Monday in the Kitchen – coffee

I love my morning coffee.  We have a coffee maker that has a timer so the coffee is ready before my feet hit the floor.  A hot Cuppa coffee with my morning reading time gets my day off to a great start.

Recently, Kat mentioned that her Moka was a necessary kitchen tool.  I had to look it up but when I saw the picture, I remembered bringing a similar coffee gadget home when we cleaned out mom and dad’s house.   I believe they bought it on a trip to Italy and it looks like they haven’t made this model since the 60’s.  Fun!  So, I have investigated how to use this little coffee maker.  The knob on top is missing but my husband thinks he can replace it.   Can’t wait to give it a try.

Mondays in the kitchen – veggie time


I was listening to a podcast this weekend and heard the host say that the average American eats 1.5 servings of veggies a day! I am not sure there is agreement on the number but when I participated in a health challenge a few years ago, we were aiming for 7-9 fruits and veggies a day with the emphasis on veggies.  Lately I have been starting the day with a plate of steamed veggies topped with a poached egg, taking a green drink for my mid-morning snack, and making sure that a good portion of my dinner plate is filled with veggies.  I have learned how to eat “riced” cauliflower instead of rice and use my spiralizer to substitute squash for pasta.  It takes a bit of thinking but I am trying to make it a habit, veggies at  very meal.

How many veggies are you eating?

Mondays in the kitchen – ditching dairy

This is the week I have chosen to cut dairy from my diet.  Not forever.  Maybe a few weeks.  I am curious to see if I will notice a difference.  I don’t eat a lot of dairy but I do love cheese and lately, I am finding myself grabbing a slice here, a nibble there.  It adds up!  Last night we were going to order pizza but our usual place (where I can get a good gluten free pizza with lots of veggies) was so busy and we needed a quick meal.  I popped into the store and found a dairy free, gluten free option.  It tasted much better than it looked (and it didn’t really look like the picture on the package).  I don’t plan to use a lot of cheese substitutes in the next few weeks.  Instead I am searching my favorite recipes sites for some new dairy free ideas.  So far I have this, and this, and this.  And I will probably be ordering a coconut latte.  Let m know if you have a great dairy free recipe site too.

Mondays in the kitchen – can’t do without

There are two things in my kitchen that I can’t do without.

My crockpot is used at least twice a week.  Some of the recurring items include bone broth, carrot-ginger soup, chili, green chili pork roast, shredded chicken, and beef stew.  This is my second crock pot.  The first was a wedding gift almost 35 years ago but it didn’t have the lift out crock.  I do love the lift out feature but the four cook levels and warming feature make this one my go to for cook ahead.  I can set it and not have to worry about over cooking or having it turn off before I get home.

My Ninja blender gets used daily.  Every morning I blend up a green drink or protien shake.  Some days I might even make both!  I used an immersion blender stick for years and had no idea that greens could be blended like this.  Those gr n drinks were good but sometimes a bit chewy. 

What are your kitchen can’t do withouts? 

Mondays in the kitchen – yogurt or yoghurt?

I have seen this yoghurt but never tried it.  Then I heard about the blackberry with Serrano peppers and I knew I knew I needed to try it.  It took me a few weeks but it was with the wait.  I mixed it with my favorite plain yogurt – such a treat!

I won’t be spending time in my own kitchen today.  I will be with dad, helping him get set up in his new apartment.  I am looking forward to getting back to some regular meal planning and cooking once dad is settled.  

Happy Monday.  Hope there is good food in your day.

Mondays in the kitchen – holidays

Monday holidays are a great time to regroup in my kitchen.  Today I am planning a morning filled with meal prep and batch cooking.  For breakfasts I will be making these yummy sausages.  And this would make a great dinner with some roasted veggies and enough leftovers for lunch.  And since it looks like a busy week, I will need a grab-and-go snack.

We have not had the beautiful, get outside and go for a walk weather that I keep reading about but my kitchen crocuses are starting to bloom, bringing spring inside.  After extra cuppa coffee, I will get down to the kitchen and get to cooking.  

Happy Monday.

Monday in the Kitchen – forbidden fruit

Last week we had so much snow that the power went out, we missed two days of school, and I didn’t get a Mondays in the Kitchen post written.  

Last week I also cut into my first grapefruit in a very long time.  I grew up in Arizona.  My grandparents had citrus trees and we ate a lot of oranges and grapefruit.  When we got married, I received a set of grapefruit spoons and I still have them.  At some point, there were medications prescribed and the label read – Do not eat grapefruit when taking.  Then I was told to be cautious with orange juice, too much sugar.  Heavy sigh.  

I have behaved and kept away from the forbidden fruit.  But in the last few months, I have begun to think about quality of life issues.  Watching my dad’s list of cannots grow and grow while his list of cans is shrinking has made me rethink these food rules.  I am not going to go nuts.  And I won’t be messing with those food items that will make me sick.  But I savored that grapefruit.  And I squeezed an orange to add to my green drink yesterday.  And it was good.  Sometimes selfcare looks like not following the rules.

******edited to add that I am not advocating ignoring medication warnings – I did some research and found that I can consume grapefruit, just not every day and not as a beverage for taking this particular med********