Remember all those amazing, can’t-live-without kitchen gadgets and appliances that you registered for? That the sales associate said you just couldn’t do without? Well now it’s time to use them all. If you registered for an immersion blender, a food processor and a dutch oven, a waffle iron, maybe a slow cooker or crockpot, there’s no point in letting them gather dust in a cabinet when you can use them to make some amazing, delicious food. Now you just need some awesome recipes! Instead of flipping through your cookbooks for hours looking for a recipe that actually utilizes your kitchen gadgets, check out Feastie, where you can search through over 100,000 recipes (all with gorgeous photos)…it’s a newlywed cook’s dream come true!
Whether you’re already comfortable in the kitchen but looking to try something new or you’re just learning how to cook, we’ve got you covered. To get you started, I’ve picked out a few of my favorites that will make good use of your new kitchen gadgets – get your new knives ready.
1. Immersion Blender: Once you’ve used your immersion blender a few times you’ll fall in love. It’s perfect for making creamy soups and sauces, even shakes. A favorite: Creamy Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese
2. Food Processor: Puree, grind, grate – make hummus, spreads, frostings and cake batter, even bread or pizza dough in your food processor. This is by far my favorite and most-used appliance in my kitchen. A favorite: Feta Pineapple Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
3. Dutch Oven: Perfect for soups, chilis, stews, roast chicken or meat, these heavy pots are super versatile. This may sound weird, but a dutch oven is fantastic for baking bread. The easiest, tastiest, most foolproof bread you’ve ever made. A favorite: No-Knead Bread
4. Waffle Iron: Waffles – there are endless varieties of waffles, both sweet and savory. But this contraption is not just for waffles – what about cookies made in a waffle iron? Or mac & cheese waffles? A favorite: Big Ol’ Blueberry Quinoa Waffles
5. Slow Cooker or CrockPot: Classic slow-cooker and crockpot recipes include chilis and soups, but did you know you can make lasagna in a slow cooker? Or pulled pork? How about enchiladas or even chocolate cake? Turn it on when you go to work, and dinner’s waiting when you get home. Here’s a surprising favorite: Slow Cooker Chocolate and Nutella Bread Pudding
Learning how to cook can be a fun, rewarding experience, whether you’re cooking with your spouse or on your own. Don’t be intimidated, and don’t be hesitant to try a new ingredient, new cuisine, or new cooking method. The absolute worst case scenario? Pizza delivery and a good laugh!