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I NEED A BLOWTORCH!!!


…and copper mule mugs and a new grill and a food processor. These are the things that keep me up at night. My usual routine to fall asleep is to get in bed, turn on some food show (last night’s choice was Bizarre Foods Singapore) and Pinterest pin until I can’t pin no mo’.

For some time now I’ve wanted a blow torch. I can’t remember why or what I was cooking or wanted to cook, but I was angry that I didn’t have one. Crème brûlée maybe??? Anyway, that led me to begin thinking about what else is lacking in my culinary arsenal. From How to Stock Your Spice Rack…, you already know that my spices are up to snuff. However, there are some kitchen tools that I desperately want…well need, because who doesn’t need more gadgets! Do you have kitchen toys you’ve been pining for?

I have an Amazon.com wishlist for my problems and 75 Pinterest boards waiting to be tackled. Amazon did me a solid two weeks ago by having that Prime Day. I had two goals that day, buy a Kitchenaid mixer and a tv. I managed to lurk the interwebz until it was time to order. Victory is mine! I scored the larger, professional version of the mixer (even though it’s red) for just shy of $180; shipping and tax included. I was so excited about the mixer and the price that I didn’t even care about not getting the tv.

Long story short, I’ve got my eye on a few things. But I’ve promised myself that once I close on a house, I’m buying all the things! There will be parties at my house just because I wanted to cook. I’m almost inclined to say that I can’t wait for fall!

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How to Stock Your Spice Rack (or Cabinet in My Case) for Ethnic Meals — Middle Eastern Edition


If you haven’t figure it out by now, Lindsey and I cook almost everything and we’re not afraid to try new things.  Here recently I’ve been on a lamb kick, but I really don’t have a good spice set to compliment it.  I love Middle Eastern food, but was a bit intimidated because I wasn’t 100% sure what to buy.  And really…I wasn’t up for searching for spices and herbs and sauces and whatnot at the Trader Joes and Whole Foods of the world; I wanted it from the source.  Lucky for me, there is a store around the corner from me that has everything your heart could desire.

Bon Appétit ran an article some time ago that highlighted your essential Middle Eastern spices and while I was able to find most of them, I still haven’t found the aleppo pepper.  And I learned the hard way that you can buy everyone’s ras-el-hanout…kinda like you can’t eat everyone’s potato salad.  But back to the article, check it out and the first thing you should do is get that pomegranate molasses on some lamb.  The second thing is to add these spices to your gluttony arsenal if you dont have them already:  cumin, cardamom, anise seed, tumeric, sumac and caraway.  They’ll help you in other dishes too!

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