I can’t say that I’m sorry to see February go away. As Celia reminds us that it’s time to post our In My Kitchen for March I can’t help but hold out hope for some warm weather. Be sure to swing by Celia’s kitchen this month – she’s made some scrumptious Cuban bread that I wouldn’t mind having right now.
Up until last night, about all I had in my kitchen was candles, rows of flashlights, and battery powered lanterns. We were supposed to get hammered with another fierce snowstorm, predicted to drop about a foot of snow on us and disrupt things with high winds. I think we may have lucked out though with the storm passing just south of us, leaving maybe just a few inches here. I did put away the flashlights and lanterns but I always have some candles out. These Swarovski crystal candle holders are my favorites and a gift from my husband many years ago. I love how they look like melting ice.
I was so happy to finally find an egg separator at Target a couple weeks ago. I lost one that I’d had for years and couldn’t find another so grabbed this when I spotted it in the gadget aisle. I’ve been doing the back & forth with the 2 egg shells to separate yolks from whites and usually ended up making a mess and picking bits of shells out.
It really came in handy for this Chocolate Raspberry Mousse from the Max Brenner cookbook that I won. You know I would have had a terrible mess separating 10 eggs.
Speaking of gadgets…remember my last post of the garlic chicken? This is my handy little garlic zoom zoomer. You lift the top, pop in the garlic and pretend you’re zooming a little race car around the counter while sharp little blades mince the garlic. When you’re done playing, you’ve got minced garlic. I also love my little garlic pot that I’ve had forever.
Speaking of cookbooks – this one wasn’t free but close enough. I found this huge Bon Appetit cookbook at a place called Ocean State Joblot yesterday for just $7.99. You never know what you’ll find at that store but it’s guaranteed that you won’t leave empty handed.
As I was looking through the recipes last night I found one for a sausage, red bell pepper, and onion calzones. I’ve got to get moving and get the pizza dough started so I’ll have them for tonight. Which brings me to one item that has been a back saver for me – this 30″ high counter stool which is just the perfect height to work sitting at the counter zooming the garlic zoomer around or kneading dough for the calzones.
Under my feet is an unhappy pup who has two ear infections and needs drops in her ears twice a day. Do you see that bottle of drops? Right now she’s distracted by the treats she’s snarfing up but as soon as she looks up she’ll be outta here. I don’t know how she clamps down those ears on me, but trying to get the drops in has been a challenge.
Finally, after I get the dough rising, and have chased Lola around the house with the ear drops, I’ve got homework to do. I finally signed up for a class to learn how to operate my camera. I really wasn’t that sure about paying to take the class because the pre-requisite was to read my manual. Honestly! If I wanted to read the manual, why would I take the class? After downloading over 80 pages (the manual doesn’t come with the camera!), I decided that I’ll skim the pages, maybe make a few notes in the margins and pretend that I’ve been studying for months…