For me, the arrival of September is always bittersweet. Bitter because it's the end of my favorite season; sweet because it's my birthday month and I like to treat myself to multiple celebrations! Since students return to school, September is also a time of getting back to the basics. The weather turns cooler and as we welcome Fall, the grill is retired in favor of more slow-cooked methods. To make the transition more tolerable, we've rounded up the items we can't live with out: here are our must haves.
I've never used a pot rack before, but my stack of pots and pans has been so unruly lately, I'm considering it — especially in light of January's home organizing focus. There's not really any way to store them in a cabinet that's not out of hand. If I make the change I'll have to come to terms with having my supplies out in the open; I'm more of a "behind closed doors" girl. Do you use a pot rack?
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Whenever I watch Rachael Ray or Anne Burrell make pasta on the Food Network, I get all dreamy-eyed by their pasta multi-pots. You know what I'm talking about? Those two-in-one giant pots that hold water and pasta. The inner pot is actually a colander, so when you remove it from the outer pot, the water remains and the pasta is drained.
While I marvel at how they appear on television, I can't justify getting one for myself. They're expensive (this one by Williams-Sonoma is $130) and bulky, and my studio kitchen is already overcrowded. How do you feel about them?
No matter where you store them, in a functional kitchen, it's important to have your tools in good order and close reach. If you have the wall space, or ceiling height, hanging pots is a great way to store them.
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Short on storage space in the kitchen? Hanging your pots and pans from the ceiling or high on the wall from chains and hooks is an easy way to free up your cabinets, and it makes an artful display. Just screw some hooks into a narrow strip of wood and then fasten the wood into the wall. Use varying lengths of chain to keep your cookware from banging together, as well as to add more visual interest. Just make sure to keep the look clean, otherwise you'll have an eyesore on your hands. And it always helps to have eye-catching cookware like Le Creuset.
You've probably heard the cliché "When life gives you lemons . . ." applied to all sorts of situations. But, I'd make an honest bet that a pot rack wasn't involved in one of them. So here we are. Handmade Detroit's boyfriend was in a bike accident that left his bike wheel too bent out of shape to function. Instead of sending the sad, sour wheel to a landfill he repurposed it by hanging it from the ceiling of his kitchen, using it as a pot rack. I love the DIY attitude of it and think it's perfect for a bicycle dude's home. It adds a refreshing, subtle touch of personality to something that's not traditionally very interesting.
Next week I'm helping my sister and her BFF plan a girls-only Valentine's Day party. Fondue is on the menu, but we don't have a fondue pot! Can you help us by searching for a fabulous fondue pot? Look for festive, colorful pots that are easy to transport. We will need one for cheese and another for chocolate, so search for both types. Save the pots you find in the Yum Market on TeamSugar with the keyword tag, Fondue Pot. Thanks and happy hunting!
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Usually I try and stay away from uni-tasking kitchen gadgets but when I saw this hot chocolate pot in an email from Williams Sonoma, I suddenly found myself lusting for one. The pot promises an alluring aroma and a delicious homemade treat in minutes. It has an automatic frother that whips hot milk and is microwave and dishwasher safe.
What do you guys think of it? Have I gone Christmas crazy or is this hot chocolate pot a valid purchase?
I used to be intimated by using cast-iron pans for cooking. But ever since I learned the right way to season and clean them, I've really enjoyed cooking with cast-iron pots and pans. How about you?