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In The Kitchen: Creative Co-op Square Stoneware Plate – Chickens

August 16th, 2018 No comments

Our friends invited us over for dinner the other night where they used these cute plates. I was immediately taken with them as asked her where she got them.

Creative Co-opSquare Stoneware Plate – Set of 4

In The Kitchen: Creative Co-op Square Stoneware Plate - Chickens

I loved the designs and especially the vocalizations spelled out on each. Ok, so I’m weird, but it gave each chicken a certain personality.

Out friend, Sarah, had found these at Nordstrom Rack, which seems to indicate that they are a clearance item. Sure enough, I couldn’t locate them anywhere else, so if you want a set, you should probably act quickly.

While poking around on the site, I also found these smaller cute cat plates and larger plats with bird art. They also stood out to me and I might end up with these instead of, or as well as, the chickens.

Cats With Birds And Plants White 5 x 5 Stoneware Decorative Square Plates, Set of 4

Creative plates cats

Creative Co-Op 8″ Square Stoneware Plates with Birds, Set of 4

Creative birds

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A Lovely Table via Instagram

August 10th, 2018 No comments

A Lovely Table via Instagram

A Lovely Table

Sarah lays out a nice table for her hubbies birthday party. Eclectic mix of periods and styles. 

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In The Kitchen: Reusable Nespresso Coffee Capsules – Fussy, but usable

August 9th, 2018 No comments

In The Kitchen: Reusable Nespresso Coffee Capsules – Fussy, but usable

We were recently gifted a Nespresso coffee maker and while I do enjoy the convenience of it, I prefer to use my own coffee purchases rather than rely on those provided by Nespresso or, as in my case, Amazon.

For my morning coffee, I still use a standard Bialetti Moka Pot for my morning coffee but find I use the Nespresso for afternoon and evening coffee when I desire it. it is simply quicker and easier to use.

I decided to research some reusable pods in hopes of making better use of the machine and keeping my costs down. After poking around on Amazon for a while I came across these Reusable Nespresso Coffee Capsules.

While they work ok, they can be a bit fussy to use and it has taken some time to learn the optimal settings for coffee roast, grind, amount of coffee to use and how tightly to pack the coffee in each capsule.

First, unless the coffee roast is fairly dark i.e French roast or Italian Roast you will get a somewhat weak cup of coffee. As for the grind, I find an espresso grind works well, but unlike a pressure espresso machine, you will not want to tamp the coffee at all. Simply fill the cup, knock off the excess and close the lid. If I tamped the coffee at all, it would often fail to brew, simply dumping the water into the capsule holder on the machine and making a mess.

I have also crumpled 2 of these capsules in the machine when closing the top lever. I have not figured out exactly how I did this, but after taking more care to position the capsule it hasn’t occurred since.

So, if you want to gain a little of the convenience of a Nespresso machine without limiting your options to pre-packaged coffees — and you’re willing to fuss around a bit — these capsules might be a place to start. The fact is, there are a host of different designs for these capsules so there might be those that work better, but I haven’t felt the need — or had the attention – to pursue it further.

Finally, if you just want the full convenience of Nespresso machine without the hassle, here are some third-party, pre-made, coffee capsules that I have purchased from Amazon. the quality is pretty good and yields a decent cup of coffee in just a minute or so.

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In The Kitchen: On Sale $229 (orig. $380) KitchenAid Artisan Series 5qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer Silver – KSM150PSSM

August 5th, 2018 No comments

I LOVE my KitchenAid mixers, especially around the holidays when I make 80-100 dozen cookies for our annual Christmas Open House.

I even branched out to an ice cream maker attachment a few years ago!

When I saw the Target has KitchenAid mixers on sale for $229 (down from $380) I wanted to pass that info along. 

If you’ve been waiting on a sale to get a KitchenAid Mixer for your very own, now might be a great time to do it!

KitchenAid Artisan Series 5qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer Silver – KSM150PSSM

On Sale $229 (orig. $380) KitchenAid Artisan Series 5qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer Silver - KSM150PSSM

On Sale $229 (orig. $380) KitchenAid Artisan Series 5qt Tilt-Head Stand Mixer Silver - KSM150PSSM

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In The Kitchen: Walnut Magnetic Knife Holder

August 2nd, 2018 Comments off

After seeing this at a friend’s house, it reminded me that I have always wanted a better way of storing my knives and keeping them available for use. Over the last several years — and many, many meals prepared — I have begun purchasing better knives for my kitchen. These knives, if treated properly, can hold an edge for a long time and be easily resharpened when needed if they don’t rattle around in a drawer with all the other utensils.

Adding this knife board means I can keep the edges safe from dings, have them close at hand and have a place to put them as soon as they are washed. This is a win all around.

Check out these magnetic knife holders (and others) for your own kitchen. They are available to match almost any style.

In The Kitchen: Walnut Magnetic Knife Holder

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This British caf is serving to-go coffee in ceramic mugs to combat waste via Inhabitat

July 5th, 2018 Comments off
We try to use re-usable mugs and cups as often as we can. We even started refusing lids and straws where possible. This idea looks back — to reusable ceramic cups — and forward to a new way to use them. Great idea! Love to see someone implement out here. — Douglas
 

A 2017 report from Britain’s House of Commons discovered as many as 2.5 billion coffee cups are disposed across the United Kingdom every year. This equates to more than 6.8 million cups per day. To cut down the amount of waste from hot beverages, the La Tour Cycle Café has started serving everything — including to-go beverages — in reusable mugs.

Although customers sometimes choose to take their beverages with them, supplying more mugs for the next customer isn’t a problem for the café. Every day, the business puts out a collection basket for coffee drinkers to return their cups. While many choose to come back with their glassware, even more use the opportunity to clean out their cabinets and donate their unused mugs to the café.

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In The Kitchen: Peposo dell’Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef) from Food Wishes (with video recipe)

February 22nd, 2018 Comments off

This recipe, found on the Food Wishes YouTube Channel, is all about the WOW! You will definitely be surprised by the amount of black pepper it uses, but once it is braised for several hours it all mellows in a wonderful flavor with a little bit of heat on the finish.

I made mine with a simple pot roast from the grocery, instead of the short ribs used in the video, but it came out wonderfully. I just cut the roast into about 6 large chunks. I would made it with short ribs though for anyone who might especially like them.

While this certainly takes a lot of time to cook, it doesn’t require a lot of attention. I did strain the sauce at the end before cooking it down as the rosemary had disintegrated and I personally don’t like chunks of rosemary needles in my food.

In The Kitchen: Peposo dell'Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef)

My version, just getting started

I served mine over polenta, just like the video. I have been using this accompaniment for braised meats and such for a long time. It is a great way of capturing all the juices, and the flavor they bring to the dish.

This is a wonderful collection of flavors and while I don’t often eat large cuts of meat like this, it is definitely a recipe I will make again!

One tip: If you don’t have a tight fitting lid for your large skillet or dutch oven, seal the top with aluminum foil and then cover with the existing lid and crimp the edges of the foil. This really helps keep all the moist, juicy, goodness inside over the long cooking time.

In The Kitchen: Peposo dell'Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef)

My largest skillet with foil seal. The foil covers the entire top and then is crimped at the edges.

Peposo dell’Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef)

In The Kitchen: Peposo dell'Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef)

Food Wishes Finished Version

Some recipes have amusing, or romantic stories for how they came to be, but this peposo isn’t one of them, unless you consider making bad quality beef taste better by covering it in black pepper, amusing or romantic.

As the story goes, the workers who made terracotta tiles in the city of Impruneta, would place this stew into clay pots, and leave it their still-hot kilns overnight, where it would be ready the next morning. Since they were often stuck using less than fresh meat, copious amounts of black peppercorn was used to make the beef palatable.

Read this entire blog post – Peposo dell’Impruneta – Making Bad Beef Better Since Before Columbus on Food Wishes


Recipe: Peposo dell’Impruneta (Italian Black Pepper Beef)

Ingredients for 6 portions:

6 bone-in beef short ribs (about 8 to 10 ounces each)
1 tablespoon kosher salt to coat the beef
8 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons black peppercorns, freshly crushed
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
3-4 sage leaves
3-4 small sprigs rosemary
2 cups red wine, preferably Chianti
2 bay leaves
salt to taste, to adjust sauce

Simmer on low, covered, about 3 1/2 hours, or until fork tender. Turn occasionally.


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Bourbon Walnut Bars via Instagram

December 23rd, 2017 Comments off

Bourbon Walnut Bars via Instagram

Bourbon Walnut Bars

From our annual cookie party, now in It’s 25th year!

Recipe: Bourbon Delight Bars

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13 Electric Kettles | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

November 18th, 2017 Comments off

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13 Electric Kettles

From Douglas…

My wife gave up coffee several years ago. She started using an old stovetop kettle we had and then we had a coffee maker with a hot water dispenser, but after visiting the UK last August, I was reminded again how useful and convenient an electric tea kettle is for morning beverages and several other reasons. Once we returned, I was finally able to convince her to pick one up at the local discount store and I am glad we did. Along with heating water for tea, the kettle is great for jump starting pasta water and other cooking and also for cleaning around the house. I especially love that it has an automatic shut-off, which guarantees we never boil a kettle dry again. 

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01 Instant Pot Cooker – Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

November 6th, 2017 Comments off

Since so many people order their gifts online and ahead of time, I’ve decided to start my annual Gift Guide fairly early this year. This should allow you to find your favorite gifts — and perhaps recommend a few of your own wish list items to your friends and family — with enough lead time to assure they arrive in time for your holiday celebration, whichever holiday it might be!

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01 Instant Pot Cooker

It seems like everyone is talking about Instant Pots these days. This latest take on the pressure comes with a host of automation that makes cooking quick and simple, with a “set it and forget it” advantage for those of us who have trouble finding the time to cook healthy, homemade meals. — Douglas 

01 Instant Pot Cooker - Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Features

  • Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle
  • Features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
  • Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors
  • Accessories include, stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet. To maximize performance of cooker only use genuine Instant Pot accessories


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