It’s no secret that I am certainly not a master chef. It’s rare that I make a whole meal from start-to-finish, and I am extremely lucky to have a husband who actually enjoys cooking so he doesn’t see it as a chore to make up for my shortcomings in the kitchen. (He doesn’t call them shortcomings, I do :)
The one thing that I have always enjoyed in the kitchen is baking. I don’t know why I see this as being so different from regular cooking, but I enjoy it so much more. Maybe it’s because the result tends to be a bit more sweet and a bit less healthy? I do love sweet and unhealthy things….
Last night I made some chocolate chip cookies from scratch, using the recipe on the back of the Nestle Toll House chocolate chip bag. I feel like that recipe never fails me, and I love the excuse to break out the KitchenAid mixer in all her Ice Blue glory. We have a pretty petite kitchen with limited counter space, so one of the keys to baking cookies without losing my mind (and all of my counter space) has been this:
We registered for this baby when we got married, and for a measley $9.99, dare I say, it has made baking in a small kitchen so much more pleasant. I kind of want another set so I can bake double-batches of yumminess and just keep stacking up :) (And by the way, my cookies look way better than those pictured above.)
While not handy for baking, my two other favorite inexpensive kitchen items are:
I have the worst time opening jars (small hands, overall wimpiness) and this little gadget is amazing. It’s great for jars of any size, and it has not failed me yet!
Our oven doesn’t have the sort of handle where we could hang towels, so we have two of these and they’re awesome at making our kitchen look somewhat organized (or at least like not-a-complete-mess).
What are your favorite little things that make your experience in the kitchen more pleasant?