Choc-Oh-Lot Plus's artistic confectioners sweeten up kitchen repertoires with a two-hour course in cookie decorating. With an instructor's step-by-step guidance, students handcraft seasonally shaped sugar cookies adorned with frosting to transform treats into Halloween pumpkins, Thanksgiving turkeys, and Labor Day W-2 forms. Utilizing a squeezable pastry bag, hands top cookies with royal icing, learning the tricks needed to craft aesthetically pleasing batches of sugary shapes. Take-home recipes encourage patrons to continue practicing at home, so they can eventually fashion treats in themes as diverse as Inspector Gadget's rolodex of mechanics. Students should bring their own containers to take their cookies home in.
Since 1927, Yore Meat Market's seasoned butchers have bolstered meals with custom-cut meats and sausages prepared by traditional Italian methods. The Supreme Meat Package grants the carnivorously inclined a table-filling spread of meatiness—three pounds each of Perdue chicken cutlets ($14.67), homemade italian sausage ($11.67), and lean, ground sirloin chop-meat ($14.97).
Owner and brine master Alan Kaufman reignites the tradition of classic barrel pickling by curing a variety of pickled fare in casks without preservatives, soaking the snacks for up to six months before dishing them out by the quart, half gallon, or gallon. More than 30 types of brine-soaked morsels line the shelves, including the classic new pickles, sour pickles, and hot new pickles (all $6.25/qt.). Other vinegar-soaked veggies run the gamut from sliced hot peppers ($10/qt.) to marinated mushrooms ($14.50/qt.), remedying sodium deficiencies and the architectural instability of the food pyramid. Pickle Guys also jars seasonal creations, such as pickled pineapple ($11.50/qt.).
Shelsky's Smoked Fish’s kitchen crew preserves time-honored traditions as it crafts updated takes on Jewish smoked fish and meats, earning a feature in the Brooklyn Paper and Serious Eats. Owner Pete Shelsky combines fish cured in-house with authentic fare sourced offsite, including pickles from Guss', bagels and bialys from Kossar's, and deep-fried Russian literature from Tolstoy’s. Patrons can peruse the shop's stock of Jewish fish and dairy products, also referred to as appetizing, which include house-cured gravlax ($11.99/quarter lb.) and hot-smoked Door County whitefish ($19.95/lb.). Guests can also expand on traditional horizons with the house-cured clementine- and ginger-cured salmon ($11.99/quarter lb.), which the South Brooklyn Post reports was inspired by Shelsky's two daughters, Clementine and Ginger. Patrons can also opt to carry out stacked sandwiches, such as the traditional lox-and-bagel Member of the Tribe ($9) or the Brooklyn Transplant ($11), which layers kippered salmon, apple horseradish, and pickled-herring salad between pumpernickel bread for a culinary construction more appealing to the tongue than a bridge made out of popsicles.
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If the sight of house-cured sausages hanging in the window of Emily's Pork Store doesn't draw you in, the smell certainly will. Passerby can catch whiffs of roasted red pepper and basil, which might clue them in to the fact that this shop not only sells sausages, but also makes them from scratch. Every other week, owner Jerry Aliperti and staff spend hours creating up to 60 pounds of house charcuterie, from hot and sweet Italian sausages to the house-favorite, broccoli rabe sausage.
Though sausages have been the shop's mainstay for 40 years, they also import many foodstuffs from Italy to help round out meals. On the shelves, guests can find Italian dried pastas in a range of shapes, and hard Italian cheeses, which Aliperti can gladly tell you how to prepare or hide from ravenous housemates.