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Two Key Tools

Two Key Tools

This series ends tomorrow, and I haven’t shared my two key tools in my kitchen!

First up is my Breville Hemisphere Control Blender. I had an okay-ish blender for years. I decided to upgrade a few years ago, and I eyed the Vitamix but decided I didn’t want to spend that much money. I bought my Breville instead and have been incredibly pleased with it. It passes the big test, blending smooth, icy drinks easily and consistently.

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Vintage Cake Plates

Vintage Cake Plates

“Vintage” seems to be the word of the week!  I’m learning a lot about myself by doing this series.  Apparently I like vintage things more than I thought!

Today I want to show you how I use vintage cake plates in a new way. My wonderful mother-in-law gave these to me a while back, and I’ve had fun incorporating them into my kitchen.

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The larger one anchors my favorite corner in the kitchen!  It sits beside the stove and holds my olive oil and vinegars, pepper grinder, and salt pig. I like the way it lifts them off the countertop.

Then I snugged in my autumn leaf plate which I use as a spoon rest and my larger salt pig which holds nutritional yeast.

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That vignette makes me smile every time I see it!

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I use the smaller cake plate on my kitchen island to hold random, small objects that need a temporary home.

Hooray for using pretty things in unexpected ways in the kitchen!

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If you’re curious about my salt pigs, check out my earlier post, What IS a Salt Pig Anyway?!?  (Aren’t they cute?!?)

Thank you for stopping by today!  This is Day 29 of Michael Ann’s kitchen, a special series for the Write 31 Days challenge.

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A Table Treasure

A Table Treasure

A couple of you have asked about my dining table, and I’m excited to tell you about it!

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My great-grandfather built this table in the late 1960s or early 1970s!  He was a great man and a talented carpenter. My dad stopped by Great-Granddaddy’s farm one day and found him in his shop building this very table.  

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The Red Eyed Mule

The Red Eyed Mule

Some days you just HAVE to get out of the kitchen!  Am I right?  Of course right!  Today we ALL get a kitchen pass (in the sweet sense of the word, not a “you’ll pay for this later” sense)!

Today we’re heading to The Red Eyed Mule in Marietta, Georgia.  Squeeze in tight!  This building is an old gas station, and there are only 9 tables!

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Short and Sweet

Short and Sweet

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This will be short and sweet today. REALLY sweet!

May I introduce to you Chess Pie!  I don’t remember ever having this before last year. A friend of ours, Jake, was getting ready to celebrate a birthday, so I asked him what kind of birthday cake or pie he’d like.  I/we wanted to do something special for him.

He said he really liked Chess Pie. Huh?  I had no idea what that was, but I told him I’d make him one and headed straight to the Google!

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Favorite Cookbooks, Part 1

Favorite Cookbooks, Part 1

We’re trekking back in time again today!  Here is the cookbook I grew up with!  I mean THE cookbook I grew up with!

 

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This is The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, and it is the first cookbook I remember using.  As I said the other day, Mama taught me that if I could follow a recipe, I could cook or bake anything I wanted to!  And she was right!  (Here are the basic rules for cooking she shared with me.)

Don’t you love the messy pages of a well-used cookbook?!?

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My sweet mother helped me out today by sending these pictures of the cookbook to me–thank you, Mama!–and then she sent me another picture of a set of cookbooks I had forgotten all about!  The Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery.

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She asked me if I remembered them, and I DO!  It seems like they were slightly “fancier” than Fannie Farmer was, and it seems like I enjoyed reading through them.

THEN she told me a story I had never heard before!  She said that Daddy didn’t really think she could cook when they got married.  (“HOW did he know?” she asked!)  He worked at Winn-Dixie (a grocery store) while putting himself through Bible college and taking care of Mama.  Winn-Dixie offered this set of cookbooks as a buy-a-volume-a-week promotion, and he DID buy a volume each week for her!  All 12 volumes!

She said that at the time he did NOT say out loud that he thought she might not be able to cook, but apparently they’ve laughed about it through their 48 years (and counting!) years of marriage!  She said they turned out to be her go-to books in a lot of ways, along with Fannie Farmer!

Tomorrow I’ll share MY current go-to cookbooks, and yes, Fannie Farmer is one of them!

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen today!  I hope you’ll pop back in tomorrow!

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This is Day 18 of Michael Ann’s Kitchen, my series for the Write 31 Days blogging challenge.  Check out the series page to find links for each day’s topics.

Plan to Eat

Plan to Eat

Today I want to tell you about a tool I use in the kitchen ALL the time!  It’s Plan to Eat, an online recipe organizer/meal planner/grocery list generator.

I don’t know about you, but I find a lot of recipes online these days.  Plan to Eat allows me to capture those recipes with ONE simple click and save them to my online recipe book so I can easily find them later.  I like this a lot!  No more printouts of recipes crammed into a notebook with hundreds of other printouts of recipes.

THEN Plan to Eat lets you access those already-sorted-into-categories recipes and drag them onto a meal plan.  Seriously!  It’s that easy! Click here to take a tour of Plan to Eat, and then read on to see how I’ve used it today.

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The Role of a Kitchen

The Role of a Kitchen

Don’t you just love the role of a kitchen in a home?  I’m thinking back over all the things that have happened in my kitchen over the last couple of weeks.

  • We discussed weather forecasts and how to plan for Hurricane Matthew.
  • We laughed about crazy things that happened at our jobs.
  • I cooked via lantern light during the power outage after Hurricane Matthew.  (Just one of the many reasons I love my gas range!)
  • We prepared two meals to deliver to families to bless them during times of healing/recovery.

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