Buy: Summer Must-Haves for the Kitchen

I’m the daughter of a chef and food scientist. I live in Phoenix and am cooking/baking my way through summer. Here are some of my top tools for the summer kitchen! Enjoy!

Tovolo large ice cube mold. $5.99, on sale! at Sur La Table

 I’m trying to be healthy, but this ice-cream maker is on sale! $69.95 from Williams-Sonoma (marked down from $130, has extra bowl AND gives you a form for a free $20 WS gift card!)

 Goo Gone All Natural BBQ Grill Cleaner (enough said) from Amazon or local retailers, $5

 Garlic peeler (it works!) $5.99 on sale! at Sur la Table

 Zucchini Bread Recipe from Cooking Light. (I substitute one egg white for “egg substitute” and coconut oil for “canola oil”)

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Read + Buy: Kinfolk Magazine

Sometimes you pass by something, and you just know you’ll love it? That’s Kinfolk. I haven’t shelled out the funds for a subscription yet, but in the mean time I’ll grab the one in the office. It is a bonus of working with creative types. This straight forward capture of simple gatherings is refreshing…..carry on.

Eat: Easter Egg Salad/Deviled Eggs

The flock is back from a visit to the country and now is on high production to get ready for Easter! So much food to make, so little time! Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, this recipe is great to make now that warmer months are here. This time of year our urban flock is in production overdrive so we always have too many eggs!

The secret ingredient? Robert Rothschild Farm Raspberry Honey Mustard pretzel dip. This dip can turn on even the most ardent egg salad hater into a fan. Having Easter at someone else’s home? Bring this dish to share! It “keeps” well!

You can usually find this dip in a gourmet or nicer grocery store, but I’ve also found it at local chains like Safeway and Fry’s. Here is the recipe for the egg salad, but for the deviled eggs, just use less mayo, and don’t add capers or onion. I also prefer more vinegar, more dip…. and occasionally add tomato. Make the deviled eggs or egg salad as you normally would, using these ingredients and consider adding your own from your garden!

 

2 tbsp salt
12 eggs
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp Robert Rothschild Farm Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp dill, minced (sometimes basil or fennel works too)
1 tsp capers, minced
2 tsp red onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste


Chocolate is Good….for You

In need of an alternative to a “power” or “meal” bar? Enter, Chocolatl bars. While not available locally here in Phoenix (mostly in California and Hawaii now) these little bars are delicious and relatively healthy. They are the sophisticated choice for the urbanite in search of an on the go pick-me-up. Raw cocoa, gluten free and low glycemic- folks are flocking to buy these amazing bars! Visit the Flow Foods site to order online or learn more!