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Spooky Halloween Kitchen Party

oct. 30

Who says Halloween is just for kids? Maybe this is the year you host the perfect (and spooky!) Halloween party. You can shell out treats for all the kids who ring the doorbell while still enjoying a frighteningly good time with your friends and family.

Peruse these fun ideas and add a few of your own in the comments section!

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The Curious Case Of The “Just In Cases”

Photo: House Beautiful

Just take a moment to admire that organized kitchen in the photo above. Is that not the height of art and beauty and stress-free living? Ok, fine. I’m exaggerating … but only a little.

We live in our kitchens. Most of us spend a huge part of our home time in that very room. We’re either feeding ourselves and family, preparing to feed ourselves and family, cleaning, crafting, baking, cooking … maybe even reading or watching a lot of cat videos.

Cats … dogs … pets …rats. Today is National Pack Rat Day! Did you know that was a thing? I admit that I did not. It is, however, appropriate, especially in terms of our kitchens. If you’re anything like me, you collect appliances, gadgets, cookie sheets, plates, coffee mugs, glasses … yeah, you get the idea.

Eventually, everything threatens to topple onto you if you open a cupboard door too quickly. So, today, in honor of National Pack Rat Day, we are going to declutter. Yes, you, too.

Here’s what I realized:

  1. I have a lot more stuff than I think I do.
  2. I have a lot more stuff that I never use than I think I do.
  3. I am through thinking that I should keep things “just in case”!

Once I began decluttering, repurposing, recycling, and discarding that stuff, I found I had so much more room. Good thing, too, because I just picked up a used bread machine!

If your kitchen needs a bit of a refresher, follow these steps. You won’t feel overwhelmed. You will feel happier at the end of it all.

  • Clear the countertops first. Put away anything that needs to be put away. Wash anything that needs to be washed. Then put those items away. You’re free to take a short break now, if you need to.
  • Always. Sometimes. Never. Start at the top of a cabinet and clear out anything you haven’t used in a while. Consider each item. Is it something you used recently? Is it something you can only use periodically (like holiday-themed muffin cups). Get rid of everything else. Keep going until you need a break. It’s ok to treat yourself.
  • Size matters. Cupboards, drawers, fridges, freezers … none of these are stretchable in any way imaginable. So, if you open up any of them and find items piled on top of each other, you’ve got to make a decision. See point above. How many of those items are essential to your everyday or holiday food prep? Anything that hasn’t been used in a while or is damaged should just go.

Have you been bitten by the decluttering bug? Share your tips!

The Happy Kitchen

Thurs. 19

The kitchen is truly the heart of any home. Not only is it the place where we nourish ourselves and others with good food. It’s the place where we sit and and listen to each other. How many times have you found yourself sipping a cup of tea listening to a friend or family member tell you about some interesting event that happened?

Anything can happen in the kitchen. So, let’s have some fun with it! Turn on that fan on the gas cooker hood (so no one eavesdrops on all those juicy details!). Tell us about some fun things that have happened to you in your own kitchen or in someone else’s?

Who knows more about having fun in the kitchen than the wonderful Julia Child.

Photo: ChefMemes.com

Who hasn’t felt like this:

Photo: Funny Kitchen Quotes-Pinterest

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I know this one too well…

Photo: Funny Kitchen Quotes

Share with us some of your favorite kitchen related quotes and mishaps!

5 Fun Football Snacks

Football season is a time of fun and friends, and what goes better with fun and friends than awesome snacks? Whether you’re already preparing your Super Bowl feast, or you just need some ideas for this season, we have a few ideas that won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen missing out on the fun and games all day. So, if you’re hosting a seasonal football party at your house and wondering what kind of cute and creative snacks you can provide for your guests, look no further!

Artichoke Roasted Garlic Dip
Creamy and delicious, this simple recipe can serve as either an appetizer or a pre-game snack. For those of you who love artichokes as much as we do, this recipe is the perfect solution for a creamy dip that can go with flat bread or any other kind of dip you like best.
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Photo via spoonforkbacon.com

Ingredients
flatbread sticks:
3 sheets whole wheat flatbread, cut into 1”x4” sticks
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
artichoke dip:
1 head garlic, top sliced off
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced
8 ounces mascarpone, softened
1/3 c light mayonnaise
½ cup part-skim mozzarella, shredded
¼ cup parmesan, grated
2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 teaspoon dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste
topping:
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon parmesan, grated
1 ½ tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Brush the strips of flatbread with the oil and sprinkle with the smoked paprika.
3. Line the strips onto two baking sheets (sprayed with nonstick cooking spray) and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown around the edges.
4. Set aside and allow to cool.
5. While the flatbread cools bring the temperature of the oven up to 375°F.
6. Place the head of garlic onto a small piece of aluminum foil, drizzle with olive and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
7. Loosely wrap the foil around the garlic and roast in the oven for about 45 minutes or until the garlic cloves have softened completely and slightly browned.
8. Carefully squeeze the clove into a bowl and discard the peel.
9. Mash the cloves into a paste and stir in the remaining dip ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.
10. Stir the mixture until fully incorporated.
11. Scoop the dip into a 3 cup baking dish of your choice and set aside.
12. In a small bowl toss together the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the dip filled ramekin.
13. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
14. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving with whole wheat flatbread crisps.

Recipe via Spoon Fork Bacon

Ham and Swiss Sliders
If you’re a traditional sandwich type of person, this recipe is for you. Not your average cold cut, these mini sandwiches are the perfect solution for an afternoon lunch, and will warm the hearts and tummies of your guests, and keep them smiling for the rest of the day.

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Photo Credit: chef-in-training.com

Ingredients
24 white dinner rolls, I LOVE King’s Hawaiian Rolls
24 pieces honey ham
24 small slices Swiss Cheese
⅓ cup mayonaise
⅓ cup miracle whip
POPPY SEED SAUCE
1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
1½ Tbsp. mustard
½ cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp. minced onion
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce 

Instructions
1. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and miracle whip.
2. Cut Rolls in halves. Spread mayonaise-miracle whip mixture on each side of the roll. Place a piece of honey ham and Swiss cheese on one half of each roll. Fold back into sandwich form.
3. Place rolls close together in a greased 9×13 pan until pan in completely full.
4. Mix together all ingredients of Poppy Seed Sauce. Spread evenly over the tops of all the rolls. *NOTE* I did not use all the sauce. Let the rolls set until the butter has set up a bit. Cover with aluminum foil and Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.
5. Rolls can be made a day ahead and stored in fridge until ready to bake.

Recipe via Chef-in-Training

Avocado Hummus
Avocados are a national favorite, and there’s hardly a party in sight that doesn’t feature guacamole as one of the main events, but what if we experimented with other types of avocado recipes? One such recipe is hummus, and we’re positive that it will transform your parties and your life! Football Food2

Photo Credit: thedecorfix.com

Ingredients
1 Avocado
½ lime
1 can white beans
½ tsp sea salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil

Instructions
1. Add all of the required ingredients to your blender or food processor.
2. Blend until smooth… EASY AS THAT!

Recipe via The Décor Fix

Burger-Potato Bites
This recipe is a combines a traditional cheeseburger recipe with waffle fries or potato chips all mixed into one delicious bite. If you want delicious, mouth-watering options with minimal to no work, this is a great solution to the answer for which you’ve been looking.

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Ingredients
16 large frozen French-fried waffle-cut potatoes
1 pound ground beef or turkey
2 tsp grilling seasoning blend
4 slices cheddar cheese, cut into quarters
4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
Mustard, ketchup, sour cream, and/or dill pickle slices

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Evenly space potatoes on baking sheet. Bake potatoes for 18 to 20 minutes or until crisp and lightly browned. Remove from oven. Adjust oven racks and preheat broiler
2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine meat and seasoning. Form into sixteen 1-ounce mini burgers (about 2 tablespoons). In a 12-inch skillet cook burgers, uncovered, over medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until temperature registers 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, turning burgers once halfway through cooking. Drain fat. Top each potato with a burger, cheese quarter, and tomato slice. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and tomato begins to brown. Serve with mustard, ketchup, sour cream, and/or pickles. Makes 16 snacks.

Recipe via Better Homes and Gardens

Cookies and Cream Popcorn
Finally, what would a football party be without sweets to make it complete? This salty-sweet snack is quick, easy, and takes almost no effort on your part, but is sure to have your guests asking to take down the recipe before asking for seconds.

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Photo Credit: chef-in-training.com

Ingredients
9 cups popped popcorn
20 Oreos, finely crushed
24 oz white vanilla almond bark

Instructions
1. Melt white vanilla almond bark according to package directions until completely melted and smooth consistency.
2. Drizzle almond bark over popped popcorn.
3. Sprinkle finely crushed oreo crumbs throughout popcorn to evenly distribute.
4. Let almond bark set up and dig in!

Recipe via Chef-in-Training

These are just a few ideas to get your seasonal football festivities off to a great start. With minimal to no cooking, these recipes will keep your kitchen air fresh, and your dishes clean. Football season is a great opportunity for friends and family to gather over shared interests and have some great conversations among some delicious recipes. Please feel free to share your own favorite football season recipes in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

Best Ways to Ventilate an Apartment

If you live in an apartment or another kind of rented space, chances are you don’t have the best ventilation system in your kitchen area, or maybe you don’t have ventilation at all. Ventilation is important for the removal of grease particles, smoke and odors that result from cooking. If you are forced to work around a non-ventilated kitchen, you know that heavy grease buildup can make your kitchen sticky and clammy and be nearly impossible to clean. Smells from cooking done a few days ago still lingers throughout the house, and every time you come in from outside you are assaulted with the unpleasant odors. In small apartments and rented homes, the heat from cooking in the kitchen can spread throughout the house and leave it feeling hot and musty for days.

Small KitchenPhoto Credit: lushhome.com

So, if you live in an apartment or rental where you can’t perform the necessary construction to install a range hood or ventilation system, we’ve cooked up some alternatives for your, shall we say, unique situation.  Check out these five tips to working your way around a ventless kitchen.

Break Out the Fans
One of the best alternatives to a range hood is a fan. No, it’s not the same thing and it won’t be as effective, but the principle is the same. If you have windows in your kitchen, consider investing in an exhaust-only window fan. This fan will pull the air out of your kitchen and deposit it outside, much like your average vent hood. Simply having a window open can help with the odors, and in the fall and winter seasons, can help to keep you kitchen cool.

Fan                                                     Photo Credit: pinterest.com

Create a Cross Breeze
When using the kitchen, try to open as many windows in as many rooms as possible. Part of the reason for odors and the stuffiness that comes with cooking is that this hot, greasy air gets trapped inside the house and has no outlet. Turn on the fans in other rooms, whether they are ceiling fans, bathroom fans or portable fans and open the windows in every room that has one. This will create a create a cross breeze and allow the contaminated air to flow outside of the house, while also bringing fresh air into the house.

Invest in an Air Filter
If you don’t have windows in your kitchen and fans alone aren’t doing the trick, you might look into a portable air filter to keep in your kitchen. Consider a high-efficiency particulate air filter, which works by pushing air into a fine mesh that traps unwanted particles such as grease and smoke. If you don’t have a way to push air outside of the house, consider trapping it so that it cannot linger days after the cooking is finished.

Bring Nature Indoors
Plants can have a calming effect, while also being a great decorative tool in your home. Not only this, but plants also have natural components that filter out harmful organic compounds. Adding some greenery to your kitchen can help clear the air and reduce the amount of unpleasant particles that are left lingering after using the stove.

PlantPhoto Credit: lushhome.com

Stay Safe
The lack of proper air filtration can be very frustrating. You may find that your smoke alarm goes off every time you cook or that you’re noticing an increase in headaches, congestion, or fatigue. These can be signs of improper ventilation and mean that you need to reconsider implementing some alternative ventilation or it could affect your health and safety.  Never remove the smoke alarm from your kitchen, no matter how annoying it becomes. If you have a gas stove, consider putting a carbon monoxide detector in your kitchen to monitor the CO levels in the house and ensure the safety of your home.

Have you ever experienced poor ventilation in your home? If so, how did you resolve the problem? We’d love to hear your comments and feedback!

What Did the Pig Say?

Summer’s here, and it’s hot!

Try eating these foods to stay cool:

-Watermelon

-Cucumber

-Light salads with lots of leafy veggies

Stay away from spicy foods or dehydrating foods, and remember to turn the oven and the stove on as little as possible while it’s really hot and turn the range hood on while cooking. Stay cool!

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