In-Store Demonstrations

Posted on December 01, 2018 by Lisa Renteria | 1 comment

All demos are open to the public and free of charge. Join us on Saturdays to taste new recipes and see how to use kitchen products and accessories from the shop!

Toque Blanche - Santa Cruz

December 15th, 1 p.m- 4 p.m
Creamy Vegetable Risotto

We've got a delicious and easy veggie risotto demo for you straight from the Minimalist Baker made in a beautiful Le Creuset Casserole.











December 26th, 10 a.m- 6 p.m
What Santa Forgot Sale
Drop by the shop to see storewide sales this December 26th! We'll be having sales on Chamba seconds, and holiday linens. Enter to win a $100 gift card along with other exciting sales. Details to come
December 29th, 1 p.m- 4 p.m
Earl Grey Sugar Cookies
 Easy and flavorful cookies made in the Breville Smart Oven. Click here for the recipe
January 5th, 1 p.m- 4 p.m
Rigatoni with Easy Vodka Sauce
Easy and packed with tons of flavor made in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven, click here for the recipe.
January 12th, 1 p.m- 4 p.m
Gochujang Stir-Fried Brussels Sprouts 
Spicy, saucy Brussels sprouts stir-fried in Korean Gochujang chili sauce all made in the amazing Finex Skillet. Recipe found here
January 19th, 1 p.m- 4 p.m
French Style Potato Salad
A simple take on potato salad made with the help of the Wusthof Santoku knife. Recipe found here
January 26th, 1 p.m- 4 p.m
Zucchini and Basil Pasta 
Healthy but filling zucchini and basil pasta made in a Staub Cocotte. Recipe found here
February 2nd, 1 p.m- 4 p.m
Chocolate and Raspberry Friands

Gooey and comforting Friands ( similar to a muffin) made in the Breville Smart Oven, recipe found here.

February 9th, 1 p.m- 4 p.m
Smokey Sumac Green Beans
Make this a hit at your party, with the vibrancy of Sumac, all made in the Le Creuset braiser. Recipe from Happy Food: Fast, Fresh, Simple Vegan by Bettina Campolucci Bordi
February 16th, 1 p.m- 4 p.m
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Spicy Glaze

These roasted brussels sprouts get a fair amount of spice from the crushed red pepper flakes, which cuts through the acidity from the Sotaroni Sherry Vinagar. Recipe found here

February 23rd, 1 p.m- 4 p.m
Veggie Spicy Fried Rice
Full of veggies and spice! Made in the Staub Cocotte

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Delightful Desserts

Posted on November 16, 2018 by Lisa Renteria | 0 comments

'Tis the season for baking and sharing delicious desserts with friends and family. In this Issue, we feature a subtle, yet satisfying Pear and Almond Cake, a festive Cranberry-Orange Bundt Cake with tart cranberries, and some decadent Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars -- each dessert is an easy and worthy sweet treat for the season ahead!

 Our Favorite Holiday Baking Gear

Ankarsrum Mixer

A necessary tool for every baker. Makes a great gift. 

Fat Daddio's 9" x 3" Springform Pan

 A sturdy buckle keeps cakes secure while baking. Nonstick, and sturdy metal for even baking. 

Chef'n Switchit Mixer Scrapper

Great for scrapping and getting every bit of batter! 

Nordic Ware Anniversary Bundt Pan 

We love this classic Bundt Pan shape. Bonus- it's nonstick for easy release and easy cleanup.


USA Baking Pan 

A baking pan with so many uses! A kitchen essential nonstick!

Emile 8" x 8" Square Baking Dish

 Perfect for baking and serving holiday bars this season.

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Thanksgiving with Ease

Posted on November 02, 2018 by Lisa Renteria | 0 comments

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We love how this holiday centers around 
gratefulness, family, friends, and, of course, bountiful food!
IN THIS ISSUE, we offer a few tips for mastering the basics for the big day. In this season of thanks, we'd like to extend our gratitude to you for your loyalty, and for being the most important part of our business!

 Thanksgiving Dinner Essentials

Mauviel Stainless Steel Roasting Pan with Rack

An excellent pan for roasting the turkey, and for baking dishes for a crowd.

Epicurean Natural Cutting Board

Choose a cutting board that is kind to your knives. This one is our favorite, as well as dishwasher safe.




Zwilling Pro 7" Santoku

The most valuable knife for Thanksgiving and all the chopping and slicing involved in dinner preparation.


RSVP Potato Ricer

Make fluffy, lump-free mashed potatoes with ease!

OXO Swivel Peeler

A sharp peeler makes a quick work of prepping vegetables. Keep a couple around for any extra helping hands.

Wusthof Carving Set

This set is indispensable when it's time to carve the bird. The fork steadies while the sharp knife carves with ease.



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Comfort Food with Cast Iron

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Lisa Renteria | 0 comments

This time of year is perfect for cooking a few favorite comfort foods using one of our favorite types of pans - cast iron. Known for supreme durability and great heat retention, cast iron has been a classic type of cookware for over two thousand years! IN THIS ISSUE, we explore a few easy recipes that utilize cast iron, and will surely satisfy any hunger.

 Our Favorite Cast Iron

Lodge 12" Skillet

Bake and serve all in one dish! These skillets are oven safe and broiler safe.



Staub 4QT Turquoise Cocotte

A versatile cast iron pot that features an enameled surface interior and exterior. 


Finex 10' Skillet

Cast iron gets a modern make-over! American-made, designed to last forever. Unique stay cool handle design. Start an heirloom.






Le Creuset 5.25QT Deep Round Oven

A classic pot for a reason! This pot has defined the enameled cast iron.





Knappmade Chain Mail Scrubber

Perfect for cleaning cast iron.


Finex Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Modern cast iron that is defined by its heavy-duty construction that promotes even cooking and superior heat retention, Stay cool handles and, octagonal shape. 


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Fall Apples! Sweet and Savory

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Lisa Renteria | 0 comments

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Quick Chicken For Fast Weeknight Meals

Posted on September 06, 2018 by Lisa Renteria | 0 comments

It's a daily dilemma - what's for supper? We're often looking for something that's fast, flavorful, and easily accomplished . . . . something that satisfies our hunger and allows us to get on with tackling the evening's agenda.

IN THIS ISSUE, we're featuring weeknight strategies for eating well at home utilizing three speedy techniques that yield great results. Our recipes include Sheet Pan Caprese Chicken, Garlic Honey Chicken, and Creamy Chicken, Mushroom, & Spinach One Pot Pasta. You’ll find that they are all great additions to your repertoire of fast and flavorful!

 Olive Wood Round Spoon


  Beautiful, durable wooden spoons are classic for a reason! Effective and kind to all surfaces.


Le Creuset 5.5 QT Round Dutch oven 


A classic! Perfect for one pot pasta and so many other dishes.





Best 8" Balloon Whisk


A perfect tool for making marinades and sauces- a small whisk is so handy!




USA Jelly Roll Pan


Made with heavy-gauge metal with a rolled rim that won't warp or bend under heat.





Wusthof Classic 6" Chef's Knife


We love the size and form of this knife. Perfect for fast dinner prep!



Fagor 8 QT Lux Multicooker


One amazing pot- over 10 essential functions.

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Caribbean Party Newsletter

Posted on August 27, 2018 by Lisa Renteria | 0 comments

SUMMER'S END IS NEARLY HERE -- time to plan one last hurrah! 
IN THIS ISSUE, we’ve planned a perfect dinner party menu with Jerk Pork Tenderloin, Coconut-Ginger Rice, Island Black Beans, Beet Slaw, and even a Classic Piña Colada! Break out the drink umbrellas, queue up a good playlist, and get ready for a party!

 Cuisipro Fine V Rasp

This tool is a kitchen essential! Great for zesting citrus, cheeses, and more!

Microplane 3-In-1 Ginger Tool

Include more ginger in your cooking! This 3-In-1 ginger tool makes it easy! 

Vitamix Asent Series

So many uses! Blend smoothies, sauces, marinades, soups, and more!

All-Clad 3QT Stainless Steal Sauce Pan


An essential pot that cooks rice, beans, and so much more. Stainless clad for the perfect balance between durability and efficient heat transfer.


Kyocera 3" Ceramic Paring Knife

A perfectly sized knife for small prep work.

Clear Glass Drinking Straw

Serve drinks style with reusable glass straws.

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