There’s a major heat wave going on in San Diego this week which I am loving and hating all at once.
Too hot to go running (love, yet really need to work off those extra vacation lbs)
Too hot to turn on the oven (hate)
Hot enough to lay out (love!)
The pool is not heated, and is still like ice water (hate)
Still wearing flip flops and tanks (love)
Foolishly planned a menu full of soup for this week (hate)
Anyway, we have no AC so I’ll be spending the next few days out of the kitchen and in front of the fan. I do have some holiday preview posts planned that need to get done ASAP so I may have to suck it up and get to cookin’ eventually. Until then I thought I’d give you a little tour of my kitchen. I often get asked about what I keep stocked in my kitchen so here’s a first hand glance for you! Welcome to my home!
First stop: The Fridge
Things you will ALWAYS find in my fridge: Eggs (yes that is 72 eggs you see in there. At least one of those 18 packs is hard boiled) Milk, cans of refrigerated pizza dough, feta cheese, blueberry yogurt (for The Hubs, I don’t eat the stuff), Sriracha, “I can’t believe it’s not butter” spray (don’t judge!) Tons of fruits and veggies, Newman’s Own light balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing, giardiniera (I am from Chicago after all) miniature ice cream Twix bars (only 90 calories each!) Frozen Vegetables and frozen meat (mostly ground turkey but I do see some turkey dogs in there too!) and a huge ass ice pack I use to ice my knee after every run.
Moving on to the pantry
My pantry is loosely organized in the following way: Top shelf=baking supplies. Second from top shelf=oils, vinegars, salts and breadcrumbs. Third shelf=cereal, oatmeal, nuts, raisins, bulk bin items like popcorn. Bottom shelf=canned goods/dog treats.
Some things you will ALWAYS find in my pantry are: cereal (Cheerios, Kix and Cinnamon Toast Crunch) All natural peanut butter, canned chicken stock, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, popcorn, vanilla extract, carrot cake Clif bars, instant brown rice, sugar, flour, brown sugar, quick oats, canned beans, breadcrumbs, and cooking spray.
Moving on to my Non-refrigerated items counter
Here I keep onions, potatoes, garlic, tomatoes and other fruits (cantaloupe and pineapple are my faves!) As you can see we keep our wine and glasses here as well as our electric can opener (I love it!) Here’s a little tip: I’m not really a white wine drinker, but I make a lot of recipes that call for white wine. I just buy these mini bottles and use them for cooking so I don’t have to waste the remains of a big bottle! Also on this end of the kitchen you’ll find my pot holder basket, wipe board for writing menus (gotta stay organized so I remember what groceries I bought/meals I planned for) and my coupon bulletin board (not pictured)
I think The Hubs and I would cease to exist without this part of the kitchen! We’re coffee fanatics (and espresso!) Plus, gotta start each day with an extra scoop of fiber! You can see our live herbs in the pots there, and that pink tupperware contains ground flaxseed that I sprinkle on anything I can find (salad, cereal, oatmeal etc.)
Last stop: Spice rack
I am CRAZY about this pull out spice rack! Yes, I own pretty much every spice, but the ones I use the most are probably cumin, red pepper flakes, curry powder, Old Bay, chili powder, rosemary and of course, salt and pepper. Its nice to have a variety of spices on hand so I almost never feel like I don’t have something that a recipe calls for! Also in this pic, Tally, my best kitchen helper (aka. beggar for food scraps)
Well, that wraps up my kitchen. My old kitchen was so crappy I never wanted to be in there, so this one makes me really appreciate all the wonderfulness it possesses! Thanks so much for visiting! I hope this heat cools off a bit (not TOO much) so I can get back to all the delicious holiday (and soup) posts I have planned for later this week.