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The Happy Cook Named All-Star Retailer for 2020 by Gourmet Insider Magazine

The Happy Cook Named All-Star Retailer for 2020 by Gourmet Insider Magazine

Check out this great article on The Happy Cook's Monique Moshier and Steve Belcher and why Gourmet Insider selected them as one of three All-Star Retailers for 2020.  

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Basic Knife Skills

Basic Knife Skills

 Join owner of The Happy Cook Monique Moshier as she shows how to correctly and safely use a knife in the kitchen.  Monique discusses picking the right knife for the right task and how to tackle different fruit and vegetables step by step.  Also discussed are how to sharpen, clean and store knives. 

     

    FEATURED KNIVES IN KNIFE SKILLS CLASS

    Zwilling Pro 7" Chefs

    Zwilling Pro 7" Chef's Knife

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    Zwilling Pro Fillet Knife - 7"

    Zwilling Pro 7" Fillet Knife

    Regularly $109.99


     

    Zwilling Pro 2 Piece Prep Set

    Regularly $200 NOW $129.99

     

    Zwilling Knife Sharpeners

     

    Zwilling Knife Sharpeners

     

    Through Sunday, July 19th receive 15% OFF all regularly priced Zwilling Pro Cutlery with coupon code: KNIFESKILLS715 at check out.

    (Excludes promo items)

    Click here for full Zwilling Pro Line up

    Feel free to call 434-977-2665 if you have questions about any topics or products covered in the knife skills class.

     

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    Homemade Ice Cream

    Homemade Ice Cream

     

    In the summer my family loves to make homemade ice cream.  We are part of a Jersey Cow herd share and so often have extra milk and making fresh, no cook ice cream is a great way to enjoy that milk!  Below is the recipe that I use adapted for traditional store bought milk.  When we make the recipe at home we do not use any heavy cream and just make with straight raw milk which is slightly healthier but the cream gives it much more creamy richness.

     

    BASIC NO COOK VANILLA ICE CREAM

    Ingredients

    3/4 Qt Whole Milk

    3/4 Qt Heavy Cream

    1 cup sugar

    2 T vanilla extract

    ¼ tsp of salt

    Directions

    1. Using a 2 large 2 qt measuring bowl add sugar, vanilla and salt.  Add up to 3/4 Qt heavy cream and then fill measuring bowl up to the 1.5 Qt line with milk.  (If you are using a high fat milk, such as Jersey Cow raw milk, you can use less cream or no cream if you would like but either way finish with a 1.5 Qt total volume.
    2. Whisk mixture well.
    3. Add to ice cream maker and let run for 20-30 minutes until thick and ready to eat.
    4. Transfer remaining ice cream to storage container and store in the freezer.

     

    OUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM TOOLS

     Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop

     

     

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    GIR Silicone Face Masks

    GIR Silicone Face Masks

    One of our kitchenware wholesale companies has transferred from making spatulas and straws to making silicone face masks with replaceable filters.

    GIR Mask Filters 2.0

    Click here to order GIR Silicone Face Masks.

    GIR listened to customer feedback and has fully redesigned their filter insert.  We have instruction on the bottom of the page on how you can effectively make the original filters work with the addition of extra adhesive BUT now you don't need that we the new GIR Filters 2.0!  Click here for more info on the new filters.

    PLUS if you have learned to work with the original filter you can stock up on those at 50% OFF.  (psst they also work great as an insert in fabric masks!)  Click here for info on GIR Original Filters at $5 for a 10 pack.

    Unless style indicates that it is "sold out" order will ship within one business day.

     

    The masks are dishwasher safe and using the replacement filters you get far superior protection as compared to cloth or simple procedural masks. 

    We are also excited to have kids masks available and in stock.

    Click here to order GIR Silicone Face Masks.

    Unless style indicates that it is "sold out" order will ship within one business day.

    Tips and Tricks to using your GIR Silicone Face Mask  

    We have found that the best procedure is to keep the mask tight.  There is an enclosed round clip that can be used to secure the mask behind your head if the mask is slightly loose when you wear it around your ears.

    If you prefer to wear it loose, take it on and off regularly or you cannot use the clip because of headwear then it is important to secure your filter with additional adhesive.  We have found "Scotch Restickable Tabs" and permanent double-sided mounting squares to be a great solution.  

    There is adhesive on the back of the replaceable filter but particularly when the mask is loose or if you are talking a lot with the mask on the filter and mask move independently and cause the adhesive on the filter to come loose and then the filter may fall out particularly if there is not a tight fit.  Both of the above pictured adhesives have been found to work great and you can even reuse the adhesive after replacing the filter the next day.  

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    Homemade Pasta

    Homemade Pasta

    One of my favorite things to cook when I have plenty of time and want a comforting meal is homemade pasta.  Whether using the silky noodles with a simple sauce or turning those paper thin sheets of pasta into ravioli there are so many delicious meals to create from homemade pasta.  We wanted to share one of our favorite pasta recipes from one of our cooking class instructors Soledad Liendo.

    Click here for information about our prerecorded cooking class on Fresh Pasta & Ravioli.

    Homemade Pasta

    BASIC PASTA DOUGH

    Ingredients

    2 CUPS all purpose unbleached flour

    3 eggs

    1 tsp olive oil

    ¼ tsp of salt

    Directions

    1. Mound the flour on the work surface and make a well in the center.
    2. Break the eggs into the well add the olive oil, and salt. Using a fork, begin to whisk the eggs and oil together, incorporating a little of the flour as you do so.
    3. Gradually blend the flour with the eggs, working from the center out. Use your free hand to hold the mound in place and stop leakage if any of the egg escapes.
    4. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface with smooth, light strokes, turning it as you fold and press. It should be soft and pliable, but dry to the touch. If it is sticky, knead in a little flour.
    5. It will take at least 5 minutes kneading to achieve a smooth and elastic texture with a slightly glossy appearance. Put the dough in a plastic bag or cover with a kitchen towel. Allow resting for 30 minutes.
    6. Divide the dough into four portions and shape each into a rough log. Keep the unworked portions covered.
    7. Use a pasta machine with the machine’s rollers at their widest settings, crank the dough though two or three times. Fold it in thirds, turn the dough 90 degrees and fed through again. Repeat this folding and rolling process at least six times, or until the dough is a smooth and elastic sheet with a velvety appearance.
    8. Reduce the width of the rollers by one setting and pass the dough through. Repeat, setting the rollers one notch closer each time until you have rolled the desire thickness.
    9. As each sheet is completed, place it on a floured surface.

    Recipe courtesy of Happy Cook cooking instructionor Soledad Liendo

    OUR FAVORITE PASTA TOOLS

     

     

     

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    Up Your Snack Game - Lékué Popcorn Maker & Spicer's Mill Popcorn

    Up Your Snack Game - Lékué Popcorn Maker & Spicer's Mill Popcorn

    We love the Lékué Popcorn Maker because of how convenient and easy it is to use and the popcorn is so much taster than the chemical varieties of microwave popcorn.  

    Lékué Popcorn Maker

    When you pair that with our favorite spice company Spicer's Mill's Extra Large Popcorn and Popcorn Seasonings it is out of this world.  We know that there is a lot of streaming movies going on out there during our unexpected "staycations" so this is the perfect time to enjoy a fun snack that is actually quite healthy from the Lékué Popcorn Maker.

    Spicer's Mill Popcorn Spicer's Mill Popcorn Toppers


    Click here for our favorite popcorn accessories!

     

    Popcorn with Fresh Herbs 

    Ingredients:

    1/4 cup of corn kernels 

    1 T of butter

    Salt to taste

    1/4 cup of parsley OR chives OR tarragon 

    Directions:

    Place the corn in the bowl. Cover the bowl so that the lid does not seal the bowl completely.  Cook in microwave 2 to 4 minutes on the highest setting.
    In another bowl, melt the cubed butter for 30 seconds on high.
    Add salt to butter. Mix. Pour mixture over popcorn and then add the chopped herbs. Mix with a spoon. Enjoy!

    Recipe courtesy of Lékué

     

     

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