CHEFS' SECRETS EVENT SET FOR SUNDAY EVENING
Chefs' Secrets eventset for Sunday evening
The second annual Chefs' Secrets will highlight the talents of 20 local chefs through a series of cooking classes Sunday at Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. Proceeds will benefit the Sojourner House domestic violence program. Courses include appetizers, side dishes, entr & eacute;es and desserts. Each class will last approximately 30 minutes. The event also will include a Chinese auction, raffles and cash bar. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and Chefs' Secrets will begin at 5. Admission is $50, and tickets can be obtained by calling Sandy Kessler at (330) 743-9275. For more information, check out the Web site www.sojournerhouse.com and click on "Chefs' Secrets Fundraiser."
Chicago Tribune tasters enjoyed Annie's Naturals Hot Chipotle BBQ sauce. They cooked it with ribs, which benefited when they brushed additional sauce on top of the cooked meat. It has a nicely complex flavor with no artificial ingredients. However, if you're looking for a sharp kick in the palate, look elsewhere; the heat level is more along the lines of a nudge. A 12-ounce bottle costs $3 at online at amazon.com/gourmet.
The road to olives
The California Olive Industry is offering a set of 16 postcards that take you on a culinary road trip with olives as prominent landmarks. Each card comes with a scenic view on the front and a recipe on the back. To get your own set of free recipe postcards or to check out some olive recipes, visit www.calolive.org/freecards.
Taking care of cupcakes
Now you can pack a cupcake in the morning and be assured it still will look like a cupcake when you're ready for lunch. The Cup-a-Cake is a plastic container designed to hold the shape of cupcakes and muffins. Its large clasps make it easy for even little fingers to open. Cup-a-Cake containers are available in blue, green, pink, white and yellow at www.cupacake.com for $2.99 per single container or $9.99 for a package of four.
The French have made their own yogurt for years. Now Americans can, too, with the Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker. Just bring any type of milk to a boil, cool, strain and stir in the yogurt starter. Pour the mixture into the yogurt maker, turn on the machine and you'll have up to 42 ounces of yogurt in eight to 12 hours. The machine is available for $29.99 at Sur La Table and Le Gourmet Chef stores and online at Williams-Sonoma.com, Surlatable.com, LNT.com and Sears.com.