Tag Archives: Cook

Kitchen Aid on the Brain

 

Forgive me but I can’t stop thinking about these mixers.  They combine so many things I care about: hand-made things, people working in manufacturing, cooking, colors, and quality.  Take a look at this video about the history of these mixers.  You just might want one too!

By the way, my latest favorite color is red.  :)

 

I Deserve A KitchenAid Stand Mixer

 

I want one.  Plain and simple.  When you get to the point when you are turning 50, you love to bake, and you’ve never had one, you deserve a $350 mixer.  Don’t you agree?

The big decision is what color to get!

 

 

Ravenous

 

I’m loving my new book: Ravenous: A food lover’s journey from obsession to freedom by Dayna Macy.  Here’s an excerpt:

“Salt, grease, tasteless pulp in my mouth,” he says, koan-like. “I can never eat

enough corn chips to be satisfied because there’s no there there. And if I

wasn’t paying attention, I’d keep eating them to try to get what isn’t there.

“Compare this to an orange,” he says, “which is sweet and tastes like sunshine.

When you taste something, don’t only let your mouth respond. Let your heart

respond. There’s a lot of food in this world that doesn’t have much to offer

your heart.”

Wishing you sunshine in your stomach, in your heart, and in your world!  :)

The Pioneer Woman is a friend of mine!

 

I love the Pioneer Woman like she’s a friend of mine.  I go through phases like this when there is a celebrity that I really like.  I used to love Martha Stewart that way.  With her it wasn’t her person but her stuff.  Her decorating, crafts, etc.  Martha is not very approachable though.  I honestly feel like I could hang out with Ree Drummond.

She has taught me how to cook.  My mother did and my grandmother did.  Cookbooks and experience have too.  But in the past couple of years, since I discovered Ree and started watching her show, reading her blog and making her recipes, she has taught me how to cook.

With some recipes you get the idea that the author doesn’t really want you to make it well.  They leave things out.  Ree tenderly and carefully explains every detail in a girlfriend kind of way.  You know what you are doing, you feel confident, and you smile.  And when it’s all over, the recipes work!  And you have happy customers.

My brother and his family got me a Pioneer Woman cookbook for Christmas.  I loooooooooooove it!

Magic Cookie Bars

 

I like the idea of signature dishes.  You know, that dish that everyone associates with you.  My new signature Christmas sweet dish is Magic Bars.  My grandmother used to make them.  They are sooooo good.

How can you go wrong with graham crackers, butter, coconut, nuts, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate?

The key: resist the urge to add more than the amount called for.  If you do, your bars will fall apart.  Trust me on that.

Click here for the recipe.