Brew up a Cool, Refreshing Treat with the Capresso Iced Tea Maker!

Capresso Iced Tea Maker (PRNewsFoto/Capresso)

Capresso Iced Tea Maker (PRNewsFoto/Capresso)

Who enjoys a great tasting glass of home-brewed ice tea? The stainless steel Capresso Iced Tea Maker will make two and a half quarts of tea, using loose tea or tea bags, in the touch of a button. The glass pitcher, with an easy-pour spout, comes with a lid so you can store your tea right in it. The energy efficient brewer has an automatic shutoff feature, and a flavor enhancer allows you to brew to the strength you desire.Getting tired of tea?  You can use it for making iced coffee, too!  ($59.99)

After you’ve brewed your tea, try this recipe from Southern Living for a treat:

Mint Julep Sweet Tea

1/2 cup  loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1   lemon, sliced
2 tablespoons  sugar
3 cups  cold sweetened tea
1 cup  bourbon
Crushed ice
Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Combine first 3 ingredients in a 2-qt. pitcher. Press mint leaves against sides of pitcher with back of spoon to release flavors. Stir in tea and bourbon. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.

$10 Spiralizing Workshop, Saturday, August 15th- make Noodles from Vegetables!

Zucchini Spaghetti with cheese, garlic and basil. Selective focus

Zucchini Spaghetti

Spiralizing is the art of making “noodles” out of vegetables and fruit with a specialized cutter known as a Spiralizer. These noodles can be cooked or eaten raw, with a huge variety of toppings.  It’s a fantastic way to eat healthfully without giving up the pasta flavors you love!

On Saturday, August 15th, Join Austin’s own Amanda Love, chef, nutrition consultant, and teacher of nutrition and healthy living, as she demonstrates three delicious dishes all made with a Spiralizer. She’ll be making:

Spiralized Summer Squash with Basil, Chevre and Pine Nuts

Sesame Ginger Miso Cucumber Salad

Apple Mint Salad

You’ll be able to sample each dish, and you’ll get the recipes.  We have two sessions of this one hour workshop scheduled, at 9:30 am and 11:30 amThe cost is $10 per person.

To reserve your seat, call 512-266-5666.

On Saturday, August 8th, Learn how fun and easy it can be to make SUSHI at home!

Friend cooking sushi roll at home

Making Sushi at Home

Discover how fun and easy it can be to create a beautiful sushi feast at home! This hands-on class will teach you how to prepare fish, vegetables and basic condiments for use in sushi rolls.

You’ll practice rolling your own maki (rolls) and temaki (hand rolls) as local Chef Mary Helen Leonard demonstrates the art of slicing fish for nigiri and sashimi. The class will start off with a garden salad topped with freshly made restaurant-style ginger dressing, and wrap up with scoops of handmade lemon-ginger ice cream.

This class will take place on Saturday, August 8th from 5 – 7:30 pm. The cost is $65 per person.

To reserve your seats, call 512-266-5666 TODAY!

New Nora Fleming Serveware – Stylish for any occasion!

Nora 1Entertain with style and simplicity! You’ll love this line of white and wooden serveware that you dress up by plugging in different miniature accents!  With 6 different service pieces and 24 different miniatures (so far!) you’ll find the perfect additions to your table, and be able to change them out by the season. It’s fun to collect these interchangeable miniatures for every occasion.  We have bowls, chip-and-dips, platters, trays and some wooden cheeseboards.

NOra 2

Miniatures have a small silicone plug (so they’re heat-proof!) that inserts securely into a small hole on the rim of each piece.  This allows you to change the look from Christmas, to Easter, to Summer, to Fall- whatever you want.  There’s a huge variety of miniatures available and they’re fun to collect!

Prices start at $30 for bowls and platters, and miniatures are just $12.50. We even have a display case to hold your miniatures so you can enjoy them year round!  Check out the Nora Fleming VIDEO

The look of a Crystal Wine Glass, with the durability of Polycarbonate…

ClickStrahl’s “Click Clack” beverage ware is a high quality line that combines the strength of polycarbonate with the clarity and elegance of glass. Click Clack does not shatter, making it an extremely safe alternative to glass- and think of all the money you’ll save not replacing broken wine glasses! These glasses are dishwasher safe, too, so they will not crack, cloud or craze in the dishwasher.

We have three different sizes/styles of wine glasses, including the popular stemless wines. Priced from $10.99 to $12.99, you can afford to outfit the outdoor bar with these- and then not have to worry about them again.

Better than just a grill brush… a JUMBO Grill Brush!

Clean twice the area in half the time, with this Jumbo Grill Brush from Outset!  Long enough for both hands, and with an extra handhold to give you better leverage, you’ll bust through grill-cleaning chores. Brass bristles clean between the grates, and a stainless steel scraping blade lets you get extra-tough areas.  There’s a handy hanging loop for storage. ($12.99)

Grill Brush

Colorful NEW Designs of Aprons, Potholders, Mitts and Kitchen Towels!

APronsPurple, orange, lime green, and turquoise are just a few tones of the vivid color assortment we’ve got, now that our summer textile order has arrived!  And you won’t believe the aprons-  we have a HUGE assortment available right now, for kids, men and women! It’s probably the BEST apron selection in Texas!

To go with our aprons, we have potholders, mitts, towels and more available.  Mix and match colors and patterns, or go with a solid that accents your kitchen. You’re sure to find something just perfect!  Most aprons are $24.99.

Free Natural Beauty Solutions Demonstration and Book Signing with Chef Mary Helen Leonard

Natural Beauty BookAre you interested in eliminating chemicals and artificial ingredients from your daily beauty routine? You’ll be very interested in this new book by local blogger, author and Chef, Mary Helen Leonard, which features all-natural beauty products you can make at home using pure, safe and clean ingredients, many of which you may already have in your kitchen.

On Saturday, July 11th, from 11-1, Mary Helen will be demonstrating a few of her recipes from her new book.  She’ll be making an Alpha Hydroxy Facial Masque, Whipped Body Butter, and Soothing Lip Balm. When you attend this demo, you’ll get a sample of each product to take home with you.  Mary Helen will also be signing copies of her brand new book, Natural Beauty Solutions, after the class.

Don’t miss out!  This is great for people of any age that are interested in taking better care of their skin!

There is no charge for this demo, but reservations are recommended.

Call 512-266-5666 TODAY!

Canning 101 – Learn the Art of Canning and Preserving in this 3-Part Series!

Peach Jam for WebsiteIn this 3- part demonstration series taking place Saturday, July 18th, July 25th and August 1st, 10:00 am to 12 noon, Local Author and Food Preservation Instructor Kate Payne will show you three different styles of canning.

Week 1, July 18: Basics of Jam and Sweet Preserves
Start making your own jams and sweet preserves using simple and seasonal ingredients. In this class we will work with Texas peaches.

Week 2, July 25 Fresh Pickling Basics
Pickling with vinegar allows us to preserve local produce for pantry storage and enjoy pickled snacks and appetizers all year long. In this demonstration-style class attendees will learn how to make pickled okra.

Week 3, August 1: Canning Summer Tomatoes
Attendees will learn the essentials of using a pressure canner to put up summer’s tomato bounty to enjoy fresh, homemade sauces all year long.

Each class will last two hours, and at the end of each class, participants will take home a recipe and methodology packet, as well as a jar of peach jam, pickled okra or tomatoes. The cost for this 3-part class series is $149 per person, or take single classes for $55 each.

For a more complete description of this class series, click here.

To reserve your spot, call 512-266-5666!

Give Dad a SMOKIN’ HOT Father’s Day gift…

Camerons-Products-Stovetop-SmokerSince we opened a decade ago, the Stovetop Smoker by Cameron has been one of our most consistent sellers. Why? Because all the succulent flavors of wood smoking can now be available indoors in just minutes.  Imagine a salmon fillet in 20 minutes… or a delicious pork tenderloin in less than 30.  Beef, seafood, poultry, pork, vegetables… the possibilities are everywhere!

The stovetop smoker is constructed of heavy-gauge stainless steel, and at 11 by 15 inches, it’s big enough to cook for the whole family. The lid slides on for a tight seal, so food gets smoked, but your kitchen doesn’t. Additional features include a drip tray rack and retractable handles for easy storage.  Cleanup is simple- just brush the wood chips out, then toss it in the dishwasher.

The Stovetop Smoker is available in two sizes- the Original ($59.99), or the Mini ($38.99), great for one or two servings.  Chip refills are just $3.99 and available in several different woods.