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Archive for August, 2010

Getting new stoves and ovens is like getting a brand-new kitchen! We have four new Dacor ovens and two new stovetops, each with six burners. We’ve added two extra burners to our Herb kitchen. The new Dacor ovens feature a glass bottom which protects the bottom heating element from drips and makes clean-up super-easy. All […]

What makes a brownie delicious? 1. Good butter. We are not eating salad or diet food, but luxuriously decadent sweets. Every bite should fill the mouth with the taste of delicious butter. Plugra unsalted butter is my favorite. (Kitchen Conservatory sells Plugra at our store in Clayton.) 2. Good chocolate. If you bake brownies with […]

To be an American is to love peanut butter (just as to be a European is to love Nutella). Although peanut butter is very nutritious, we love peanut butter because it is sweet and creamy and tastes more like dessert, especially when paired with jelly. Peanut butter cookies have been successfully baked for generations, but […]

Greek cuisine is so much more than feta and filo. And Greek desserts are not just baklava! This almond-butter-fruit cookie is a Greek family favorite from our resident expert on all things Greek, Maria Sakellariou. Maria, who grew up in Greece and a part of her family’s restaurant, now has a personal chef service, Culinary Odyssey.  […]

When a soup is called a chowder, it is usually thick and chunky. Chowders may contain fish or shellfish or potato or cream or corn or tomatoes. One ingredient, though, is essential for making a chowder: bacon or cured pork. Since different styles of chowders can be made, it is a great soup for showcasing […]

Linzer pastry, which originated in Linz, Austria, is a short, very buttery dough made with ground nuts and filled with fruit jam. Traditionally, linzertortes are made with hazelnuts, but other nuts are also delicious: almonds, pecans, or walnuts. Chocolate is not a traditional ingredient in linzer, but why not gild the lily and add chocolate […]

8021 Clayton Road opened in 1949 as Pfeifer’s Party Pastries. For fifty years, the kitchen there produced many, many delicious breads, cakes, cookies, and other pastries. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch features a lovely look-back at the history of the bakery and the Pfeifer family. Kitchen Conservatory succeeded the bakery at 8021 Clayton Road. The kitchen […]

I made these pecan bars for a party and a friend asked me for the recipe. Later, I asked her how they turned out. “I never made them.” “Why not, they are so delicious!” I asked. “The recipe was so strange that I was afraid to try them. It seemed like too much butter.” Please, don’t be afraid; these […]

Satisfy every cooking urge with our brand-new list of exciting cooking classes! We are offering more classes on more topics with more chefs than ever before. Due to popular demand, we are offering again our Dine and Dance classes in conjunction with COCA (learn to dance, then learn to cook on October 2 and December […]