kitchen DESIGN | VEGAS KBIS 2020 Part One – First Impressions

WELL, that was M A S S I V E to say the least! My venture out to KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) in Las Vegas last week to learn whatever I could about Kitchen Design definitely embarked on a complete sensory overload experience LOL. In addition to it being my very first visit…

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kitchen DESIGN | WHY the Kitchen really is the most important room in your Home

Recently I’ve begun switching my work/career focus on the whole HOME to include my personal obsession passion – the Kitchen. Which is leading me to contemplate – what makes the KITCHEN, usually, the most important room in your Home? When designing and planning a home, there are typically (and very generally) two zones – the…

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today’s KITCHEN | Activated Charcoal + Dîner en Noir Prep

WTHECK is ‘Activated Charcoal’, and why would I EAT it?!Those were my first thoughts… BUT in prep for my Feb ‘Dîner en Noir‘ dinner coming up with some of my fave foodie friends, I started scouring the internet for ‘black-coloured food’ and this particular gem came up repeatedly. APPARENTLY, Food Grade Activated Charcoal is coconut…

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about last NIGHT | 20.01.05 the BEST Ramen EVER!

I mean, not to brag or anything. BUT I’m not a Ramen person, so it literally was the BEST Ramen I’ve ever had! LOL. Ramen noodles tend to be too heavy for me – I prefer the lighter vermicelli noodle in Pho, but that said, last night I SLAYED on a table for 10, hot-pot-style…

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about last NIGHT | 19.12.31 New Years Eve

HAPPY New Years 2020!!Who else is excited for a whole new decade?! My 2019 ended with another e p i c a l l y delicious NYE dinner with fellow cook, El Jefe Chef Fong, and our “sous-chef’s” May and Jenny. The “NYE Cookathon” tradition began when we had small boys at home and didn’t…

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SHOP | Alfred Meakin ENGLAND China Plates

UM, how PRETTY is this Alfred Meakin dinner setting for my big NYE dinner this year?! Found an entire dishware set (incl appy plates) for 8 at one of my Salvation Army haunts. Since I was unfamiliar w the Alfred Meakin England name in china dinnerware, I had to do a quick in-store google, but…

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about last NIGHT | 19.12.25 Christmas Duck

Things shifted this Christmas, and I’m totally ok with that. With the loss of my beloved Nana, it was also an opportunity to renew traditions that had been on for decades. And this year, that meant my sister and myself taking over Christmas Dinner! Tired of turkeys since Thanksgiving and other meals (including our 50-60+…

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Aquaponics | Part One

Like I needed another “thing” in my Kitchen, btw… What’s Aquaponics, you may ask? That’d be a mighty fine question. One I asked years ago when it was introduced to me and the kiddo’s back when I was still homeschooling w the boys. We all thought it was SO.FREAKIN.COOL.!!! What the heck is AQUAPONICS?! BASICALLY,…

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kitchen DESIGN | Restaurant Supply Auctions

RESTAURANT AUCTIONS for Kitchen Design! Who knew?! To know me is to know I love vintage. I think there’s something so connected about taking an object that has been used and tossed aside, and breathing new life into it. I love the manifestation of the passage of time showing on objects and humans alike –…

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ENTERTAIN | 10 TIPS on How to Host Big Groups (in Small Spaces)

I serve a lot of dinners for just the fam (of 6), and I often entertain in small dinner parties for 6-12 people, but 4 times a year it’s a literal big group free-for-all in my home. Open invitation to family, friends who think they’re family, and friends who don’t have family locally (typical in…

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about last NIGHT | 19.11.22 Poached Quail Egg Ravioli

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… OK, it wasn’t THAT bad, but when trying a new dish – especially a slightly technical one – with guests is always a bit of a dice roll. I DID warn them all that we might end up ordering pizza by the end…

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today’s KITCHEN | My Nemesis – Quail Eggs

NEMESIS! ‘An inescapable agent of one’s downfall’. Quail eggs – and my obsessive desire to master them – will ultimately be my downfall, as I can’t see how I’ll possibly ever succeed against these maniacal little beasts… *sigh* I’m not even sure how I was introduced to these insufferable little ovals of madness, but now…

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today’s KITCHEN | Soul Soup (Leek + Cauliflower) RECIPE

Guess what? LIFE IS BUSY! I can’t always do fresh ingredients in the moment. Can you? That’s why I love a good BASE – anything I can make in big batches, that can be frozen/canned and used anytime as a base ‘ingredient’ for a quick meal. This Leek + Cauliflower Base is great for massive…

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SHOP | Limoges Dishware

Limoges is an antique line of china dishware that I’ve been collecting since my friend, the ‘Grand Duke of Shaughnessy’ (he doesn’t have social media, so he’s officially whatever I choose to hashtag him as. You’re welcome, Grand Duke.), started putting dinner parties onto a whoooooole ‘nother level. I originally bought a set of gorgeous…

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about last NIGHT | 19.11.11 Mushroom Risotto + Duck

Do you find you spend more time in the Kitchen while guests are over, than actually sitting with your guests? I often do! I’m constantly trying to figure out perfect menus where I can pre-prep 95% of the meal, and simply finish off and serve once guests start arriving, so I can be sitting, relaxing,…

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today’s KITCHEN | Fresh Local Dungeness Crab (or “Dunnies”!)

A real treat, personally and foodily!!Yeah, ok – that’s not a word… This photo of my elder son, Kid Tt, just watching the Ocean go by as he waits for his crabby catch of the day makes me SO VERY HAPPY! This boy has loved oceans, sharks, fish etc since he was a wee lad.…

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ENTERTAIN | Elevating your Food

I LOVE entertaining – especially dinner parties with random, interesting humans. Then both my food AND the conversation is elevated!

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today’s KITCHEN | All Stocked Up!

Do you love to make Stocks? I freeze food bits for months, then do a “stock day”. It’s the best for great Pho!

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today’s KITCHEN | Cranberries + Pumpkin Seeds

It might sound weird, but I tend to “inherit” food. Friends come by with home grown or salvaged goodies and a quick “can’t wait to see what you do!” Check out this round!

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SHOP | Vintage + Thrifting 101

I’ll admit it. I’m a hoarder. I have CABINETS full of vintage and antique cookware and dishes! And I use every.single.piece.

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