23 Years and Still Cooking

Posted October 14, 2014

By Luke Wight of Kiss the Cook


“What should I write about?”
That was the question I struggled to answer.  It was an abundance of exciting topics, not a lack, that had me stumped.  So I decided I try and focus on some questions I’ve been hearing quite a bit lately. 

First, I think a brief introduction is appropriate.  My name is Luke, and as of July 1st, I’m fortunate enough to be the new owner of Kiss The Cook at 72-74 Church St.  

 “Are you a cook?”
As you might imagine, this a question I’ve been getting a lot lately.
Cooking (and eating) has always been something I enjoy and has long been a hobby of mine.  Sometimes, I’ll try a new meal, and it will turn out great, leaving my wife, who’s very particular, quite impressed.  Other times, it ends with the smoke detector going off and us ordering a pizza.   So in short, yes, I’m a cook, but not an expert, and it’s the ongoing learning process I enjoy the most.

“What are you going to change at the store?”
Another question I’ve heard and my answer is “hopefully very little”.  We want to make sure our customers continue to have the same great experiences they’ve had during Kiss the Cook’s nearly 23 years in business.  In fact, you’ll likely see many of the same familiar faces in the store if you come by for our Annual Anniversary Sale.  New ownership or not, 23 Years on the Church Street Marketplace is worth celebrating, so please come visit us October 17-19 for 20% OFF storewide!*

“What’s in season?”
This is a question we often hear in the store.

Obviously, a hallmark of fall in Vermont is the apple.  Last weekend, my wife and I went apple picking, and as usual we ended up with more apples than we could possibly eat.  We always seem to get carried away at the orchard. So, after pondering what to do with our bundles of apples, my wife was inspired and baked some delicious apple-walnut muffins.  So if you’re in a similar predicament, or are planning a trip to the orchard, finding ways to bake your apples will not disappoint.  Be sure to stop by the store, as we’ve got gadgets to help you slice, peel, and core your apples (including some contraptions that do all 3!).  We also have baking supplies, including pie plates from Emile Henry, and individual pie making kits!  Baking not your thing? Well you could drink your apples then, with Hard Cider Kits by Brooklyn Brew Shop.  Start soon and you’ll be drinking homemade hard cider by the holidays by turning your apples, or your premade “soft” cider, into Hard Cider!

Sometimes, you may not have questions, but you’re just looking for inspiration.

I find a cookbook a great place to start.  A current favorite of mine is The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook which is filled with recipes from local establishments, including a Vegan Chili recipe from City Market.  I turned this into a “vegetarian chili” when I topped it with cheddar cheese. Also, even if you’re not a vegetarian (I’m not) this is delicious, particularly served with another recipe from the book for Maple Corn Bread.  (Excuse me while I wipe the drool off the keyboard).  

You’ll need a Dutch oven to make this dish, which we have a great variety of from Le Creuset, Lodge, and Staub.

Hopefully I’ve managed to answer some questions and whet your appetite a bit.
If you have more questions, please come visit us. We look forward to seeing you!

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