A few Food, Drink and Kitchen favorites from 2019.
|Dec 2, 2019|
on my mind // 2019 Favorites: Food + Drink + Kitchen
2019 has been a year of rediscovering joy and pleasure in my kitchen, while also embracing the new limits of this season of young motherhood and part-time work. That said, here’s a list of my favorites from this year.
Freezer cooking. I’ve long lauded the beauty of freezer cooking. And I honestly can’t imagine this past year without it.
The Lazy Genius Podcast. I’ve been an LG fangirl for a while, but this year, her podcast episodes on food are exactly what I’ve needed this year. They make sense in a way they didn’t before.
Bread machine. A friend gave me her bread machine when she moved, and it’s been a wonderful tool in my meal planning arsenal.
Snacks. I’ve spent the past 10 years not really eating snacks, believing they were a barrier to health. But as I’ve gotten to know my body better and learned to recognize my hunger cues, snacks have been a non-negotiable. And you know, finding snacks that nourish and satisfy has been a joy and improved my life. Who knew that some problems could be solved by eating?
Instant Pot. I bought an IP a few years ago, did NOT like it, and sold it. Well, my crockpot bit the dust this year and I replaced it with an IP. I still don’t think it’s a miracle device, but I’m using it A LOT.
French toast. French toast has become one of my favorite foods this year. Not sure why I’ve not been making it until now, but it’s easy, cheap and delicious.
Buffalo chicken. I love buffalo chicken. I throw some chicken breast in the IP, cook them, then cover them in Frank’s Hot Sauce. Perfect for dipping vegetables, serving with corn chips or over a baked potato, topping a salad with, etc.
Wide, shallow bowls. We eat many a meal in front of the TV. And my friends, bowls are prime dishes for TV meals.
SodaStream. Our sparkling water budget was a little, ahem, out of hand and the number of cans filling our recycling bin was starting to bother me. So we got a SodaStream on FB Marketplace. I think we’ll save money in the long run, but mostly I’m loving the ease of it and how it’s helping us minimize waste.
Whisky sours. This summer, a friend and I embarked on a course of study: upping our cocktail game. Our textbook is the “12 Bottle Bar” and we purchased our materials at Costco. Through our course of study, I discovered the whisky sour and it is now my standby. Highly recommend.
My “Mum” cup. For Mother’s Day this year, my folks gifted me a Cath Kidston “mum” mug and it brings me joy every time I open my mug cabinet and use it. I don’t think of myself as a “gift” person until I get a gift like this.
I’d LOVE (seriously LOVE) to hear your 2019 Food, Drink and Kitchen Favorites. Follow me on IG at @abigailmurrish where I’ll be touching base this week to hear what you’ve been loving this year.
in my feed // @thesaltydietitianrd
She’s coming in HOT for paleo, keto, etc., and I like it. Seriously, this post was really thought-provoking and a good reminder of how wellness culture is steeped in privilege and racism.
from my life // The Crown — Season 4
If you’re not watching, may I ask why? So good, and given me lots to think about.
a final word // “I worried” (by Mary Oliver)
I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?
Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?
Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,