Designate a “Hurry Up and Eat” Shelf in Your Kitchen to Avoid Food Waste

We waste a lot of food, but with a little meal planning and creativity, it’s easy enough to avoid food waste and eat everything you buy. To make it even easier, Apartment Therapy suggests a “hurry up and eat” shelf for your kitchen.

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Once stuff is even a little questionable, I just won’t eat it. I could just throw it away once it reaches that threshold, but no. I have to let it hang out until it’s green and fuzzy, so I don’t feel guilty pitching it in the compost/disposal.

Can Kitchen Clutter Influence Your Appetite?

It’s not just your mindset that can shape your eating habits. Your environment plays a role, too. And in the case of your kitchen, a pile of dirty dishes just might influence you in ways you don’t realize.

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Walking into a dirty kitchen makes me not want to cook anything. I just grab a snack out of the cabinet or fridge and leave.

Kitchen Resolutions You Should Make for a Delicious 2016

I don’t really do resolutions like “running” or “clean eating,” but I do enjoy the “take charge of your life!” energy that each January brings. Instead of harnessing that energy to start a diet, consider making a few resolutions that aim to improve your kitchen and kitchen-related skills.

Though there’s nothing wrong with starting a diet per se, I prefer to focus on changes that make me more excited to cook at home, rather than focusing on calories or “cleanliness.” The better a cook I become, the more likely I am to make meals for myself, which will be healthier and cheaper than eating out. Here are seven ways you can better your cooking in 2016 and, unlike some resolutions, these are likely to last the whole year.

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Try to cook four dishes, from a different country …each month.  Maybe a tad less if your INR is fluctuating though.  I know of a circle of friends who theme a potluck for a challenge while not having to cook everything themselves.

Watch Alton Brown Demonstrate Why “Unitaskers” Have No Place In Your Kitchen

You got one of these, didn’t you?

The whole thing is tongue firmly-in-cheek, and while you probably won’t learn anything you don’t already know about some of the flimsier kitchen gadgets out there, it’s an entertaining watch.

Which Squeezing Method Gets You the Most Lemon Juice?

From flavoring water to grilling fish or making a lightly-dressed green salad, there are a multitude of kitchen situations that call for fresh-squeezed lemon juice. But is there a “best” way to get juice out of a lemon?

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You might as well get the most of the lemon by taking the zest off with a microplane file.  What to know what the difference is between [citrus] zest, peel and rind?

Futuristic Concept Kitchen Is Designed for Drought and Scarcity

Welcome to Concept Kitchen 2025, an exhibit and collection of prototypes that is the result of more than a year of development with more than 50 design students in Sweden and the Netherlands led by Ikea and the design consultancy Ideo. At Milan’s Salone del Mobile design week right now, four of the final prototypes are on view—each of which illustrate something crucial about the way we’ll live in ten years. Yes, 2025 is just a decade away.

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The table/cooktop resembles the interface in Minority Report:

Some aspects are a bit far fetched, or at least over-simplified.  Such as the recipes based on the ingredients you supply, and it’s counter to what most of us do.  The other aspect that makes me wince is the idea of a internet enabled device that can be hacked, and will be used to profile us for demographics a la Nest or social media.  A tablet is already here, and more accommodating – people will have furniture like a table for far longer than a tablet or phone.  Planned obsolescence, similar to what we can expect of things like the Apple Watch et al.

Liebster Award Nomination

I was nominated by Bekah, of the lovely A Vegan with a Plan.  Thank you!

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

  • post the award logo on your blog
  • link back to the person who nominated you
  • answer the questions set for you
  • nominate 10 other bloggers (preferably with less than 200 followers) and let them know they’ve been nominated
  • create 10 questions for your nominees

Here are the answers to the questions I was asked:

What is your favorite kitchen tool?

Egg beater, for licking after making whip cream.

What is your favorite food?

Just one?

What kind of camera do you use for blog photos?

Smartphone.  There was a time when I had a Nikon, but it died on me and I was never a photog.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I don’t consider it blogging – this is the result of wanting to change my diet.  After the third or so recipe on a piece of paper, I figured there had to be a better way.  So it’s a cook book to me, but it’s evolved to include various articles and information I encounter that’s either related or interesting to me.

Do you have any hobbies?

Too many.  Cooking takes a backseat to training for triathlon, which includes yoga and sleep.

Which do you enjoy more, cooking or baking?

Can’t it be both?  Both are delicious.

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world with the goal of trying local cuisine, where would you go?

Eurasia 😀

How much time do you spend blogging each week?

I haven’t tallied – it depends on content.  Some things need more time than others.

What is your favorite color?

Puce.

Food processor, essential or “nice to have”?

Essential.  Mine is almost too small – guacamole is fine, but the black bean brownies almost kills the poor thing.

Here are the questions for my nominees, in no particular order:

  • Please describe yourself in 5 words
  • Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses, or 1 horse-sized duck?
  • What’s your guilty pleasure?  Doesn’t have to be food
  • Insects: Would you try them if someone offered them in some form of a meal?  Does it make a difference if the insects are alive or dead?
  • Puns: Enjoyable, or breach of etiquette?  Any favourites?
  • What was the last thing you celebrated?
  • Where was the last time you traveled somewhere new?
  • When did you last push the boundaries of your comfort zone?
  • Would you rather be evil but considered good, or good but considered evil?
  • What’s the wisest thing you’ve heard someone say?

And the blogs I would like to nominate are… (drum roll):

Get Your Kids Involved in the Kitchen: 7 Steps

Just like with adults, kids who learn how to cook tend to eat healthier foods and they’re learning a life skill that is incredibly important. Kids who are involved in the process of cooking are more apt to eat those foods because they feel pride and ownership over the meal, but many parents hesitate to get their kids involved in the kitchen because of the dangers there: burning hot ovens and stove tops, sharp knives, raw ingredients, etc.

Those worries aren’t unfounded and bringing your kids in the kitchen requires ground rules to protect them, but if you keep tasks at age-appropriate levels, even toddlers can get help out and start learning the basics of making meals.

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Two of the steps I remember from my childhood – making my lunch and cleaning.  It wasn’t about culinary skill 😉