In My Kitchen ~ August 2018

Oklahoma rocks

Greetings from Oklahoma, at long last. It’s been awhile since I’ve played in this forum and I’m tickled to be here. I’m also looking forward to catching up with you!

In My Kitchen… I’m celebrating the continuity of daily life. Simple things like setting up the coffeemaker for The Man of Few Words’ 4:15 a.m. wake-up call or planning meals for his return at the end of the day bring me profound JOY. Some may consider that mundane, but I’m reveling in the “routine-ness” of it all after being at the mercy of my phone for the past five years and/or living out of a suitcase for months on end. I’m finally home.

Canister set

In My Kitchen… a few essentials found their way into my repertoire, such as this stainless steel canister set — another thrift store bargain — brand new in the box! Previously I would’ve filled them with flour and sugar, etc., but these are destined to store rice: arborio, basmati, brown, and jasmine. (I keep my coveted wild rice stash in the freezer to preserve its “nuttiness.” You can take the girl out of Minnesota, lol…)

I also invested in a lethal-looking vegetable cleaver in hopes of bringing my knife skills up to “chef speed” someday, but right now preserving my piano playin’ fingers is a higher priority. I love looking at it though. Gorgeous! (Michael Symon, please help?)

In My Kitchen… healthy food is also a priority. I came home packing extra pounds (argh) and I’m determined to shed them a.s.a.p! Thank goodness for the generous gardeners willing to share their produce. Next year I hope to be among the givers instead of receivers, but I’m grateful for the thoughtful folks who do. (Thanks, Rosie!) In the meantime, I enjoyed every bite of this Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomato.

Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomato.JPG

Earlier on FB (during an infrequent attempt to let y’all know I was still alive & kickin’) I mentioned my “Crunchy Chicken Salad.” I promise to post that recipe soon! This was just your basic tuna, mayo, celery, and onion concoction — but oh, soooo good in a homegrown red ripe tomato.

Butterfly butter dish_01.JPG

In My Kitchen… is this beautiful butterfly butter dish — a surprise gift from my son. Tom drove me home from Minnesota and stayed for a few weeks, during which time we attended a grand opening of a friend’s store. (Sparkle & Rust in Stigler, Oklahoma — YAY, Cyanne!) What a delightful venue. I’ll be back…

Speaking of being back, I’m thrilled to be In My Kitchen again, in more ways than one. Many thanks to Sherry’s Pickings for hostessing this world-wide roundup. Always a pleasure to join you, my dear! If you’d like to see more or post your own adventures, please click on the link above.

Enjoying being home and being “me”,

~ Kim

Turning Over A New Leaf… Again

Damp Leaves

You’ve heard the ol’ saying, “You are what you eat.” If that’s true, then I’m a stick of butter. A plate of pasta. A warm-out-of-the-oven slice of bread. A hunk o’ cheese. A mess.

During my 50+ years on the planet, I’ve noticed a pattern: the major events of my life occur in October. From career changes to creative adventures, cathartic ‘aha’s’ to cataclysmic ‘oh no’s,’ October is a head-on collision between the way it was and the way it is.

My current ‘life revision’ stems from the nagging lil’ thoughts I drag around, ignore, or don’t do a dang thing about until they bite me in the… well, let’s just say until they rear their ugly heads and scream. (Similar to listening to an echo and finally figuring out who’s making all the noise.)

This year the echoes amassed into a sonic boom.

Bear in mind, I grew up on wheat and dairy and I love ’em. However, I’m also not opposed to change when I need to, nor am I averse to changing when I have to. It’s just that I like chewing on an idea for awhile… preferably laden with butter.

Food has been a great source of pleasure, from my earliest memories to now. But, when the morsels on my plate threw a revolt with physical repercussions, it was time to reconsider which foods are “right for me.”

Am I gluten intolerant? Not sure yet. Dairy sensitive? Time will tell.

Give me 30 days!

Basically I’ve had to step away from cooking and eating “as I know it” (not an easy thing after a half-century in the kitchen doin’ the same ol’ same ol’) and try something new. (My strong suit.)

With that approach, I believe balance will be achieved.

In the meantime, I’ve enjoyed some incredible new-to-me meals — and methods — as shown below. (Actually, there were more, but alas, sometimes my fork is faster than my shutter speed.)

Apologies, too, for the linkless photos. (Hope you’ll look ’em up on my blog roll.) I tried everything I could to get technology to cooperate. Sigh…

Some changes are easier to make than others.

Are you considering turning over a new leaf… again?

FYI, that idiom has nothing to do with “leaves” and everything to do with fresh starts… but I like taking pictures of leaves. ;)

It is October, after all.

Leaf

Enjoying rethinking life… and food,

~ Kimby