Friday, September 26, 2008

"Falling" for cookware :)......

I just adore fall for so many I get tired of grilled food ;), two: I love cooking and filling my home with the scents that make the neighbors ask: "whats for dinner" ? lol. But seriously cooking is a passion of mine and I always love setting the stage as much as the cooking itself. The perfect stage for me, is kids out ( unless its baking with Melanie, or teaching the boys a little something , lol ) and a nice clean kitchen. As most of you know by now, and as I've seen in your homes too, the kitchen is where its at ;) so once the first two things are done, its music on and a glass of Merlot and then the cooking begins ;) Sometimes things turn out gourmet and sometimes Id rather feed it to my 2 dogs ;) ...But its the process and passion I put into it that counts, lol ;) So anyway, below and above I have some pics of my collection of things that I believe help make me a better cook ;)...., ok, lol, I know these don't MAKE me a better cook, but at least they make me feel as I am ;) yes, you can put sucker across my forehead, but I truly am , for all things pretty, and for things that give my kitchen the feel I'm looking for.....
Cloverleaf bowls are so perfect for big batches of cookies! I adore this one, I could have paid a fortune for it, but of course, why would I do that when I can find it at TJ Maxx for half that ;)
I got this a few years ago from Martha Stewarts catalog, its a complete Baking kit and I've used it every year since! its great to have everything in one place and labeled!

I would rather spend money on quality cookware ( lol, that I saved all year by buying other things at discounts ) meaning Pots and Pans , then spend money on jewelry or any other luxury ...All Clad is truly a luxury to me, but worth every cent! I even think it helps me cook better, LOL, Hmm, maybe not, but its a nice thought ;)
Every time I use this bowl I get the feeling that it has seen many pancakes in its lifetime, it was a find off Ebay for me, I just adore the color and its little spout :)
These bowls are Vintage and the perfect color for my kitchen...the book is a 1924 HouseKeeping Manual that I just adore reading, thank goodness times have changed somewhat , but I still appreciate all the time that went into housekeeping back in the day :)

If theres one cookbook I run to more than others this is it!! Im sure the writer was busy for years updating this cooking bible, and just so they know, Im certainly appreciative :)
I use this for Salads, I guess cause it looks "salad-y" lol.... but I also really like the Designs that Portmeirion uses on their china too!

These Italian oil and Vinegar holders are one of my Favs ;)
Someone asked me last week where I keep all my kitchen extras, so heres a hint: Everywhere and anywhere ;)

and here too, lol....high and low ;) opps, forgot to close my cabinet up top ;) oh well ;) ....

Hope this Fall is finding all my sweet friends busy loving their own homes too!! Wishing you all a wonderful crispy Season !!

~ Hugs ~ Cynthia


One Shabby Old House said...

Hi Cynthia,
Your exactly right about having everything in order and perfect things to cook with and a nice glass of wine and add to that a friend who is an excellent cook and that is when my kitchen is a fun place to be!

Stacey said...

I've been in love with Susan Branch for a long time too. Kept one of her books on a stand in the kitchen for two or three years just because it's so fun to look at. You know, your home really does have that look.

I'm like you...I keep kitchen goodies anywhere and everywhere. My entry coat closet has the pancake griddle in it's box and a huge soup pot that won't fit in a kitchen cabinet.

A girl does what she has to do!! :)


Hi Cyn,
Whens dinner?? I love Susan Branches books to and I have a few of them. Her books are so cheery!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cyn, I see your two chopping blocks and was wondering where a good place is to buy one?

Reneé DeLano said...

LOVE all your pictures!! Especially the salad bowl!!! LOLLL you crack me up! Love visiting your kitchen! Post your banana bread recipe, i want to compare to mine. peace out! xo Renee

Anonymous said...

Cyn, I would have expected to find nothing but lovely perfect cookware in your kitchen. I have a huge bowl just like your Cloverleaf Bowl (of only mine says 'quality English Ceramic' on the bottom, but looks very like yours and I just can't live without that bowl. The baking kit from M.S. Is awesome! And of cause I LOVE you oil & vinegar holders, so cute!! BIG hugs, Jannet