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.

Welcome to the brand-new Kitchenworks blog!

by matt6. June 2013 09:50

Why a blog? Well for almost 29 years we’ve operated a retail store in Chapel Hill, NC where we’ve been known for our incredible product knowledge. Many of those who shop with us have been coming to the store for years because they know that if they have a question, we have an answer.

We know practically everything there is to know about the products we sell, and even a whole lot about products we don’t sell. This blog is our chance to share our knowledge with you on the web, just the same as if you were standing in front of us here in our store.

Here is what you can expect from this blog:

  • Product run-downs - we’ll not only tell you the size and color of our new silicone spatulas, we’ll also tell you where they’re made, up to what temperature they’re heat-safe, and how they perform against other spatulas. We test practically everything!
  • Problem solving - need replacement parts for your Cuisinart food processor but can’t figure out which ones? We’ll post helpful tips and tricks to assist you in figuring out exactly which parts you do (and do not) need. We’ll also fill you in on brewing a great cup of coffee, how to make sure your cakes don’t stick to the pans, how to keep your stainless steel pans looking bright and shiny, and more.
  • Recipes - we all work in a kitchen store, and we all love to cook. In our world the week is not measured by Mondays and Wednesdays, but by days like Treat Tuesday and Brownie Friday. We’ll share some of our favorite recipes and food stories, as well as provide great ideas for things to make with some of the amazing products we sell. Stay tuned for great Fourth of July grilling recipes, what to make for a healthy(ish) Halloween bash, and which cocktails will really make a splash at your next pool party.
  • More!

The world is our oyster when it comes to this blog, and we’ve got the knives to shuck it! You might see a funny photo or two, a video demonstration, or a guest post from one of our favorite food bloggers. We’re just getting started, so stay tuned to see what we have in store for you!

Have ideas for things you’d like to see on the Kitchenworks blog? Shoot us an e-mail at with the word “blog” in the subject, and your suggestion just might become a blog post!

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