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This month’s cooking class was packed, not only with people but with delicious food from Chef Shaun McCrain.  We had a yummy 3-course meal and talked about functional kitchen elements and the latest appliances.

Enjoy this recipe, courtesy of the chef:

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Pan Seared Atlantic Cod with Creamy Brandade, Castelvetrano Olives,Pimenton-Tomato Ju
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Ingredients
  • Fresh Cod Fillet………………… 2 ½#
  • Heavy Cream……………………..1 cup
  • Milk………………………………….3 cups
  • Garlic……………………………….1 Head
  • Thyme……………………………..5 sprigs
  • Rosemary………………….…….1 small branch
  • Tomato……………………………..2 each
  • Castelvetrano Olives……….….3 oz.
  • Pimenton(smoked paprika)…1 tsp
  • Fingerling Potato………………..1 #
  • Basil…………………………….…..3 branches
  • Olive oil……………………………1/2 cup
  • Lemon……………………………….1 each
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Sauce/Garnish Procedure:
Cut the tomato into for pieces length wise, and then remove the seeds. Dice the tomato. Cut the olive into petals—discard the pits. Mix the tomato with the olive petals. Add ¼ cup olive oil, basil dice the Pimenton spice and the juice of one lemon. Season with salt and pepper. The final result should resemble a fresh salsa.
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Brandade Recipe
  • Cod Trim…………………..1#
  • Fingerling Potato……….1/2#
  • Minced garlic……………..1/2 Head
  • Milk……………………….….3 cups
  • Heavy Cream……………..1 cup
  • Olive oil……………….…..1/4 cup
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
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First cook the fingerling potatoes starting with cold water. Next Heat the milk, ½ of the garlic, thyme, and rosemary in a pot, being careful not to scald. When the milk is hot turn off the heat and let it set for five minutes. Using all of the trim from the cod fillet, place in a pot and strain the milk over the Cod “pieces”. Slowly poach the fish until it is almost cooked (about 8 minutes).  Take the other half of the garlic and mince it finely and place it into a sauté pan and add the ¼ cup of olive oil. Slowly cook the garlic. When the garlic is cooked remove the poached fish and add it to the pan with the garlic. Cook the fish over low heat until the fish looks dry and “fluffy”. Peel the Potato and mash with a fork or a food mill. Add the cooked potato to the fish and mix well.  Last add the heavy cream and cook over low heat until the mixture is creamy in texture. Season with salt.
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Overall the night was a blast, and the Chef Shaun was a pleasure to learn from.  We’ll definitely be inviting him back!
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We at Gaspar’s take our food seriously.  How seriously you might ask? Well…enough that we offer cooking classes in our showroom with local chef’s, kitchen designers and appliance specialists.

The upcoming class is going to be held April 22nd from 6:00pm – 8:30pm at our showroom kitchen in Capitol Hill.  The Chef will be local food writer Amy Pennington.  She has just finished a book called, “The Urban Pantry – Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen” . She is also the owner of GoGo Green Garden.  This talented lady will be a real treat for us!

The Kitchen Designer is our very own, Cathy Gaspar.  Cathy not only loves to cook but also has been designing functional, impressive, beautiful kitchens for over 20 years.  Cathy will be sharing her tips on designing the perfect kitchen.

If you would like to reserve a spot for at our upcoming class please call (206) 324-8199 or e-mail: info@gaspars.com.  If you can’t make the April class but are still interested in our May 20th class, we have the fabulous Chef Shaun McCrain, who has cooked at some of the best resturants in the country including Thomas Keller’s “Per Se” in New York City.

Hope to see you there,

Sarah Henry

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Who should go to the homeshow?

If you are thinking of remodeling or building a home, attending the Seattle Home Show will be a great way to start the conversation and get your feet wet.

Remodelers, builders, new products and ideas alike come together to create an environment that is rich with inspiration and support for homeowners.  The latest in building products and design materials will be on display, and you will have the chance to meet a myriad of different professionals to see if there is any chemistry.

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Another fun night and more amazing food marked this month’s cooking class that took place in our showroom kitchen (see above) on February 10th.

Every month Gaspar’s holds a cooking class here at our office for past clients and homeowners who are thinking about remodeling. It’s a great chance to ask questions of appliance specialist and hear about latest kitchen design trends while learning new recipes and eating excellent food.  If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, give us a call (206.324.8199) and join us for good eats and tips.

GUEST CHEF AND INSTRUCTOR

Our chef this month was Chef Menno from At Your Place .  Let me just say…wow!  The food was amazing.  I was walking out the door as Chef Menno was preparing for the class and he said to me, “Here, let me make you a crostini.”  I started eating it as I walked out the door and down the block…and I turned around and came all the way back because I had to tell him that it was the best crostini I had ever had!   (more…)

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Between the tax credits, rising energy costs and the decision for many homeowners that they will stay in their current home for longer than anticipated due to economic struggles, there has been an increased demand for energy efficient products and systems.  You could say it is on just about everyone’s mind.

Home Savvi, a local home remodeling resource for homeowners, is hosting a FREE seminar on Tuesday January 26th, where local experts will talk with you about the top 10 ways you can save money on heating, lighting and green building in 2010.

Our own Sarah Gaspar Henry from Gaspar’s will be there to represent the building genre.  This is a fun opportunity to connect with other homeowners and share remodeling stories or tips.  Plus the panel of local experts will share the real scoop on energy efficiency, green building and other ways to save money while adding value to your home.

Location

Lighting Universe, Seattle Design Center

5701 6th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98108

Event Agenda

*6:30-7:00pm – Registration/Networking/Showroom visit (light drinks and appetizers will be served)

*7:00-8:00pm – Panel Discussion

*8:00-8:30pm – Q&A Session / Prize Drawing

Registration

Admission is entirely free, but is limited to 30 people, so don’t delay in registration! You can register online HERE.  If you have questions, you can call Home Savvi at 206.965.9686.

Prizes

Home Savvi has a reputation for their useful seminars and great prizes.  This seminar’s prizes will include a $1200 bath vanity, sink and mirror from Fairmont Designs, a $375 Viking Continuous Feed Food Waste Disposer, A 2-Hour Complimentary Handyman Service from Gaspar’s, and 10% off any purchase from the Lighting Universe family of stores.  Considering there is a 30 person limit at the event, the odds of winning something are stellar!

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Thanks to all the people who came out to see us at the annual Remodeling Expo at the Washington State Convention Center.  We were thrilled to see many new faces and a few familiar ones too.  For all those that are looking to do that next project, we’re ready to help and it was great that you got to see some of our new products at this year’s updated show booth.

The Remodeling Expo was a great way for everyone who is interested in learning more about remodeling and home design.  The floor was full of exhibitors of new products and local remodeling experts.  Gaspar’s had the booth right inside the front door so just about everyone that came to the show walked through our new display.  We hope to be talking to all of you very soon.

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Dates:  Saturday Oct 17th & Sunday Oct 18th

Time:  10am – 5pm each day

Address:  Gaspar’s project – 2817 10th Ave E, Seattle

It’s that time again!  Last weekend was the Remodeled Homes Tour put on by the Master Builder’s Association.  Each year, members and their gracious clients open their newly remodeled homes for the public to view. There were 19 homes on the tour (Gaspar’s is home #8) and the doors were open from 10am – 5pm both Saturday and Sunday.

There is always a benefiting charity and this year the Master Builder’s Association let us choose our own charity.  We chose the Women’s Funding Alliance.  And as if seeing beautiful projects and raising awareness for charity isn’t enough to get you excited, this year the tour was FREE!   Ticket books with tour home addresses, pictures, descriptions and directions were obtained the day of the tour at tour homes.  They were also obtained at  Dunn Lumber or Chown Hardware locations.

We were really excited to show our tour home this year, as it is a personal favorite of many employees and is Built Green.  Mark wrote about the project here , under “Century old Seattle craftsman goes Green”.

If you have attended a tour in the previous years, you know how much fun it is to tour homes of different styles and see professional remodeling up close.  If you are looking to remodel your home, the tour is like “speed dating”, as homeowners get to meet many remodelers in one day.  We were happy to see so many of you there!

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