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Bengali-Indian Cooking Class

Great cooking class this week with Tuno and Mahabuba! They taught about Bengali-Indian spices and featured several traditional courses. The menu included Darjeeling Cha Tea, Narkeler Dudh Bhat (Rice with Coconut Milk), Moong Lentil Curry with Cauliflower and select veggies, and a Spiced Sour Red Lentil Soup with Mango.  It was a busy one and a half hour class! :)

For more information regarding our cooking classes, “like” our Facebook page, check the ever-updated calendar on our website, or join our email newsletter list. Our classes feature all kinds of cooking; from Vegan cooking to Chocolate making. Come join us!

 

 

 

 

Camp-fire Ready!

Lodge cast iron cookware is the perfect accessory for this year’s summer camping trip. Lodge Logic is over 100 years old and is still manufactured in good-old Tennessee. :) They are very durable pans, requiring very little clean up and withstanding heat from direct flame.

Although Lodge cookware comes pre-seasoned, a general seasoning is required to properly care for the cast iron and maintain the rich black patina. ‘Seasoning’  means to simply bake oil into the pores of the iron which prevents rust and provides a natural, easy-release finish.

The Happy Cook employees all have slightly different methods of seasoning their Lodge cookware. Some use vegetable oil, others homemade lard. Whichever oil is preferred, pans are coated with a very thin and even coating and placed in a 350 to 400  degree oven. For best results, cookware is placed upside down on the top rack of the oven and baked for at least an hour. The oven is then turned off and the cast iron is cooled slowly inside. With time, the coating will build on the porous cast iron and will create a nonstick surface.

Fry pans come in a multitude of sizes and depths. The 10.5″ griddle shown here is one of our associate’s favorite pans to bake personal size pizzas. Cast iron is wonderful for baking a nice even crust.

Summer Gadgets!

Three signs of a good kitchen gadget: prefects a skill better then a generic tool, has a unique design feature, and makes life easier. :) If you are a customer of The Happy Cook, you can attest to our large and ever changing selection of fun kitchen gadgets. Here are some of our favorites that are hard to live without this summer….

Citrus Sprayer From Lekue

Turn your citrus fruit into the freshest juice container EVER! The screw-like design can be easily inserted and secured inside the fruit (usually lemon or lime) and juice is extracted with a quick compression of the spray nozzle.  It is perfect to dress your salad, aromatize your kitchen, or flavor your soft drinks and cocktails.

Avocado Slicer From OXO

Split, pit, slice and scoop avocados safely and effectively with this 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer.  The plastic blade cuts through the skin without being overly sharp.  The pitting tool allows you to remove the pit and the efficient fan shaped blade slices and scoops out the rest of this heart healthy fruit. Avocados fight cancer, protect against heart disease, help to lose weight, and lower inflammation. This tool makes it so easy to add avocado to your summer salad or whip up some fresh guacamole.

Cherry Pitter From Zyliss

Although cherry season is almost over in Charlottesville, this tool is useful anytime you choose to indulge in this taste fruit. The ultra sharp stainless steel pitting rod removes pits with one squeeze.  Our favorite features are the adjustable splash guard and collection reservoir for juice and pits. The base of the reservoir is hinged for easy pit disposal.  These are the little features that make all the difference in the kitchen! :)

Corn Zipper From Kuhn Rikon

Cherry season may be almost done, but corn season is just beginning! Unzips more rows of kernels at the same time with our Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper. The ergonomic zipper design cleans the cob off nicely and safely and is much more fun to use then a knife. :)

 

Viancin Coasters

These new coasters by Charles Viancin are perfect for your outdoor summer party or BBQ! They are made of a flexible silicone that reduces slipping and sliding on any table surface and are BPA free. When you are ready to clean, just spray them off in the sink or throw them in the dishwasher. Easy! We carry four different styles; the Lilypad, Hibiscus, Sunflower, and Cherry Blossom.

Charles Viancin finds inspiration from the beauty and functionality of nature, creating items with natural contours and a pleasant color palette. To view more of his fun and functional kitchen accessories, check out our website! Charles has created a full range of versatile kitchenware essential for everyday tasks.

 

The placemats pictured above are from Pacific Merchants and are a fantastic fade-resistance indoor/outdoor mesh. A variety of colors are available.

Mauviel Copper

 

Coppers unique cooking property has been acclaimed throughout culinary history and is still a great addition to any modern kitchen.  Copper is one of the best conductors of heat which means hot spots are pretty much unheard of, and you can reach very precise heats. As you change the temperature on your stove top, the temperature of the pot changes almost immediately, allowing foods to brown and braise to perfection.

Currently we have a 20% off sale on our cast iron handle copper ware by Mauviel. This is a great promotion to begin your copper journey or add to an existing collection. If you are interested in a slightly lighter-weight handle then the cast iron, the stainless steel option is also available.  All of Mauviel’s copper ware has a durable 18/10 stainless steel interior and does not require re-tinning like copper products from the past.

Since 1830, Mauviel has manufactured the highest quality of copper cookware for professional and residential markets.  Mauviel’s products are still manufactured in France and their quality and design is unsurpassed in the industry. Although this beautiful cookware must be polished, most chefs agree it is an unmatched cookware and well worth the extra attention.

Field of Flowers

Juliska has outdone themselves yet again! They have recently released their “Field of Flowers“  collection, inspired by 17th and 18th century botanical drawings. This romantic and timeless collection captures spring’s glorious colors and splashes them over a modern white canvas.

This pitcher is a stunning stand-alone piece and makes for a lovely wedding or anniversary gift!

Field of Flowers has the same crumpled linen base as Quotidien and intertwines seamlessly. Paring these two collections allows for a variety of tabletop combinations and creates an imperfect modern feel.

Juliska ceramic stoneware is made in Portugal and is oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe.

Spiralizer Vegan Style

We hosted a wonderful Vegan cooking class last night with local health coach Nancy Bond of Eat Heal Glow.  She used one of our most popular products, The Spiralizer, to make vegan Mediterranean Pasta and Sweet Potato Fries. The delicious menu also included Apple Berry Parfait with Coconut Chia Cream.  Everything was tasty and we sampled fresh veggie pasta within minutes!

 

This was the first time Nancy Bond had taught at The Happy Cook and we hope to offer many more classes with her! (Check out our website or Facebook page to view our current class schedule.) Below, we have posted her recipe for Sweet Potato Fries that we sampled during class. Nancy shared with us that eating just 1 up of sweet potato per week can decrease your cancer risk by 40%!

The Spiralizer  has three different blades that can make spaghetti, ribbon strands, curly fries or long, spiral strands in a matter of seconds.

 

“Spiral-ized Sweet Potatoes Fries”

Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato spiralized with blade of choice

1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil

Pink Himalayan sea salt

Chili Powder

 

Dipping Sauce:

¼ cup vegan mayo or sour cream

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

Sea salt

1 teaspoon ume-vinegar

Hot sauce to taste

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 415F

Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and lightly spray with oil. Drizzle with a little melted coconut oil or olive oil and sprinkle with salt and chili powder. Bake for 25-30 minutes turning every 10 minutes until nicely browned. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with dipping sauce or ketchup.

 

 

The Faces of Skip Hop

Introducing a new line to The Happy Cook: Skip Hop!


Skip Hop creates unique, innovative and highly functional products that make parenting easier and fun! :)

All pictured plates also have corresponding bowls and fork/spoon sets

Lunch bags and bibs also available

Twelve faces in all!

All of the dishes are BPA free and dishwasher safe.

So cute. :)

Thanks Dad!

 “A Dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead, picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again” –Unknown

In honor of Dad, here are some gift ideas from The Happy Cook… Thanks Dad!

The Homemade Gin Kit from Mason Shaker

 Contains everything you need to transform a generic bottle of vodka into a unique and delicious home-blend of your very own gin… all in a nicely packaged display box. :)

Claude Dozorme Steak Knife Set

 Claude Dozore continues to create some of the worlds most daring and avant-garde cutlery. A great combination of classic forms and current styles while respecting the demands of Master Cutlery. Each collection is entirely manufactured in France and individually finished by hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The popular Moscow Mule drink (lime, vodka, and ginger beer) has its own mug! The Moscow Mule Mug by Old Dutch is solid copper, has a nickel lining, solid brass accents, and is tarnish resistant. They are beautiful and are the chosen vessel for this common summer beverage!

Barbeque Sauce!

And if Dad likes to Barbeque…. The Happy Cook carries some leading BBQ sauces and rubs including Bone Doctors and Eddies.

 

 

Cool Down with Zoku

 Only 7 minutes to prepare your favorite slush, shake…. or margarita!

With the temperature already reaching the high 80’s in Charlottesville, we are very excited to provide our customers with the Zoku Slushy Maker. It is so easy to use and perfect to take to the pool, work, or a children’s birthday party. To use, remove the frozen inner core from the freezer and place it in to the outer sleeve, pour in your ingredients, mix and scrape the cup with the included spoon, and watch as the slush freezes before your eyes. Three fun colors!

 

Pair the Slushy Maker with your home juicer or Vitamix and make a healthy summer snack! Consider using Kiwi, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Orange, or Mango juice as a base and then adding preferred barriers, leaves, and sweeteners. “The Art of Slush” book provides many creative and delicious recipes. Some of our favorite recipes include the Orange Energy Blast and Peppermint Latte Slush.

 

 

 

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