The holidays are almost here! If you have a food lover in your life and are stumped as to what to get them, check out these unique food-related gift ideas! Whether your foodie is a novice in the kitchen, the next contestant on Chopped, or just enjoys eating well or hosting parties, this list should give you lots of great gift ideas.
If we listen to the whispers inside us, the voice that tells us something is not as it should be, life can become a wonderful series of twists and turns. Dahlia Jurgensen felt stifled in her corporate career and chose to follow her passion to culinary school eventually becoming a well-respected, often reviewed pastry chef. Spiced is her story of life in the restaurant kitchen.
The best way to get something done is to set a goal and make it public. While I have always loved to read from the time that I first learned how, the powerful appeal of the television has kept me from curling up with a good book and my reading list is growing to an unmanageable length. It was with extreme delight that I found an online book club last month called The Kitchen Reader. Not only could I provide myself with specific deadlines and accountability but I could focus on material about food and share my thoughts with like-minded food lovers!
I’m gearing up for battle. Yup, there is going to be a lunchtime showdown between me and the cafeteria hot dog. That weenie of a lunch is trying to pull my daughter over to the dark side but I am not going to give up with out a fight. My secret weapon? The bento box.
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And the winner chosen at random is… Kate at Diethood.com! Congratulations Kate! Knowing the deliciousness you create on your food blog, I am sure you will create some wonder meals on a stick from this cookbook.
This is just so exciting! Today is our very first book review AND blog giveaway! Yup, there is a bit of chair dancing going on over here. For a chance to win see the details at the bottom of the post.
There is more to a special dinner than the food or the games. Setting the stage with a beautiful, colorful or creative table scape signifies the importance of the meal. Putting some dishes, napkins, soda bottles and ketchup in the middle or the table, or worse yet, setting up the tv trays in the living room does not make for a special family meal. These adorable personalized place mats really add that wow factor to the table, add a punch of color…and who doesn’t like to see their name emblazoned on things?
If you are like me, you just love taking a peek at the books that people have in their homes, especially the cookbooks. So today I thought I’d give you a look-see at some of the cookbooks in my kitchen and also mention some of the online resources I use again and again for inspiration.
When you open your kitchen drawers do you see a collection of gadgets and gizmos that seemed wonderfully useful at the time but have languished untouched for months or years? You know what I am talking about, right? Items like this. Or how about this? Still wondering when to use this. As a personal chef, I need to make sure that I am packing tools that are practical and serve many purposes. Want to know what I invest my money on?
Who says utilitarian kitchen items can’t be eco-friendly AND a work of art? I just love it when I find products that are both useful and beautiful. The folks at “Oh Little Rabbit” have created some wonderful tea towels, produce bags, and napkins that add such charm to your kitchen or dinner table.
This week we continue our series on useful iPhone apps for the foodie. So far we have reviewed apps for finding the perfect restaurant, planning your weekly meals and making your time at the grocery store more productive and fun. So now that you have the tools to plan your recipes and bring home the right ingredients, it’s time to take a look at a few apps that can aid you in the kitchen.