Thursday, January 24, 2013
Since my fiance and I moved into our new place I've been in the kitchen a lot which is not a hard thing for me because I thoroughly enjoy cooking, it has also been really nice not only using gifted items but rediscovering items that had been stored away in boxes. Here are some of the things that I'm willing to share with you (every cook keeps secrets).


You may recognize 'The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack' and the reason I have it here is because it is my favorite CD to cook to. I hate cooking in silence and this for some reason is just my favorite album to cook to. I also recommend going to Last.Fm and listening to Danny Elfman/Hans Zimmer/Jon Brion/etc while you cook. 

Another thing you might recognize is Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili sauce, which is basically the best thing ever and silly admission, but I love the packaging. I am a bit of a baby when it comes to spice but the flavor and versatility of this sauce is amazing, if you haven't tried it, try it! Start with a little and work yourself up the spice ladder. It pairs really well with seafood, chicken, rice, etc - trust me, it is good. 

The next thing is this T-Fal nonstick frying pan I picked up from Target a few months ago, it has been my absolute favorite. My friend Summer recommended it to me and I have to say it is awesome. It has held up despite the fact that I accidentally flung it off the stove (cardigan incident) and is really non-stick which is such a relief when it comes to my cooking. I don't own this particular one, I own a smaller version but it is a good frying pan and a must have. 

Next I have my sweetest recommendation, Sahale Snacks Crunchers with cranberries, sesame seeds, and honey (some of my favorite things ever). I found these at Walmart and had to get them because I am a sucker for anything almond. My only problem with these are that they come in small packages and are a bit pricey at something like $3.99 for a 4 oz pouch. I go through these reallly quickly but that is only because they taste so good. 

Last, but not least, is the Garlic Wheel. I received this bad boy (The Martha Stewart version in blue is in the photo) for Christmas last year and spent a good two minutes staring at it wondering what the crap it was. Fast forward to a few months ago when I was unpacking my kitchen stuff and I come across this thing and let me tell you, I am a garlic zoom believer. I really love garlic but I really hate the way raw garlic makes my hands smell so this is the perfect item for me. It chops the garlic quickly and into the most perfect uniform size, whoever came up with this idea is a genius and I want to marry them.. for the money and garlic zoom fame. 


Courtney Erin said...

I can't believe I never realized how awesome of a soundtrack that would be to cook to - I have to try that!

Courtney ~

Laura Go said...

YES for Sriracha. I seriously go through a large bottle in no time at all. :) I don't cook with it though, but I season EVERYTHING with it. Even tacos. And now I want tacos. I also hate cooking in silence, so usually I talk to myself of listen to LOTR in the background :)
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BelatedBloomer said...

Sriracha! Discovered it when I was eating at a Vietnamese restaurant then looked for it in asian deli's until I brought the baby home. I just dip stuff in it. Do you cook with it?

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Honeysuckelle said...

@Courtney Erin

I pretty much discovered it's awesomeness for cooking to while listening to, it is fun acting it out while you cook too haha.


Honeysuckelle said...

@Laura Go

Sriracha is the best isn't it? I have pretty made a rule to have two in the pantry at all times just in case. Oooh, Sriracha tacos sounds really good. LOTR! I didn't think of that, LOTR would be a great album to cook to.


Honeysuckelle said...


You know what's silly is the first time I saw it was in an IHOP, I remember asking my boyfriend what it was because I liked the packaging. I do cook with it, I've added a bit to chicken, rice, and ground turkey meals.


Crissy said...

Sriracha is my absolute favorite for chicken, soups, pizza, etc.. It's amazing on oven baked wings. The right kind of spice and flavor!

Honeysuckelle said...


I will have to try it on pizza, it sounds like it'd be super tasty on a thick cheese pizza! I tried a little on some chicken stir fry over the weekend and it was pretty tasty.


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