Tuesday, November 3, 2009

ON FOOD ~ Kitchen Essentials...



We've introduced you to Lynn of Queen of the Castle Recipes before on our blog via an award post back in January. As you may know, I am not the cook in the family. That responsibility and talent lies with Andy. So you may wonder how it came to be that I would have befriended someone who has a recipe blog.

Lynn stumbled upon The Bumbles one day via one of our earliest posts that I published about a baseball book. You see, in addition to being a terrific cook, author, Mom and Queen of her castle, Lynn is a big baseball fan. It may be the only thing she and I have in common! Well, that and our sense of humor.

Her blog posts a variety of recipes she has made - of her own doing and ones submitted by her readers or from cookbooks, magazines or cooking sites she admires. But what makes her posts of interest to me is that she always tells us the story behind why she's tried it out. Or how the process went. Or how it turned out. She even posts the ones that would be considered a "Fail." She talks about how to cook fish in your dishwasher. Or about unsuccessfully using the piping hot hood of a car as a cooking surface. Don't worry. She generally uses traditional methods and makes delicious dishes. But it is that creativity and instinct to think outside the box that drew me to her and keeps me coming back for more recipes to talk Andy into testing out.

So when I had an idea for a cooking related post over on Lifesnips I knew just the person to turn to. No - not Andy! Lynn.

By collaborating with Lynn via e-mail interviews we created a post of 10 Simple Essential Tools That Should Be In Your Kitchen (But Probably Aren't). I needed something that would be easy enough for novices but could provide a few new tips for the old pros as well. And I wanted to entertain - even those who could care less about cooking or kitchens.

I think I succeeded in reaching these goals - thanks in large part to Lynn. So hop on over and decide for yourself. Be sure to leave a Comment over there for her to see - and by all means share your own essential suggestions. The Lifesnips audience might learn something from you too!

I'm always looking for new ideas for Lifesnips posts. If you have a topic you'd like to see covered, send me an e-mail. Who knows - maybe some day you'll be the featured interview!

13 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

Molly, you never cease to amaze me! I am so there. I'm on my way right now!

ds said...

Cooking fish in the dishwasher?! That is a gutsy lady...I will have to check out the interview. Thanks!

Mojo said...

I am so not cooking fish in my dishwasher... or anything on the hood of my nasty truck.

Although, I did see a feature on TV once abotu a guy who used the heat from his car exhaust to power an oven...ly... thing. anyway, he could cook in it. Seems like he might have built an adapter for his exhaust manifold too. Those get wicked hot.

Julie@Momspective said...

That's pretty interesting. I don't eat seafood but if I did, I'd totally do that!

Ashley Ladd said...

Cool. I used to cook but am usually too exhausted after I get home from work. Someday I want to get back into it - when I retire from the day job or cut back hours.

I've wondered how to cook fish in the dishwasher since Jane on 27 Dresses talked about it. :)

Adelle Laudan said...

I'll check it out. Hope all is well with you both. Miss seeing you.

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

That was a super article - the one about the 10 Essential Kitchen Tools. Very creative of both you and Lynn. Good job.

Little Ms Blogger said...

I love cooking and will go check out her and the particular post.

Fish in the dishwasher --- yeah, heard of, but how the hell would you get rid of salmon smell?

It can also be used as a makeshift warming tray. Years ago, my mom put a bunch of mini quiches in it (she had done this many times). However, she forgot to put on dry command and washed about 250 quiches. Not pretty, but funny as heck to a 7 year old.

Beth F said...

Phew!!! I have all 10 essentials, but I'm saved fish in the dishwasher because I don't have that appliance. Car engine cooking was one of those experiments I gladly skipped.

Think about linking up your 10 essentials to my Saturday Weekend Cooking meme (no pressure, but it fits perfectly!)

Lynn said...

Here's the link to the dishwasher salmon instructions, for the brave at heart. Honestly, it's good! It doesn't smell fishy because the salmon is well wrapped in foil.

You can also learn about tenderizing meat in an interesting way by reading some of the comments :)
http://queenofthecastlerecipes.blogspot.com/2008/11/dishwasher-salmon.html
Happy experimenting.

Susan said...

I loved this LifeSnips post! Right up my alley. Well, I love all your posts there, so no surprise.

McGillicutty said...

Just discovered your blog, love the name, hubby and I have something we call the Bumbly walk so this appealed to me! Will check out lifesnips.. sounds like i need it!!!!

McGillicutty said...

I have a little something for you at my place... love this blog. :)