Sunday, October 11, 2015

Crock Pot Cocktails; Party Tricks; The Best Fall Cake; Fall Produce Guide

Monday morning (11/10/15) at 8:10am I will be live on WVMT-620am. Stream live or tune in as we talk 2015 trends and the latest food news. Below are some fun topics we may touch on.

37 Percent Of Vegetarians Do This

Throwing A Party? Don't Do This!

Dress Up Your Cheese 

Colorado Campus Brews Beer 

Fall Produce Guide With Recipes

Pizza Elevators In The Master Bedroom? 

Pear And Ginger Cake, A Fall Must

Best Party Trick Ever!

Crock Pot Cocktails Are Hot!

6 Food Myths Debunked 

Cannoli Pound Cake?

Upcoming Classes & Events at CCKS

Behind The Glass Case: Cakes 101 
Knife Sharpening & Cuban Sandwiches For Sale 8/11
Thanksgiving Intensive 
Perfect Pie Dough To The Rescue 

Chef Contos kitchen & store
65 Falls Road Shelburne

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fiesta Always - With Tequila And Fun Friends

"Fiesta Always - with Tequila and fun friends" - the wise words Lucinda Hutson autographed into our signed copy of her lovely book: !Viva Tequila! Cocktails, Cooking, and other Agave Adventures.

Last week we had the delight of hosting "A True Fiesta with Guest Chef and Author Lucinda Hutson."

Everyone who attended had an absolutely amazing time - which seems to be Lucinda's specialty! We worked hard in the kitchen to prepare her delicious recipes ahead of time, so by the time class started, we had a beautiful spread of amazing fiesta foods we could enjoy with uninterrupted story-telling and tequila fun! The majority of the recipes in Viva Tequila come together quickly and are best made in advance - so the host can enjoy the party too! All of the recipes had Lucinda's unique spin but one very important ingredient in common - Tequila! 

Highlights of our fiesta menu included:

Queso Sabroso (Snookered Goat Cheese) 

Queso Flameado (Melted Cheese Flambeed in Tequila) 

Corn Salsa Prontisimo (with Avocado, lots of fresh lime juice, and Tequila!) 

Negros y Pina a la Criztina (Black Beans and Pineapple Spiked with Mezcal) 
A delightful spin on a pot of nourishing beans! 

And my personal favorite:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CCKS Takes Yucatan

CCKS takes Yucatan!                                                                                               By Liz Bernier aka "Liz-tastic'"

In March 2015, we set off on our very first CCKS Culinary Tour to Mexico. We met at the airport in Cancun and then set off on our adventure. After stopping to get some chips in flavors that can only be found in Mexico, we arrived at Casa Marlene in Valladolid, where Rosalini, the daughter of the owner, greeted us.  We settled in and then sat by the pool to enjoy some fresh guacamole, watermelon juice (one of our favorites, we drank it every day), and some cold beer. We relaxed for a bit before getting ready to walk to the town center for dinner. 

We walked into the center of town, where there is a beautiful park surrounded by a yellow wall and has benches and couples’ chairs throughout where you can stop and watch the other park-goers. The park was speckled with vendors selling various treats, mostly sweets. 

We enjoyed a delicious dinner at a local restaurant with chaya (the Yucatan version of spinach or kale, but with a much sweeter flavor) margaritas and refreshers. We then took a walk back through the park and stopped for marquesitas, which are crepes filled with nutella, caramel, cheese, or a combination. They are rolled up into a cigar shape and they harden, so they are crunchy and the perfect after dinner treat! 
The next morning, we woke up and had breakfast at Casa Marlene. Breakfast always started with Mayan coffee, a plate of fresh fruit, and some sort of fresh fruit juice (it was melon juice this time). They would then make us a delicious savory breakfast, this usually consisted of a variation of eggs with some beans, tortillas, vegetables and hot sauce.  

Friday, May 8, 2015

Join The CCKS Family

Here's your chance to join our strong and extremely fun team!

Chef Contos Kitchen and Store is looking for a manager & buyer to take over the position towards the end of May. The ideal candidate will have a strong attention to detail, excellent customer service skills, ability to multitask, great with sales, and a passion for the culinary world. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in small business management and wants to learn more about what it takes to operate a high-paced, high-traffic store. 
Job duties:
Keep track of inventory, replenish when necessary
Change store displays on a bi-weekly/monthly basis
Send weekly newsletters to subscribers based on upcoming events and new product announcements
Interact with customers and guests
Assist owner and other employees in maintaining the high standards of the store
Post to social media regularly
Seek out and contact new product leads
Write blog posts for the store
Key-holder for the store
Assist during 2-3 classes per week (mornings & evenings)
Assist in event planning and execution 
Ideal candidate:
Ability to work 15-25 hours per week
Excellent personal, verbal and written communication skills
Interest in merchandising and culinary fields
Weekend & evening availability a must
Strong passion for the culinary field 
Do you have what it takes? 
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