I love to cook.
I have a picture of myself at 3 years old, helping my mother to roll out biscuits.
In 4th grade, I was making dinner for the family. Not elaborate 3 course dinners or anything like that, but I baked a mean pasta casserole. Still do.
In 7th grade, I took cake and candy decorating classes and starting baking cakes professionally. (Or as professional as you can be in junior high.) Alas, my hands are too warm to have a career in cake design – I melt the frosting – so I bounced around for a few years after college before settling on a career in design of another sort – websites, brochures, etc. That’s my day job, and what currently pays the bills.
But my first love – outside of my husband and my dog – has always been cooking. And over the last decade, entertaining. We have game parties more than dinner parties, but I regularly cook for 4-10 people on weekends, and 50 or so at my annual Christmas party.
Course, I get so excited about cooking that I usually make enough food for twice as many people as actually attend. But that just means friends go home with goody bags!
Over the years, I’ve collected (and discarded) a ton of kitchen stuff – gadgets, knives, cutting boards, small appliances, you name it. I have a weakness for cookbooks, pretty dishes, teapots, and a good mixing bowl. At last count, I own 10 different whisks and 8 identical half sheet pans. But I only keep (and use) what works for me.
My idea for this blog is a place that I can share the tools and information that have worked for me over the years. I’m taking pictures of my own kitchen gadgets and gizmos, unglamorous and well-worn as many of them are, and telling you what I love about them.
And what I wish was different about them.
And, if possible, where you can get them.
These are not paid reviews. I’m working with stuff I already have and love. I do get money from affiliate links, but I’m not reviewing a gadget just so I can link to it, and not every site I link to has an affiliate program. If someone gives me an item and asks me to review it, I’ll disclose that up front.
If you’d like to send me something to review, please try to make sure it fits with the philosophy of this site, and me. I don’t eat a lot of processed food, think Splenda should be outlawed, and don’t like the smell, much less the taste, of coffee. I love local farm markets, Certified SC grown products, and a pot of tea. I’m concerned about the environment and my impact on it, BPA in my canned food, pesticides on my produce, and the recycled paper content of my packaging.
If you have a gadget or cookbook or ingredient in your kitchen that you love, please let me know about it! I love to experiment and try new stuff. And sharing that info is the whole point of this site. What’s worked for you?