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Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Spring Schedule Is Out At The @CooksWarehouse



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In this week's edition:


Free Weekend Demonstrations:

Brookhaven - Virginia Willis' Heirloom Grits

Decatur - Weat Free Breakfast Foods / Springtime Reds and Whites 
East Cobb -  TopChips 
Midtown - Fondue Feast

From the Cooking School
: Spring Schedule Is Here!


Product Spotlight: Kids Kitchen Equipment


Book Your Cooking Party Today


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Free Weekend Demonstrations:


Brookhaven - Virginia Willis' Heirloom Grits


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Today, gluten-free options are valued by many individuals and families.  Join us this Saturday as we sample Virginia Willis' My Southern Pantry Heirloom Grits, a gluten-free option for you.  Served savory or sweet, these grits are Georgia Grown and certified organic.  She also has Polenta and Cornmeal as a part of her collection.  And if you are interested in learning more about gluten-free cooking, join us on Monday, March 26th for Gluten-Free International Dishes with Chefs Julie & Charles Mayfield.  Their delicious recipes will span the globe with a visit to Thailand, Latin America and France.  Visit us at to register for this and our many other class offerings.


Decatur - Weat Free Breakfast Foods / Springtime Reds and Whites


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This week, we take great pride in presenting a great new product line from Decatur, Weat Free Breakfast Foods. Weat Free is just as the name implies - "without wheat". Weat Free also means "we eat free" of the allergens you see in foods today which includes gluten, dairy, soy and nuts.  For years eating gluten-free meant that you might have to go without or sacrifice the flavor of your foods. The folks at Weat Free  have spent countless hours mixing and experimenting with a variety of ingredients to make the best breakfast foods you can enjoy without sacrificing great taste. Stop by between 3 and 5 to witness how tasty they are. We're also tasting Springtime Red and Whites this week.



East Cobb - TopChips


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It's National Chip 'n' Dip Month -- who knew?!  We'll show you how to make your own healthier version of  traditional potato chips in just three minutes with The TopChips chips maker.  You'll taste how a few minutes in the microwave creates crispy, fat-free sweet potato, apple, even mango chips!  A great, guilt-free addition to your next cookout!


Midtown - Fondue Feast


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On Monday, March 26 we are having a "Fondue Feast and Wine Pairings with The Melting Pot" franchisee of four Atlanta locations, Mark Gunn. We're going to tempt you on Saturday with chocolate fondue made in our Swiss Mar pots, but come by to see our entire selection and while you're here, sign up for Mark's class! 

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Warm afternoons, blooming azaleas, daylight that extends beyond rush hour, a thick layer of yellow dust on everything, and a whole new cooking class schedule - it must be springtime in Atlanta! 


Our spring schedule is here and it's full of all types of classes - from baking basics to kids camps to wine tastings - and everything in between.  Learn to make delicious seasonal dishes as you tour a neighborhood market, and get ready for those skimpy summer fashions with a class that will help you to sustain your weight loss goals.  Explore a variety of international cuisines and save time in the kitchen with fast and delicious family meal ideas, or sign up the kids for a class (or a full week of camp) so that they can help in the kitchen.   We continue to offer classes with a lot of your local favorites, as well as welcoming some new talents to the kitchen.   




We have several cookbook author appearances, including author, restaurateur, and Top Chef Masters contestant Suvir Saran; Robin Asbell, author of Big Vegan and The New Vegetarian Cookbook teaches "Meatless in the Heat"; Maria Speck, author of Ancient Grains for Modern Meals ; Jodi Rhoden, owner of Short Street Cakes in Asheville and author of Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition; Sheri Castle, author of The New Southern Garden Cookbook; Holly Herrick, author of Tart Love: Sassy, Savory & Sweet as well as Food Lover's Guide to Charleston and Savannah; Hugh Carpenter, who has published numerous cookbooks and is an award winning cooking teacher teaches 2 internationally themed classes on Thai and Mexican cuisines; Martha Hall Foose, author of A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home; and author, restaurateur,  and TV personality John Besh joins us to sign copies of My Family Table.


You can count on us for all things culinary as we explore the bounty of Spring in the kitchen!  Below are some of the "kickoff" classes that are scheduled during the first week of April at The Cook's Warehouse cooking school.  For the full class lineup, as well as for any new updates as they are added, check out our website.   You can also pick up a copy of the complete class schedule at any of our stores.


Kids- are you looking for something fun and different for your 2012 Spring Break plans?  Join us in the kitchen!


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Asian Small Plates for Kids Hands On (Ages 10 to 17)


East Cobb

10:30 AM - 1:30: PM
Stephanie Smithmyer



Are you ready to say "sayonara" to the same old boring meals? Come cultivate your taste for the exotic with these Asian delights that are main stream enough to be family crowd pleasers. Meet Chef Stephanie Smithmyer in the kitchen where you will learn how to make Asian Chicken Dumplings, Beef Satay, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, and Shrimp Spring Rolls. Just because school is out for the week doesn't mean you can't have fun learning something new in the kitchen!


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Teen Cake Decorating Series Hands On (Ages 10 - 17)

Wednesday, April 04 and Thursday, April 05, 2011

Carlin Breinig

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM




You've asked for it and here it is! Join us during Spring Break for a two day series that will put you on the road to being a top notch cake decorator! Your imagination is the limit as we make your own cakes and frostings and then learn some of the most popular decorating techniques.

Day 1: You will bake your cakes, learn to make frosting and color it, and become skilled at design techniques as you have the opportunity to use a variety of piping tips. Chef Carlin will show you how to make basket-weave patterns, dots, stars, borders, flowers, leaves and more! You'll get plenty of practice and will also sketch designs for your very own creation!

Day 2: Bring your invention to life! Using your pastry kit and the skills you learned in class one, you'll make your own colored icing and decorate your cake. You'll get to take home your beautifully decorated cake as well as your decorating kit and recipes to put your newfound talent to use!


Spring Cupcakes for Kids Hands On (ages 6 - 9)



9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Carlin Breinig


Cupcakes are everywhere and it's no surprise! Who doesn't love the delicious cake, creamy frosting and fun decorations - all in one hand held dessert? Join Chef Carlin in the kitchen during Spring Break to perfect your own cupcake creations! Learn how to do basic fondant work on your cupcakes - let your imagination run free as you bake and decorate three cupcakes to take home. How will you design yours? Cute smiley faces, a mini Easter basket, sprinkles or just some swirled colors and dots? No matter how your cupcake looks, two things are certain - they will taste delicious and you'll have a great time in the kitchen! 



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Product Spotlight Kids Kitchen Equipment


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Kids love helping in the kitchen - and we love to share our love of cooking with them.  Take a look at some of the great kid's equipment we have on-line or in our stores - and check out our kids' cooking classes and summer camps (filter by Kids' Classes)!

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Book Your Cooking Party Today

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Call us and plan the perfect private cooking party for your staff, clients, friends, or family! Make any class from our schedule a private, choose from a list of preset menus, or we will customize the menu just for your group.  We'll take care of all the details so you don't have to and no worries about cleaning the kitchen after a fun party - we take care of that too!


Contact our Cooking School Director, Wendy Allen via email or by phone at 404-492-9015 to schedule your special event today. We're looking forward to making your party a huge success!



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#gf Fresh Spring Juice with Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables

More juice news!


The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining longer, and Citrus Fruits are in season!  Spring is finally here and it’s time to take advantage of some delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables. In addition to citrus fruit, apricots, rhubarb, mint and parsley are at their peak right now. 


OMEGA Juicers shares a few ways to bring these produce items into your kitchen through juicing.  If you’ve never thought of drinking some of these ingredients, worry not, these juicer recipes are the perfect blend of ingredients so you enjoy every “good for you” sip.


Juicing is a great way to take in valuable nutrients without having your body word hard to break down the fibers.  Through juicing, the food value is readily available to your body in larger quantities then when you eat the fruit whole.  The benefits of consuming juiced fruits and veggies include keeping your heart, liver and kidneys strong and healthy.


Here are a few Seasonal Spring Fruit and Veggie Juice recipes from OMEGA Juicers:

Sweet Spring Mix



  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 green apple
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup mint
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • ½ inch of fresh ginger
  • ½ lemon (peeled)

Juice together in the order given; stir the juice to mix the flavors



Blushing Orange Juice


  • 3 oranges
  • 1 apple
  • 1 handful raspberries

Juice together in the order given; stir the juice to mix the flavors



Apricot, Mango, & Orange Explosion



  • 4 apricots, pitted and halved
  • 1 mango, pitted and sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled

Juice the apricots first, then the mango, and finish with the orange. Stir the juice to mix the flavors.



Rhubarb Carrot Juice



  • 8 Large Fresh Cleaned Carrots
  • 1 Cup Of Sliced Rhubarb
  • 1 Large Fresh Mint Sprig (Optional Garnish)
  • 1 Fresh Cut Lemon Wedge (Optional Garnish)

Juice together in the order given; stir the juice to mix the flavors




Spring Fever



  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 cup dandelion leaves.

Juice together in the order given; stir the juice to mix the flavors



About Omega Juicers:


Since 1985, Omega has developed the most efficient and reliable juicers available, proudly offering all styles of juicing equipment from its "One Stop Shop for All Your Juicing Needs.” Founded by industry expert Robert Leo, who spent over twenty years developing his vision and experience by listening to consumer needs, Omega remains the only company to offer centrifuge, masticating, and pulp ejection style juicers, in addition to the more traditional citrus models.


Omega offers units that are "Household & Commercially Approved" by Underwriters Laboratories.  Omega products are stylish enough for the home and powerful enough for the workplace, and Omega’s track record of durability, coupled with its product confidence, allows the brand to offer up to 15-year warranties on its range of products, which includes juicers, blenders, food prep machines, drink dispensers and more.





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Celebrate Springtime With New Allergy-Friendly Recipes!

Thanks for sharing, Enjoy Life Foods!


Celebrate Springtime With Delicious Desserts!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Great with coffee, rice milk, or even on its own!

Easy Sunflower Butter Chocolate Cups
Taste-bud (and allergy)-friendly!



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