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Souped up gear

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Have I mentioned how much I love soup? It’s like the stockpot liquid version of Jackson Pollock. Throw a bunch of healthy stuff in a pot, pour some liquid in, and cook it. It’s absolutely perfect to cook a batch for the weekly lunch (unless you hate leftovers… in which case I feel sorry for your budget). Talk about Save Money Get Skinny too (it gets a hastag now,#SMGS). Nutritious, delicious, and a bang for your buck. Have I sold you yet?

Now, this last particular reason for which I love soup is very New York-centric. It uses minimal dishes/cookware in production and consumption. One cutting board, a stock pot, a ladle, maybe a blender, a container for fridge storage, plus a bowl and spoon to eat and you’re good to go. When you live in ~200 sq feet, these kinds of details matter. Dishwasher? Counter space? Please, in your wildest real estate dreams.

I have lots of soup recipes to pass along, but the latest one that I’m in love with is this creamy cauliflower kale soup (pictured above). I have to preface that although it does not come out looking that smooth or lovely (they must have used collard greens and strained it), it was delicious and easy to pull together.

Here are the key pieces of gear that I’ve found successfully support a soup habit.

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Check out all this gear 1. stock pot, 2. hand blender, 3. storage containers and 4. utensil
Top photo courtesy of Marcus Nilsson for Martha Stewart

Essentials for achieving domestic-baking-goddess status

{ Blog Swapping Series, Part 4: My bestie over at Girly Obsessions and I have decided to start swapping blogs every couple weeks. She will be bringing you her hostessing skills and we’ll be discussing our obsessions. Check out my post, where I tell you all about my obsession with using baking mixes. Shhhh… a good hostess doesn’t admit to shortcuts… }

While Lena is over at my blog discussing her obsession with baking mixes, I’m over here judging her. OK, not really. I love her, but I’m on a mission to teach her to bake. From scratch. Starting with my fave baking essentials. Of course, these could be used with baking mixes, but you really only need a bowl and spatula for most of them. Sorry, did that sound judgemental? Look, I’m not dissing baking mixes. Trust me, NO ONE likes Funfetti more than I do! But, I do take pride in making something from scratch, and for the most part, its really not that difficult. Unless it’s macarons.

I’m pretty sure I own every baking utensil or gadget ever made, and it was hard to narrow them down, but these are the things I can’t live without:

1. My beloved Kitchen Aid
I know these aren’t cheap, but they are totally worth the investment. Seriously, this thing is magical. And it looks pretty on my counter. Although I still wish I had opted for a more fun color (umm, pink). But I guess red is a classic. I love mine so much I would actually get it tattooed on my body. (Ok, just temporarily.)

2. A quality spatula
This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve had a set of spatulas from Williams-Sonoma for like ten years now and they still look brand new. And I use them every time I bake. Also, a small offset spatula is good to have for icing and decorating. And fixing mistakes.

3. Mixing bowls
I have three favorites, for three different reasons. I love my Parker bowls from Crate & Barrel. They are ceramic and a little heavy, but come in 5 useful sizes, and super cute colors. You should also have at least one stainless steel bowl. They’re indestructible. And I have a set of melamine mixing bowls which I love for their grippy rubber bottoms and spouts.

4. Parchment paper and baking spray
I use parchment paper like its going out of style. It’s so practical! I use it to line my cookie sheets (and muffin pans in a pinch). And if I can’t line something with parchment paper, then baking spray it is. My fave is Bakers Joy.

5. A girly apron
I am not a tidy baker. The apron helps with that, but really, I just want to look pretty while baking. While I have a very practical Williams-Sonoma, there is nothing better than a super girly Jessie Steele apron. Just make sure you get one with pockets! Plus a cute apron will help you achieve domestic-baking-goddess status. All you need is a tiara!

Oh, remember when I said I needed to teach Lena how to bake? Well, I will. While she bitches. (To be continued…)

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