Archive for the ‘tools’ Category

where the magic happens

April 6, 2010

check out my crib.we designed our kitchen around this piece. and it is amazing.

36″ gas cooktop, including two 20,000 BTU burners. some serious power. it took me a bit to adjust to this beauty after using the electric range at our old house for years. no complaints about that!



March 31, 2010

I went to a pampered chef party last night at girlfriend MA’s house. wine was flowing, there were tasty treats, fun friends and two sweet little boys. all in all, a good time.

I bought the ice cream dipper. i like its classic, simple style:

i think of the “parties” i’ve hosted. i won’t have those product selling events at my place again because i always wish it were truly a party. a time to enjoy friends, instead of a business venture.

i hosted a wine club event once that was pretty fun. we tasted a great selection. the dishes below were part of my spread that evening.

green pear with a creamy havarti + roasted red pepper hummus with crudite:

dijon vinaigrette + mini whisk

March 30, 2010

quick salad dressing:

In a small bowl mix together 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar, 2 tsp dijon mustard, 1 small clove garlic (crushed). Drizzle in 5-6 TBSP olive oil while whisking. Add a pinch of dried thyme and little salt + pepper. That’s it and that’s all.

Toss it with your greens.

This little gem is a sweet tool that I’m often glad to have (referring to the whisk, not the egg):

very smart stick

March 29, 2010

LB picked-up a surprise for me at Sur la Table: Cuisinart’s SmartStick. While making a potato soup last winter, I mentioned it would be nice to have an immersion blender. I pureed said soup in a counter-top blender – a messy affair involving pouring hot soup from pot to blender + multiple containers of soup covering the counters. Solution = the stick — in Hokie orange, natch.

But, it’s spring now and i’m not drawn to soup.

Inspired by the stick’s recipe booklet, I’ve made fresh fruit smoothies. So good and so easy. My Loves are hooked.

Also have tried my hand at margaritas. Wow. These are just the best frozen ritas around. No ice – only frozen fruit to make it slushy – results in an easy-to-drink smooth treat with no ice chunks. The perfect consistency. There’s no yucky syrupy fake-rita mix invited to this party. These are practically health drinks!

Here are the details so you can make one for yourself: about 1 cup frozen fruit (i’ve used peaches, cherries + blueberries), ~1 cup OJ, 1/2 cup good tequila, 1 TBSP triple sec. That’s it.

Two edits I made to the recipe in the book: i upped the tequila from 1/3 to 1/2 cup (surprise!) and I don’t add sugar (they suggested using 1 tsp).

Don’t let its cute appearance fool you -this little machine is powerful. Can’t wait to use it for sauces, dressings, and maybe a gazpacho this summer. Hot soup will have to wait til fall.