Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kitchen Magician!

      My father often signs his emails as "Kitchen Magician," instead of his actual name, I hope that one day I can fill his shoes as a culinary wizard! He and I are constantly brainstorming new recipes or feverishly chatting away about the most recent meals we have concocted. I'm not always as creative and inventive as he is but I do stash some items of inspiration in my kitchen to make sure that a new cooking idea always emerges!

Marzipan veggies!

A morning mug that pokes fun at my height.

1: Certo- For making pepper jellies this summer
2: Old Bay Season- Key flavoring ingredient for making Barefoot Contessa's salmon cakes (I add fried bacon bits!)

3: Vintage recipe box- Found at Santa Cruz's local antique fair
4: Avian Salt & Pepper Shakers
Ceramic egg tray that makes putting away groceries more fun!

Sometimes I purchase spices that come in plastic bags or boxes,
these 99 cent glass spice jars keep things well contained. 

A berry colander that's spring ready! (only $2.99 at Cost Plus!)

I always have leftover bits of onion, this veggie saver keeps
my produce fresh and let's me know what is inside the box!

Beauty and function collide in this decorative key/ bottle opener

      Dad, I know you log in each day (thank you!) and I wanted to take the time to let you know that I appreciate all your innovation and creativity. You inspire me each and every time I prepare a home cooked meal!
       And to my readers.... who are such a great source of inspiration to me, where do you find culinary inspiration?!


PS: Here's a preview of an upcoming style post!

Photo taken by Maggie of


  1. Precious!! I am happy you have that to share with one another!! I look forward to seeing this outfit!! And the cake I am making is a spiced apple cake with brown sugar frosting! My husband enjoys it! We too love to bake :) Have a marvelous evening doll! xx

  2. You are a Mini Kitchen Magician! That coffee mug made me laugh out loud! It's really fun.


  3. Loving that bag...and your giraffe mug :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  4. Interesting post & I love the purse, bracelet & watch!

  5. I am excited to see your upcoming post! THe giraffe mug is awesome! You are right Nico...I've tried a lot of different things on my blog but today's crinkle coat was just not something I could pull off. I appreciate your support and your feedback!

  6. Awww...I love that you did this post for your dad! Too cute. I find a to of inspiration on Tastespotting! xo

  7. What a sweet post, Nico! Giraffe adorable! I love watching the food network and pretending I have my own show when I cook. hahah!

  8. Nico, you are so adorable :) I wish I could brainstorm new recipes with my dad, but he's really difficult to please. That's why I turn to my growing collection of cookbooks, food blogs and pinterest for fresh and original ideas.

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls


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