Sticking it out

by Gia26. January 2014 10:01

I've never been very good at New Years Resolutions. Apparently, I'm in good company. Only 8% of resolution-makers hold out. We're here today to talk about sticking it out.

The top 5 New Years resolutions are to:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Stay Fit and Healthy

Look familiar? Fear not! We have the perfect sanctuary for you to achieve your goals:

Your Kitchen!

You probably already know that home-cooked meals are healthier and cheaper than meals cooked outside of the home. Still throwing around some lame excuse for not cooking at home? Let's go through these huh?

I can't cook.

At a certain point in your life you couldn't read or type or speak more than 6 intelligible words. But, you learned. No one is born with the ability to slow-braise a perfect pork shoulder. As long as you're willing to eat your failures (or stock a few emergency frozen burritos) you can learn to cook anything.

  • Ask: your butcher, your grocer, your mom, your best friend. Everyone has an opinion on how to cook something and most people love to talk about food. Its also a great way to pick up cute chicks in the pasta aisle.

  • Use the internet: you can access the entirety of human knowledge from a screen in your pocket. Stop scrolling through top-10 lists and look up something of value. Youtube is chock full of how-to videos, and there are probably more cooking blogs than chefs in the world at this point. Benefit from someone else's mistakes.

  • Call Kitchenworks. Didn't think you could do that huh? Loving food is pretty much a pre-requisite for working here and we've helped customers through many a kitchen nightmare. Chances are, we have a good idea why your biscuits taste like glue

I don't have the right equipment.

You don't need fancy equipment to cook for yourself. When you find yourself coveting that new gadget on tv, remember that your ancestors got by with little more than a skillet and a stick and we're still passing down those recipes. 

All you need are:

I don't have time

Let's return to our ancestors, shall we? On average, they had more children, less electricity/running water, and far more diseases. You have time, you're just not spending it wisely. Here are some things that might help:

  • Plan your meals. You'll save time and money by pre-answering the much-resented 'what's for dinner' conversation. Go through your cookbooks or browse your grocery store serials for inspiration.

  • Involve the kids – picky eaters are much more likely to eat something that they had a hand in choosing and preparing.
  • Prep ahead of time. Only using half an onion for that breakfast omelet? Chop all of it anyway and save the rest for the sauce you're making for dinner. Having tacos for lunch? Cook all of the ground beef in the package and save the remainder for tomorrow's sloppy joes.

Staff Picks: Gia

by Gia19. September 2013 14:59

Gia is our Web Store Manager. She is a proud Yankee with an insatiable sweet tooth and a weak spot for cute dogs with funny girls. Check out her favorites below!

Name: Gia

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

My grandmother's Penne with Sauce, Breaded Chicken Cutlets and Eggplant Parmesan + my mother's Roasted Cauliflower and a fresh Mixed Salad with 18-year aged Balsamic Vinegar and fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aged Parmesan Cheese and Crusty Sourdough Bread.

What are your favorite meals to prepare?

What are your favorite restaurants?

This was like choosing my favorite child...I went a little overboard...

What are your essential cooking tools?

What are your essential kitchen tools?

What 5 products would you like to receive as gifts?

Staff Picks: Martha

by Gia19. September 2013 11:08

We're kicking off our birthday week with our first staff picks post by our fearless leader - Martha! Click here to see all of Martha's favorite products.

Click here to see all of our staff favorites - on sale for our birthday month!

Name:

Martha

What are your favorite meals to prepare?

  • Sundried Tomato and Cayenne Pepper Angel Hair Pasta with Herbed Lemon Mustard Grilled Chicken
  • Colerain (Eastern NC) Barbeque Chicken with Homemade Vinegar Slaw and Corbread
  • Chicken Marbella - from Silver Palate Cookbook
  • Pickled Shrimp with Onions on Crackers
  • Psari Plaki - Greek Baked Fish with Fresh Tomatoes, Onions, Lemon Juice and Dill

What are your favorite restaurants?

What are your essential cooking tools?

What are your essential kitchen tools?

What 5 products would you like to receive as gifts?

After 40+ years in the business, I have all of the small kitchen tools I could want, so here's a wishlist:

  • A Butcherblock Countertop
  • A Screen Porch - to be able to eat outside without mosquitos
  • A Double Set of Ovens
  • A Case of Veuve Clicquot Champagne
  • Champagne Glasses - exactly like my Govino plastic ones but in elegant glass.

Staff Picks: Banshion

by Gia11. September 2013 14:25

Banshion is our Operations Manager and something of a superhero around the store (hence his chosen image). He is a musical theater geek and a non-so-secret ninja who enjoys happy hour and entertaining small children.

Name: Banshion

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

Lasagna

What are your three favorite meals to prepare?

  • Beef Stew
  • Cheesecake
  • Raw Gumbo

What are your three favorite bars/restaurants?

What are your top 5 essential cooking tools?

What 5 items would you like to receive as a gift?

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