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For Halloween, how about an orange theme? Make orange chicken using cutlets, orange juice and mandarin oranges, carrots or squash, and ... brown rice? I can't think of a starch that's black!


Black...pasta dyed with squid ink with black cherry tomato sauce?


I make weekly menus too. I don't post them but I do post recipes. I'm planning on having black pasta with roasted butternut squash for dinner tomorrow.


I'm making (goulish) split pea soup tonight for Halloween, and sandwiches that look like snakes! (Olive slices for eyes, and a sun-dried tomato slice for the tongue.)

I do plan a menu. I also am knee deep in my new food blog - all are welcome to check it out. I'm trying to post pictures for every recipe I post! http://katskitchentalk.blogspot.com


I love to cook and bake! I post recipes on my blog from time to time, usually at least one every week or so:



Oh and some of the pictures for the recipe aren't showing right now. We had a problem with someone copying the pictures of Alexis (my 3 year old)and putting them on their own website so we had to move some things around and I haven't had time to go back and migrate the recipe pictures out of the protected directory yet.

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Cooking Gear To Spice Things Up

  • All-Clad cookware
    I use the stainless line. I love it because you can put it in the dishwasher. If you like to cook it is sooo worth it to have quality pots and pans. I recommend buying a set on sale and then filling in extras as you need them. (Watch for sales and specials.)
  • Cast Iron Skillet
    Please get rid of all your teflon-coated non-stick plans and get a cast iron skillet. I use mine for searing meat, poultry, and fish and then finishing off in the oven. In fact, get two cast iron skillets—one large enough to hold two ribeyes and a smaller, fried-egg-sized one for making...well...eggs.
  • Food Processor
    Quickly slice/shred veggies and cheese, make hummus or other spreads in a snap, and make pie crust without making a mess.
  • Global Knives
    I am partial to the 18 incher. Yep, I like big knives and I cannot lie. If you like to cook (or even if you don't) you deserve to have good knives. At least one.
  • Instant Hot Water Dispenser
    If you can't afford to have one built-in, this is a great alternative. It's nice to have boiling water at the push of a button to make tea, instant miso soup, or morning oatmeal for the kidlets.
  • Microplane Grater/Zester
    Use this to grate citrus zest, nutmeg, and cheese. You could get a coarser one, but you don't need to. I have one and I use it for everything.
  • Penzey's Spices
    A great resource for all your herb and spice needs.
  • Rice Cooker
    Every family should have one.
  • Silpat
    Silpat is a silicone mat used for baking. They come in various sizes. Items will not stick to it. It is a must for any home baker.
  • Stick or Immersion Blender
    It doesn't have to be fancy, but try and get the highest HP you can afford. I use my stick blender (+ attachments) for making salad dressing (weekly), pureeing soups, making babyfood, and whipping cream.


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