Grain & Grain Class Starts 2/26/15

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Grain & Grain 101 is starting-up this Thursday at Cape Cod Tech in Harwich, MA.  Come warm up and learn the art of making fresh artisan breads.  Each week will focus on a different recipe which each participant will make and take home.  And while we wait for all the deliciousness to rise and bake we will carve our own wooden spoons.  Cooking skills and cooking tools?  Yes!  This is a twofer not to mention mad skills for the apocalypse!!!  There is still time to sign-up but you better hurry!  Click here for details.


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Teacher Work Day

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Class starts tomorrow and preparation is underway.  A Chocolate-Maple Porter is brewing away and these spent grains will make their way into the final bread on our last day of class when we make these beauties…

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and celebrate our finished spoons!  Yes, this is the best way to spend your winter on Cape Cod.  Come, come! Sign-up for Grain & Grain at Upper Cape Tech in Bourne, MA.

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There is still time to enroll but the clock is ticking.  Class starts in less than 24 hours. Click here for details!

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Just Pizza

Come and get it!  Free slices tomorrow at KAM Appliance.  Come on your lunch break or come for the day.  Just making pies for the public so if you want to get in on the action you should come over and join the fun.


Or maybe…


Both good.

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Update: Sunday 12/7/14- Operation Cookie Swap

Dear Miele Coffee Machine ,

In case you have felt neglected prepare yourself for an onslaught of use tomorrow as we run the Charles Dickens out of you at the holiday cookie swap at KAM. With all your fancy gadgetry we expect nothing but greatness in serving-up the finest eggnog cappuccinos!  Because really… why wouldn’t you?  You have always been one to impress our guests so I know you won’t disappoint.  And seriously, what could go better with cookies?  I knew you would understand.

Love always,


Eggnog Cappuccino

For a full listing of the event details click here.

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2 Days of Reindeer Games

Things are getting cozy at KAM Appliances this weekend.  We have two days of free workshops for the public thanks to Miele International, our kitchen host for the ultimate in holiday fun.  Chestnuts will be roasting, nog will be sloshing, and festiveness of all kinds will be waiting  for you!

Roasted ChestnutsEVENTS:

Sunday 12/7/14- Operation Cookie Swap

From 11 AM to 3 PM  a holiday cookie exchange will be in effect!  We will be making some “naughty” biscotti  for those in need of a chocolate fix along with some plush coconut macaroons that are gluten-free for all to enjoy.  The idea is that everyone will bring a dozen of their own favorite cookies with the intent to swap them with the other attendees.  After swapping everyone goes home with an assorted stash to package-up and send to friends and family or just eat as they wish.  We don’t judge.  ;)

Alternatively, anyone unprepared to swap, in need of recipe support or just wanting to have a play day in the kitchen, please  don’t hesitate to drop-in!  This is our day to make a mess in a casual cookie environment.  Give your kitchen a break and come make a mess in ours!

Things to bring:

  • A suggested 1 dozen of your favorite cookies (for those wanting to participate in the swap)

Event details:

  • When: Sunday, December 7, 2014
  • Time: 11 AM to 3 PM
  • Location: KAM Appliances- 201 Yarmouth Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601
  • Cost: Free

Monday 12/8/14- Curried Squash Soup w/ Bread Bowls

Curried soup, blah, blah, blah.  The real excitement is eating your soup out of a homemade bread bowl!  Come to KAM on Monday and learn how to impress this holiday season by serving up hearty soups in artisan bread bowls.  The Miele kitchen has a steam oven feature that produces commercial quality crust and is begging to be toyed with.  Come experiment on-site in a casual bread making workshop and I will give you tips for how you can get similar results at home.  All materials will be provided.

Event details:

  • When: Monday, December 8, 2014
  • Time: 11 AM to 3 PM
  • Location: KAM Appliances- 201 Yarmouth Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601
  • Cost: Free

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Holiday Workshop: Rosette Apple Pie with Bacon

If you are looking for a reason to skip work tomorrow, well… this pie is it!

Rosette Apple Pie

Thanksgiving is just around the corner so why not get a jump on dessert with this impressive Rosette Apple Pie with Bacon. Does is taste as good as it looks? Who cares! This little biddy is a stunner and will be the talk of the table all night. And yes, of course it tastes good! Come on people, pie with bacon? Tasty is a no-brainer but seriously, would you look at this thing?!!! This is glorious kitchen craftsmanship and you get to be the star.

Tomorrow from 10 AM to 3 PM at KAM Appliances in Hyannis along with Miele International, culinary school will be in session. This is a FREE WORKSHOP so don’t hesitate calling in sick. A case of the Mondays never looked so good.

Things to bring:

  • 8 large apples (gala, honeycrisp or anything with red skin)
  • 1 pie plate (so you can take your gem home)

Everything else will be provided so come on over and lets get cooking. There is no “official” start times so you can drop in when you want just know that the process can take few hours so plan accordingly.

Event details:

  • Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
  • Location: KAM Appliances- 201 Yarmouth Rd, Barnstable, MA 02601
  • Cost: Free

How ya like them apples?

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Bread: A Love Story

As a chef, people often ask what my favorite thing to make is in which I always reply “bread.”  Then comes the intrigue, like that was not what they were expecting me to say.  I usually babble on about the tactile process of bread and something about how shaping dough and molding it in my hands is comforting.  Folks nod in agreement, mostly confused but then the conversation often takes a turn to a topic more mutually relatable for all, that is except for when I met a man that we shall call “Dan.”  Dan was right there with me in talks of bread, discussing technique, ingredients, fermentation, etc…  Finally, someone cared about bread!

And lets just pause for a moment and talk about Dan.  The great thing about Dan is that he started dating a good friend of mine.  Lets call her “Julie.”  Julie is the best but we all know the ills a new man can bring to girl-friend time.  Depending on the situation you can be really excited for said friend’s new happiness or disappointed that they are moving on without you, dating a loser, or just gone to the way of someone you no longer see enough.  Well, sizing up the situation I could tell Dan was a keeper!  He was into bread, goes surfing, gardens, builds stuff, bakes pies?! I know… dreamy right?  But here is the best part.  At one point I asked Dan about  how he came to be passionate about bread baking and that’s when the real precious unfolded.  He said he use to suffer from insomnia, often awaking in the middle of the night and unsure of how to pass those hours so he took to baking bread. Lots of bread.  Years of bread.  Until… he met Julie!

He couldn’t sleep though the night until he met Julie!!!  Is that not freakin’ precious?!  The story was just so sweet and tender that if I too didn’t love both Julie and bread I think I might have vomited right there on him.

Fast forward a few years and the whole Dan and Julie thing led to marriage and no doubt to a bun in the oven.  For me and bread, well yes, we obviously have a storybook ending.  Just ask me about my Baby Bjorn bundle with the softest, sweetest Brioche peaking out.  So to anyone out there whom ever wonders where their passion may lead, take comfort in knowing that love finds love and life can come with a perfect cherry on top!

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