The Kitchen Aid Blender–a versatile kitchen tool to have around

My son recently came back from a service trip to Nicaragua, and one of the local foods he got to try was a non-alcoholic pina colada.  He loved the fresh, sweet combination of pineapple and coconut, served frozen with crushed ice on a 90-degree Central America day.  He wanted to relive the experience at home (minus the humidity!), so he requested pina coladas for cocktail hour on Thanksgiving Day. [Read more…]

"The Stocked Kitchen"

The Stocked Kitchen Revisited

The Cupboard will be hosting Stacey Krastins on Saturday, November 19 from 1-4 p.m. She’ll be serving samples from the cookbook and will be available to chat and sign copies of her book. So we hope to see you at the store on Saturday!

In a previous post I talked about ‘The Stocked Kitchen’ and its authors, Sarah Kallio and [Read more…]

Chicken Noodle Soup

Easiest Chicken Noodle Soup Ever!

This recipe comes straight from Nate, our cookware buyer. It is delicious, fast and easy! There is nothing more comforting on cold days than a nice, hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. Enjoy! [Read more…]

The Cook’s Cookies

The sun is gone by 5:00 pm and is not showing back up until 7:00 am. It is cold and snowy! What do you do to fight those blues? Sorry… the Cook forgets that there are people out there that love these conditions and the Cook was one of those…but not now. Spend one winter in north-central Russia, yet alone many, and that is a love never to return.

So what does one do to find comfort from the cold and dark? The Cook goes to baking and soup making. Comfort food is what it is now called. What is your favorite?

Cookies, (aka: biscuits, keks, biscotti, galletas) small flat baked treats, according to a few sources, where originally invented rather by accident than by design. It is claimed that [Read more…]

Fall (the new love of my life!)

Slow turn from green to yellow to orange or red. The creeping of the fall colors onto the leaves of   the many trees in Fort Collins is enough reason to live here. Fall was never my favorite time of year until I moved here. Although spring still has a warm and fuzzy place in my heart, fall has started to take its place for a variety of reasons.

First, the colors. The slow transition from lime, kelly, and forest green of summer to the tangerine, school bus yellows, poppy reds, and pumpkin oranges of fall puts you in a state of anticipation with each day, with more colors suddenly appearing. The leaves each individually make their own transition till at some point all colors are as vibrant and vivid as you had imagined the first day you started to notice the change.

Second, the sounds. The wind is ever present throughout the fall days. Even if it’s just a light breeze, you begin to hear that breeze more than you did before. It often times starts [Read more…]