Archive for February, 2010

Kitchen Series: Storage

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Pantry Storage:
A new (to me) item that I LOVE is the OXO POP storage containers.

I was first introduced to this product by my mother in law.  They are great for storage and organization.  Food items stay fresh and airtight!  They are a bit pricey, but I have found them at a variety of stores including: Bed Bath and Beyond, TJ Max, Homegoods, and BJ’s.  They are about half price at TJ Max and Homegoods but they are sold individually and you can’t always predict that they will be in stock.  Bed Bath and Beyond sells them at full price but you can get them in sets as well as individually.  BJ’s sells them in sets of 3 at a reasonable price.

The following description is from the OXO website:

The OXO Good Grips POP Containers are airtight, stack-able and space-efficient, making it easy to keep your dry foods fresh and your kitchen organized. The Containers have a unique push-button mechanism that creates an airtight seal with just one touch. The button also serves as a handle to lift off the lid. The Containers are designed for modular stacking so that you can efficiently organize your counter top and pantry. In addition, with their square and rectangular shapes, the POP Containers make the most of any storage space, while their corners allow for easy pouring. The POP Containers are available in 11 different sizes to meet your dry food storage needs. They are also great for use in the garage, sewing room, play room and more; in fact, the Containers can be used in so many places that you’ll want them POPping up everywhere. The lid comes apart for thorough cleaning. All POP Containers are BPA Free.

Knife Storage:

The magnetic knife strip is the best way to store knives.  Cutlery blocks dull the blades from constant rubbing against the wood.  Tossing the knives in a drawer is disorganized and dangerous- and not good for your knives! The magnetic strip keeps the knives organized and accessible for quick use.  My mom introduced me to this preferred storage method and I love how quick and easy it is to grab the knife that I need!  You can find magnetic strips anywhere knives are sold.  They range in a variety of prices and sizes.

Kitchen Series: Intro

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I have long wanted to share with you about items that I LOVE in my kitchen.  Each time I use one of my favorite kitchen things I think, “The whole world should know about this!”  I will TRY to post weekly about a new topic.  This series will be short- maybe 3 or 4 postings.  Enjoy!

Real Simple Pork Chops

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Grilled Pork Chops with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic Butter

Ingredients

* 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
* 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
* 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
* 4 1-inch-thick bone-in pork chops (about 2 1/2 pounds)
* Kosher salt and black pepper
* 2 pounds cherry tomatoes

Directions

1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a small bowl, combine the butter, garlic, and thyme; set aside.
2. Season the pork with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and grill until cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes per side.
3. Meanwhile, divide the tomatoes among 2 pieces of heavy-duty foil and season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Close to form 2 pouches. Grill the pouches alongside the pork, gently shaking occasionally, for 8 minutes.
4. Top the pork chops and tomatoes with the garlic butter just before serving.

From Real Simple Sept. 2009

I made this recipe and we loved it!  Here is what it looked like!

Blizzard of 2010

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Peter took these pictures of the snow storm we had on February 6, 2010.

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