With pounds of leftover cake, the chefs at Taste Buds Kitchen couldn’t decide what to do with all of it. What’s better than delicious chocolate and sprinkle-dipped vanilla cake pops? This is an easy (and yummy) way to use up leftover cake… or a freshly baked one!
This family had a great idea and combined father & daughter’s birthdays into one big party! With the birthday girl and guy as team captains, each group competed to win our exciting Iron Chef Challenge. It was a such a blast cooking with these families and watching them work together to create something amazing!
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new and improved website – featuring better upcoming class views, e-gift certificates and more. Take a look at our great pictures, exciting new cooking classes and party offerings. To celebrate, we’re giving away our favorite kitchen tool – a 5-Quart KitchenAid® Stand Mixer in Plumberry – a brand new color offering. The mixer has a glass bowl which is perfect for kids to see what’s being mixed and it’s dishwasher safe so clean up and maintenance are simple and easy. The mixer is the perfect size – it can hold up to 9 cups or enough dough to make dozens of cookies!
To enter to win, comment on this post with your favorite thing about TBK. The winner will be selected on June 15.
In honor of Cinco De Mayo, Chef Khadiga and her budding chefs made creative quesadilla art, with corn, black beans, diced tomatos and cheese mosaics. The chef-artists discussed Georges Seurat’s pointillism painting technique, and created their own masterpieces on their tortilla canvas!
During our Taste Buddies After-School program this week, all the budding chefs did a cheese taste test, where we sampled cheeses from Asiago and Mozzarella to Meunster and Goat! Thanks to the fabulous cheese section at Fairway Market, our chefs are now cheese connoisseurs!
To broaden you child’s palate for fine cheeses, try a taste test at home! What a great activity that can be doubled as an afternoon snack! This can be done in 3 simple steps: observe, smell, and taste!
Step 1: Use your eyes! Ask your kids to describe the color of they cheese and/or rind. What does the texture look like? Are there cracks, variations in color, white patches, does it look wet or dry? Is it crumbly?
Step 2: Your nose knows! Smell and taste the cheeses! Is the smell the same when you open the package as when you cut into the cheese? What do you taste buds taste first? What flavors stays in your mouth? What do you taste after you swallow? Decide if the cheese is
- Sweet: on tip of your tongue
- Sour: on sides and back of tongue (Is your mouth watering?)
- Bitter: on the back of your tongue (near your throat) as if you’re trying to swallow something prickly
- Salty: on the front and sides of your tongue
Describe flavors and aromas with words like: nutty, peppery, pungent, milky, mild earthy, fruity, floral, clean, sharp and bold.
Step 3: Talk about texture. How does the cheese feel in your hand? How about in your mouth? Is it creamy, buttery, dry, waxy, greasy, rubbery, crumbly, hard, or soft?
Pictured below are our advanced chefs at Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan after their cheese tasting activity!
We started our Summer Garden this week! Our little plants will sprout on our windowsill before being planted on our fire escape – just like a true NYC Garden! Do you have any tips for gardening in the tight spaces in NYC?
Meet Aidan, TBK’s amazing Winter Chef and a regular in our weekly “Let’s Make” classes. We all love Aidan and look forward to cooking with him more when he turns four!
Age: 3 years old
First Culinary Creation: Cupcakes for Pop’s birthday
Favorite Recipe: Cheesy Crackers
Favorite Kitchen Utensil: Whisk
Favorite Cooking Fact: Not sure yet!
Wants to Cook Next: Pizza
These kids gave their mom a private, family cooking lesson for her birthday! They had our entire kitchen to themselves while they learned how to make Taste Bud’s signature mum cupcakes, using our special marshmallow technique. What a great way to get the whole family together for a day of culinary fun!