favorite kitchen tools.

design mom recently wrote a post referencing an old post of hers...an interview of a writer/cook and her favorite kitchen things then and now.
it got me thinking why not write a similar post of my own?

vitamix: we bought ours at costco after years of wishing and hoping. we use it for smoothies, hot cocoa, pureed soups, dips, frozen fruit/yogurt treats, hummus, red sauce, etc. etc. etc. our food processor died and we just use this instead on pulse with the tamper. there are days this machine gets multiple workouts.
staub pot: this pot is a dream for soups. we needed to make two pots of minestrone one christmas and that was proof to us that this pot ruled: everything just cooked better in it than the other pot used that night.
wooden spatula: i used to always reach for my rubber spatula, but since one bit the dust this has been my go-to for sauteing.
microplane: so great for grating parmesan at the table, zesting citrus, scattering chocolate shavings...
lemon press: we use this for big or small lemon/lime juicing jobs.
wood cheese board with a handle (similar): i can't tell you how many pb&j sandwiches i make these days and this is my surface of choice.


recent read(s).

we are five ladies from five homes all in a row, different ages/generations, getting to know each other, building community, and reading together.
we meet roughly every other month.
here are our readings since this first title i posted about nearly a year ago (gee):
a gentleman in moscow
the little book of hygge
i'd say they were all worth the read.
if i had to pick a favorite it may have been lab girl
of course, i loved the foodie aspect of sweetbitter, too, though it seemed 'young'.


an impromptu green juice worth repeating.

the boys insisted upon some green juice the other day and we came up with a really nice recipe despite my doubt that we'd have what we'd need:
two apples
half a bunch of celery
one cucumber
small handful of mint
1/2 inch nub of ginger


recent watch.

we haven't had netflix for years, but d received a gift card for christmas and we've been streaming this time.
i recently watched the kindness diaries.
leon travels the world on his yellow motorbike, with no money, relying on the kindness of others.
little do the others know, he's on the lookout for a helper in need of help themselves.
anything you're loving on netflix?


new challenge.

we visited the dump last weekend and came up with a new family challenge.
the sight of the mess was so sad.
we typically create one garbage bag of waste a week.
our new challenge is to see if we can create even less.
can we miss garbage day due to an unfilled kitchen bin now and then?
we shall see.
do you have any tricks for cutting back on your household trash?
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