One of My Favorite Kitchen Utensils:  Potato Masher

Potato Masher

For years I lived without a potato masher and had no idea what I was missing.  One day I decided I might need one so I bought one to add to my kitchen utensil collection. I didn’t use it right away and wondered if I had made a mistake.  I don’t like to buy things I don’t need and I don’t like to keep things I don’t use.  But I just couldn’t bring myself to get rid of my potato masher. And … [Read more...]

Pizza, Pizza Everywhere!

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Just about everybody loves pizza and the best part is that there are SO many options!!!  You can use just about anything for a topping and you can use just about anything for a crust.  Here are some of our favorite toppings: Cheese, of course, but not just mozzarella – how about some feta or goat cheese Sauce – traditional tomato, but you can also brush the crust with olive oil and then … [Read more...]

How to Stock the Perfect Kitchen


That was a trick title because there’s actually no right or wrong way to stock a kitchen.  When people are setting up their first kitchen, they often want to know exactly what they need.  That’s a valid question and there are some items that definitely should be included in that first kitchen.  But the perfect kitchen is going to be exactly what YOU need and that’s going to be different for each … [Read more...]

How to Stretch a Meal


Dinner’s planned and maybe even started and you suddenly find out you’re going to have two or three extra people to feed.  Unfortunately, you don’t have enough food.  What do you do? 1.       Turn them away. 2.       Let them sit at the table but not eat. 3.       Give everyone a teeny tiny portion. 4.       Use strategies to stretch the meal. If you said #4, you’re a winner!  And in case … [Read more...]

Olive Oil Dispenser – My New Favorite Kitchen Gadget

Olive Oil Dispenser

We use a lot of olive oil at my house.  And until recently, I used it the old-fashioned way – straight from the bottle.  But a reader sent me a link to an olive oil dispenser and I decided to pick one up and try it.  It looked interesting but I was sure I would find that I didn’t need it. I was wrong. After a month or so of using it, I’m hooked.  And so is my husband.  Do I have to have it?  … [Read more...]

There’s More Than One Way to Grill Your Food

George Foreman Grill

It took me a long time to decide to get a George Foreman grill.  I wasn’t sure I’d really use it.  I ask friends who had them what they thought.  I read about them.  I looked at them when I was out shopping.  And finally, after MUCH thought and many months of thinking, I took the plunge and bought one.  That was about 15 years ago. The George Foreman grill is not a tool I use daily, like my … [Read more...]

Cooking Methods Can Be Changed

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Do you have a preferred method of cooking? Bake? Broil? Stove top? Crock pot? My favorites are baking or using my crock pot.  I HATE stove top cooking or broiling. But here’s the thing.  If you’re making a recipe that uses a method you don’t like or that doesn’t work for your schedule, many times you can change it!  Some recipes have to be cooked a certain way but a lot of them can … [Read more...]