Kitchen Resolutions

January 4th, 2017

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Welcome to 2017! With a new year here, many of us make resolutions and today we decided to share our resolution of controlling kitchen clutter. We’re going to talk about how to get your refrigerator and spices neatly organized so you can always find what you’re looking for.

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Let’s face it, after the holidays your refrigerator is probably a mess, filled with items that have gotten lost in the back and others that are expired. If you’re sick and tired of the mess that gets left behind from accidental spills, rotten vegetables or sticky jars, than  refrigerator liners will be perfect for you. These liners make cleaning up unwanted messes quick and easy.

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There are also refrigerator organizers, which come in various sizes, and will help prevent items from getting lost in the back of your refrigerator and rotting. The condiment storage unit is great for keeping condiments in one convenient location, while the fridge organizer is great for preventing things such as juice and yogurt from getting lost in the back.

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Since this blog is all about spices, you know we have to talk about how to get spices neatly organized.  Spice racks don’t have to be the traditional look, you can take a modern approach, or if you are short on space this spice rack is a great space-saving option. If you’re the type of person who likes to experiment in the kitchen the test tubes might be perfect for you.

How will you be getting organized in the new year?

Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2016

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May your Christmas be decorated with spices and filled with love. Have a wonderful holiday.

Christmas Morning Muffins

December 19th, 2016

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Waking up to a delicious breakfast on Christmas morning is a tradition in most households, and there is no better way to start the morning off than with a warm muffin. The recipe below is one of the most versatile muffin recipes you’ll find. You start with your base recipe of flour, sugar, oil, eggs, etc and end it with the mix-ins of your choice. You can really use your imagination and create a recipe your whole family will love. If your family is picky you can even separate the batter and do a variety of different mix-ins. This recipe is one that everyone will love and really can be catered to anyone in your household. Currently we’re loving blueberries with lemon zest.

Christmas Morning Muffins
Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 eggs
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup milk
1/3 cup honey
*See notes for mix-ins.

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Line muffin cups with paper baking cups.
3. In a bowl combine eggs, brown sugar, oil, milk and honey.
4. In another bowl stir together flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
5. Fold in the mix-in ingredients of your choice – see below for examples.
6. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter.
7. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean – times will vary from oven to oven.
8. Allow to cool.

Notes – Mix-Ins:
Raisin: ¾ cup
Banana: 1 large banana smashed
Banana nut: 1 large banana smashed and ¼ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Banana chocolate: 1 large banana smashed and ½ cup chocolate chips
Blueberry: 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Chocolate chip: ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Chocolate chip cherry: ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips and ¼ cup dried cherries
Cranberry: 1 cup dried cranberries

Products We Love:
Jumbo Silicone Muffin Cups
Standard Silicone Muffin Cups
Glass Batter Bowl with Lid
Batter Dispenser
Whisk

Holiday Baking – Gingerbread Men

December 16th, 2016

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Gingerbread cookies are a classic and festive holiday treat. These cookies are not only great to share with family, friends and co-workers, but they make the perfect addition to a Christmas cookie exchange. Gingerbread recipes usually all start the same – a lot of flour so the cut-outs hold their shape, followed by sugar, butter and spices. The amounts will vary between recipes, but the one that sticks out to us is the one we are sharing today which has crisp edges and a soft center.

Gingerbread Cookies
Ingredients:
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup sugar (granulated, light brown or dark brown sugar)
2/3 cup molasses
1 egg
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
3.5 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
dash of salt
1 tablespoons ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground clove

Directions:
1. Using a mixer beat butter in a large bowl for 1 minute or until smooth and creamy.
2. Add the brown sugar and molasses, beat until combined.
3. Beat in vanilla and egg on high for 2 minutes – scrape down sides as needed.
4. Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and clove together in a separate bowl.
5. On low speed mix the dry ingredients into the wet.
6. Once dough is semi sticky and thick divide it in half.
7. Place each half onto a large piece of plastic wrap.
8. Pat dough down to create a disc, and wrap tightly.
9. Discs should be chilled over night.
10. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
12. Roll out one disc of chilled dough at a time (be sure to flour your work surface.
13. Cut into your desired shapes and place on the prepped cookie sheets.
14. Bake cooks for 8-10 minutes (cooking times will vary based on size of cookie).
15. Place on cooling rack to cool.
16. Cookies can be decorated with icing if desired.
17. Enjoy and have a Merry Christmas.

Products We Love:
Three-Tier Cooling Rack
Non-Stick Cookie Sheets
Stainless Steel Spice Rack
Copper Utensil Holder
Flexible Nylon Spatula

Gift Guide: For the Baker

November 25th, 2016

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We’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts for the bakers in your lives, or the gifts can be for you – we’ve all been there. You’ll find gifts for the pie connoisseur, the cookie monster and even the pastry chef.