Thursday, January 15, 2009

Keeping Creative Kitchens

Today I'm participating in Alaina's Keeping Creative Kitchens. Although I'm newly married and have a kitchen full of new things, I find there are still times where I don't have quite the right gadget or utensil. So, here are a couple of my improvised uses for kitchen tools.

Pastry blender:
I don't have an immersion blender and I only just recently got a potato masher. So, when a soup needed blended, I'd use my pastry blender. I definitely had a thicker/chunkier soup, but that's the way my husband prefers it, and it was good enough for me. I did also use it for mashing chunky potatoes.

Hand mixer whisk:
I only have one whisk and it's in the medium to large range in size. When I need two whisks or I just need something smaller, I use one of the whisk attachments for my hand mixer and it works great!

And finally, since that was a rather dull segment, I'll leave you with a chicken "marinade" I made up this week (and I'm guessing on quantities because I really didn't measure it out, so use your own judgment if you choose to make this). I spread this over three pieces of chicken, set the pan in the fridge for about an hour, and then baked it.
Mix together:
A little less than 1/4 c. olive oil, a couple cloves of garlic, 1/8 tsp, crushed red pepper flakes, 1/8-1/4 tsp. oregano, 1/4-1/2 tsp. rosemary.
Salt and pepper the chicken, then spoon this mixture over the chicken (the spices will stay on top of the chicken, while the oil runs down the sides).


Margaret said...

That marinade sounds delicious!

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