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!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Chick Pea, Potato & Spinach Soup on September 29th

CHICK PEA, POTATO & SPINACH SOUP 
"KPK At The Market" Special 
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Creamy and satisfying soup made with chick peas, fresh, locally grown spinach, potatoes and Indian inspired spices. Served hot with freshly grilled Indian naan bread and a sprinkle of cayenne.
Don't miss it!  This is really a KPK favorite!

See you on the 29th!

Love, Katie

P.S. We will also be offering KPK's new, creamy, Mediterranean style hummus PLUS freshly baked KPK gourmet cookies AND KPK's super-fresh Bruschetta Bar regular menu items : )


Friday, September 13, 2013

CLASSIC CAPRESE
BRUSCHETTA SPECIAL 
Sunday, September 15, 2013










AMAZING locally grown juicy tomatoes, fresh basil & fresh mozzarella on our signature, drizzled, rubbed & grilled ciabatta. Stop by and see us this weekend from 10 am til 2 pm at the Frankfort Country Market.

KPK Classic Caprese with Hot Capicola ~ ask for "Hot Cop"
Can't wait to see you there!

Love, Katie & The KPK Crew

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Omelette Souffle'


I am supposed to be baking right now. I’ve been brainstorming a recipe for Red Stag Cherry Blondies and just switched tracks from toasting walnuts for those boozy bars to whipping up this AMAZING puffy, fluffy, fabulous omelette souffle’ with a bit of a cheesy crust. Enter aged Asiago, a stunningly red and juicy homegrown tomato, some freshly cut (yanked, more like) chives and flat leaf parsley. OMG. This is my new favorite way of preparing an omelette. I MUST SHARE THIS WITH YOU NOW! It can’t wait. I am not sure if this problem has to do with right brain / left brain issues or if it is more likely to be blondie brain / omelette brain issues. In any case, I know it’s abnormal.

So, ever since I read this recipe and laid my eyes on a picture of a domed and gorgeous omelette in a pan, I’ve been wanting to test it out. It’s only been about a day and a half since I received the email from Food and Wine’s “The Dish”, featuring fluffy omelette recipes (there are many more to try).......but, for me, it seems much longer.
This wonderful recipe is from the book, Ideas in Food - Great Recipes And Why They Work, by Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot. 

I’m thinking, 3 eggs, a little cheese and butter! I love recipes like this. The simpler, the better. It’s ALL ABOUT THE METHOD! and . . . of course, the quality of each individual ingredient. Great eggs. Great cheese. Great butter. You get the picture.

Ohhhh, I am sooo happy I just made this (and scarfed it)! Enjoy this recipe and make it when a friend stops by and you have “nothing in the house”. (I’ll bet you have eggs, though). They will LOVE you. What a fabulous little lunch with a fresh green salad, some great bread and a chilled glass of white wine. For me, it was marvelous with my just-picked tomato and the chives and parsley that I ran out and grabbed while the omelette was magically transforming under the heat of the broiler (only 3 minutes to happiness!). This is quick, scrumptious AND healthy! It only took a few minutes, start to finish.

Here is the original recipe (and see my notes below about improvising):

Omelette Souffle’

3 large eggs, separated
pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese

Preheat the broiler and position a rack in the center of the oven. In a large bowl, using a whisk or a handheld electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the salt and 1/4 of the beaten egg whites. Fold the yolk mixture into the remaining beaten whites until no streaks remain. In an 8 inch oven- proof skillet, melt the butter. Scrape the omelette mixture into the skillet and shake gently to evenly distribute the eggs. Sprinkle the cheese all over and transfer the skillet to the oven. Broil for about 3 minutes, until lightly browned and very puffy. Carefully slide onto a plate, folding it in half. Serve right away.

KPK STEP-BY-STEP PICTORIAL OF THE PROCESS JUST 4 U

Eggs & Cheese

Melted Butter

Whites on the left; Yolks with 1/4 of the whites incorporated on the right

F-o-l-d

Waiting for a cheese sprinkle
Right out of the oven in all it's beauty

Slightly deflated but still beautiful


Mostly in my stomach

KPK HELPFUL STUFF & IMPROVISATION:  I used kosher salt. I used grated, aged Asiago cheese (less than 1/2 cup; more like 1/4 to 1/3). I used my electric mixer with the whisk attachment. And, I used about a tablespoon of butter. Point is, learn the technique. When there are only a few ingredients, substitutes usually don't make sense but for this recipe, I know other cheeses will be delicious. I may add chopped chives to the egg mixture. I probably wouldn’t go any crazier because the basic method for transforming 3 eggs and a little cheese is fantastic just the way it is! Oh, also, when you fold that beautiful creation onto the plate, each bite of will give you a little of that crusty cheesiness on both the top AND the bottom. Brilliant!

Bon Appetit’ my friends : )

ELEVATE YOUR EGGS TODAY!

Love, Katie

This just in: I whipped up two more of these for dinner and they were even fluffier and puffier (?) WT? Gorgeous.
I also made one using just two eggs and it came out perfectly.   I will say that if you overbeat the egg whites past the soft peak stage and into the stiff peak stage, your omelette will be super duper puffy but not as moist and delicious. So, exercise some restraint and don't keep whipping even though it's so much fun to watch egg whites transform! LOL. 

KPK Pointer: Cover the handle of your fry pan / omelette pan with aluminum foil to protect it if you're not sure if it's ovenproof. I do it anyway. 

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