The Kitchen Prep: January 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

The "Grand" Tour & a Monday Meal

Happy Monday! (Ok, ok... don't throw anything at me, just trying to be positive!)

So, I thought I'd give you a little glimpse at my kitchen so you'll see that you don't have to have the plush surroundings of the Barefoot Contessa to whip up some tasty treats. You should feel honored... I cleaned up just for you. ;)


Oops! Must've accidentally uploaded from the "In My Dreams" file. Hehe... Here's my REAL kitchen:

Where the magic happens.

Oven & such... and yes, that's a mirror on the wall behind. Don't ask.

Can you guess which is my favorite appliance?? (Hint: It rhymes with schmitchenaid..)

As you can see, there's nothing too "grand" about the grand tour. It's a little apartment kitchen... but it's OUR little apartment kitchen, and I will treat it with all the love and pampering it deserves until the day we get to upgrade. :)

So, now that the proper introductions have been made, and you've seen what I have to work with... let's get cooking!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Recipe for a Blog

Is it just me, or have the world's collective tastebuds suddenly awakened? From food related television networks, to movies based on the lives of famous chefs, to tv shows that revolve solely around cupcakes, it seems to me that people are ready to add some deliciousness to their lives.

I've been wanting to start a blog of my own for quite some time, but couldn't put my finger on what I'd center it around. Starting with food made a lot of sense since it seems that a large portion of my days are spent {obsessively} browsing recipes, [annoyingly] uploading pics of my finished food products on Facebook, and discovering more and more about my current obsession: the kitchen. Making a decision to blog about food opened up a Pandora's box of possibilities: Should I blog about baking? Ponder the complexities of kitchen appliances? Tackle the topic of healthy cuisine? Where to begin?!?!

So... I decided NOT to decide. I decided to do something that is pretty difficult for me to do: Go with the flow. Because after all, what do I love about cooking? Um...Everything! The techniques, the histories, the presentations, the taste, the tools. Every single delectable part of it.

I would go into detail about myself, but I feel like writing Kitchen Prep will do a much better job of showing exactly who I am (and I have a feeling that most of my readers will be people who already know me pretty well.) ;) 

I hope you're hungry!