Monday, March 2nd, 2015

My Imperfect, Too Small (But Cozy), Evolving Kitchen That I Kind-of Love

by Kristen Suzanne in Kitchen Tools, Kristen Suzanne
Bird's eye view of my cozy kitchen.

Bird’s eye view of my cozy kitchen.

I feel drawn to write about my kitchen.

It’s been my kitchen for over 10 years. I’m a girl of change and I like to move around, but I can’t bring myself to leave our rather small condo in Scottsdale. I love the location. I love the area. It’s been home for awhile now.

But, it’s not as big as I’d like.

My husband works from home and has one of the bedrooms as his office. With me as a stay at home mom with a four year old, we’re all a bit close. That’s ok though because I like the closeness. Most of the time. The only time I didn’t like it was when I had a sitter come stay with Kamea for a few hours a week so I could sleep work, I found that I couldn’t escape or get anywhere to really be on my own.

My kitchen has gone through some changes over the years though. Nothing huge, but as my diet changed from vegan (with a lot of raw food) to omnivore, my kitchen evolved. From there, as I learned how I like to cook best and what makes it easiest, I found myself making some kind of weird changes. Basically, I have a lot of stuff hanging everywhere.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Do Yourself A Favor. Sharpen Your Knives With This To Be A Kitchen Ninja

by Kristen Suzanne in Kitchen Tools, MAC knife
Great knife sharpener and my favorite knives. Get a good knife!

Great knife sharpener and my favorite knives. Get a good knife!

Having a sharp knife in the kitchen makes a world of difference with your food prep and cooking experience. A super sharp knife will take you from feeling like a boring ol’ home cook-wanna-be to a bad-ass kitchen ninja. Truly. :)

If you don’t have a good knife, then go get one. On Amazon.com (<— best deals). Or ask for one on your next gift receiving holiday. Of course, there are many who would say you should feel the weight of the knife in your hand before purchasing. There’s some truth to that. Decide for yourself.

Back to the importance of a sharp knife: Would you believe a dull knife can be more dangerous than a sharp knife? Truly. When you have a dull knife, it can slip off the food your cutting and easily hit (read: injure) your finger. But with a sharp knife, although it’s sharp and seems more dangerous, it cuts effortlessly which gives you more control over the knife.

Control is a good thing.

Plus, a sharp knife makes for faster chopping.

Speed is a good thing.

The trouble is keeping your knife sharp. The best way is with whetstone sharpening, but I don’t have the whetstone, I don’t have the time, and I don’t have the skill – it’s a world unto itself.

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

I Got Slow Cookers Coming Out The Wazoo – I Have My Reasons

by Kristen Suzanne in Kitchen Tools, slow cooker
My slow cooker collection.

My slow cooker collection.

I wouldn’t have felt compelled to share my slow cooker collection with the world except that the last two people who came to our home exclaimed, “Wow why do you have so many slow cookers?”

Doesn’t everybody? Just kidding. I know most people don’t have a stash of slow cookers.

I asked Kamea the other day, “Kamea, if someone asked you about your mom, like, what does your mom do? What would you say?”

Her response… “I’d say you like pots.”

Me: “Ha – cute and funny but make sure you emphasize the “s” on the end of pot.”

It is what it is. I love the kitchen and cooking and everything that comes with it – pots and all.

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Friday, June 27th, 2014

Review: Food Huggers Get a Thumbs Up For Saving Food

by Kristen Suzanne in Kitchen Tools, product review

Food Huggers hugging foods.

Food Huggers recently sent me some of their food huggers to try out. I get offers from time to time for product reviews but lately I turn more down than I agree to. For Food Huggers, I was definitely interested. They seemed to solve a problem I’d been having lately. My desire to only eat half of an apple or avocado, for example, left me with either wasting food or overeating. When I saw their website, I was intrigued and wanted to give them a try.

I’ll be quick about this review.

They work. They’re great. You should buy some for yourself, family, friends, hair dresser, kid’s teacher, etc. 

Food Huggers in action.

What are they? They’re easy-to-use reusable silicone food savers. You can eat half of an orange, persimmon, grapefruit, apple, lemon, avocado, onion, bell pepper, tomato, and save the other half… for days in most cases.

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