Saturday, January 1, 2011

Kitchen Christmas Loot

It has been such a long week, with being sick and everything during Christmas (no fun!), so I haven't cooked a whole lot since Christmas dinner.  That's okay - it's nice to have a break every once in a while!

I made out like a bandit for Christmas this year.  My husband and I are really very blessed!  And I must admit, he did spoil me just a little bit.  :)  But I can't wait to get using all of the kitchen things I received for Christmas, especially the stand-up mixer!!

I received a Sinsinsawa Mound cookbook from my Grandma, it's from the place where she works and it's filled with recipes from all of the nuns.  And I don't know why, but nuns probably make the best food in the world - particularly breads, cinnamon rolls, etc.  Just one of the things I miss about home is the farmer's market and all of the delicious treats the nuns cell there!  Ok, I just really miss the farmer's market in general.  It was one of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings.

My husband bought me the Cook's Bible, which I think is one of the coolest things ever (does that make make me a nerd?).  It it filled with so much useful information!  Healthy eating and all about the five food groups.  All about kitchen equipment - different types of knives, scales, pots & pans, ovenware & bakeware, spoons & spatulas, and a lot of random kitchen equipment.  Preparation techniques, cooking methods, oils, vinegars, flours, pastas, beans & nuts, herbs, spices, sugars, and so so SO much more.  I could go on forever and bore you to death about it (if I haven't already).  It also has some really great recipes that I'm excited to use.  I definitely think this cook will make me a better - or at least more knowledgeable - cook!

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From Gabe and Jaala, the wonderful new friends we've made here in Korea, we received a Starbucks mug and hot chocolate mix.  Can you ever go wrong with Starbucks?  I think not!  It was really sweet of them to think of us.  :)  My husband also got me a stand up mixer, a new blender, some Martha Stewart prep bowls, and some new spatulas (great stocking stuffers!).  I love everything, and it all makes me excited to get in the kitchen and try some new recipes!  I'm so blessed that my husband will at least try anything I put in front of him.  ;)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


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