With every turn of the corner in the store, there are more and more items begging to jump into my cart, but seriously if I bought you all, it would cramp my living style. Exactly what is eye-catching to me this holiday season for the kitchen? There are a few things that have been turning my head twice, a few cookbooks(yes I do use actual cookbooks, as well as a decorating set for my cupcakes, a pepper mill like no other, a must have half apron, Are you ready to whip up some delicious meals in your kitchen but just need the right tools, gadgets or appliances to help? Lavishly live cooking, food, and recipe preparation out loud with my latest finds, cook, bake and create the holidays.
One thing in my house that is standard is the stove is always on, and my kitchen seems to be open 24/7 as I have 3 children that span from tween to teen and they can eat! I don’t like processed food because I have no control over ingredients, so I like making my own food from beginning to end.
The Kuhn Rikon Cookie & Cupcake Decorating Set
This set rocks my cupcake icing world. Now, I love fluffy swirled icing and this little squeeze as you go bottles make my cupcakes sing fluff. Take a look at this. All I did was load, squeeze and enjoy. You can create dozens of effects, letter, make rosettes, drizzle melted chocolate over desserts, or pipe small dots and that’s just the beginning. The bottles are short for small short squeezes and longer for those bigger projects that you need larges dollops of icing on. The flexible spatula that comes in the set is great for smoothing frosting and icing with ease, you can see these products in use in my In the Kitchen With Dana Vento on YouTube.
In many of my blogs and videos you might have already seen my family is cheesecake addicted and I bake one weekly sometimes more, depending on my time. The Cheesecake Bible is a go to for me, as it offers loads of tested and true options making baking a cheesecake even more fun. There are over 200 recipes and many color photos to help depict what you are making. A few that have made my cut are Espresso Cheesecake(p. 36), Blue Ribbon Cheesecake(p.26), Neopolitan Cheesecake(p.69), and Turtle Cheese Pie(P.220). There are many recipes in here and the book not only offers recipes, but it offers teaching the beginning of the book, great tips and tricks. The recipes are written by baker George Geary and it is geared for novice to pro. Read and Cook with this baking book of delicious, delectable desserts. This book is available from Robert Rose Inc.
Creating The Holidays
Just because it is the busiest season of the year, does not mean that I skimp on meals, in fact, I let the Slow Cooker kick in and help. The Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Cookbook by Donna-Marie Pie, is filled with color photos and 200+ recipes that let you try the best of worldwide dishes. The recipes are balanced, easy to prepare and the ingredients can all be added at once which means, no waiting around for a pot to cook-woot woot! If you have not used a slow cooker before, again there are tips and tricks for the new user and we seasoned users can learn a bit too!
My family has enjoyed the Country Italian Beef Stew(P. 66), and the Creamy Caramel Brownies(p. 346), oh yes you can do desserts in a crock pot and they turn out well. If you have kids you will love the Nonna’s Mini-Meatball Soup(p. 49) and I personally like the Christmas Cake Beans and CousCous(p.98). Really there is something for every palate in this recipe loaded book. The price of this book is only $24.95.
SHE LOVES TO COOK
If someone ever got me, this half apron does! Beth Quinn Designs nailed this design and I wear it all over my kitchen crusades! This is a heavy-duty hand-sewn apron that offers the best vintage look, including lace, and doilies. The Fabric is durable offering a pin stripe and a burlap bird front large split pocket which I constantly put my smartphone in!
The apron reads, “she loves to cook” and you bet I do. The tie is lace perfect and extra long to tie from front to back which I do. There are plenty of other designs on her site, and it is a rare treat to find a half apron of such quality! Thanks Beth Quinn Designs for my new fav, fab kitchen fashion, cause this “she” does “love to cook”!
FREEZE and Cook – ZOKU
My youngest has so many health issues, so making treats he can have during the season keeps me sane and in control of what could be a deadly allergy attack for him! ZOKU rocks the world of making POPS Fast in about 7-9 minutes.
You can make striped pops, yogurt pops, fruit juice pops. jello pops, it is really just up to your creativity skills and passion for different to control this little kitchen device. There is no electric involved, just place the base in your freezer and when you are ready to make quick pops, pull it out and watch them freeze before your very eyes. This is like a science experiement that unfolds right front and center. The feature I love best about the ZOKU is the Super Tool. This item makes removing the Quick Pops, easy, as you put it onto the sticks with guards and twist and out comes your Quick Pop. Clean up is a breeze and you can make 3 batches(9 pops) at a time with this 3 mold. Each batch is 7-9 minutes. There is no BPA in this and it is PHTHALATE Free.
The holidays are a grand old time to find new foods, cook, bake and create and this is the time of the year to splurge and indulge. Are you ready to lavishly live kitchen prep work out loud? Happy Holidays.