No doubt you’re familiar with the ol’ saying: “If I were a mouse in the corner…” Well that’s what it’s like every month when Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial hosts In My Kitchen. Cooks from around the world allow you to peek into their kitchens, pantries, and lives. Plus, it’s just plain fun!
The little guy pictured above is a cheese grater I discovered at the bottom of an auction box labeled “miscellaneous.” Truthfully, I don’t mind having a mouse In My Kitchen because he’s very adept at grating hard cheeses.
Also in the box were a dozen tablespoons. I really didn’t need more, but they’ve proved quite handy as tasting spoons. If you’re like me, you can never have too many of those.
In My Kitchen, I rely on the “basics” day after day — the good ol’ standbys whose service is more than utilitarian and a tad less colorful than my previous IMK posts.
Below are the salt and pepper shakers I found at a thrift shop. (Where else?) Their retro-restaurant style appealed to me, plus I needed replacements for the ones I accidentally dropped. (!) Behind them is the pepper grinder that graces every meal. Are you a freshly ground pepper lover, too?
These non-scratch utensils reside on the counter next to the stove, but I moved them front and center for their photographic debut. They deserved to be spotlighted after such long-standing service — they’re nigh on 15 years old!
Simmering is my lifestyle. I love smelling the aromas emanating from a kettle for hours on end and I put my stockpot to use frequently.
Another fixture In My Kitchen is this appetizer tray… simple, beautiful, basic.
With Christmas coming up in less than a month, it’s time to pull out the fancy serving platters. While this one doesn’t fall into the “basic” category, it’ll do an adequate job of serving cheeses, antipasto, etc. without clamoring for attention.
More than likely, though, it’ll hold a batch of Christmas cookies. Forgive me for resorting to last year’s photo, but I’m not in cookie baking mode just yet! These are wonderful, basic rolled cookies that I make every December (this batch was for a guest post for a sweet friend in Australia) and you can find the recipe here.
By the way… chocolate is always a “basic” In My Kitchen. :)
What’s in your kitchen this month? Do tell!
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Enjoying a subdued start to the holidays,