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Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Kitchen Tools | 0 comments


So, it’s probably too late to talk about stocking stuffers, but I’m going to…because they’re too cute not to share. My husband and family find me the cutest kitchen gadgets to surprise me with.

This year, I got

These beautiful “hand-painted” measuring bowls from Pier 1 (from my mom).

And these nifty measuring beakers (from Mr. J) [These are from OXO. There is a 4th one, the smallest, but it’s in the dishwasher.]

Last year, I got

These measuring matryoshkas (From Mr. J) [a Fred product]

And this long dog appetizer server – perfect for mixed nuts or olives (from Mr. J)

Two years ago, I got these adorable timers.

Love it!

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Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Kitchen Tools | 0 comments

Holiday Recap

I know you’ve been wondering…this was the Christmas morning breakfast scene at my parents’ house:

The menu included a MEAT TRAY (bacon, country ham, and pigs-in-a-blanket…we almost made sausage, too, but decided to reel it in a little), buttery grits, scrambled eggs, and various juices (grape for the boys and tomato for me). I also made biscuits. I even referenced the blog on my phone for the recipe. Of course, Mr. J enjoyed pie with his parents on Christmas morning, too!

How’d you fare with kitchen equipment this year under the tree? I racked up…and I LOVE it all. I got TWO Smitten Kitchen cookbooks, and I’m really enjoying it so far. I love Deb’s writing, and her photography is to die for, as always. I’m looking forward to a few recipes in there, too! I also got TWO hand mixers, and I think I’m going to keep them both. You need 3 mixers, right? (I also have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer.)

All of the stuff from my wish list made it into my stocking: a Silpat, baking sheets, a zester, and a red wine aerator (a very nifty contraption).

I also got a mini egg skillet for making my newest obsession: sunny-side up eggs. Another neato item I got from Mr. J was an OXO cookbook holder. I like to pull up recipes on our tablet, and this holder keeps it up off the counter and protected from flying powdered sugar and drips. Very handy!

I’m sure I’m forgetting something…if so, that just means there’ll be another blog post…hooray!

Our little Chicken had a big Christmas, too. Here he is in his jolly, red suit:

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Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in Kitchen Tools | 0 comments

My Visual Christmas List

Since it’s Black Friday, I thought I’d bring on the Christmas!

As usual, kitchen tools dominate my Christmas list. On a recent trip to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, I snapped a few photos of items I’m wishing for this year.  You’d think by now, I’d have every tool there is out there. I’m definitely thankful for lots of storage.


These are expensive, but I’ve always wanted some. They are very handy in the kitchen. I would use them for baking and pasta making…and I’m sure there are many more uses!

I’d like some new baking sheets / jelly roll pans. I won some Chicago Metallic muffin tins at Food Blog Forum last year, and I’ve been pleased with them.

I have a really janky way of zesting limes and lemons with a grater that isn’t appropriate for the task. I really like OXO products, too.

This is an aerator for wine. I saw a similar contraption in action at a wine-connoisseur friend’s house. It livens up red wine without a decanter. Pretty nifty! The only thing is it kind of gurgles as the liquid goes through. It definitely took us by surprise at the dinner party where I first saw it.

I’m also hoping for a new hand mixer [sorry, no picture]. My current one has rusty beaters, and we can’t have that, can we?


I show and mention specific brands above. This isn’t a sponsored post in any way. I’m just sharing my opinions!

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2011 in Kitchen Tools, On the Basics | 2 comments

Multiple Measurers: A series!

I remember learning all about measuring in Foods class in high school. I had no idea that there was actually a method to all of this measuring madness. The lessons stuck with me, and I wanted to share some helpful measuring tips with you.

I have three sets of measuring cups and spoons. I use all three sets of measuring spoons separated from their rings corralled in a plastic dish in my utensil drawer. I keep two sets of dry measuring cups (nested together to save space, naturally) in my kitchen drawer closest to the stove, and I have another set for household measuring (more on that later). I have a couple of stacks of wet measuring cups and a kitchen scale. All of these items come in handy, and they’re some of my most used kitchen tools.

Stay tuned for more tips on measuring spoons, dry and wet measuring, and using a scale.


(Photo Credit)

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2011 in Everyone Will Eat It, Kitchen Tools, Try Something New | 0 comments

Fajita Chicken

Say you make the Veggie Fajitas from yesterday, but you live with carnivores. Make Fajita Chicken!

This chicken is so easy, and it’s quite tasty. All you need is a little time.

Take 3 or so chicken breasts (1.5 – 2 lbs) and lay them out horizontally in front of you on a cutting board. Cut strips vertically every 1.5 inches. The width of your strips will determine the length of your shred later on. Bust out the crockpot and load in the chicken for the adventure. Add 2 cups or so of water or chicken broth (just enough to cover the chicken), 3 T white vinegar (for tenderness, baby), and 3 T fajita seasoning. Season with S&P. Add some garlic (3 cloves, finely chopped) and onion (1 medium, chopped), if it floats your boat. Cook on low for 3 hours.

Remove the chicken from the cooking liquid. On a dinner plate or in a glass cooking dish (like a Pyrex) or on your countertop, take two forks and shred the chicken. Or (this is the best thing ever!!!)…stick the chicken in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the paddle attachment and turn it on low. Turn it up a notch or two once it gets going. Ta da! Shredded chicken in 30 seconds. (Disclaimer: this is not my idea, but I don’t remember where I read it. I think I saw it on Pinterest. They are a genius though! It works great!)

Now, the cooking liquid can be reduced on the stove top for a tasty sauce. Or you can store your shredded chicken in it to increase the flavor. Make a double batch and freeze in 1.5 cup portions in plastic bags.

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