Kitchen Finds

First, grab a cup of coffee, glass of wine (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere right?), a glass of lemonade, a glass of tea or whatever your fancy is, because this post is a long one!

I’ve been currently on the search for items for my home studio/office, as well as some props for photos and serving dishes.

I had asked on my social media if you guys would want a blog post on these items and you all said you wanted to see some of my “Kitchen Finds”.

So here you have them! If you want me to make this a regular thing, where every so often I do a “haul post” collectively, like this post and comment below. I’d be more than happy to do so!

 

So let’s get started!

Spices and Vinaigrette

Spices, seasoning, vinaigrette, and more. PASS THEM ALL MY WAY!

I love finding specialty seasonings that are unique to a specific place. There’s none like them, so it makes you have to go visit that place again to find them. That could be a hassle to some, but to me, it means more memories. And each time you go, you can take a new family member or friend and make new memories. So really it’s a win/win.

For the Raspberry Vinaigrette and the spices click here. This is the place in California where I got them.

For a similar Raspberry Vinaigrette click here.

Click here for a similar curry seasoning.

For Pink Himalayan Salt click here.

 

Cutting Boards

Cutting boards. Where to begin?

I LOVE them! That’s basically it.

Well ok, that isn’t just it. As I’m sure you’ve seen, walking down the isles in the kitchen section at the store, cutting boards come in so many varieties. There’s bamboo, maple, birch, cherry, oak, walnut, mahogany, and even a combination between two or more.

The ones I have pictured above are Bamboo. I love how you can see the different colors of the grains, which adds a little artistic value in itself.

They can be used for cutting up foods or as a way to have fun displaying recipes.

If you’d like to see a post on that, comment below.

I also recommend wood cutting boards because they are easier on your knives!

I found this set of 3 cutting boards at a discount store, but for a similar set click here

 

Cheese Boards

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Is it weird to say that other than cutting boards, cheese boards are some of my favorite things in the kitchen?

With different types of woods, they can be displayed on your counter as decor or they can beautifully display a master piece sandwich or an arrangement of cheeses and grapes.

I scored this one, on a trip a few weeks ago, at a little shop in Mariposa, California. I love going to small towns and finding hidden gems. It creates memories with loved ones and you find really neat things, that you otherwise wouldn’t.

For two different cheese boards similar to mine click here and click here.

 

Wooden Utensils

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I’m the type of cook that prefers cooking with wood utensils over plastic ones. There’s just something I love about the rustic look. I got this set for a very reasonable price and I’m absolutely in love with them. In fact I actually own at least 3 sets of wooden utensils (fellow cooks would understand, we get suckered into having multiples of things).

For the exact set of wooden cooking utensils click here.

 

 

Bright Plates

 

Bright plates are definitely a statement piece. They can also help set the mood. I like to use bright plates during the spring and summer because they just feel happier than just a plain white plate (but don’t get me wrong, I LOVE plain white plates).

If you’re serving up a bright dish like a salad or a egg dish, the yellow of the yolk really stands out. Also if you serve a dish garnished with some greens those will also pop against the bright colors.

I scored this plate at a thrift store but it’s by one of my favorite brands The Pioneer Woman.

For this exact plate (which is actually part of a set) click here.

 

Presentation Platters/Plates

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I’m big on presentation. You know that saying “you eat with your eyes first”? Well it couldn’t be more true.

You could make the most unpleasant meal, but if it’s presented in a certain way, people would never know it was unpleasant (now there’s an idea for April Fools day! haha).

But in all seriousness I’m a firm believer in presentation. And you don’t have to be good at it! practice makes perfect. That’s why I love fun shaped plates like the one pictured above. Just the style of plate can elevate a dish.

I couldn’t find this exact plate because I got it at a discounted store, but below I will have some similar options linked.

For one option click here.

For another option click here.

 

Colorful Bowls

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Bowls with cute patterns spice up the mood when serving.

These bowls are great for anything from soups to dips, or sauces to salsas.

For this exact bowl click here.

 

Napkins

Napkins I believe, are a crucial item when setting the mood for a meal.

Do you want your guests to feel like they’re at a small bistro in Paris or at a high end restaurant and winery in Tuscany?

Well you might just be at your home, but the little details are actually big. I love when not just the food, but the surrounding decor sets the mood and takes me somewhere.

I picked up these napkins for spring and summer time at a local Goodwill and at a shop in Mariposa Ca.

Similar option one, click here

option two, click here

options three, click here

 

Candles

Candles are a staple in my home, as well as my kitchen.

For the kitchen, I like to go with either a fruity scent or a floral scent for spring and summer (during the fall and winter I like the warmer scents like baked goods or spices).

These are also nice to have even when not cooking. Because, to your guests it’ll smell like your a slave to your kitchen around the clock, even when you aren’t.

I scored these scents at a discounted store, but here are some similar ones:

option one, click here

option two, click here

 

Cookbooks

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Lastly, Cookbooks.

Cookbooks are so versatile in the kitchen. They can be used for cooking (duh), decoration on the counter top, or for pure inspiration!

Which is what I love them for, inspiration. You can learn a lot more from cookbooks than just recipe after recipe. With some, you can learn how the chef, who created the book, got started in the culinary industry. Or you can learn the life behind the chef, “why do they like these recipes?” and “how do they fit into their daily lives?”

I could read cookbooks all day. They’re very underrated books.

These I won’t link, because most of them were found on Amazon. And Amazon can easily be used to find all of them.

 

I hope you found inspiration in these “Kitchen Finds” and if you want further info or more help, feel more than welcome to comment below or contact me through email or social media!

 

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Steak and Arugula Sandwich

I’ve been getting some questions from people asking me to do some recipes that look sophisticated but are actually fairly easy to make at home. So I’m going to start incorporating those recipes here on the blog.

Now, this isn’t your typical run of the meal sandwich.

This is definitely a sandwich that can be made to wow your guests at a party or even as a sit down dinner with a side of potato salad or homemade potato chips!

This sandwich consists of only 5 ingredients and you could easily whip this out in under 30 mins.

Before I get started with the recipe here is how to cook the steak.

Ingredients:

  • 1 steak
  • slat
  • pepper

Directions:

  1. Pat dry both sides of steak with paper towel.
  2. Generously salt and pepper both sides of the steak.
  3. Over high heat cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side, then lower the heat to medium and cover with lid for about 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and thinly slice.

*Timing may vary depending on how thick your steak is.

Now back to the main event!

Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

  • Just. Awesomesauce (pictured above)
  • Small handful of Arugula
  • 1 Cooked Steak (Sliced thinly)
  • 1 Slice Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Bread Roll (any kind will work)

 

Directions:

  1. Cut bread roll in half.
  2. Add sauce to both halves of bread (this will act as a glue so your sandwich won’t go sliding all over the place)
  3. On the top slice of bread, place arugula and then the cheese.
  4. On the bottom half lay down the slices of steak.
  5. Flip the top half of the sandwich onto the bottom half and WAHOO you’ve got yourself a delicious Steak and Arugula Sandwich!
  6. Place on serving dish and garnish plate with a small bunch of arugula.

 

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Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Now, who doesn’t like a plate stacked high of pancakes?

Let me paint a picture for you.

You wake up Saturday morning. While the family is still asleep, you make your way to the kitchen and get yourself a fresh cup of coffee with all the fixings (or none at all, your preference of course because  after all, this is your morning you’re visualizing).

Once you’ve let the caffeine settle in, you start to get your pots and pans out so you can start making a lovely breakfast for you and your family.

But then, you stop dead in your tracks.

“What to make!?”

Well, that’s where this recipe comes in!

This is a recipe that’s sure to please your family and it goes perfectly with any breakfast sides that you typically have (ex: hash browns, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, or quiche)

And for any of you who don’t like chocolate chips in your pancakes you can always leave that ingredient out (or do half the batter with, and half without).

I think you’ll like this recipe because all you have is your Wet Ingredients and your Dry Ingredients. Once you have your ingredients separated into those categories and mixed them, all you need to do is sift the dry into the wet stirring every so often and then you’ve got yourself set up to make DELICIOUS pancakes.

So here’s what you’ll need:

 

Wet Ingredients:

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  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup Melted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract

 

 

Dry Ingredients:

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (not pictured)

 

Mix ingredients together and sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

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Directions:

  1. In a big bowl whisk eggs until thick.
  2. Add in milk, melted butter, and vanilla into eggs.
  3. In a different bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar.
  4. Sift dry ingredients into big bowl of wet ingredient mixture.
  5. Add in chocolate chips.
  6. Once all your ingredients are mixed, scoop about 1/2 cup of batter and pour into a pan over medium heat.
  7. Flip the pancake with a spatula (you’ll know when it’s ready to flip when the edges start to pull up from the pan and you can see tiny bubbles along the edges).
  8. Cook the other side of pancake about 4-5 more minutes, place on plate and cover to keep warm. Then Repeat steps 6-8 until all the batter is gone and you’ve got a tall stack of pancakes on your plate.
  9. Serve up, cover in yummy syrup and enjoy!

 

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How to: Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

Hard boiled eggs are so versatile.

You can use them to make Deviled Eggs or Egg Salad Sandwiches, use them as a salad topping, on avocado toast, in a breakfast bowl, or just eat them on their own.

I’ve seen many recipes on how to get perfectly hard boiled eggs, but each one that I’ve tried, thus far, has overcooked the egg.

Now your probably wondering how to tell if  a hard boiled egg is over cooked. You can tell when you slice the egg in half, so that you can see where the white part of the egg and the yolk touch. If there is green on the outer edge, that means its over cooked slightly (that isn’t a bad thing, but typically when your using the egg for presentation purposes it’s annoying).

After many trials and errors I think I’ve finally come up with the perfect timing and  cooking to cooling ratio, that’ll give you perfect eggs.

So here are the steps:

 

1.

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In a saucepan place 7 eggs (I chose this amount because it didn’t over crowd the pan, but also gave a decent amount of eggs for any recipe you make post making) over medium heat and bring to a boil.

 

2.

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Once the water begins to boil, turn off stove and remove from heat.

 

3.

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Set aside and let rest 12 minutes.

 

4.

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Once the 12 minutes is up, IMMEDIATELY remove from heat and place eggs into a bowl of iced water. Let cool completely. (this will stop the cooking process of the egg so it doesn’t over cook itself)

 

5.

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Lastly, place into storage container or use as ingredient for your recipe.

 

6.

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This is what the finished product should look like (no green around the edge of where the white and the yellow touch).

 

 

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The PERFECT Egg Salad Sandwich

I, like the next person, absolutely LOVE egg salad sandwiches. And that’s why I took it upon myself to try and find the perfect flavor combination of spices, seasonings and condiments.

In this post I will take you through the steps that’ll get you to the most amazing sandwich you’ll ever have!

So here’s what to do.

 

Ingredients:

Egg salad 1

  • 2 Eggs

 

Egg salad 2

Spices:

  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Curry
  • 1/4 tsp Cummin
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Chives (had on hand)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Sweet Relish
  • 1 tsp Honey Mustard
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise

 

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Directions:

  1. In small bowl mix all ingredients together, until well combined.
  2. Toast two slice of bread.
  3. With a knife spread mixture on one side of toast. Top with lettuce, spinach, bean sprouts, coleslaw (without dressing), or any spring mix. Top with other slice of toast.
  4. Munch and enjoy!

 

*this recipe yields about 2 servings

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Serving suggestions:

* garnish with a pickle or some cherry tomatoes on the side.

Turmeric Milk (Golden Milk)

For those of you who don’t follow me on any of my social media accounts (which you really should be…), I’ve been under the weather the past few days. Today, being the third full day of me being sick, it got me thinking about my health.

Now I’ll admit, I’m not much of a health enthusiast, but there are times where I try my best to put what is best in my body. So that got me thinking a little more. I want to start incorporating healthier food habits into my regular habits. So I decided to make Golden Milk also known as Turmeric Milk.

This drink can be described as a more robust Chai Tea Latte, with the flavor of deeper spices.

So if you like Chai Tea Latte’s, then this is a drink for you!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (I used just the tiniest bit)
  • 1 tsp honey (or maple syrup)

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into small sauce pan, whisk and cook 3-5 minutes (until hot, but not boiling)
  2. Serve immediately.

 

 

 

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Sparkling Raspberry Mint Lemonade

With the warmer weather coming, who doesn’t think of backyard BBQ’s, bonfire nights and a refreshing cold drink in hand?

Lately the weather here in northern California has had me out in my backyard for hours at a time. We just finished uncovering all our outdoor furniture, cleaning it off and setting it all up to entertain our guests whenever we please.

But while working outside in the sun, I knew I needed to come up with a drink that’s quick, easy and refreshing for any occasion.

So here’s the recipe to my Sparkling Raspberry Mint Lemonade.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 long sprigs of mint (I used the fresh mint we have growing in our backyard)
  • 1 can frozen Minute Maid Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate
  • 1/2 cup 7up
  • 1 cup of ice

 

Directions:

  1.  Follow directions on the back of the lemonade can by dumping contents into a large pitcher and adding 3 cans worth of cold water.
  2. Rinse mint off in sink and pat dry with paper towel. Remove leaves from stem. Crush some of the leaves and tear into small pieces (this will allow the minty flavor to escape better into the drink).
  3. Add mint leaves, 7up and ice to lemonade. Stir and serve in a glass over some ice and some whole mint leaves for garnish. Enjoy!