I don't know about you but there are items in my kitchen that I just cannot function without. They aren't necessarily expensive items, some are, but as the chief chef in our home, I find I NEED them. I entertain a ton, and usually for no less than 8-10 on a regular immediate family dinner. That means, I'm cooking in larger quantities most times and I want to make my life as easy as possible.
I'm listing some of these must haves here with links to some of my Mama C recipes to go along with them. I just passed along my famous Amma's Pancake recipe again just recently and told my bestie the only way to make them is with a griddle. I actually don't know how anyone makes pancakes without one. I prefer this way of cooking them because I can make large batches at once, and trust me, these pancakes go quickly. She did go out to buy one, and I guarantee, she will be thanking me later. (her hubby and four kids definitely will be when they are all chowing down TOGETHER on these morsels of heaven. For my pancake recipe check this out: Viking Pancakes post
This mixer changed the quality of my baking especially from okay to amazing. I can't even explain why really, but seemingly its the consistency. This mixer blends and whips so thoroughly that all of my recipes improved. My whipped shortbread is probably my favourite and a family tradition at Christmas so I will be making some of those right shortly. You can find the recipe for my Whipped Shortbread here.
Sharing the things that make my life easier are what I love to do. Finding favourite items that I get rave reviews on myself is what makes these recommendations authentic and heartfelt. Anyone that knows me, knows that I love to entertain and cooking for friends and family. These are my favourite cookbooks that I use constantly and that I love to give as gifts. Surprise the cooks in your family with these tried and true cookbooks I own and love.
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