Cooking School with La Peetch

While I’m not necessarily trying to fill all this ‘free’ time during Quarantine, pressuring myself to use every moment, it has been a great time to do some quality learning in the Kitchen –  especially with all the guinea pigs – I mean kids – stuck here having to try everything I make! Pretty much…

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today’s KITCHEN | Failure + Baking Flatbread

Are you afraid of FAILURE? Personally, I’m friends with it. Whether in the Kitchen or just in life, it’s inevitable, but it also means you’re LEARNING, you’re  T R Y I N G , you’re getting out of the box – and isn’t that what counts?! If you play life safe, you MAY never fail…

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today’s KITCHEN | 12 Days of Family Meal Planning

It’s another quarantine-induced quandry… How to feed a larger household 3 squares a day without killing myself – or someone else – but also to recognize and be grateful that food does bring us together… To treat it all in a way that the work of food and eating won’t turn us into tired, hungry,…

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15 Best (+ Tasty!) Ways to Cook with Food Waste

With just a few easy tips and tricks introduced into your everyday cooking habits, you can reduce ACTUAL food waste by a LOT! I’ve been shocked to see how much of my ‘garbage’ during cooking can actually be re-purposed or used later. Most of the steps (15 ++!) below have become part of my everyday…

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today’s KITCHEN | Mindful Cooking

This past Saturday began innocently enough, but then SO MUCH FOOD ensued LOL. To be fair, though, I had planned SOME of it ahead. I’m trying my best to focus on MINDFUL COOKING as much as possible, especially as we stare down another month of quarantine – using leftovers, saving bits for a whole other…

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today’s KITCHEN | Best Green Beans EVER!

I’m always looking for new side dish recipes – or new ways to amp up old ones. Usually green beans get a bit of butter, topped with some parm and done – quick and easy. But I had a few extra bits laying around last time, and the tasted so good we I N H…

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KITCHEN outlook | Celebrating Home While in Quarantine

No doubt it’s an interesting time around the world right now. With everyone in quarantine, we’re having to focus sharper inward while still standing strong with the city / country / world we love. If there’s a silver lining, for me, it’s an opportunity to genuinely celebrate HOME. We are lucky. VERY lucky. We more…

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today’s KITCHEN | Quarantine Eating – Week Two

Better late than never! This was last weeks ‘Quarantine Eating’. I’ve been so busy cooking, I’m behind! I’m as stubbornly determined as ever to make my way through at least one of our freezers and the pantry. I feel like it’s a losing battle, trying to eat our way through this COVID-19 quarantine. Yesterday I…

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KITCHEN outlook | Cooking as a Therapeutic Way to Cope with Stress

It’s not surprising at all that Cooking can relieve stress. The therapeutic actions of cutting, chopping and stirring combined with the bright colors and interesting textures have long benefited my own mental health. What could be a better way to relax and breathe during the current pandemic quarantine, especially when time currently isn’t as big…

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Tips to Shop + Eat Efficiently During a Quarantine

That is the strangest title I’ve honestly ever written! But – so relevant. Not just for the current Coronavirus, but really any kind of local or global happening that could have a similar effect on our human way of life, bringing us to some sort of quarantine. Good thing I’ve got some tips for you…

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Quarantine Eating during Coronavirus – Week One

Needing some food ideas / tips for this crazy, quarantine time-out? It just feels strange writing that… But this is our world as of March 2020, I suppose. I’m very fortunate in general – I have a warm house to seclude in, work I do from home, and 3 freezers worth of food to get…

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ENTERTAIN | Creating a ‘Mini-Oasis’ Dinner Party!

Do your “open plan” spaces sometimes feel a bit TOO open for intimate dinners? Feel like just being cozy for a night? I have just the solution! Sometimes my house is too full of LEGO and Nerf Bullets and I really don’t want to clean it ALL just for one dinner, or I’m just too…

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about last NIGHT | 20.11.15 Seasonal Duck Breast Dinner

Learning how to adapt your favorite proteins into every seasons fresh fruit and veg is a HECKYEAH! If you’ve been reading (and I SEE YOU all clicking that ‘follow’ button!! Heeeeey!!), you know I love cooking with Duck Breast. I love the taste, I love that ducks are infinitely more sustainable than cows as far…

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about last NIGHT | 20.03.05 an Engagement Party!

One of the reasons I’m planning to go all-out for my big 5-0 next year is that I know that the decade after that will be chock-full of engagements, weddings, babies, and other big life markers (not necessarily in that order LOL) from my own daughters, I’m sure, to my younger friends such as my…

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alison’s KITCHEN reno | Being of Vintage + Modern

The essence of modern = simplicity, clean, defined, precise.The essence of vintage = storied, slightly damaged/chipped.Seemingly at odds… So how do we best mix these two styles in our own Homes + Kitchens? I have a vivid memory of biking through the rivered Dordogne region of Southern France, past all the old, white-stone houses set…

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about last NIGHT | 20.03.01 Mix n Match Cooking

Are you a menu-planner, or a wing-it kind of person?I’m definitely somewhere in between – I start out all plann’y, but always end up winging it. Sometimes it works, but sometimes I could have used a little more planning LOL. There was no rhyme or reason for Sunday’s dinner for 10 – just things I…

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kitchen DESIGN | VEGAS KBIS 2020 Part Three – Inspiration

Who doesn’t love a bit of INSPIRATION now + then?! As part of the KBIS’ (Kitchen Bath Industry Show) national convention recently in Las Vegas, I attended as many of the show floor talks as I could, hoping to learn what I could about Kitchen Design and the coming decade of this Industry. Topics ranged…

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about last NIGHT | 20.02.23 Chiles Rellenos

It isn’t every night a world-famous Artist of proud Mexican heritage offers to teach you an authentic dish! Ok, so it happens this is our third such meal, but who’s counting?! Bring.Em.On. After the lovely Miriam Aroeste had led previous dinner crowds through Tortilla Soup (and yes, we crisped all the tortillas ourselves!) and Pozole,…

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today’s KITCHEN | Liver ‘n Beets

Some days you just KNOW you need as much iron as possible, and this was one of those days. I’ve learned over the years to listen to my body – to when it’s extra EXTRA fatigued and tired, especially. I tend to be low in two things – hydration (DUH) and iron (also duh). I…

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kitchen DESIGN | VEGAS KBIS 2020 Part Two – New Products

For colleagues, some of the things that might be NEW to me as I start this Kitchen Designer journey might not be so new to them, but it was definitely fun to check out some real stand out products amongst the 600+ booths at the latest KBIS Conference! I’m excited to learn more about Fisher-Paykel,…

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