What can I say? I was raised on Velveeta and Tastee bread. But I’ve come around to love real food. And love making it for my family. So much so that when we took a family-do-nothing-vacation, I relished the opportunity to cook–> photos back here. I used to blog a lot more about food so recipes & other items related to food & garden are here. I ran a meal planning linkup for a while, too, called WeekEats. I’ll even throw up food pics on instagram under #wholeparentingeats
But now, I’m a slacker in this. Trying to get back into planning ahead. With three kids at home with me and always underfoot, I’ve finally figured out how to make dinner without crashing and burning. I make it during NAPS in the afternoon. And then warm it up for their 5pm dinner time. My husband doesn’t get home til after six, but at least the kids aren’t howling monkeys, or if they are, it’s not for empty stomaching.
A quick list of things that make my multitasking life easier in the kitchen:
Gift from my sister Bridget a few years back. I use it on meatballs, meat on the grill, you name it. Love it. So so much. I summarily wipe the pointy blade clean and put it away. No more wondering if the chicken is done and overcooking it. Like I did for about a decade.
I’m picky about not cutting my garlic and onions on the wooden cutting boards in the kitchen. Then when I go to slice an apple for the kids, they make that face. I also know I can throw these in the dishwasher and really disinfect them. To top everything off, they have GRIP. My counters are slippery granite. They need this. I need this. My sister ALSO gifted me with one of these. You can tell she’s a foodie.
A corner. Did you hear that? It means you don’t have to wrench your arm around to get into every corner of your pot or pan. I buy this regularly for newly weds. It’s my weird-go-to-gift. I literally use it every single day. That’s a lot of hyperbole for “I hope you have one of these to make your cooking life a better place.”
Top that soup with parm? Top those green beans with lemon zest? Don’t snag your knuckles and shred them like you do on the box one? Yes, yes, and yes. And my secret fav way to use it? Freshly grated nutmeg in Dutch Pancakes–> recipe here.
My mom picked one of these up after seeing and experiencing it in my sister Molly’s kitchen. She and her husband should have some kind of reality food show. They’re superb in the kitchen. So I’ve been exploiting my mom’s purchase ever since.
When this puppy is seasoned (so the base of it is smooth and oiled like butter), you can literally do an over easy egg and flip it. It’s the most versatile of all my pans and we use it all the time. If you need a quick saute of veggies or to brown meat? Your gal is right here. And they’re so affordable!!
+ Cookbooks I Can’t Live Without.
People gave us cookbooks for our wedding many moons ago and I love and cherish those thoughtful gifts. But these few in particular I use regularly and have learned so so much from. Okay, I lied. FIVE. Not that few.
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
Jerusalem, a Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
Alright, tell me your cooking wins and needs.