In My Kitchen ~ November 2013

In my kitchen …

is the window that frames each season so beautifully. It’s been two months since my last IMK post—the leaves have changed from green to gold, the flowers fading as temperatures dip. We have one small grouping of flowers in the upper garden continuing to smile at me with bright, yellow faces. Today we expect snow, so it is time to trim the last blooms to enjoy inside at the table.

November IMK - Window (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

is an old fashioned milk bottle to hold our tiny garden remnant, rescued from the coming snow, savored just a little bit longer.

November IMK - Garden Flowers (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

is a bottle of avocado oil sent to me by Chosen Foods for my review. I felt a little guilty accepting this free sample, as I already knew it was something I liked and would recommend. A few months ago, I spied a bottle at Costco and decided to try it in a mayonnaise and Caesar dressing

recipe in place of extra-virgin olive oil. Score!

November IMK - Avocado Oil (1 of 1)-2

In my kitchen …

is a soup tureen we bought at a garage sale this summer—I loved the stoneware ladle. With soup weather blowing in, it is now ready for its first assignment.

November IMK - Soup Tureen (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

is not one, but TWO bottles of Chipotle Tabasco. Why? Because if we get down to just one my husband gets nervous that we might run out. Yes, there is an opened bottle in the cupboard and these two in the pantry … just in case. This is serious stuff folks, I kid you not.

November IMK - Tabasco (1 of 1)-2

In my kitchen …

is two new products I purchased to test a few recipes in a new cookbook I’m reviewing, The Sweeter Side of Candida. These are not items I would ordinarily buy because we prefer to keep sugar consumption at a minimum rather than use sugar substitutes, even the natural variety like these. However, I have friends who dread the holidays because they must adhere to a sugar-free diet for medical reasons, so I’m trying to help them out with a few recipes they can enjoy. I’ll let you know how it goes. (This photo made me laugh … my cute Autumn tea towel was upside down. Ha!)

November IMK - Xylitol & Stevia (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

is a gift that made my heart smile, deep down. It is a gift from a dear friend’s daughter, who also follows my blog. On a trip to Zanzibar, she collected spices grown on a farm there and hauled them all the way back to the USA for me. She packed it all in this treasure box with a sweet thank you card—vanilla, coriander, cardamom pods, cinnamon, cumin seeds, star anise, curry powder, garam masala, black pepper, saffron, and Zanzibar Tandoori—what a blessed gift!

November IMK - Spice Box (1 of 1)

November IMK - Spice Box Contents (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

is another gift, an apron from Guatemala from one of our bonus daughters (we have several). I adore the vibrant colors and lightweight fabric, it is a special addition to my kitchen wardrobe. I think the reason I appreciate kitchen items as gifts so much is because each one reminds me of the giver. It’s like having my friends and loved ones right there with me.

November IMK - Guatemalan apron (1 of 1)

In my kitchen …

well, not far from my kitchen sitting at the top of the stairs, is our pup, Silas. One evening last week he was watching the door, waiting for Matt to come home. It was 6:15 pm, but Silas does not need a clock to know when his buddy is supposed to be home.

November IMK - Silas (1 of 1)

What’s happening in your kitchen this month?

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  1. says

    Judy, how lovely to be peeking into your kitchen again, I missed gazing out of your window last month! The avo oil sounds delish, and what a glorious and thoughtful gift from your friend’s daughter! And chipotle Tabasco? I didn’t even know that existed! I have to go on a quest now! 🙂
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    • says

      Thanks, Celia, it is good to join the fun again. 🙂 Chipotle Tabasco is fab on so many things, I think my favorite is scrambled eggs and pizza — hope you can find some.

  2. says

    That’s such a nice view to enjoy every morning, Judy. Wasn’t that sweet of your friend’s daughter to bring you such a thoughtful gift. Spices and the like are the best types of souvenirs. Silas sure knows how to make a warm welcome. 🙂
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  3. says

    Aren’t dogs just the most loyal, loving animals? That pic of Silas is pure love. And what wonderful treasurers you have been gifted. I agree, having those in your home is like having those dear to you right with you. I see you have touched many hearts to be receiving such thoughtful gifts in return. Now who would garage sale that soup tureen?? What a great find!!!
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  4. says

    What a find with the soup tureen! It’s beautiful! You have wonderful way someone would sell something that you find so lovely. 🙂 Had to laugh about the husband needing 2 bottles of Tabasco. 🙂 I’ve never tried the chipotle flavor. HUM – might have to pick me up a bottle of that. Great IMK and I love the parting shot.
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  5. says

    I so love the view out of your kitchen window! Seeing how things looks is my favorite part of your In My Kitchen posts! And that soup tureen is wonderful – I love things like that. Good stuff – thanks.
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  6. says

    We have a few very similar bottles…used exactly as you do…for those last flowers from the outdoors. Our flowers are now long gone but next spring there will be new ones to be had. I would love to give avocado oil a try. What kind of a flavor does it have?

    • says

      Ah, spring flowers … we will long for them all winter and be refreshed when they arrive. 🙂

      Avocado oil has a very light, subtle avocado flavor, but is truly hard to notice if you’re not looking for the flavor (if that makes sense). It is perfect for salad dressings, smoothies, mayonaise — anything that you would want an oil to not interfer with other flavors. It is rated with a high spoke point, but I like to use coconut oil for that. I am planning a full review of the oil in a couple of weeks … stay tuned. 🙂

  7. says

    Judy, your sense of appreciation and “savoring” — from the seasons framed in your window to Silas faithfully waiting at the top of the stairs — was a delight to see and read. Family, flavors, and fabrics (even upside down ones 😉 are indicative of the full life you lead. (Remind me to to scout out some chipotle Tabasco and avocado oil a.s.a.p!)
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  8. says

    I’m curious on using avocado oil, I usually use it for beauty purposes, but never in the kitchen 🙂

  9. says

    Hey, Judy,
    I have seen this series at Lizzy’s site, but no where else…. it is a nice little peak into another kitchen, for sure. My post would be the same almost all of the time. 🙂
    Kitty waiting at the door is so sweet. I am not a cat person, but I love dogs, and to see a cat waiting at the door doesn’t compute to how I know cats – and I love it.
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  10. says

    Taking a walk through your kitchen was an esthetic experience for me. Your introductory lines touched my heart and filled up my senses like a sunny Autumn noon.

    I always get positive, happy vibes when I’m here on your blog. Do post more often, please. (Some people truly look forward to your posts which are always full of beauty and love)

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