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Handy Cooking Tools

Handy Cooking Tools

There are so many fancy cooking utensils and items on the market it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What is essential and what can you do without? The answer to these questions is very individual. It depends on multiple factors including your finances, your preferences, how much time you have, how many people you are cooking for, and the food items you use for cooking.

Serving Food

Serving Food

Let’s discuss serving food. What’s the joy of grocery shopping, meal planning, and food preparation if there is no one to eat it? Whether you are just cooking for yourself, a significant other, a family, or a large group of people, serving food can also be fun process instead of a chore. Have you ever had a meal and felt no joy in eating it? Or you could tell that the person making the food wasn’t enjoying the process? The energy we put into meal preparation and serving can also affect the experience - both your own experience and everyone else who will be eating the food.

More Details About Fruit

More Details About Fruit

So, what are more specific things to look for when buying fresh fruit? These are the main things I look for when choosing fruit by category:

Citrus Fruits - This includes lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, etc. I love it when my citrus fruits are juicy and just the right balance of sweet and sour. When I feel the outside of a citrus fruit I am assessing for that gentle “bounce back” that it can give. Try it for yourself and see if you notice it.

Buying Fruits

Buying Fruits

I love buying fruits! My early childhood years were spent in a tropical climate and I always had an abundance of tasty fruits to eat. Some of my earliest memories are of eating watermelon daily on the balcony, looking for lemons or mangos on the trees in my back yard, eating around the seeds of a guava, and finding dates on the ground under the palm trees by the water.

Buying Vegetables

Buying Vegetables

Before I start adding recipes here, I wanted to talk about buying vegetables. To make a delicious meal, you have to get good quality produce or it’s not going to taste very good. But where are some places to get good quality produce?

Food Items to Have on Hand - Cooking Blog

Food Items to Have on Hand - Cooking Blog

What foods should you have on hand all the time? That depends on what you like to eat, your finances, and food availability. I like to keep my kitchen stocked with the items I use on a regular basis so I can easily make a meal without having to do a lot of planning and shopping beforehand. Of course, it’s never perfect and I do end up having to make last minute runs to the store, or re-plan a recipe because I ran out of something. But having the essentials in the kitchen is very helpful and makes cooking a lot less time consuming and stressful.

New Heights Cooking - Cooking Blog

New Heights Cooking - Cooking Blog

I am excited to announce that I will be working on a blog about cooking and food preparation! This is meant to be a helpful resource for you and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy cooking and then writing about it. What I am hoping to include are methods to choose and store foods, helpful kitchen tools to use for meal preparation, and easy-to-use recipes that are delicious, full of flavor, and healthy!