What Does Your Kitchen Look Like?

I subscribe to several different blogs, and I see some amazing stuff that people are making. This always leaves me wondering what do these people’s kitchens looks like? Are they stocked to the brim with every cooks dream tools?

We’ve recently moved to a new place. When we first looked at our apartment, I was a little concerned that the kitchen was going to be too small and kind of cramped. It was definatly smaller than my kitchen at our condo. After being here and cooking in it for two weeks, I now realize that I love this kitchen. It is laid out much better than my last kitchen, and it is a better use of space. In fact, I still have cupboards that are empty!

I don’t have fancy equipment. Most of my stuff is hand-me downs, bought second hand or Christmas gifts. Of course if I had all the money in the world there are things I would purchase, but I have made due with what I have quite nicely. Someday thought, I want to have a six burner gas range.

Here are some photos of my kitchen. If you post about your kitchen in your blog, send me a link so I can snoop!

Pantry/Storage Closet

Looking into kitchen from dining room

Standing in dining room looking into kitchen

Tamales

I have always wanted to try tamales, and to be honest I used to be so intimidated to order them off a menu somewhere because I was unsure if you ate the corn husk too. I certainly know a lot more about tamales now, in fact I have made them a few times from scratch. I got this great low-fat recipe from my friend Jessie over at Little Calorie. She talks about how they are a labor of love, how right she is. Making tamales from scratch are extremely time consuming, especially if you have a 2 1/2 year old and 11 month old who want to “help” you in the kitchen. These are definatly a “plan-ahead” kind of meal; plan to spend the majority of your day making them. But what a sweet, er-savory, reward.  Remember, you DO NOT eat the corn husk! :)

TIP FOR FREEZING: Once the tamales are done steaming, cool, the place in a zip top bag in the fridge. The next morning take the bag out and place it in the freezer. When tamale fever strikes, reheat (with husk on) in the microwave at half power for 2 minutes, or until warmed through. ENJOY!

Banana Walnut Cornmeal Pancakes

The other day I was shopping at Aldi’s, where I picked up a bag of ripe bananas on the cheap. I thought a good use of these bananas would be to take some and make them into pancakes. Sasha loves bananas, so I made these tasty pancakes for her for breakfast. I found the recipe at epicurious.com. It called for pecans, which would have been wonderful, but I only had walnuts in the cupboard. I followed the recipe exactly, except for changing the type of nut. They were quick and easy to make. Give them a try, find the recipe here.

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