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Best Father's Day Gift Ideas

It can be tough finding just the right gift for dad on Father's Day. It's hard to break out of the same routine, but we've got some great gift ideas that we think your dad will love!

How about our popular BBQ Gift Basket? We've included 3 of our most popular Tom Douglas Rubs, along with our top selling BBQ Grill Mat. Give Dad the gift of never having to clean the grill again! Now, that is a great gift.

What about a brand new knife from Wusthof? They've selected the 5" Nakiri as the 2017 Knife of the Year, and it would make a terrific Father's Day Gift - it's so versatile! Not only will your dad love the look and feel of the knife, you will love the special price!

Does your dad baby his vehicle? Or, does he avoid washing it because it takes too long? Either way, we've got a great gift idea for you. The Car Cleaning Kit from E-Cloth will have his car shining like new with only water.

If your dad has a sweet tooth, what better way to treat him than with homemade fudge? Choose fudge with nuts, candy, caramel, plain or a variety! Whatever you decide, dad is sure to love it!

April 06, 2017

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Dishwasher Magic

Spring is about to be sprung and before I head out to the golf course here comes the honey-do list!  Yes, I am preparing for spring cleaning. Well, Mary is making the list, and I guess I’m going to do what’s on it. I have been informed that one of my tasks is cleaning the inside of the dishwasher. Of course being a man, I am having a hard time understanding how our dishes and silverware come clean after the dishwashing cycle is complete if inside of the dishwasher is dirty. Really?! I pose the question to her and she simply opens up the dishwasher and has me shine a light on the stainless steel inside. To my surprise, I see lime deposits, grease and hard water marks. I’m thinking this is going to be a long afternoon of crouching and scrubbing until she hands me Dishwasher Magic. The bottle says it’s going to clean, freshen and disinfect (apparently there can be some harmful bacteria growing in there). I’m skeptical, but it’s definitely worth a try!

The next day, I timed myself to see how long it took me to complete the task. What I thought was going to be several hours of labor ended up taking the length of one dishwasher cycle. And, since it was totally hands off cleaning, I had time to hit a bucket of balls, so Mary and I are both happy! Here are the steps I took:

Dishwasher Magic Dishwasher Cleaner

  • Make sure the dishwasher is empty
  • Unscrew the cap from the dishwasher magic
  • Place in utensil basket, upside down
  • Close door
  • Set cycle for longest wash cycle, using the hottest water possible
  • Start dishwasher
  • Take a break, hit the driving range
  • When dishwasher is finished, open door
  • Look inside
  • Get Mary and have her look inside
  • Like shiny and new inside again, WOW!

Check out the before and after pictures of our dishwasher. It looks brand new again! Also, check out our website for more before and after photos!

Dishwasher Before Dishwasher Magic Dishwasher After Dishwasher Magic

February 09, 2017


Cooking Class in Chelan

As many of you know, we have hosted many cooking classes throughout our 20+ years. Although we have moved away from offering classes, we still get asked about them often. Now, we're happy to say, there are a couple great cooking class options in Chelan. One that I can't recommend highly enough, is through CheffyK and CA.

CheffyK from CheffyK and CA Cooking Classes

My husband and I had the opportunity to attend a cooking class with Cheffy K and CA, and we learned so much! Not only did we walk away with some great ideas for 3 different Superbowl Sliders, we also learned, or re-learned, some great tips for working in the kitchen. We had an in depth lesson in knife skills -- from knife maintenance to the proper dice technique for a variety of vegetables. (I couldn't wait to go home and try dicing onions and peppers). Kent offered some great ideas for creating less food waste. (More of that bell pepper is is edible than you think). And, perhaps the most satisfying trick of all was when he showed us how to make the best sauteed mushrooms. (Don't overcrowd the pan, then don't touch them! Let them sizzle, if you stir, they steam, and no one wants soggy mushrooms).

Cheffy K, Kent Getzin, and Cheryl Ann Crego make their home welcoming for everyone. The kitchen is set up in such a way that everyone has a perfect vantage point for the instruction portion of the class. The couple works well together, anticipating needs to make sure each demonstration runs smoothly. I loved how encouraged we all were to ask questions, and how willing Kent and Cheryl Ann were to answer fully, even if it meant a brief tangent. It all added to the comfort and fun of the class. 

Super Bowl Sliders from CheffyK and CA

We received instruction on three great recipes for Superbowl Sliders. One Salmon, one Sausage & Beef, and one Lentil Hummus. A wide variety of choices for any palate, and all were delicious! Homemade focaccia served as the bun. We were all surprised at how easily the dough came together, and that it was done baking by the time we were ready to taste everything.

I can't recommend their classes highly enough. Bring a bottle of wine to sip and share during the instruction. Fruit infused water was provided for everyone. 

It was such a treat to spend a cold Saturday in January in such a warm and inviting setting. We will definitely be making the Salmon Sliders for Superbowl this year.

Quick update: We did make the salmon sliders for our Super Bowl party, and they were  a huge hit! The recipe was so easy to follow, and they tasted just as delicious as they did at the cooking class. Check out their website for upcoming classes. They offer a full schedule through the winter months, too!

November 17, 2016


2016 Must Have Gifts for the Holiday

This year, your holiday shopping can be an experience to remember when you shop at Culinary Apple. We’ve put together a list of some of our most popular gift ideas for either under the tree or in stockings. Our top selling Bristle Free Grill Brush and BBQ Grill Mat make keeping the grill clean safe and easy. Everyone on your list will love the flavors of our infused Balsamic Vinegars, and they make great stocking stuffers. Check out the Must-have Gifts for the 2016 Holiday Season!

2016 Must-Have Gifts of the Season

Bristle Free Grill Brush

BBQ Grill Mat

Infused Balsamic Vinegars

Fasta Pasta

Tortilla Warmer

Microwave Popcorn Maker

Pizza Equipment

October 20, 2016


The Mini Egg Pan from GreenPan: Perfect for Cooking for One!

We love getting feedback from our customers, and sometimes they are even kind enough to e-mail us with a review! She loves the Mini Egg Pan from GreenPan, and so do we!

Cooking for one can be challenging. I was given The Original Green Pan as a gift, and the first day I used it to fry an egg. I have to tell you, if I was being robbed I would part with my jewelry before I would part with my Green Pan! It's just the right size to fry an egg, one burger, or a couple sausages. The clean up makes the pan even better. Because of its size, it will store just about anywhere. It would make a wonderful gift for students who are going off to college, a stocking stuffer for Christmas or the perfect gift for anyone cooking for one!

Try this recipe for the perfect single serve breakfast!

Spinach and Bacon Frittata
makes enough for 4 Frittatas

4 slices bacon
1 cup fresh spinach
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cream
3/4 cup ricotta cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Heat the mini fry pan over medium heat and grease lightly. Add a slice of bacon and cook until crispy, about 4 minutes. Add a few spinach leaves and cook for another minute, or until wilted.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, cream, salt and pepper. Pour 1/4 of the mixture over the bacon and spinach. Top with 1/4 of the ricotta. Cook for about 5 minutes on low heat. 

Bake for another 5 minutes in the oven until slightly brown on top. Enjoy!

Save the egg mixture for use over the next few days! This recipe can easily be halved. 

July 07, 2016


Kitchen Scrubby or Sensory Tool?

I was so taken with our new silicone kitchen scrubbies from Kuhn Rikon. I found myself constantly touching and holding them because they felt so cool--that probably had something to do with the fact it has over 5,000 silicone bristles. I watched as customers had the same reaction as I did. Unable to resist reaching out to touch and feel them got me thinking...I have a son who is a sensory seeker, and a few friends do too. If we as adults get so much enjoyment out of them, what kind of reaction would a young sensory seeker get? I convinced my girlfriend to try it, and the results were wonderful! Her little one felt calmed and soothed, instead of anxious. Simply rub the scrubby along the forearms, palms of the hands, lower legs and the bottoms of your little one's feet. These scrubbies are small enough to carry around, even during school or on outings, to calm and soothe when they are needed most. Because they are made from silicone, they do not harbor bacteria, and are easily cleaned and sanitized in the dishwasher.

Of course, this kitchen scrubby also works as a cleaning tool! It looks like a sponge, but holds no water. This is great, because while you're scrubbing dishes everything comes off the dish, but nothing sticks to the scrubby. When you're done, it self drains leaving no smell like some dishcloths and sponges. It's safe for all types of cookware including non-stick pans and glass cooktops. It's flexible, easy to grip and comes in a variety of colors. Oh, and when it's dry, it also works as a lint remover!

May 19, 2016


Creamy Radish Soup Recipe

I just planted my first radish crop this year, and I can't wait for harvest. I found this soup recipe last year in an Eating Well magazine, and ended up making it several times throughout radish season. Dave and I love adding radishes to salads, because of the crunch and spice they add. We've grown various varieties of radishes, and have come to love the Cherry Bette variety the most. You can use any variety of radish in this soup recipe. I like to add turkey breast to the soup to make it a little more filling, but that is optional. I hope you try it!!

Creamy Radish Soup

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups sliced radishes, divided - I use a handheld mandolin to make it quick!
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 medium Yukon Gold potato - peeled and cut into 1" cubes
2 cups low fat milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon white pepper - black pepper is ok, too
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh radish greens or parsley, chopped (optional)
1 Cup roasted turkey breast, cubed (optional) - I heat it in the microwave, so it's warm going into the soup

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 3/4 cups radishes and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are beginning to brown and the radishes are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add potato, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the potato is tender, about 5 minutes more.

2. Working in batches, puree the mixture in a blender, or in the pan with an immersion blender, until smooth.

3. If you are adding the turkey breast, put it in now.

4. Slice the remaining 1/4 cup radishes into matchsticks. Serve each portion of soup topped with 1 tablespoon sour cream, some radish matchsticks and a sprinkling of radish greens or parsley.

Thanks to Eating Well Magazine, 2014, for the basic recipe!

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