Plan NOW for Summer Chef Kids Camp 2015 at Faraday’s Kitchen Store!

Camp 257x300 Plan NOW for Summer Chef Kids Camp 2015 at Faradays Kitchen Store!Our 7th season of Summer Kids Chef Camp is now up on our website and ready for registration Chef Larson Washington will lead camp once again, with all new weekly themes and exciting new recipes.  This year we’re offering 10 fun weeks from which you can choose.

Summer Kids Chef Camp offers a wonderful opportunity for your children (ages 7-15) to learn HANDS ON how to cook and prepare meals, while learning advanced cooking techniques, proper sanitation, menu development and plate design. Cooking instruction will be hands-on, and campers will receive recipes to take home with them.  Each week has a different theme, from International foods to Texas favorites.  There are two “Restaurant Battle” weeks, and we even have a Gluten-Free week!

To find out more about our camp sessions including weekly themes, menus and pricing, Click Here.

Camp2 258x300 Plan NOW for Summer Chef Kids Camp 2015 at Faradays Kitchen Store!NEW THIS YEAR: Encourage your child’s cooking experience by purchasing them an Exclusive PERSONALIZED Starter Knife Kit from Wusthof!  The kit includes a 6″ Wusthof Gourmet Chef Knife with your child’s name engraved on it, a Paring Knife, Kitchen Shears, Knife Sharpener, and Canvas Case to store them in. These are not plastic children’s tools, these are actual high-quality German steel knives made in Solingen, Germany. The knife kit is $99.99, and is something your child will treasure for years to come.  You’re not going to find this set anywhere else- it’s being made exclusively for Faraday’s!

This summer, we’re bringing fun and great flavors to the Lake Travis area!

PERSONALIZED Knife Kit from Wüsthof- perfect for Kids, Teens or Adults!

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We’re excited to offer this EXCLUSIVE Personalized starter knife kit from Wüsthof!

Included in the Wüsthof kit are: a 6″ Wüsthof Gourmet Chef’s Knife, a 3″ Spear Point Paring Knife, Kitchen Shears, a Two-Step Sharpener, and a canvas carrying case.   The 6″ Chef Knife will have the name of your choice engraved on it.  The knives are made in Solingen, Germany from fine German steel that holds its edge beautifully and is easy to maintain.

These tools are perfect for anyone who is starting their cooking journey, whether a child enrolled in our Summer Chef Camp or a teen heading to college.  They’re also just the thing if you like to bring your own knives with you when you travel.  The value of this Wüsthof set is $160, but for this brief time you can get it, engraving included, for just $99.99!

You are not going to find this set being offered anywhere else– it is a Faraday’s Exclusive, being made just for us!  We are taking special orders for this set ONLY THROUGH APRIL 15th, and the kits will be engraved and delivered by May 20, 2015.  Don’t miss out on this limited-time opportunity to get a PERSONALIZED knife set for yourself or your favorite cook!  Call 512-266-5666 and press 3 TODAY and order your own engraved Wüsthof Knife Kit.

Cook How You Want, When You Want with the all NEW Cuisinart 4 Quart Slow Cooker!

Cuis Multicooker 232x300 Cook How You Want, When You Want with the all NEW Cuisinart 4 Quart Slow Cooker!Cooking in a slow cooker is great and economical way to cook, but to get the best flavor out of meats you should brown them first.  This usually means that you’re using a frying pan, which you then have to wash.

Wouldn’t you rather do it all in one vessel?  Then you should check out the NEW Cuisinart 4 Quart 3-in-1 Multicooker!

This innovative slow cooker has a all new nonstick metal insert and a saute function, meaning that you can bring it up to a high heat to sear and brown, before turning it down to a low temperature to slow cook.  All in one pot- so less cleaning to do. You can also saute or steam. With 24 hour programmability for the slow cooking, it’s just what you need to have dinner ready for the table as soon as you get home.  (Our Price: $129)

Get Slicing with an OXO V-Blade Mandoline!

OXO Mandoline 268x300 Get Slicing with an OXO V Blade Mandoline!If you want your food to look its very best, the key is making your cuts even and equal in size. If you’re not confident in your knife skills, or want to do the job more quickly, a mandoline slicer is the key to success.

The OXO Mandoline V-Blade Slicer ($44.99) lets you change the thickness of the cut just by turning a dial.  You can also do two sizes of julienne cuts, as well as waffle cuts.  With the V shaped blade, you can do softer foods such as tomatoes. Making a gratin? Slice your veggies with your mandoline.  For a pie with a perfect filling, slice your fruit on your mandoline to ensure it all cooks at the same speed.

For salads, pizza toppings, desserts, baked dishes, and more, use your mandoline slicer.  (Just be sure to use the hand guard- those blades are SHARP!)

Vegetable Melange

1 large zucchini
1 large carrot
1 large leek, white part only, outer leaves removed
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Shave the zucchini and carrot into thin ribbons using a mandoline to make long, thin strips. Slice the leek into long slices.

Saute leek in butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the zucchini and carrot, and saute 2-3 minutes, or until leek is tender.

Remove from heat, toss with lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

We’re DIZZY for the Zyliss Salad Spinner!

Spinner 267x300 Were DIZZY for the Zyliss Salad Spinner!Don’t you just hate watery salads?  The dressing gets diluted and all slides to the bottom of your bowl, instead of clinging to each bite of your carefully prepared salad.

The key to keeping your dressing in place is to ensure that your salad fixings are DRY before dressing them.  The easiest way to do that is to give them a spin in a Zyliss Salad Spinner ($29.99) after you wash them.  A few quick pumps and the water has been spun out of the greenery into the outer bowl.

The Salad Spinner is also great for drying berries after you wash them, too!

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 cup good Balsamic Vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of sugar
3/4 cup Texas Hill Country extra-virgin olive oil

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and a pinch of sugar.

Slowly add 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, whisking until emulsified. Or shake the ingredients in a jar, or whirl them in a blender.

Change this up by using an infused olive oil, such as Lemon or Garlic, or a fruit balsamic of your choice. We have some great options from Texas Hill Country Olive Company or Spicewood Bistro!

Recipe adapted from marthastewart.com

The Ultimate Healthy Eating Tool… a Vitamix!

Vitamix Pro 300 2 246x300 The Ultimate Healthy Eating Tool... a Vitamix!The key to healthy eating is consuming a diet rich in whole foods like fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Some people find it difficult to consistently incorporate fresh whole foods into their diet because they find the preparation either too time consuming or too challenging. Having a Vitamix makes it easier to eat lots of whole-foods and definitely cuts the preparation time down to a bare minimum for many tasks.

What can you make in your Vitamix? How about Smoothies, Juices, Soups, Dressings, Marinades, Sauces and Dips; or make your own Ice Cream, Sorbet or Baby food.  You can even make your own Nut Butters and grind your own Whole Grain Flours.

You are sure to find dozens, if not hundreds, of uses for your Vitamix.  To get you started, Vitamix includes a hard-bound Cookbook with more than 300 recipes that will inspire you.  We carry four different models of the Vitamix, with prices starting at $399.99.

Try this to add some greens to your diet:

Healthy Cinnamon Apple Smoothie 

1 cup apple juice
1 pear, cored and sliced
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 cup fresh spinach
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup ice

Pour apple juice into a blender; top with pear, apple, spinach, cinnamon, and ice in that order. Cover and blend until smooth.

Recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com

It’s getting cold again… warm up with our healthy Asian Soups cooking class this Saturday, January 24th!

iStock Asian Soup sm 234x300 Its getting cold again... warm up with our healthy Asian Soups cooking class this Saturday, January 24th!Broths are one of the easiest, healthiest things you can make.   It’s also a great way to use up something that would have gone to waste- bones and leftover meat.  In addition, it is loaded with amino acids, minerals and gelatin, all of which make it great for your bones, joints and digestive system.

This Saturday, January 24th from 5 to 7pm,  Chef Jessica Pearson will teach you to make Beef Bone Broth, as well as Dashi, an Asian stock. She’ll then teach you to turn them into wonderful Asian-inspired Soups. Menu includes: Dashi Stock, which she will make into Spicy Kale Miso Soup; and Beef Bone Broth, which will become Beef Pho. Dessert will be a lovely Almond Cake. The cost for this demonstration class is $49 per person.

To reserve your seat, call us at 512-266-5666 and press extension 3.

The healthy Spiralizer… make tasty Noodles out of Vegetables or Fruit!

Spiralizer 201x300 The healthy Spiralizer... make tasty Noodles out of Vegetables or Fruit!What is Spiralizing? Spiralizing is the art of turning vegetables into noodles. The Paderno/World Cuisine Vegetable Spiralizer ($39.99) creates spiral cuts and vegetable or fruit noodles in seconds.

The slicer is an easy-to-use, handy tool that makes zucchini spaghetti, cucumber ribbon strands, curly fries or long, spiral apple strands. It comes with three blades: a Shredder, which makes long, spaghetti-like strands, a Chipper, which creates long, thick spiral strands, and a straight blade for flat, ribbon-like strands. A storage compartment beneath the frame stores the two blades you aren’t using.

Use with a variety of fruits and vegetables including apples, potatoes, carrots, cucumber, zucchini and more, to add excitement and variety to your menus!

Try this recipe from Inspiralized.com to get you started…

Cacio e Pepe with Bacon

3 strips of bacon
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
3 medium zucchinis, spiralized with Shredder blade
freshly cracked black pepper, from a grinder
1/4 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
1/4 cup grated parmigiano reggiano cheese + more to garnish

Instructions
1.Place a large skillet over medium heat and coat lightly with cooking spray. Add in the bacon and cook for 3-5 minutes and then flip over, cooking for another 2-3 minutes. Once done, remove and place on a paper-towel lined plate.

2.Remove all of the oil from the bacon except for 2 tbsp. Add in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds. Then, add in the zucchini noodles and toss to cook, for about 2-3 minutes.

3.Season the zucchini with about 5 cracks of the pepper and add in the cheeses. Toss to combine thoroughly and then plate into two bowls. Top each bowl with a few more cranks of black pepper and crumble over a piece and a half of bacon in each bowl. Garnish with additional cheese.                                                          

Curtis Stone Cookware…. Now 40% OFF!

The Curtis Stone line of Hard Anodized cookware has been discontinued… so Curtis Stone’s loss is your gain!

This innovative  cookware features a hard anodized aluminum with a durable, PFOA- free nonstick coating for easy release.  The heavy gauge construction gives it very even heating and it can be used on all cooktops, including induction.

This is a terrific deal at 40% off.  The 10-piece set, which regularly sells for $299.99, can now be yours for just $179.99!  Other pieces available include Frying Pans, Saucepans, Saute pans and more, all at incredible prices.

This sale is limited to the stock on hand, so hurry in for the best selection.

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Learn NEW ways to cook Seasonal Winter Produce with this Cooking Class!

iStock Winter Veg Sm Learn NEW ways to cook Seasonal Winter Produce with this Cooking Class!On Saturday, February 21st from 5 to 7 pm, Chef Jessica Pearson will help you make the most of your Seasonal Winter Vegetables!

From hearty root vegetables to bright, sweet citrus, winter produce offers a surprising range of flavors. Get inspired by these recipes. The menu for this class includes: Swiss Chard, Ricotta and Smokey Paprika Cakes; Cauliflower with Saffron, Red Pepper Flakes, Parsley and Orechiette; and for dessert, Citrus Cheesecake.

The cost for this demonstration class is $49 per person.  To reserve your seat, call 512-266-5666 x 3!