Disney's The Swedish Chef Vinylmation Figure

One of my favorite Muppet characters is The Swedish Chef, depicted here in his Vinylmation form.

Disney's Vinylmation characters are built around Mickey Mouse's body type but are not intended to look like Mickey Mouse dressed up as the character they depict. Rather they are designed to share the story (or sometimes the place) of the character depicted.

Originally created to be purchased and traded within the Disney theme parks, the Vinylmation figures are, of course, available online now from Amazon by clicking right here.

I would love to add the Swedish Chef to my kitchen. How about you? Are you a fan of the Swedish Chef, even if you do not emulate his cooking techniques?

Brenda

Quick Links:

Learn more about The Muppets Vinylmation figures.
Order The Swedish Chef Vinylmation figure from Amazon.

Company's Coming Cookbooks

Since 1981, Jean Pare and her staff have published more than 75 cookbooks and sold more than 26 million copies of them.  They have covered almost every subject related to cooking and even ventured beyond the kitchen.

If you are a fan and want to know a bit more about the Company's Coming cookbooks or you are learning about Jean Pare for the first time, you will enjoy visiting my page about the company by clicking here. My hope is that my page about the company will help people learn about it and help them find a copy of a cookbook that they are searching for.

Note that in addition to writing that page about the cookbooks, I sell both new and used copies in my eBay store’s Cookbook Section.

Brenda
Culinary Favorites From A to Z

Quick Link:

If Company's Coming, Use Jean Pares' Cookbooks.
See what Company's Coming books are listed in my eBay store right now.
Order your copy of Chicken Now from Amazon.

Decorate Your Kitchen With The Sunny Colours of Sunflowers

Love sunflowers? You might want to consider decorating your kitchen with the sunny sunflower (or maybe you already do.)

The sunflower is an extremely easy item to decorate with because there is so much great merchandise available, from some pretty fabulous pieces of art to some lovely sunflower-themed kitchenware.

However, we encourage you to take the sunflower theme one step farther and incorporate items that do not actually display the sunflower but instead are simply the rich, warm tones of a sunflower, like the beautiful sunflower colored Kitchenaid stand mixer shown here.

Everyone who does not have one wants a Kitchenaid stand mixer and this is a fabulous opportunity to bring the beauty and the warmth of the sunflower into your kitchen.

There are actually three Kitchenaid stand mixers available that we consider sunflower colored and Kitchenaid calls those colors Tangerine, Yellow Pepper and Buttercup. We love the tangerine mixer show here and we all know you can really bake with this workhorse in your kitchen. (You can learn more about this mixer on Amazon by clicking right here.)

What do you think? Would this Kitchenaid mixer be the perfect accessory for a sunflower themed kitchen?

Brenda
Culinary Favorites From A to Z

Quick Links:

A page full of sunny sunflower decorating ideas.
A Kitchenaid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer Review.
Buy Kitchenaid's Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer from Amazon.

Who Wouldn't Love To Shop at Lego's Green Grocer Grocery Store?

Culinary Favorites From A to Z is a blog dedicated to the best-ever recipes, top-rated kitchen tools, best-selling cookbooks and Lego...

Lego? Well sure it is now that I have discovered this amazing Lego Green Grocer kit. Kit number 10185 is a supermarket of the old-fashioned sort, in miniature of course. It is a supermarket that can be built according to plan or customized to suit the individual shopper.

With 2,352 pieces, this grocery store set is definitely for the advanced or adult Lego builder and Lego actually recommends it for individuals who are 16 years old and up.

The Lego Green Grocer supermarket has a vintage city feel that I love, which is unlike the suburban choices I have at which to buy my groceries. The set includes the building and the contents right down to a cash register, four minifigures and bins for bread, vegetables and fruit.

Don't you wish you had a Green Grocer like this one to buy your groceries at?

See you
in the kitchen
(or at the green grocer's!)
Brenda

Quick Links:

Read more about the Lego Green Grocer on Amazon.

Baking One-Bite Brownies This Afternoon


Off to make a couple of batches of the best-ever one-bite brownies this afternoon so there's no time to write a post, making this image perfect for a Wordless (almost) Wednesday post. One-Bite Brownies are a family favorite and a must have on our Christmas cookie plate.

See you
in the kitchen!
Brenda

Find our one-bite brownie recipe here.

The New Joy of Cooking Cookbook

The Joy of Cooking is one of those classic cookbooks no kitchen should be without.  I have one in my kitchen and when I want to know a basic cooking recipe or technique, it is the book I turn to first.

I won't tell you what version of this iconic cookbook is in my kitchen but I will share with you this bright, shiny and new 2006 edition.

The New York Times calls The Joy of Cooking
"one of the most important and influential books of the twentieth century."

Paula Deen calls it "a must-have for the kitchen."

I love the fact that it has been brought up to date so that it can continue to be used in the kitchens of today's generation of cooks.

Here is a video peek at what went into the newest version of The Joy of Cooking:


See you
in the kitchen!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Order your copy of The Joy of Cooking from Amazon.

Love Christmas M&M Cookies But Hard Finding Christmas M&Ms 2011

One of my family's favorite Christmas cookies is the M&M cookie made with Christmas colored M&Ms.

Would you believe I'm having a hard time finding them this year?  I passed on them once at a local retailer when I saw that they were more expensive than the regular M&Ms in part because I have always been able to find them on sale before Christmas but that was a mistake, and now I am Christmas M&M-less.

My family of cookie loving men is sure to be disappointed. Heck, I'm disappointed.

I live in Canada and cannot order them from Amazon so if you live in the U.S., consider yourself lucky, order your Christmas colored M&Ms now from Amazon by clicking right here, print the best M&M Cookie recipe by clicking here and get baking your M&M cookies.

See you
in the kitchen!
Brenda

Our Banana Bread Recipe Secrets

One of my family's favorite recipes is our banana bread recipe.  We always keep some 'spare' bananas in the freezer to be ready for the day when we want to make banana bread.

By 'spare' bananas, I mean overripe ones that don't get eaten up in time.  I simply peel them and throw them in a plastic bag or container and into the freezer.

That's Secret Number 1, by the way.  Never use fresh bananas. Always use overripe ones that have been frozen.  They won't be pretty but they will be full of flavour to help make your banana bread delicious.

Oh, and I see that I've already given you Secret Number 2, which is to freeze your bananas peeled.  That makes using them so EASY. Just pull them out of the freezer and defrost and you are ready to go.

Secret Number 3 is the hardest secret. Never, ever eat your banana bread on the day you make it.  Banana bread is one of those foods that is simply BETTER the next day.  We are pretty good with this rule because we know what a difference it makes in flavour.

Perhaps my family's favorite secret is Secret Number 4 -- MAKE TWO.  If you only make one, well it is gone in the blink of an eye. If you make two, there's more for later.  I always try to freeze one for a rainy day...but it is not always that easy to get away with hiding one around my house.

If you want to put these banana bread secrets to good use in the best banana bread recipe you will ever find, check out my banana bread recipe by clicking right here.

By the way, if you are looking for more banana recipes, Go Bananas, the cookbook that I used to illustrate this page, has a near perfect five-star Amazon customer review and is deeply discounted at less than $5. To check it out on Amazon, click here.

See you
in the kitchen!
Brenda

Personalized World's Best Cook Apron

Rewards4Life personalized an apron just for me. Well, actually, they designed the image and through the magic of Zazzle, anyone can alter their design quickly and easily to create a personalized apron for whoever is the cook in their life.  I love this design and the fact that it can have my name on it. It would make a wonderful gift idea for anyone who spends time in the kitchen cooking.

Brenda

Quick Link:

Order your personalized apron from Zazzle.

How To Organize Your Recipes

If you are like me, your recipes may be a bit out of control. Once upon a time, I had mine all nicely organized in a simple blue binder but now, due to the fact that I have an ever growing collection of favorites and perhaps because I do not put my recipes away when I am finished with them, they are not quite so organized.

My friend Susan has written a page called Collecting and Organizing Family Favorite Recipes, which shares a few greet ways to get organized as well as a few links to her favorite recipes, available online. If you do take a peek, check out Susan's poll about how people organize their recipes. It is noteworthy that the most votes goes to, "Sort of. They're here and there. I can find the recipe I'm looking for most of the time."  That's where I would vote, except I have to admit that occasionally I lose a recipe.

I love the customizable binder (shown here) that Susan found from the artists at Zazzle. In about a minute, I customized it with our family name...and I like that it can even have a picture of the cook on the front, making it a great gift for a Mom or Grandma.  I have not ordered mine yet but I am thinking that having such an attractive binder would be a little added inspiration for me to put the recipe away when I am done with it...

How about you? Are you recipes organized and easy to find? What method do you use to store your favorites?

Brenda

Quick Links:

Visit Susan's page about collecting and organizing recipes.
Order your personalized recipe binder from Zazzle.
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