Spices, seasonings, and more

The anticipation of growing my summer herb garden is starting to build for me this month.  I attended a gardening seminar a couple of weeks ago, and ever since the excitement of what I will be growing this year in my edible garden has stayed with me.  I always have my regular list of perennial herbs that I nurture every year, but add in a few other edibles, including vegetables, garlic, green onions, and a few tomato plants.

However, during the winter months, I have to rely on my kitchen cabinet of spices, seasonings and more.  I have finally admitted to myself that I must have an addiction, as I really love to try a variety of seasonings when I prepare our meals. I love my collection and have several favorites that I have acquired over the years.

My kitchen has three cabinets devoted to spices, seasonings, and flavorings.  My rolling rack contains a variety of salts, spices that are not used most days, and some baking decors.

My upper cabinet near my stove contains the spices I use most often for seasoning our meals.  Here I have a collection of salts, peppers, herbs, herbal blends, a variety of special blends, and some of my favorite mixes from Pensey spices.

I have found that using turntables in this cabinet has helped with the organization a great deal, as well as some boxes of spices organized by use which easily pull out to be accessed quickly.  I don’t buy my spices in large quantities, as I prefer to have fresh available all the time and would not use enough to justify large bottles of any particular seasoning.

I have a third cabinet for liquid flavorings and baking spices, along with more baking decorations.  Having an organized kitchen has helped me to be more efficient while preparing meals.  It has also helped me when planning to purchase ingredients for a new recipe, as I am able to easily check my current supply as I know where every one is located.

Springtime is a great time to get organized in the kitchen!

 

kitchen computer software

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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as a kitchen and cooking aficionado, i am always looking for better ways to organize my recipes.  although i keep a large cookbook collection, i do have many folders and binders of clipped recipes from other sources.  i had the opportunity to try out this product which basically is recipe software for someone like me.  it is called Cook’n Recipe Organizer. this product allows me to enter personal recipes, generates shopping lists, captures recipes from websites, calculates the nutritional contents of a recipe, syncs recipes from Pinterest, and will even share recipes on social media.  there are so many features to this product, i can’t even begin to list them all.  i have been working with the organizer for a couple of days now, and am truly impressed with the design and efficiency of the software.

the instructional video and handbook are very well done.  i don’t think i would have been able to work with the software without them.  in just over ten minutes, the video takes a step-by-step approach to each option on the home page.  i must admit i saw so many things i wanted to try in the introduction; i did have to go back and re-acquaint myself with some of the directions.

the program will print recipes, scan handwritten recipes, and even discover new recipes online from chosen websites.  i am looking forward to working with this program and developing my recipe book for my blog.

i think this would be a great program for anyone who loves to organize, has recipes in different formats and maybe wants to share them with their family or others. anyone with a cooking blog will find this a great tool for chapter organization.

the recipe display is very attractive and the program offers many printing backgrounds for the product. the company has an introduction on you tube about their product.  if you are interested, check out this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElLqvgHFaNg

in addition, the company has a Facebook page.  check them out at:  https://www.facebook.com/Recipe.Organizer

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Contest:  i have one free download of this product to give away to one of my blog readers.  let me know by liking and commenting on my blog how you might use this product, and you could be the winner.  the contest will end in 24 hours.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

tea and entertaining

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organization is the key to success.  having organized kitchen drawers makes serving tea and entertaining simple and fun. here is one example of how i have organized one drawer in my kitchen.  all of the tools for tea, along with some entertaining tools can be easily spotted in one glance.

by using smaller containers within the drawer, the tools can be easily removed and sorted if needed.  i find that this type of organization has helped me enjoy cooking and baking in the kitchen.  time is not wasted searching for tools needed to complete the recipe or serve the dish.

it has been a challenge over time to perfect how my kitchen should be organized.  don’t be surprised if some organized drawers don’t meet your expectations, and they need to be rearranged to better suit your needs.  i have changed location of tools in my kitchen many times, after i have found they were not positioned in the best spot for usage.  this confuses my husband greatly.  but, i have found in the long run, it saves me time.

having drawers that fully open and extend offer the best view for all tools.  these kitchen drawers made by Omega cabinets are extremely functional and work well for cooking enthusiasts.