In my kitchen is a mix of old and new.
The spoon on the right was my Grandma’s. These days it serves up mashed potatoes and memories. The spoon in the middle was a gift (thanks, sweet sister) that serves as a decoration. The spoon on the left, worn thin from a lifetime of stirring, belonged to my great-grandmother. Now it’s a garlic holder atop my “modern day” microwave.
In my kitchen there is always garlic.
There’s coffee, too… old-fashioned and newfangled.
The Bialetti coffee maker was a gift from me to me. I love coffee! The Dutch oven behind it was another gift from my sister (which has nothing to do with coffee), but I love its constant presence (and hers) in my kitchen.
In the black & white photo, the coffee-themed oven mitt (a gift from my daughter — thanks, Bebe Girl, xo) and the Kahlua coffee mug (a gift from my goddaughter, xo) serve as daily reminders that people care about me. I love my family. I love gifts. I love being in my kitchen!
Color your world and your kitchen in hues that please you.
For me, red is the color In My Kitchen — the color of love — passion — Cabernet Sauvignon — and the quilt stitched by my mother-in-law (xo) that hangs over our front door every afternoon like a Mondrian. Bits and pieces of fabric from her life, filtering Oklahoma sunlight in mine.
In my kitchen are old (new-to-me) cruets purchased at a yard sale for fifty cents.
Why is it that oil & vinegar taste better poured from a cruet?
This unassuming pair resides on a copper serving tray (atop the aforementioned microwave), purchased at a yard sale for a quarter. I love yard sales and kitchen treasures — and, evidently, balsamic vinegar & extra virgin olive oil.
See the picture frame in the background? That was a gift from my Mom (xo), given shortly after we moved here. In cross-stitch below the photo, it says: Home, Sweet Home.
I don’t think that phrase ever meant more to me than it does now.
Every day I cook in a “tree house” on the lake — I see this view from In My Kitchen — and I feel incredibly blessed.
Is it really September? In My Kitchen is a glorious bouquet from my hubby, The Man Of Few Words. (Bear in mind, flowers tend to arrive randomly and bouquets are generally few and far between.)
To quote him: “It reminded me of autumn.”
His economy with words and extravagance with “non-verbal romance” continue to astound me. New flowers from an old love…
Last but not least is an old recipe in a new dish, both gifts from my Sis.
(Ditto on everything I said above about love, family, gifts, memories, and treasures in my kitchen.)
This time I revamped the recipe with the last of my Greek yogurt because, well… you know how it is.
Marinated Beef Appetizer
1 c. minced roast beef (a great way to use up leftover roast)
1 clove of garlic (of course), finely minced
1 Tbsp. minced onion (I used Vidalia, but green onions are also good)
Freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
Equal parts mayonnaise & Greek yogurt, enough to bind the mixture together
(Sorry to make you approximate measurements. FYI, the original recipe calls for sour cream — whatever tickles ya!)
Mix together, cover, and chill. Adjust seasonings before serving, as needed.
Serve with (warm) garlic toast or pita chips or crackers.
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It’s a delight to see what’s going in in kitchens around the world!
Enjoying “old & new,”