A Cozy Kitchen Gift Guide 2019

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A Cozy Kitchen Gift Guide 2019

This A Cozy Kitchen Gift Guide 2019 is a list of tools and items I use on the regular! They help make cooking and baking easy, organized and stress-free. Buy them for yourself or your favorite human!

1. KitchenAid Artisan Mixer (Almond Cream) – I have this mixer (though I use the Architect KitchenAid which has since been discontinued *TEARS!*). I used the Artisan for years (and still have it that I keep as a backup). It’s super pretty in this Almond Cream color.

2. Pyrex Measuring Set – I have two of these measuring sets and love it! I often times will treat the 8 cup like a big bowl for omelettes and pancake batters. The smaller ones always provide super accurate volume measurements. And I love that the glass doesn’t absorb smells or stains.

3. Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender – For years I had a Ninja and I LOVED it. It was super loud (the only caveat). I gave it to my mom and replaced it with this Vitamix. It’s SO pretty and quiet. It blends up sauces, smoothies, soups and pestos like a dream.

4. The Year of Cozy – This is my cookbook which I personally *hello bias opinion!* think is a wonderful gift. AND there’s a big deal on the book!

5. Le Creuset 3 1/2 Signature Cast Iron Braiser – I use this braiser for SO many things. Arroz con pollo, macaroni and cheese, roasting a chicken, etc. I have it in meringue and it’s SO pretty, too.

6. Pyrex Meal Prep Set – I love these glass storage containers for food because, again, they don’t stain or absorb odors. If I leave something in here that’s turns scary (you know, because I forgot about it), all it needs is a trip to the dishwasher with some super hot water.

7. Boos Block (in Medium Size) – I love this Boos Block though I use it for things that don’t stain (like bread, some vegetables and making a sandwich).

8. USA 9×13 Cake Pan – I’m a sheet pan enthusiast (evidence: here, here , here and here). And am actually buying this for myself this week because my old 9×13 cake pan has gone through the ringer and *cough* my husband might’ve ruined it.

9. Olive Oil Dispenser – I’ve had this for a few years and use it daily! It’s another thing that lives right next to my stove and I grab for it on the regular.

10. Nordic Ware Half Sheet Pans – I have a handful of these sheet pans and I use them for everything from baking cookies to roasting vegetables to even roasting a turkey. The 1-inch rim that goes all the way around makes them very versatile. And the light colored stainless steel won’t burn your cookies or biscuits.

11. Le Creuset 5 1/2-quart Dutch Oven  – These Dutch Ovens come in a few sizes: 3 1/2 quart, 5 1/4-quart and 7 1/4-quart. Buy according to the size of the friends and family you cook for. For me, I use the 3 1/2 quart ALL the time. And I love the 5 1/4 quart, too.

12. Peugot PepperMill – This is another thing that is parked right next to my stove and it’s amazing. I’ve had it for a few years now and it’s equally pretty and attractive and efficient.

13. Le Creuset 5pc. Utensil Set (in color “Meringue”) – This is a new addition to my kitchen and it’s so pretty parked right next to my stove. The spatulas are super sturdy and the brush tool is my favorite because it’s nice and wide.

14. Instant Pot 6-Quart – I love my Instant Pot and I use it ALL the time. Billy gifted this to me last Christmas and I use it at least once or twice a month. During colder months, even more often!

15. OXO Stainless Steel Cups – I used to use cute measuring cups but now I’m more practical and I want guaranteed reliability and accuracy. These cup measurements are great.

16. OXO Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons – These measuring spoons are super accurate and I love that instead of having that annoying ring that holds them together, they’re magnetic so they secure together.

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15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

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15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

It’s December! That means quick meals, gingerbread houses, lots of cookies and appetizers galore. It’s a time for holiday parties and get togethers and being stressed that the end of the year is coming so very soon! Here is a collection of 15 Cozy Recipes To Make in December! 

15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

Decadent, Delicious Hot Chocolate – This hot chocolate is my favorite, decadent hot chocolate. Truly just the way hot chocolate should be made. 15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Poblano and Black Bean Enchiladas – Between all the cookies and sugar, we need dinner. And we need it simple and delicious. I love these enchiladas.

Best Blueberry Muffins – The batter for these blueberry muffins can be made and kept in the fridge overnight. They’ll puff up gloriously!

Pastelitos de Guayaba – Cuban bakery vibes in your kitchen! These pastelitos are filled with sweetened cream cheese and a little slice of guava paste. Super tasty and easy!

Breakfast Braided Danish Loaf – This yeasted loaf is SO good and fluffy. It’s super tasty. This recipe makes two loaves so you can make one for you and give the second one away.

Berry Crinkle Cookies – December is the month of cookies. And I developed these for Valentine’s Day last year but they’re pretty Christmas-y too because of their pretty color!

Cozy Gingerbread House – This gingerbread house took me exactly 1 week to complete (mainly because I changed my mine on the creative direction). I ended up super proud and loving it!

Alfajores – These cookies are melt-in-your-mouth-delicious. Filled with manjar blanco/dulce de leche and rolled in powdered sugar. So good!

Chewy Masala Chai Snickerdoodles – These are big holiday vibes. They’re chewy, amazingly spiced and a very big crowd pleaser. 15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

Chocolate Cardamom Morning Rolls – Chocolate and cardamom are one of my favorite flavor combos. These morning rolls are fluffy and delicious. The best part: they can prepped the night before and then baked of the morning of!

Oat Milk Collagen Hot Chocolate – This is a healthy version of hot chocolate. It has collagen, oat milk and delicious dark chocolate.

Horchata Una Leche Tres Leches – This tres leches uses a single kind of milk: horchata. It’s super delicious and nutty. I love it!

Pie de Limón Cookie Bars – This is inspired by one of my favorite Peruvian desserts: pie de limon. It has a lovely cookie crust that makes these easy to transport. 15 Cozy Recipes to Make In December!

Brown Butter Pecan Sheet Cake – This sheet cake is SO good. It has brown butter, chopped pecans and cute little cookies on top.

Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars – These marbled cheesecake cookie bars are swirled with dulce de leche. They’re super pretty! 

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Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Baked Four Cheese Macaroni and Cheese is just that: baked and melty and cheesy with a crunchy bread crumb topping that is very optional but very delicious!

For this post, I teamed up with Le Creuset! I love and use their cookware nearly every single day so this truly is a dream come true.

I was very lucky to have been sent a few pieces from their new fall collection and let me tell, it is all so gorgeous! In this post, for this recipe, I’ll be using the 5-quart Dutch Oven in Persimmon and their 6-quart Casserole Dish in Persimmon. As you can see, Persimmon is a beautiful autumnal orange color that is perfect for any Thanksgiving table. Honestly the color, while super fall-like, looks good year around and is perfect for baking in the oven and then going straight to the table.

Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese Basics!

I love stove-top macaroni and cheese. It’s creamy and delicious. I’ve always struggled with baked macaroni and cheese because it can dry out very quickly. I didn’t want that for this macaroni and cheese so here are some things that we did in order to achieve creamy while baked.

  1. More sauce. The saucier the macaroni and cheese is, the less likely it’ll dry out in the oven. In my opinion, it’s a bit too saucy for a stove-top macaroni and cheese, but for a baked version the ratios are perfect.
  2. Rinse off the pasta. I NEVER rinse my pasta but in this case, I want to get rid of any extra starch that will contribute to a thicker sauce. I learned this tip from The Kitchenista!
  3. Liberal amount of cheese! This recipe uses a pound of cheese. More info below on the type of cheeses and breakdown, but you need a good amount of cheese in order to make it, well, cheesy!
  4. Crunchy top! Some people LOVE a crunchy bread-crumb topping. Others want more cheese. I say you do you! I personally think a bread crumb topping is the move.

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