IN MY KITCHEN, FALL 2022


In My Kitchen posts are hosted by Sherry, from  Sherry’s Pickings. Please visit her site to see what everybody else is sharing this month. I join four times each year, on the first day of January, April, July and October.

In our kitchen…


Thanks to the skill and efforts of my beloved husband, we managed to get a second little harvest of lettuce, planted from seed. Amazing how much more flavorful home-grown lettuce can be.

In our kitchen…


I don’t follow keto or other strict diets, but sometimes I like to explore ingredients that are low in carbs. These tortillas called my attention because of the enthusiastic reviews it received on amazon. I decided to order a bag and was quite pleased by both taste and texture. They are very small, but for my appetite, two are perfect for a meal. I’ve read that some people like to cut them in four pieces and use as tortilla chips, by baking or frying. Here they are over a regular dinner plate, so you can have an idea of their size. I pass them over a flame on my stove, they get charred and ready in seconds. Maybe you can find them where you live, but if you’d like to give them a try, amazon is your friend (click here).

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A set of small plastic bowls that I just could not resist, after my friend Gary pointed them out to me. Color, color, color… It’s my weakness…

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I’ve been flirting with Korean ingredients, after falling in love with all things South Korea through shows such as “Crash Landing on You” and “The Extraordinaire Attorney Woo.”


I am learning my way through this intriguing cuisine, and exploring ingredients that are new to me. Top left is Doenjang, a miso-type paste that I have not yet played with, but apparently is super flavorful. Top right is Gochugaru, a red pepper flake with unique smoky flavor, and bottom left my favorite, Silgochu, very thin threads of chili pepper. It looks very cool sprinkled over food, and it packs a lot of flavor in those tiny, fragile looking threads.


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A Mix-and-Match Animal Cookie Set (available at etsy.com), with many possibilities to create designs. These make large cookies, and the moment I got the set, I had to work on a special project…


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Two types of cocoa powder. The left one is my favorite Dutch type, and the right one I found in our grocery store and decided to give it a try. Loved the delicate coffee flavor, and have used it with my default chocolate cookie recipe, omitting the chipotle in that case.


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A pumpkin mold that is large enough to shape a cookie. Stay tuned for some serious Halloween baking in the near future.


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This was a total impulse buy. I was shopping at our grocery store and happened to walk by the Halloween aisle. This platter jumped into my shopping cart and would NOT leave. Odd how these things happen. Must be the Black October Magic at work.


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When you have a cookie cutter problem, you’ll need storage. I finally caved and bought something I had been flirting with for the longest time. These have drawers of two different sizes, so you order what is most convenient for you (click here). They live in our basement and made my life a lot easier. I might add labels to the drawers at some point.

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These are great if you need to take cakes for a get together or if you donate them as I do. Each holds a little more than 1/2 cup of batter, depending on the recipe and how much they rise. A little experimentation might be needed. I used my brownie cupcake default recipe just like described here. They have lids that fit well, and it all looks super cute. Several sizes and shapes available, take a look here.

And now it is time to allow a certain trio of pups to bark their piece, and wow,
do they have a lot to say this time!

Buck and Oscar were set in a smooth routine, predictable with a few ups and downs…. For Osky, the worst would be a certain style of haircut, for Buck just having to deal with this odd silence in the world, interrupted by hand clapping that he does his best to follow as guidance.

Little did they know, that Chaos was coming! Full disclosure: we debated whether we should change Prince’s name to Chaos or Trouble, but decided that His Royal Highness would not approve the motion. He has definitely turned our universe upside down, but let’s be honest, we would not have it any other way. The sadness that Bogey’s departure left in us was so intense, and somehow this bundle of energy with a heart-shaped nose and a hear-shaped mark on his leg, made our own hearts feel lighter.


He is sweet, funny, strong-willed, naughty, and clumsy like puppies often are…
it just makes him even more adorable…


The polls about Prince Lucifer of Darkness are a bit divided….



Buck does not mind, in fact they quickly became quite good buddies, even if Prince’s chasing of Buck’s tail can be a bit overwhelming at times…


We have of course countless videos already, but this one below is probably my all-time favorite! Keep in mind that Buck is deaf, so all the noise Prince does to try and invite him to play fall on “deaf ears” (literally). I love the way Buck yawns when it all starts. And of course, Prince stretched back legs crack us up. Too funny! At the very end, Prince seems to understand what I tell him, but is just not buying it!

Of course, as a good Prince, he sees the world as his domain….

And all things shoes must subject to his rules:
you exist to provide amusement for my teeth and paws!

Yes, he is a ton of trouble in four powerful legs… but the level of cute is off-the-charts…


And he also teaches us lessons about how to live…


He is growing so fast, we already miss the times we could hold him like a little bundle in our arms…


That’s all for now, folks! Stay tuned – assuming we humans will survive puppyhood – for the next installment of In My Kitchen, when 2023 starts bright and early!

ONE YEAR AGO: In My Kitchen, October 2021

TWO YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, October 2020

THREE YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen (and Beyond), October 2019

FOUR YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, October 2018

FIVE YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, October 2017

SIX YEARS AGO: Little Bites of Paradise

SEVEN YEARS AGO: Coxinha de Galinha: A Brazilian Delicacy

EIGHT YEARS AGO: Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp Skewers

NINE YEARS AGO: A Simple Dinner

TEN YEARS AGO: Brown Butter Tomato Salad

ELEVEN YEARS AGO:  Spelt and Cornmeal Rolls

TWELVE YEARS AGO: Roasted Potato and Olive Focaccia

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO: Multigrain Bread Extraordinaire

IN MY KITCHEN, SUMMER 2022

2 months, 11 days since our beloved friend left us…


In My Kitchen posts are hosted by Sherry, from  Sherry’s Pickings. Please visit her site to see whateverybody else is sharing this month. I join four times each year, on the first day of January, April, July and October. If you are a food blogger, considering taking part of this fun event. It is chance to share those little things you bought or received as gifts and that make your life in the kitchen easier. 

In our kitchen…


The most delicious lettuce leaves known to mankind, or so we think… thanks to the work of my beloved husband who years ago built a planter and keeps it going every Spring…


The picture above is a couple of weeks old, the planter looks like a little jungle now…

In our kitchen…


A very simple gadget to slice butter (available here). Normally people would buy it to serve pats of butter to guests, but I use it to slice a stick and use in baking. It comes to room temperature a lot faster and it’s so much easier than slicing with a knife.


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Another simple gadget, this one works magic to get kernels off corn cobs (available here). Super efficient and again, easier than any other method I’ve used.


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A silicone mold that is used for fondant, but as you can read about in my cookie blog, it also works for baking cookies.


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Fermented black beans (douchi), small bombs of flavor used in traditional Chinese cooking. I am learning my ways with it. They will be featured in a great recipe very soon. In a food blog near you!


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Two little platters found at Marshall’s. When you bake the right cookies, they can be little matches made in heaven…


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Dried kaffir lime leaves… I investigated quite extensively before getting this product. Normally nothing beats fresh leaves, but they are hard to find where we live. These got excellent reviews by consumers, so I caved. And they are indeed great. Stay tuned for future adventures…


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Tomato powder, a new product from Spice House. I saw it advertised by the company and could not resist it. So far I’ve used it to add flavor to rice, and it works wonders for that. I just add 1/2 tsp to the amount of rice I normally cook (1 cup of Basmati).

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Another great product I got recently, this one after my friend Karen blogged about it. Stay tuned for my “experiments” with it…

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A small plastic knife that does wonders to cut cakes with a lot of moisture such as a brownie. Available here. Used to cut a batch of banana bread brownies, works like a dream!

So that wraps up what I had to share as far as new gadgets and goodies for you… Moving on, it’s time to let the pups bark a little bit… Starting with very important news…


It is Buck’s Birthday today, my little Bucky Boy… Last year, when he turned 14, my heart was already getting a bit heavy, wondering how long would we have together. One year later, he is still around, dealing with his almost total deafness as best as he can. His hearing is gone as far as voice commands go, but he hears clapping and that’s how we communicate.

For his Birthday he’s got a toy…

He’s got a ball…

But, truth is, his favorite “gift” is the one he stole from the trash can (sigh)…

And that seems to be totally fine with this brother…



The rivalry is real, but not too serious. Buck and Bogey were great buddies, and we worried about Buck without him. He seems fine, adjusted well, and now explores the backyard with Oscar, following his lead, for the most part.

This time of the year, we are back having our evening tea outside, watching the sunset, admiring the fireflies, listening to the birds, the owls, the distant coyotes. Like before. But the difference is the huge absence of our Black Spotted Capeless Hero… The emptiness he left is impossible to put into words.

Saudade

ONE YEAR AGO: In My Kitchen, July 2021

TWO YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, July 2020

THREE YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, June 2019

FOUR YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen – July 2018

FIVE YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, July 2017

SIX YEARS AGO: Secret Recipe Club: Falafel and a Bonus Recipe

SEVEN YEARS AGO: Chocolate Toffee Banana Bread

EIGHT YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, June 2014

NINE YEARS AGO:  Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

TEN YEARS AGO: Baked Coconut and “The Brazilian Kitchen”

ELEVEN YEARS AGO: Honey-Glazed Chicken Legs

TWELVE YEARS AGO: French-Style Rolls

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO: Chicken Breasts, Coffee, and Serendipity

IN MY KITCHEN – APRIL 2022

In My Kitchen posts are hosted by Sherry, from  Sherry’s Pickings. Please visit her site to see what everybody else is sharing this month. I join four times each year, on the first day of January, April, July and October. If you are a food blogger, considering taking part of this fun event. It is chance to share those little things you bought or received as gifts and that make your life in the kitchen easier. 

Starting with gifts…

From our graduate student Taihao, a surprise Birthday gift for me… I love it! It is my kind of cookie, all the way. Intense taste of sesame, not too sweet, super delicate and crumbly. In the huge tin, little packages with two cookies in each, so they stay fresh for a long time. Thank you so much!

A gift from me to my beloved husband…

He had one that was similar, but it cracked, so I ordered another one… the Amazing Trio!

Moving on, these are some of the new things that joined our kitchen since I last invited you for a virtual tour.

In our kitchen…

We are not the greatest consumers of this type of food item, but I was intrigued by the low-carb nature of these little chips. Bought one to try, and the rest is history. We now always have a bag in the pantry. Great to serve with guacamole, much lighter than tortilla chips, and I actually love the taste and texture. So I am sharing just in case you also wonder if they are any good. Other flavors are available, but we stick with sea salt. Our favorite.

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Mini-spatulas from Wilton (I found them at Jo-Ann, cheaper than amazon). I saw them recommended in a cookie forum and decided to get a set. They are perfect to mix Royal icing, and perfect to mix sourdough starter. Not sure how I’ve lived without them. It is a mystery.

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Speaking of spatulas, this is a funky-looking one but what a great job it does to clean the flat beater of the Kitchen Aid… It now lives side-by-side with older siblings. Available here.

Do I have a spatula problem? Why exactly are you asking???? I am puzzled.

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Rainbow sprinkles! These are way way WAY better than the stuff you find at the grocery store, puts Wilton brand into shame. Great texture, very nice taste, bright colors. If you are into baking, this is a must. Order some here.

Matching earrings are optional. But oh so very cool, right?

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Last month we celebrated our wedding anniversary and my Birthday with a trip to Lake Tahoe. We took the opportunity to get a few goodies at Trader Joe’s. Two types of alternative pasta that I could never find in town. I have not tried them yet, stay tuned. Pistachio nuts. Freeze-dried strawberries (for a particular shortbread cookie I will be baking soon), and a fantastic gluten-free bread/cracker that we fell win love with. We are kicking ourselves for not bringing many more boxes… Oh, well. If you have a Trader Joe’s where you live, search for this and eat some thinking of me, ok?

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A much needed organization that started with my stencils. They are all in plastic folders, and the small ones, that tend to accumulate at the bottom of the folder, got the design drawn on the red insert. Makes life a lot easier.

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The organization hit the cookie cutters! They finally got sorted and placed in boxes according to general categories. Of course, “miscellaneous” contains all cookie cutters that I don’t remember exist. Once I realized the extent of my cookie cutter compulsive acquisition, I made a drastic decision. No. More. Cookie. Cutters. But then… this happened.

You do realize resistance was futile. LOOK at that shape! I am calling it – The Last One. Case closed.

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Speaking of cookies, I got this little gadget to write on cookies, making an impression in the dough. I admit, it was an impulse buy. Let’s see if I can put it to good use (sigh).

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Wilton sanding sugar in a beautiful rose gold tone… love love love this one! Put it immediately to use in some macarons: Hibiscus Ganache (pink ones) and Nut-Free Honey-Cardamon (purple ones).

And now, it is time to share the recent adventures of our most faithful companions…

Buck – the best student of Professor Bogey Quit That on Raiding Trash Cans 101 – decided that anything found on the floor belongs to him. Like a piece of paper with “save these instructions”. Yeah, right. We will “save” them in our memory.

and don’t be fooled by his gentle expression…. he turns into a rabid badger if we attempt to retrieve what he takes to his bed.

I had to trick him with a piece of Virginia ham to retrieve this pen, a favorite of mine to draw on cookies. RIP, Sugarbelle pen.

Unfortunately, he is not the only one who generates chaos in our home…

Oscar, Scragglepuss Extraordinaire, decided that the little snake we use to block cold drafts underneath the door – next to their sleeping beds – needed to be punished. We caught him in the act. He was unfazed. And then people get surprised at how much gray hair I gain each week.

Bogey Quit That has been on a very quiet phase… He had his 13th Birthday in January, and was showered with gifts and pampered with attention. Our dear friend Jill and Bogey’s Mother-in-law, sent him a very special package, that melted our hearts.

But then, out of nowhere, dark clouds showed up in their horizon!

Yes, that was the case. Our three valiant companions had to endure a little stay at the Dungeon.

Oscar wants to tell you how he really feels…

Yeah, it was hard… I got the shakes, as I always do when my humans drive us to the Medieval Dungeon, then it took me a while to get my dominance clear to the other prisoners. Obviously, I ended up putting them all in their places. But you know what was worse? When we were finally liberated, my humans pulled another filthy trick on me!

Not only I lost my uniquely-perfumed fur, but had to endure my deaf brother constantly checking my license plate, to make sure I was still my old Alpha-Self.

Well, well, well, we admit it was not our original plan, but the fur-stylist at Petsmart thought that you would look impossibly cute, Osky Boy, so that’s what you’ll have for a little while…

And to close this post, we bring you the one and only, Bogey Quit That…

Did you know that now I am 13 years and 3 months old? Many of the things I loved to do, somehow I cannot do anymore, like sampling food left on the countertops, or even climbing on the sofa to take my beauty nap. Mom and Dad keep doing lots of things to help my weakened legs… like giving me these fashionable socks…

Dad even built a huge ramp for me, so I can go down to the backyard and come up without struggling with those pesky steps.

Unfortunately the ramp is getting steeper and steeper… odd, don’t you think? I cannot quite understand that.

Still, I am doing everything my humans ask me to. We go for a walk every day, so that my back and legs stay as strong as possible. They give me massages… I also get some pills that taste like the flesh of the steer, and the best part is that I am the only one who gets those treats. My brothers take no part of that feast… I am sure that’s because I am a very special pup. With black spots all over my snowy-white body.

After all, I am the only one who stays as close as possible to the door when one of my humans leave. Because I don’t want to miss a single second of our time together when they come back…

We feel the same way you do, Bogey…

ONE YEAR AGO: In My Kitchen, April 2021

TWO YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, April 2020

THREE YEARS AGO:  In My Kitchen, April 2019

FOUR YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, April 2018

FIVE YEARS AGO: First Monday Favorite

SIX YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, April 2016

SEVEN YEARS AGO: Spring has Sprung with Suzanne Goin

EIGHT YEARS AGO: Chai Brownies

NINE YEARS AGO: Pomegranate-Molasses Glazed Carrots

TEN YEARS AGO: Braised Brisket with Bourbon-Peach Glaze

ELEVEN YEARS AGO: The Real Vodka Sauce

TWELVE YEARS AGO: Spring Rolls on a Spring Day

HAPPY NEW YEAR IN MY KITCHEN!

In My Kitchen posts are hosted by Sherry, from  Sherry’s Pickings. Please visit her site to see what everybody else is sharing this month. I join four times each year, on the first day of January, April, July and October. If you are a food blogger, considering taking part of this fun event. It is chance to share those little things you bought or received as gifts and that make your life in the kitchen easier. 

Starting with gifts… 

From my niece Raquel, all the way from Brazil…

A beautiful pie plate, with incredible blue color! So touched by this gift.

From my future daughter-in-law Courtnie…

A very unique ceramic bowl from an artist in New York, so delicate and elegant! Thank you so much…

From Phil…

A Cricut Air Explorer 2 cutter, which I will use exclusively for stencils to use in my cookies… I’ve been flirting with the idea of getting one for the longest time, so now it is time to face that learning curve and play with it. I have already used it for some cookies recently featured on my cookie blog (see here and here).

From my dear friend Jill…

I cannot think of a better pair of earrings for me! MACARONS! Can you see my big smile when I opened the package? Thank you thank you thank you!

From my dear friend Ines…

We are both quite fond of his show, and I was already planning to get this book, but Ines beat me to it… thank you so much! She also sent us Panforte, the delicacy from Siena, but we destroyed the beauty of it so quickly I could not snap a good picture. That stuff is just amazing!

From my dear friend Christine…

Every year she sends me an AMAZING Christmas card… makes me feel so special… thank you a million times, much appreciated!

From our dear friends Pat and Bill…

A gorgeous plate with the most beautiful painted cardinal, my favorite bird! And a couple of placemats with the same pattern, that matches our dinner plates so very well! Thank you, thank you, thank YOU!

And now, moving on to acquisitions from the past 3 months…

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This beautiful wooden stand was all alone at Marshalls, and I could not resist rescuing it… Love the patterns and the cream & white motif.

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Not for the faint at heart, a hot hot hot flavored salt from Spice House, called quite appropriately Vulcan Salt… use sparingly… or NOT! 😉

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These are smaller than the mini-chips you can normally find in grocery stores. They are perfect to incorporate in cookie dough (I mean in the cookie dough itself before rolling it out). Stay tuned for more on this important subject later.

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Perfect Palate, a powder flavoring agent I heard about from professional “cookiers” in groups I follow. I decided to give them a try and was very pleasantly surprised. I’ve used all three in buttercream fillings for macarons. A little bit gives a ton of flavor, with no artificial “feel” to it.

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A new cutter I could not resist, so I could make a festive New Year inspired cookie. Inspired by Haniela, by the way.

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Two new colors for luster powder, from The Sugar Art. Really lover their products, and with Springerle season starting, I need the right tools for the job…

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Speaking of color, this was the gift I gave myself for Christmas…. a set of watercolors from Sugarprism, a product released just this past month… So easy to use, you wet the brush and get the colors going. I’ve used exclusively on Royal icing but if you follow Michelle’s Facebook page, you will see many other uses for it, and be able to follow her many free tutorials. She is just amazing.

Here are my first cookies painted with Sugarprism watercolor (I am no Van Gogh, let’s keep that in mind)…

And now, it’s time to introduce a few changes in the In My Kitchen posts.

THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER!!!!!

No more sharing MY spotlight with ingrate canines. All they do is induce chaos, mess, disorganization and grievance. They can get their own blog going. 2022 is the year of change!

FREEDOM FOR THE BEWITCHING KITCHEN!

Perhaps they know me too well. I do have a set of three soft spots in my heart… So yes, I will – reluctantly – allow them to bark their piece. Let’s see what they’ve been up to lately…

First for some big news! BogeyQuitThatTM had his virtual wedding to the lovely Margaret, who barks all the way from California, and – it goes without saying – has a very discriminating taste as far as partners go.

There they are, happy in their virtual honeymoon to Arizona, to visit family. BogeyQT is very big on going bye bye in pickup trucks.

Oscar was a bit jealous, but once he heard he could be what is called “The Best Dog” in that virtual party, he thought justice had been done. Because who else could play that part?

Bogey has a few thoughts on the matter to share with his brother…

As you may remember, Buck has lost most of his hearing, and that changed a bit his personality and the way he interacts with the other pups.

One of the things we need to pay attention is the fact that if Oscar growls at him, he won’t hear, so he does not realize the danger. He has a few scars from altercations with the younger brother, nothing too serious, but we have to be always vigilant.

But even his hearing loss is not enough to guarantee a peaceful night’s sleep in our household….

Buck and Bogey for the most part are best buddies. Quite often they get in a similar wavelength, enjoying a snooze together in almost identical position.

And every once in a while, one of their humans might join the fun…

They are of course also partners in begging…

Whereas Oscar prefers to act solo…

Although, as far as gastronomy is concerned, he has some idiosyncrasies…

Buck prefers food with more political substance….

Speaking of Oscar…

Mr. Burr Magnet strikes again. Arrow points at a region with about 109 needles stuck to his very sexy beard. Of course, cleaning that all up makes us at risk of getting a visit from the Animal Protection Agency, as neighbors 1 mile away will definitely hear his screaming.

That’s all for now, folks… the gang at the Bewitching Kitchen is marching together to embrace the new year that starts, so we take this opportunity to we wish you all..

ONE YEAR AGO: Happy New Year in My Kitchen!

TWO YEARS AGO: Happy 2020 In My Kitchen!

THREE YEARS AGO: Happy 2019 In My Kitchen!

FOUR YEARS AGO: Happy New Year In My Kitchen!

FIVE YEARS AGO: Happy New Year In My Kitchen!

SIX YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen: Happy New Year!

SEVEN YEARS AGO: And another year starts…

EIGHT YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen: January 2014

NINE YEARS AGO: Tacos with Pork in Green Sauce

TEN YEARS AGO:  Maui New Year!

ELEVEN YEARS AGO: Natural Beauty

TWELVE YEARS AGO: Sunflower Seed Rye

IN MY KITCHEN, OCTOBER 2021

In My Kitchen posts are hosted by Sherry, from  Sherry’s Pickings. Please visit her site to see what everybody else is sharing this month. I join four times each year, on the first day of January, April, July and October. If you are a food blogger, considering taking part of this fun event. It is chance to share those little things you bought or received as gifts and that make your life in the kitchen easier.

Starting with gifts…

From my friend Courtnie…

Courtnie, is my soon to be daughter-in-law (insert happy dance here). She sent us a set of sauces from the company she works on, Haven’s Kitchen. Their products are amazing and I loved each and every sauce. I hear they are becoming more and more available in other states of the country, so check their website and store locator and keep an eye for them in your favorite grocery store. My favorite way to use several of them was simply poured over zoodles. But they are great in meatloaf, turkey burgers, salmon. Thank you so much, Courtnie!

From my friend Louise…

A set of mini-tins, which I put to use recently and made very tasty little chocolate ganache tartlets. If you’ve missed the post, just jump over there with a click here. I still cannot believe I am the owner of such a great collection of baking tins…. Thanks a million, Louise!

From my amazing husband…

These were in a store in Colorado we visited during our trip last month. I fell in love with them and next think I knew, the hubby got them for me… A keeper, I tell ya!

In our kitchen…

A new ingredient, at least new to me, Job’s Tears. I heard about it in the cookbook by Heidi Swanson, Super Natural Simple. I have a weakness for all kinds of grains and this one will be on our menu soon.

In our kitchen…

Little gadgets to make Japanese-style rice cakes. Another idea I got from Heidi Swanson’s cookbook, you can read all about this cookbook in Lisa’s review.

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Tamarind Sauce, brand from Maggi, highly recommended in one of my cookbooks, I have not yet tried it. Apparently, mixed with yogurt and a few spices, it makes a killer little sauce…

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With Halloween approaching, one needs to get ready. These are ice cube molds but also work well in cookie baking, as I learned from Marlyn (Montreal Confections). I will put that idea to test soon. This was found at a Dollar Store.

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Speaking of Halloween, I could not resist getting this trio of small plates to help set the right atmosphere around the house… They were available at our grocery store, Dillons.

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As you know, cookie baking is a constant thing in our kitchen. This spatula from Ateco is the best one to move cut dough and freshly baked cookies. Nice area, not too big, not too small.

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Finally organized my collection of sprinkles in the basement. When they are in stackable containers with the contents easy to visualize, the life of a baker is so much easier!

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Silicone mold to make special filigree decorations for cookies… I have a few projects in mind for this baby… It is part of a very cool set, found in amazon.

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PME luster spray… probably one of my favorite finishing touches for some types of cookies. A very light spray is all you need. It gives it a pearly shine, smells wonderful and if you happen to have a little boo-boo on the surface of your icing, it makes it harder to notice. Below you see it on a cookie and a cupcake I made recently. Available at amazon, I bought it at ebay but it is not available right now.

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Our backyard, after a ton of work from my beloved husband, turned out to be one favorite spot of our home. The corner chair is perfect to sit and enjoy the view of the woods, or to do some reading and studying. We got nice pumpkins, eggplants, tomatoes and plenty of peppers this year. Not to mention basil, lavender, oregano and dill.

Preparing lectures is a lot easier in this setting! I will miss it when the cold weather makes its appearance.

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I made a nice batch of shortbread, flavored with a combination of cardamon, cloves and lavender. Placed the platter on top of a high cabinet so that a certain quadruped could not reach it. I did not realize it was not leveled, and just heard the crashing noise as I was leaving the room. Which – as Murphy’s Law would have it – I had vacuumed 37 minutes earlier. I lost two of my favorite white platters, and of course the full batch of cookies that were going to be donated next day. You win some, you lose some. Such is life.

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Talking about upsetting stuff, I trusted the recommendation of Mr. Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen fame, and bought a fancy ginger grater, shown on the left, right by the one I have and love (and featured in a previous IMK). I was intrigued after he described it as the best of the best. Well, it is pathetic. I did what Mr. Kimball himself loves to do, and made a side-by-side comparison with that gadget and my oldie-but-goodie. The same effort gives around 6 times more perfectly grated ginger in the ceramic one. The one recommended by CK is a pain to use, it liquefies the ginger in puddles that pretty much stick to the underside of the metal top. I have not hated a gadget as much as this one in a long time. No idea how he could recommend something so inefficient. And before I forget, it also sucks to grate lemon or lime peel.

But what’s the best antidote for disasters and grievances?

COOKIES! These were inspired by our furry friends, who are very excited, running in circles, hoping for a few minutes of fame in my blog. Because, let’s make this clear: it is MY blog. OK?

When we invite furry friends into our life, we never know how much time we will have with them, just that never seems long enough. I admit that the posts I write now about our pups carry a certain sadness in the background.

They are all aging and show clear signs that their prime is past. Buck, our oldest, is now almost completely deaf. We call his attention and direct him through clapping, which he can still hear a little bit. The thing I miss the most is his cute turning of the head when he used to hear a word he did not understand. I wish I had taken a few more pictures, maybe a video or two. I have the images in my memory, though. Vivid and clear. I adore this pup more than words can say.

Oscar had once again his share of struggles. He went for surgery last week to remove a tumor from his back leg. We hope they managed to remove most or all of it, and he seems to be recovering ok.

He wants to share his thoughts with you…

Hello, my many adoring fans!
I am recovering from a thing called surgery on my leg. I don’t remember much. After I chewed a leash and freed myself in a room I’d never been before, someone came with a HUGE thing called NEEDLE and it all got dark very quickly. I am not sure what happened next. All I know is that Dad came and rescued me from that surgery thing. And now I am very tired and sleepy. I guess I will have to wait until tomorrow to growl at my brothers and show them who’s boss.

BogeyQuitThatTM has issues with his back and neck, so he’s been through some courses of medication, and we are taking him to more regular walks, which – putting it mildly – goes a bit against his nature…

But apart from these unavoidable issues, life is the way it’s always been around the Bewitching Kitchen… The evenings almost always involve some fruit and TV watching. So here you have…

THE WATERMELON LINE

According to height, as any proper line requires. Where is Oscar, you may ask? He does not lower himself to lines or begging. But from close distance, he scrutinizes the scene. Trust me on this: he will make sure he gets his share.

And he also tries to make sure he gets more attention than that annoying TV screen…

Buck gets his food outside, so every morning he sits in the patio patiently waiting… it is the sweetest thing…

Speaking of food, Oscar definitely has a very unique approach to bowl-manners. He will push the bowl to the corner of the room, and his body invariably ends covered by the curtains. Pretty pathetic.

Buck wholeheartedly agrees…

BogeyQT TM sometimes gets very sad if he wants to play but his favorite human player is not around…

He’s been gone for AT LEAST three dog-eternities!

And the moment he hears the garage door opening… he positions himself in the best spot in the house!

But even if I am a bit hard at hearing, I fulfill all my doggie-duties, one of them being the
Guardian of The Cookies.

I also fulfill all my duties, they don’t involve cookies, for some reason I am not allowed near them. But Cuddling Humans? I am a pro!

As to Oscar, he believes duties are for sissies. He is the Alpha. And has the best hairdo to boot (cough, cough). BogeyQT is here barking about dirty beards. Oh, well… sibling rivalry.

As a good Alpha, you might remember he’d tried to attack Bogey but got my foot instead (see IMK last April). It’s been exactly 6 months. I suppose my foot will never lose the scars of that battle.

That’s all for now, folks! We will be back in January 2022 (is this year flying by or what?), to share our adventures in and around the Bewitching Kitchen.

ONE YEAR AGO: In My Kitchen, October 2020

TWO YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen (and Beyond), October 2019

THREE YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, October 2018

FOUR YEARS AGO: In My Kitchen, October 2017

FIVE YEARS AGO: Little Bites of Paradise

SIX YEARS AGO: Coxinha de Galinha: A Brazilian Delicacy

SEVEN YEARS AGO: Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp Skewers

EIGHT YEARS AGO: A Simple Dinner

NINE YEARS AGO: Brown Butter Tomato Salad

TEN YEARS AGO:  Spelt and Cornmeal Rolls

ELEVEN YEARS AGO: Roasted Potato and Olive Focaccia

TWELVE YEARS AGO: Multigrain Bread Extraordinaire