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National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day January 4
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Day January 10
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National Marzipan Day January 13
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National Peking Duck DayJanuary 19
National Popcorn DayJanuary 20
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National Pie Day January 24
National Peanut Butter Day January 25
National Irish Coffee Day January 26
National Peanut Brittle Day January 27
National Chocolate Cake
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National Blueberry Pancake Day January 29
National Corn Chip DayJanuary 30
National Croissant Day January 31
National Brandy Alexander Day
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Time To Get Organized
Ah January, a time for diets and new gym memberships. A time for resolutions and changes to one's lifestyle. But not for me. I adore chocolate (and most foods in general) too much to do that to myself. But one thing that I do like to do for myself in January is to take a good look at my kitchen. For me January is a time to purge, organize and renew so that I have a full year ahead of better cooking in a streamlined kitchen. My kitchen isn't as big as I would like for it to be (as most food lovers lament) so I try to make the most of my space. I have gathered a few tips below for you to join with me as I start the process of improving my kitchen this January. Don't try to tackle it all in one day if it's too daunting a task. Break it down into small steps and take on a few each week.
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Purge, purge, purge -- It's time to get honest with yourself. Will you really use that lone packet of gelatin before it expires? What about that container of spices that you bought for a recipe that you ended up hating? Have a dish or cooking utensil that was gifted to you, but you never use it? Throw them away or find new homes for them. Lastly, check your canned food for expiration dates. While you're at it, what about the food and water you have stored with your emergency kit? Does it need to be replaced? Is your fire extinguisher expired too?
Organize -- Think about the recipes you cook most often. What tools and dishes do you use while cooking and serving these meals? Make sure all those items are stored in places that are easy for you to reach and find. I have a ceramic holder that is 7" round by 6 " high that sits on my counter. It holds wooden spoons, spatulas, graters, a microplane, wire whisks, a hand colander, slotted spoons and a soup ladle. Use the upper shelves in your kitchen to store items that you only use on special occasions. If you are worried about forgetting where everything is, jot down a few notes that you can leave in your junk drawer. Or put a reminder on your calendar about where you have stored the roasting pan for your Easter rib roast.
Cooking goes much faster when you can quickly find all the ingredients and tools you need. Over the year I find that my ingredients shift and move into new "homes" in my kitchen. This is the time I gather up all the bottles of various types of oil and vinegar and put them together in one area. I gather up my flours and sugars and put them together. I put all my baking ingredients together. And so forth. Then I alphabetize all my spices and replace any that are too old. I also look at my cooking tools and try to place items that are used for the same purpose (baking, making pasta, etc.) together. I have my kitchen knives sharpened. Lastly, I go through all the various containers of condiments, jam, etc. in my fridge and I organize those as well.
Renew -- Once I have a better idea of what I have and the new space I have now that I have purged and organized, I like to peruse some of my favorite online shopping sites to get ideas and learn about products I didn't even know existed:
Kuhn Rikon: kitchen gadgets
The Container Store: kitchen organizers
Ikea: interior organizers
Revol: porcelain cookware and accessories
Think Outside the Box -- Maybe the unused second oven is the perfect home for that large paella pan. Perhaps you can add small shelves to the side of a piece of furniture or a wall to create the perfect spot to store glasses or your collection of tea cups and saucers. Paint a wall with magnetic paint so you can post recipes, family pictures and inspiring pictures of dishes you want to cook. It's your kitchen so you make the rules. Don't be afraid to be different. This is your space.
Lastly, if time and budget permit, I try to think big. Will this be the year I install pull-out shelves? Maybe invest in a bigger pot rack?
What do you do to keep your kitchen organized? I'd like to hear from you about what steps you take to get your kitchen ready for a year of great cooking. Join our discussion on Facebook.
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