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5-Piece Baking Package

5-Piece Baking Package

When I think of baking, my mind automatically jumps to Ina’s Outrageous Brownie recipe. It’s one of my favorites and it works so well with my half sheet pan (the perfectly precut parchment baking sheet is a MUST have for this recipe). The half sheet pan and cooling rack are great for baking cookies (Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, anyone?) and evenly roasting all types of veggies. But honestly, the thing I bake most often is bacon.

I’ve been using my cooling rack and half sheet pans to prepare bacon for a while now. It’s simple, less messy, and a great time-saver for when I have guests for breakfast (like during a 3-day holiday weekend). I preheat my oven to 400 degrees, line the half sheet pan with foil, set the cooling rack on top, and put the strips of bacon directly on the rack. I bake it for about 20 minutes - until crispy. After removing the pan from the oven, I usually dab each piece of bacon with a paper towel to soak up any excess grease (most of the mess drips below the cooling rack). Voila, crispy bacon. And I get to sit and drink coffee instead of standing over my stove avoiding grease.

In honor of the Columbus Day weekend (and breakfast guests), we're offering the 5-Piece Professional Baking Package for 20% Off. Package includes: Half Sheet Pan, Quarter Sheet Pan, Cross Wire Cooling Rack, Pan Cover, and Parchment Baking Sheets. Available October 10th - 12th. 

-Cassandra

 

 

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Fresh Juice and Homemade Applesauce

Over the summer I found myself using our All-Citrus Juicer over and over again. (I just couldn’t get enough of these fresh margaritas.) And the juicer is so fun to use and easy to clean that I found myself adding fresh juice to everything!

So…I decided to search out some seasonal recipes that included fresh citrus, and I came across this one for Ina’s Homemade Applesauce. It’s perfect for this time of year, when apples are the most delicious.  Enjoy!

Cassandra-

 

Ingredients:

Zest and juice of 2 large navel oranges

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

3 pounds Granny Smith apples (6 to 8 apples)

3 pounds sweet red apples, such as Macoun, McIntosh, or Winesap (6 to 8 apples)

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 pound unsalted butter

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon in a large bowl. Peel, quarter, and core the apples and toss them in the juice. Pour the apples and juice into a non-reactive Dutch oven or enameled iron pot. Add the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and allspice and cover the pot. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until all the apples are soft. Mix with a whisk until smooth. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Copyright 1999, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Container Sale - 20% Off, September 25th-28th

Autumn is here which means cold-weather meals and holiday cooking are just around the corner…it also means it’s time for the Annual Container Sale.

Our Clear Plastic Containers are Ina’s favorite for storing and freezing her delicious chicken stock (featured in Family Style). They are dishwasher/microwave safe and BPA free. Simple and sturdy, I use them for everything from storing leftovers and baking ingredients (and candy!) to organizing my office supplies.

Next up…Plan B Aluminum Containers. These containers live up to their name as they have saved me, and my dinner table, on multiple occasions. For the most part, I use these for make-ahead dinners, but I’ve also had the opportunity to share meals with friends – these are great for transporting, the lids stay put and I don’t have to worry about tracking down my bakeware afterward! For the winter, I’m going to take inspiration from Make It Ahead and stock my freezer with deliciousness.

And of course, the Chinese Takeout Containers. They make even leftovers special (Thanksgiving anyone?). I love to use these for kids’ treats and desserts - cookies and brownies work well. They’d also be fun containers for an easy fall picnic in the park.

All three of our containers are featured on Ina’s Easy Tips and with 20% Off, you don’t want to miss out on these kitchen staples. Use code CONTAINER20.

 - Cassandra

 

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Herbal Iced Tea!

I’ve been serving Ina Garten’s Herbal Iced Tea for years at every event I host. My guests are always pleasantly surprised at how delicious it tastes. You can serve it year round, but it is particularly refreshing during the summer months. I had a difficult time finding a pitcher that would hold 8 cups of liquid, but was thrilled when I found this heavy duty 8 Cup Measure for making the Herbal Iced Tea. This pitcher is also great for mixing cocktails or for measuring chicken stock. Surprise your guests this Labor Day weekend with this refreshing recipe!

 http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/herbal-iced-tea-recipe.html

 

- Cassandra

 

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Laura's Cakes!

I first Met Laura a few years ago when she began lifeguarding at our local ocean beach in Amagansett. At 18 she was a high school senior, a member of the high school swim team, a volunteer EMT first responder for the Amagansett volunteer ambulance, a teacher of CPR/AED/First Aid courses... Oh, and headed to Cornell to major in Animal Science at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Did I mention she was 18?? ....You can imagine my surprise when on top of all of this, she shows up at the beach one day with a gorgeous cake for her friend, and fellow lifeguard, Kelly. It turns out she also bakes. And not just bake... she BAKES. And decorates like a pro! Later that day, I called Cassandra to tell her about Laura and her cake and she informed me that she used to babysit for Laura when she was just a baby! Small world!

We are donating some of our favorite tools for her kitchen collection: Stainless Steel Icing SpatulasPastry Decorating Set - 3 pcAssorted Pastry Tube Set - 6 pcPlastic Coated 12" Decorating BagWhite Baking CupsParchment Baking SheetsNielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla ExtractPremium Vanilla Beans. Maybe she will surprise us with another cake or cupcakes or pie or cake or cupcake or cake or cake...

Cintia-

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Laura will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro! She has joined Operation Fistula and will climb with Mountains for Moms to raise awareness about Obstetric Fistula, a terrible injury that is effecting women in Africa. Visit her page if you would like to donate or learn more about this condition and how you can raise awareness.

 

Laura & Cintia

  

  

Wedding cake

 

Cassandra's Kitchen kitchen baking tools

 

Kelly's birthday cake

 

Beach cupcakes

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HOTEL Footed Silver Bowl With Handles.

You asked and we listened! There was so much demand for this HOTEL Footed Silver Bowl with Handles that we asked HOTEL to reproduce it for us. We could not be happier with the end result! It's elegant and beautiful and tough enough to withstand everyday use. I'd love to tell you that it does not come with a hefty price tag but I'd be lying. At $295, this is definitely an investment and one that will last for years to come. It's available for sale now at cassandraskitchen.com. Best part, it cleans up beautifully (in about 30 seconds) with Twinkle Silver Polish, also available on our website. 

 

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