Old favorites…New discoveries. Fresh and easy!
By Kath Dedon
The first book in my cookbook collection. I was probably about 11 when I got it. I loved it!
The birth of In the kitchen with Kath:
I really had no idea how this blog was going to develop when I started it on December 31, 2009. I just started blogging about what I was cooking. And I started thinking of family favorites that I wanted to include, like Pecan Pie, Crab Vermouth, and Mom’s Oatmeal Crispies.
But besides the old family favorites, there are a growing number of new favorites, too. Paging through my vast collection of cookbooks….checking out the latest on epicurious….reading other food blogs….I have always loved searching for new recipes to try.
As it turns out, blogging is a fantastic way for me to keep my recipes organized. As a cook who is always trying new things, I’ve lost or forgotten too many good ones over the years.
“Mom, would you make that good – insert whatever – you made before?”
“Hmm…I’m not sure exactly which one you mean…I wonder where that recipe is?”
Clearly, I should have started this years ago!
I need to give some credit to Bob. He never cooks. Never. Ever. But, he does all of the dishes every night. Every night! Thank you, sweetheart! And he enthusiastically appreciates everything I cook. Well, almost everything. I’m working on broccoli.
For the most part, I like to use fresh, wholesome ingredients. Any convenience products I do use have to be the highest quality with no “scary” ingredients on the label. (You won’t find canned cream of mushroom soup in any of my recipes.)
I like great flavor, and I look for recipes that deliver without a lot of unnecessary work. A lot of the recipes here are quite quick. And I’ve tried to write the recipes clearly enough that they’ll be easy for anyone to make.
Occasionally, you’ll find a recipe that is a little more complicated, but now and then it’s fun to try those, too. I like to attack them with Julia Child’s attitude:
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a ‘What the hell?’ attitude.” Julia Child
I use a Canon A1100 IS PowerShot camera. Yes, it’s a “point-and-shoot”, but I use it in Manual mode so I can manage the settings myself. The camera came with only the most basic instructions, so I found the 132-page User Guide on Canon’s website and downloaded it; it has way more information than I have been able to digest. I’m still learning.
This camera has a viewfinder. I consider it an essential feature, but it’s becoming harder to find on point-and-shoot cameras.
Equipment update 2/6/11: It can be a challenge to take photos when there is no natural light available. I recently learned some new lighting tricks from another blogger, Marc Matsumoto of [no receipes]. (And to give credit where credit is due, I learned of Marc’s advice from Chef Dennis, from More Than A Mount Full.) Following his advice, I bought some Grono lamps at IKEA that can sit on my kitchen counter. Marc recommended 40W 5000K compact flourescent bulbs, and I found some at 1000bulbs.com. I am quite pleased with this inexpensive lighting solution!
Laura and Carrie gave me a Joby Gorillapod flexible tripod and I love it! It’s perfect for a lightweight camera like my Canon. (I don’t know how well it would work with a heavier camera.) I can set the timer and get sharp photos, which is especially useful for macro shots.
IKEA Grono lamps and my trusty Gorillapod
Equipment update 10/31/12: Lately I’ve started occasionally using my iPhone to capture images. They’re usually the photos that don’t look so great, but maybe I’ll become more skilled at iPhone photography with practice.
Equipment update 8/19/14: I recently upgraded from an iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5s. The 5s takes much better images than my old phone, but I’m still going to need a lot more practice with it before it could possible replace my Canon. ;)
Cookbooks, kitchen tools, and products mentioned in this blog:
The cookbooks, kitchen tools, and products mentioned in the blog are all things that I use and recommend. If I think a tool makes the recipe easier or a particular food product makes a difference in taste or quality, I like to let you know.
Any products or books mentioned in my blog are items I have purchased or have received as a gifts from family or friends. I do not accept free products or books to review.
I have a “Favorites in Kath’s Kitchen Store” where you can browse all of my recommended items in one place, if you wish. If you choose to purchase something from my store, you’ll pay the same price as you would at amazon.com and have their same return policies, but amazon will play me a small commission. And I will appreciate your business! :)
I love getting comments. LOVE it! I read them all and try to respond in a timely manner. So don’t be shy. I would especially love to hear about how a recipe worked for you.
Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you find some interesting things to try in your own kitchen!
From Seattle…..In the kitchen with Kath!