Start the holiday season with a glass of cheer and delectable goodies at our free open house this Sunday, November 23, from noon to 4 pm. Start your holiday shopping with our complimentary gift-wrapping with beautiful handmade bows.
Thanksgiving Day — the ultimate cooking holiday — is next week and we offer all the tools you need. Check your pantry and stock up on these Thanksgiving necessities:
Conquer any fear of making a pie by signing up for our Thanksgiving pie class on Wednesday, November 26. Everyone will make-and-take an apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies.
The art of cuisine is in the making of sauces. A delicious sauce elevates a ho-hum dinner to a sublime feast. Our favorite sauce is tomato chutney, also known as ketchup when it is pureed until smooth. Originally created by Brenda Vanden Bos, this sweet-and-sour chutney with six ingredients is a staple in our refrigerators. Get the recipe here. As a bonus, the recipe includes Brenda’s roasted red bell pepper ketchup, another staff and customer favorite with only five ingredients and packed with so much flavor.
We’ve completed the countdown of our Top Thirty Recipes Celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary of Kitchen Conservatory. What a delicious ride; all these recipes are wonderful. Since we host 800 cooking classes each year, we have hundreds of other irresistible recipes. Check back frequently as we post new recipes here.
What a great line-up of cuisines and chefs for our next cooking class schedule. We offer classes in American, Brazilian, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, Creole, English, French, Gluten-Free, Greek, Hawaiian, Indian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Low-Fat, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle-Eastern, Moroccan, New Mexican, Paleo, Spanish, Thai, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Vietnamese. Surely we have the perfect menu for you among our 200 new cooking classes!
We are repeating some all-time favorite classes, including building your own gingerbread house with our extensive supply of candies in December. In February, we spend ten days celebrating Valentine’s Day, with a different luxurious menu each night. Couples are already signing up for their special night.
Exceptional chefs are returning to teach on this schedule, including Josh Allen, Jean-Pierre Auge, Bob Colosimo, Jay Dedkard, Pete Fagan, Helen Fletcher, Josh Galliano, Adam Gnau, Margi Kahn, Mickey Kitterman, Adam Lambay, Christopher Lee, Jon Lowe, Jack MacMurray, David Molina, Bernard Pilon, Naam Pruitt, Lou Rook, Vito Racanelli, Maria Sakellariou, and Kirk Warner. Join their fan clubs and become groupies, because every one of these creative chefs teaches memorable and delicious cooking classes.
And, yes, our newsletter is funny; who can resist these classes: “Does This Make My Halibut Look Big”, “Sake To Me With Sushi”, “Build-a-Barely Resistible Chocolate Dessert”, “Girls’ Night Out: Just Girls and Po’ Boys”, and so many more.
Are you a pie person or a cake person? The world is divided between the two kinds of desserts. For those who choose pie as birthday dessert, then this pie is for you! Flaky crust and luscious caramel apple filling combine to make a dreamy dessert. Kitchen Conservatory is proud to be the epicenter of pie-making: every year, on the day before Thanksgiving, we hand-make 72 pies for the feast, including hand-making the most incredible pie crust you have ever tasted. Sign up for this memorable cooking class and take home apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies for your family’s celebration.
The secrets of perfect pie are revealed here. Apple Pie is Number 2 on the countdown of the Top Thirty Recipes celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Kitchen Conservatory.
To make a perfect pie, you will need this equipment:
Saint Louis may be the birthplace of gooey butter cake, but our most popular dessert is Bread Pudding. Nearly every restaurant offers a luxurious version of leftover bread baked with custard and topped with bourbon sauce. Diners save room when bread pudding is on the dessert menu. Our bread pudding has been re-pinned hundreds of times on Pinterest!
Vanilla Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce will be made in these upcoming cooking classes:
Vanilla Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce is Number 3 on our countdown of the Top Thirty Recipes celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary of Kitchen Conservatory. Get the recipe here.
The flavors of Thai food — lemongrass, limes, and chile peppers — pair beautifully with fish and seafood. Use these fabulous flavors in western dishes, like grilled fish, for a memorable dinner. Thai native and Saint Louis resident Naam Pruitt bridges her two worlds by combining a homemade green curry sauce with salmon.
Green Curry Grilled Salmon is Number 4 on our list of the Top Thirty Recipes celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary of Kitchen Conservatory. The recipe is available here.
To see and taste this recipe, sign up for Naam Pruitt’s class, “Let’s Get Curried Away” on Saturday, November 29.
This luscious dessert is the best of both worlds: pumpkin pie with a creamy cheesecake layer. This make-ahead dessert is perfect for an autumnal dinner party. Pastry chef extraordinaire Helen Fletcher created this delectable dessert, one of her hundreds of sensational desserts that she has composed and published. Helen is the pastry chef at Tony’s Restaurant and we are so fortunate that she teaches cooking classes at Kitchen Conservatory once a month every month. She attracts a loyal following. Helen has written several excellent cookbooks, including her most recent, European Tarts: Divinely Doable Desserts with No Baking.
Don’t miss Helen Fletcher’s upcoming cooking classes: European Butter Cookies on November 13 and Party Planning on December 4.
Pumpkin Mousse Torte is Number 5 on the list of Top Thirty Recipes Celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary of Kitchen Conservatory. The recipe is available here.
To see and taste Pumpkin Mousse Torte, sign up for Haute Vegetarian Tasting Menu on November 20.
Some pancakes are belly-busters; eat two and they drop like lead in your stomach. What a pleasure to discover light and fluffy pancakes that feel like eating air. The secret to these cakes is homemade ricotta cheese, whipped egg whites, and very little flour. The ricotta pancakes can be served sweet with maple syrup or savory with smoked salmon or tuna tartare.
Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes is Number 6 on the list of Top Thirty Recipes Celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary of Kitchen Conservatory. The recipe is available here.
To see the recipe in action, join chef Bob Colosimo of Eleven Eleven Mississippi for “Roma-Therapy” on November 19.
A great sauce can make the dish. Add this delicious fruit chutney, which is chock-full of cranberries, apricots, pears, and brandy, to your repertoire. Cranberry chutney is a perfect compliment to poultry and pork dishes, plus this relish pairs well with cheese.
Cranberry-Apricot Relish is Number 7 on our list of the Top Thirty Recipes celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary of Kitchen Conservatory. The recipe is available here.
To experience this recipe in person, register for “My First Thanksgiving” taught by Barb Nack, the director of the Kitchen Conservatory cooking school on Sunday, November 2 or Monday, November 10.
Vegetables wrapped in flaky phyllo dough may all seem similar (think spanikopita), but this recipe is extra delicious. Created by personal chef Maria Sakellariou, Greek Autumn Savory Strudel combines mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, chestnuts, and apples for an unforgettable pastry.
Greek Autumn Savory Strudel is Number 8 on our list of the Top Thirty Recipes celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary of Kitchen Conservatory. The recipe is available here.
To experience this recipe in person, register for “Do You Phyllo Like a Party” taught by Greek food expert Maria Sakellariou on Friday, November 21.