Take five Italian minutes to check out my five favorites this month. You might find some interesting tidbits and fun facts.
Canned tomato taste test. Canned tomatoes any time of year are essential to my cooking, but especially in the winter months when fresh tomatoes are not available in the garden just outside my kitchen window. I was intrigued by this article from The Kitchn about their taste test of brand name tomatoes. I can my garden tomatoes when I have enough time and tomatoes, and in my opinion, those are the best. 🙂
Pick a Peppercorn. Do you know the nursery rhyme, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, then how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?” Well now is your chance to be more informed about which pepper, i.e. peppercorn, you might want to pick.
Kitchen Tool Worksheet from Nourish Evolution. I realize that the biggest gift-giving months have come and gone, however, this nifty worksheet is a cool inventory of must-haves for a serious chef. The list is short and a nice way to remind yourself (and others) of what kitchen tools you may need for your cooking arsenal.
Lia Huber of Nourish Evolution goes into detail on the importance of good kitchen tools. Check out the details and suggestions here.
Nothing But Fruit and Nuts. This Trader Joe’s product is my new favorite snack. The ingredients are just fruits and nuts – no filler or additives. The two inch discs are perfect snacks anytime. After a workout, or in the afternoon when you need a pick-me-up is when I enjoy them. You can buy them at Trader Joe’s stores or online at Amazon.
Trader’s has three flavors, fig & walnut (my personal fav), apricot & almond, and date, hazelnut & cacao.
Bullet Journal – Meal Plan Budget Tracker. This article caught my attention not only because it had some great tips on organizing menus, shopping list, etc., but because it used a plain and simple notebook. The author of the Bullet Journal, Ryder Carroll also gives other examples of its use for organizing just about anything. My office supplies/school supplies obsession is satisfied using this method of tracking. Worth the read even if you prefer to use technology for budgeting, planning, and tracking meals, or organizing other parts of your life.