A Beauty

She is beautiful. And she is mine [ok, she is ours but I tend to do the cooking round these parts so can I call her mine?]

This Le Creuset Casserole dish arrived in the mail yesterday complements of my sweet extended family [Thanks Tom and Rosemary!] for our upcoming wedding.

During our bout of wedding registering, I added many of these gorgeous red cooking tools to our list mostly out of wishful hoping more than anything else. I kind of never imagined such a perfect cook’s tool would show up on my doorstep and this early to boot.

But that is life. Unexpected surprises lay silent around every corner, and it is in those little moments of spontaneous exultations that true gratitude lies.

When Thursdays Were Fridays (but now they are Thursdays)

Thursday night used to be a wild time. Last class on Thursday was over by 2pm and Friday was wide-open. It was weekend come early and I treated it as such. Thursdays nights used to go real late and almost always end in me eating something disgustingly indulgent before plopping into my dorm-room bed and passing out for the next 10 hours. Oh Insomnia Cookies and vending machine pickle chips….

Something happened. I got older. I started working. Thursdays became Thursdays and nothing else.

But there is no reason my new adult Thursdays can’t be fun. Just because I no longer live that first year college life doesn’t mean I can’t schedule in a little break from my routine. I can meet my girlfriends and share the cooking responsibilities while reminiscing about the old days. I can make pistachio mint beet salad and roasted brussel sprouts Continue reading

Bacon & Cupcakes Should Rendezvous

Bacon and Cupcakes should rendezvous more often. Take a cute little cuppy-cake and a  gloriously greasy slab of bacon and throw them together with a few classy glasses of wine and you’ve got yourself a sure-fire recipe for success. This mug is a mini metaphor for life. If such opposites as cupcakes and bacon can hang out effortlessly then why can’t we?

Does your morning coffee inspire you to delve down into the depths of life, ask those big questions that are hard and scary? Does your mug make you think?

Probably not. 

Bacon and Cupcake party-goers, I salute you. I drink from you. I love you.

 

Meet my Kitchen # 3: Shiny & Sleek Food Processor

Ok, so it’s been a weekend of new cooking gear, I’ll admit. And all this new has got me just itching to cook. Who knew fresh gadgets would light such a fire under my tail. I better soak it up while it lasts!

Up next we have the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, nothing short of perfect for a small kitchen cook like myself. This sleek and shiny silver wonder chops and grinds up to four cups worth of goodies. Plus, it is seriously beautiful. I felt like I was a celebrity chef while using this machinery, like my kitchen was no longer a cramped space in the corner of my living room but instead an industrial sized mega-kitch in front of a live studio audience. I may or may not have narrated the process as I used my new toy to make Citrus Cilantro Chickpea Salad. “Next I will add the lime juice, careful not to spill….”

Laura, of Sprint2TheTable, writes a great recipe, very straight-forward and exacting with a scrumptious end result. Check out her blog if you get a chance, one of new favorites as of late. She’s an Atlanta gal, too, so her Southern locale steals my heart. I will always be a Nashvillian, no matter how far I may get.

The food processor did its job royally, creating perfect pulsed spinach and cilantro, not the least bit mushy or over-chopped. Clean-up was a cinch, too. I am still in awe over how seamlessly this cooking experiment went. Usually my kitchen is a war zone when I am done (see this post!) but today, I wrapped up with a space cleaner than when I began. Huzzah!

Thanks again Sue for this great gift, you rule!

Meet My Kitchen #2: Miracles and Milkshakes

Kitchen technology blows my mind. Perhaps this is the side-effect of having existed for the majority of my college years on a barebones kitchen repertoire, but these new goodies I have seem nothing short of kitchen miracles.

It’s time for Meet My Kitchen #2: Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Hand Blender 

 

 

 

 

 

This little beauty aids in the blending of drinks, purees, soups, and cake mixes just to name a few. I imagine a perfect plate of scrambled eggs has its start with my Cusinart hand blender. Its fine design allows for blending right in the pot or in the attached blending beaker, plus I feel oh so scientific, like a crazy mad scientist, when I take to the kitchen with the blending stick in my hand.  Continue reading

Meet My Kitchen

So this is post # 1 of a series I am starting today. Without further adieu, let us play “Meet My Kitchen!”

Being a college student and small apartment dweller has its serious limitations in the big, wide world of the kitchen. Capital and space are major constraints for this chef. Luckily, humans adapt to their environments, thanks evolution! Since moving to NYC and beginning my cooking career, I have learned how to create delicious week-day meals for under $5 in a space barely big enough for two people. Where there is a will, there is a way, and my growling stomach constitutes one serious will!!

Meet my kitchen utensil # 1:  Joseph Joseph Elevate Carousel with Tools Continue reading