Thursday Night Nicoise Salad

Thursday Night Nicoise Salad
Allow all of your salad stars to shine on their own. Dress each component of your salad individually and pile onto a platter. Simple food is just so darn pretty. Make something like this whatever you have on hand!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

KPK Roasted Roma Bruschetta THIS WEEKEND!

Oven roasted Roma tomatoes, bursting with intense flavor that comes from sloooooooow concentration. These beauties are combined with cool, creamy Ricotta cheese and freshly torn basil on our crusty, olive-oil brushed, garlic-rubbed, ciabatta bread. We'll add some delectable hot Capicola if you like : ) ~ One of our most requested specials! Stop by and see us this Sunday, June 30th from 10:00 am til' 2:00 pm at the Frankfort Country Market.

SSSHHHhhhhhhh, TOP SECRET
KPK VIPs: ask for KPK Gourmet Pecan Shortbread Cookies (with lots of Ghirardelli CHOCOLATE) - we're keepin' em' cool in the truck - in limited quantities for those "in-the-know".

We may have a few other treats up our sleeves too. Can't wait to see you. Rain or shine!


See you at the market!    Love, Katie

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

KPK At The Market 2013

BIG HUGS AND MANY THANKS to all of our wonderful family members (actual family, extended family, farmers market family, friends family, work family, walking family and more) who came out in support of KPK's first day at the 2013 Frankfort Country Market in beautiful Frankfort, Illinois. Thank you for sharing Father's Day with us and stopping by for a Fried Asparagus Bruschetta Special, an Herb Infused Lemonade Iced Tea or the KPK TRIO. We had a blast and were very touched and excited to FEEL THE LOVE : )

Looking forward to our next day at the market . . . Sunday, June 30th. If you can't make it, come on out the following weekend on Sunday, July 7th! We'll let you know about our seasonal specials and we're baking some extra COOKIES too!

Stay posted with KPK right here (or on our Facebook page) for more updates.

Thank you everyone!

Love,  Katie

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Blog Jilt

My blog feels jilted. The guilt is overbearing, LOL. Lots of cooking and not much writing. Will catch up soon. I cannot wait to share some recipes, tips and ideas with you. Gearing up for the market this week. Hope to see y'all in Frankfort next Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Love, Katie 

Here's what's been cookin' in KPK lately . . .
Roasted Beet & Orange Salad with Fresh Mint Leaves, Feta & Pistachios

Mediterranean Style Creamy Hummus with Parsley Oil, Lemon & Toasted Pignoli


Black & White Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Umbrian Style Onion Soup with Pancetta, Tomatoes, Fresh Parsley & Eggs

Spring Fava Beans

Fuzzy Fava Interiors

Roasted Eggplant for Polpette di Melanzane (Fried Eggplant Balls)

Cooling Grains for Taboulleh (pictured here Barley, Quinoa & Millet)

Moroccan Style Carrot Salad with Sheep's Milk Feta, Raisins & Fresh Parsley

Oozing, boiling hot pan of  Pecan Caramel Bars . . . eventually cooled and dipped in Ghirardelli Chocolate, oh my

Pecan Shortbread, Chia Flowers and Macadamia Chocolate Cookies

Polpette di Melanzane (Fried Eggplant Balls) 

Mediterranean Fish Stew

Mediterranean Fish Stew
A KPK cross between Spanish style Cod and French Boullabaisse

Smoky Spanish Albondigas Soup

Smoky Spanish Albondigas Soup

Summer Vegetable Soup

Summer Vegetable Soup
aka "Got-To-Go" Soup, inspired by Louie

MORE 4 U

From here, you can continue scrolling down to check out some of my favorite dishes and KPK highlights.

For more posts (articles), recipes, stories and pictures, you can scroll up (in the right column under "What You Missed") and click on 2008, 2009 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013. As of June, 2013, there are are total of 139 posts in KPK. You can spend more time here when you know where to look, right?! Another way to enjoy my kitchen is to click on any items of interest in the section entitled "Passion Posts", also up above in the right column.

Love, Katie ~ I am so glad you're here! Stay awhile!

Super Healthy Salad

Super Healthy Salad
. . . featuring Roasted Rutabagas (or Swede Turnips, if you wish)

Grilled Corn with Tarragon Cream

Grilled Corn with Tarragon Cream
Click on the image to link to a simple and lovely recipe at Fine Cooking

Cinnamon Pecan Katies

Cinnamon Pecan Katies
Yes I Did

Forbidden Rice Salad

Forbidden Rice Salad
Black "Forbidden Rice" from China is delicious and loaded with antioxidants

Pasta with Hot Pancetta, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Parmesan & Power Greens

Pasta with Hot Pancetta, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Parmesan & Power Greens

Indian Carrot Salad

Indian Carrot Salad

Fluffy Milk Chocolate Mini Cupcakes with Softly Whipped Cocoa Cream

Fluffy Milk Chocolate Mini Cupcakes with Softly Whipped Cocoa Cream

Asparagus & Mozzarella Frittata

Asparagus & Mozzarella Frittata

Grilled Eggplant is Layered Up for an Eggplant Gratin with Fresh Basil and 4 Cheeses

Grilled Eggplant is Layered Up for an Eggplant Gratin with Fresh Basil and 4 Cheeses

Oven Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Herb Butter Turkey Breast, Gemstone Potatoes & Buttery Peas

Oven Roasted Herb Butter Turkey Breast, Gemstone Potatoes & Buttery Peas

Egg Ribbon Salad with Pancetta & Shaved Parmesan

Egg Ribbon Salad with Pancetta & Shaved Parmesan

Fresh Strawberry Slices & Whole Raspberries tucked into cream cheese frosted vanilla cupcakes

Fresh Strawberry Slices & Whole Raspberries tucked into cream cheese frosted vanilla cupcakes

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops
an outdoor grill regular at the crib

Smokin' Beets

Smokin' Beets

Roasted Beet & Potato Salad

Roasted Beet & Potato Salad

Rosemary Flatbread

Rosemary Flatbread

"Hola" from Mi Pueblo, San Jose, CA

"Hola" from Mi Pueblo, San Jose, CA

Rapini Frittata

Rapini Frittata

Healthy Portabella

Healthy Portabella

Italian Tuna & Cannellini Bean Salad with D'Amato's Focaccia

Italian Tuna & Cannellini Bean Salad with D'Amato's Focaccia

Fried Asparagus

Fried Asparagus

Day Off Breakfast

Day Off Breakfast
Boiled Eggs & Whole Grain Toast ~ Simple Pleasures are the BEST!

Last Minute Lentil Soup

Last Minute Lentil Soup
with carrots, celery, and a little kale . . . topped with a heap of conchigliette pasta and parmigiano reggiano

A Sampling of Christmas

A Sampling of Christmas
KPK Pecan Shortbread Cookies and Almond Cookies