THAT RHYMES! Oh, yeah!

This post was inspired by my brother, Jon. He, along with the rest of my family, is kinda weird. We desire delicious and some-what sophisticated fare, while doing very UNsophisticated things. . . like playing beanbags or bowling. I guess what they say is true about not being able to take the “small town” out of the guy.

Last weekend, my brother brought over some goodies for us to snack on while we awaited our BBQ’d deliciousness and it inspired this post. Everyone needs a go-to appetizer serving dish, and the tools to pull together a quick a delicious App Tray. Once again, this is a blank canvas for you to create and switch up all the time.

I re-created an App Tray last night to celebrate the long weekend.

FIRST, get out your go-to appetizer serving dish. If at all possible, get ONE dish that has separators. This makes for EASY storage and clean up. I got this brushed glass serving dish for $9.99 at IKEA and it has come in handy many times.

NEXT, if you have time to plan out your App Tray, think TEXTURE. Crunchy, soft, savory, sweet, salty, flakey. Try to get as many complimentary flavors and textures as possible. Mix and mingle both sophisticated flavors and those that are comforting.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Marinated Artichoke Hearts
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Assortment of Cheeses
  • Baguette Slices
  • Flavored Crackers
  • Pistachios, Peanuts, Almonds
  • Marinated/Stuffed Olives
  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Spicy Mustard
  • Hummus
  • Tepenade
  • Marinated Mushrooms
  • Endive Spears
Here is what I did last night:
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KF Money Saving Tip

April 2, 2011

Trying a new recipe is exciting, but you don’t want to take a huge hit in the ole pocketbook for an undetermined outcome. Spices can be costly! Especially if you are buying ones that you are not using often.

Here is a simple KF Tip to save a little change: Hit up the Hispanic Foods isle. You can get small portions of spices for as little as $.80

SO AFFORDABLE

In the standard spice isle, you can pay upwards of $4-$8 . . . and sometimes that just isn’t what’s in the (recipe) cards!

Check it out before you check out.

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Wow! I just heard about this unbelievable collection of books called Modernist Cuisine on The Colbert Report and I NEED IT!

It is a 6 volume collection with over 2,400 pages of recipes, techniques, basics, out of the ordinary cooking methods….and AMAZING IMAGES! I think that is what is drawing me in more than anything. I am a visual learner so this would be of great help to me!

Slight problem….the pricetag is over $460.00! Ummmmmm…holy cow! Maybe this will be a birthday, Easter, Christmas, New Years present…for a fre years…ahem.

Either way…a fairy can dream!

I picked up this tool at Crate & Barrel about a month ago and it has become an essential part of my kitchen weaponry! I have long been looking for a good zester, which is actually hard to find.

Microplane seems to be the way to go as far as graters and zesters. This tool in particular is compact and has multiple uses. It has a zester as well as a peeler, so you can make those cute little lemon and lime twists, just like the pros. Its dishwasher safe which is a BIG bonus for me- and well-priced – only $14.95.

You can purchase this tool, here or head to your local Crate & Barrel to pick it up.

*Image from Crate & Barrel website.

Gadget Must Have

March 5, 2011

There are some gadgets you NEED. . . and some you DONT.

Since I have a small kitchen, I have to make this distinction every day. Do I NEED this? Do I have ROOM for this?

In this months issue of Cooking Light Magazine, I was instantly drawn to this replacement for cooking/baking twine (#1. top left). My twine frays and blackens all the time while cooking, and it is annoying.

This twine is ORDERED and I will share a review once I try it out. STAY TUNED.

Oh, and dont you love those pretty glass bowls (#2)?

Oh, but Sam . . . do you NEED THEM?

Kitchen Fairy’s Tips for Gadget Consumption Control:

1. Do I NEED this product?

2. Do I have another item in my kitchen tool artillery that will accomplish the same task?

3. Do I have the drawer space (small item) / cabinent space (larger item) to store this gadget?

My Must List

February 18, 2011

Roy’s Aloha Hour!

The only thing I wanted for Valentines Day was to go to Roy’s for their decedent chocolate souffle. Well, thats exactly what I got on Wednesday night and I was so very excited. We didn’t end up eating before we went, so we were stoked to see that we made it in time for Aloha Hour. We had no idea this even happened. The food was INCREDIBLE and amazingly priced! We were in heaven. It is definitely worth a stop in from 4:30pm-6:30pm. You can see the Aloha Menu here.

We recommend the Ahi Roll, Tenderloin Skewers, Lobster Roll, and the Salt & Pepper Calamari. The Fire Rock beer and Malbec are amazing as well.

Waiting for the End, by Linkin Park

I wouldnt call myself a HUGE Linkin Park fan, but when we moved to the Island, we were pretty into Minutes to Midnight. This newest single is so different from what they have done in the past. . . and I find myself wanting to listen to it all the time.

The depth of this rose

It was given to Jack from my Dad for V-day.

Southland, Tuesdays on TNT

We have been fans of this show for a while now, and each week it just keeps getting better and better. Its raw, gritty, and drawn from true stories from the streets of Los Angeles.

Hot & Sweet Mustard from Trader Joe’s

I am somewhat of a mustard connoisseur. . LOVE IT so much. This is my fave right now on ANYTHING. I bought this jar on Moonday and it is almost gone. At 10 calories a table spoon, it is not too guilty of a pleasure. I have used it on tuna, in slaws, sandwiches. . . as a base for an amazing dressing. Whatever you like. DELISH!

Just Go With It


This was a sleeper hit for me. It wasnt on my MUST SEE list for the theater, but my Dad and I went for a little pre-Vday date last weekend and we enjoyed it way more than we thought we would. OBVIOUSLY Adam Sandler LOVES Hawaii (he has shot a few films there) and in this movie you can appreciate why. The cast is hilarious and the surprising roles played by Dave Matthews and Nicole Kidman are hilarious additions.