.99)

StonewallPair this with a can or an assortment of Stonewall Kitchen Pancake and Waffle Mixes for the perfect family gift! With flavors like Pumpkin, Gingerbread, Traditional, Chocolate Chip and more- even Gluten-Free– You’ll find flavors that will delight even the pickiest eaters. Don’t forget a bottle of Traditional Maine Maple Syrup, Blueberry Syrup or Cinnamon-Apple Syrup!

Shop Faraday’s for Hot Gift Ideas for HER

Her 11. A unique piece of Polish Pottery
We have dozens of different pieces of Polish Pottery, in a huge variety of coordinating patterns with prices ranging from $15- $400. Each piece is hand painted and unique!

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2. A S’Well Bottle
The hottest gift of the season, the S’Well bottle keeps your hot drinks for 12 hours, and your cold drinks for 24. With more than 50 combinations of size and color, you’re sure to find one to suit anyone on your list! ($32-45)

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3. Zwilling Pro Rocking Santoku
What can we say?  A forged German knife with a comfortable curve to the blade, perfect for everything from garlic to watermelons– the Zwilling Pro Rocking Santoku is the best addition to any kitchen! And it’s on sale, too! ($99.99)

Her 44.  3.5 Quart Oval Wide Oven from Le Creuset- SAVE $70!
Soups, stews, roasts… you’ll never run out of ideas to cook in this pot. And it’s this year’s special Le Creuset promotion, too- was $250, now $180!

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5. Nora Fleming Serving Pieces and Minis
Instead of having decorative platters and bowls for different seasons- and having to store them in the off-season- why not get ONE piece that you can change out for the holiday?  Nora Fleming lets you do just that with platters, bowls, bakers and more, and a wide assortment of “Minis” for every occasion! ($12.50- $48)

Hot Gift Ideas for HIM

Him 11. 3-Piece “Build-a-Block” Set from Shun Classic
With an 8″ Chef’s Knife, Honing Steel and 11-slot Knife block,this is a great functional starting point to build a customized Shun set. Normally, these three pieces would be $300, but we have the set for just $149.99!
Him 22. New Metrokane Electric Wine Opener
Place on top of a wine bottle and push it down lightly- the opener does the rest.  Opening wine bottles is just that easy! ($49.99)
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 3.Whiskey Wedge- for the discerning drinker
The more surface area your ice has, the faster it melts.  With only one side of the ice exposed to the liquid, the Whiskey Wedge lets you enjoy your whiskey, vodka, bourbon or what-have-you at full strength, deliciously cold! ($17.99)
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4. Slow Fires Cookbook
Winter is the perfect time to cook things long and slow. This new release explores the fundamental techniques of braising, roasting, and grilling, with plenty of recipes for experimenting!  ($40.00)
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5. 2-Piece Messermeister Royale Elité Set – with Walnut Handles!
These beauties have the same incredible blade you find on Messermeister’s Meridian Elité line, but with a smooth, elegant walnut handle. An 8″ Chef Knife and a 3.5″ Paring Knife provide glamour for your kitchen! ($249.99)

Straight from Poland- the finest Polish Pottery!

PolishWe have a huge assortment of Polish Pottery in right now!  With pieces like mugs, platter, bowls of all shapes and sizes and much more, there’s a gift for everyone on your list.  Polish Pottery is stoneware, made from white clay and fired twice at very high temperatures. This double-firing  makes it very durable and functional. Each piece is safe for use in the oven, microwave and dishwasher, and perfect for daily use. Glazes are lead and cadmium free.

Thanks to the similar color palette and repeated design motifs,  Polish Pottery is easy to mix and match. Don’t worry about having everything be in the same design – pairing different designs makes each stand out as a piece of individual usable art. We have ramekins, bowls, casseroles, platters, serving dishes and much more on hand.

Small pieces of Polish Pottery start at $15 and range upward of $250 for larger, more ornate pieces. Add to a collection, or start a new one!