In My Kitchen – August 2015

Another month has come and gone. I’m very excited about it being August, it means the boys start school soon!! Yeah me!! I may get my sanity back yet. If nothing else I’ll at least be able to enjoy the silence for a short while. Sean will be in preschool for the first time and only gone mornings, but that alone is enough time away from him to get more done. Plus he talks ALL THE TIME, I look forward to it being a little more quiet.

So with another month under our belts it’s time for an In My Kitchen post. Our gracious host Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial is busy with family so instead of clicking on the usual links in the sidebar look for everyone’s links in the comments section of her post.

Last month I forgot a few things for my In My Kitchen post so I’ll get them in this month. My parents moved up to their newly renovated mountain house full time in June. This means they downsized TREMENDOUSLY, thus resulting in my getting first pick of everything they were getting rid of. Among those goodies are this handmade cup and saucer set, a Limoges set (actually two sets as my set was somehow still at their house…Mom and I got them at a flea market in Paris years ago), and these lovely tartelette pans. We already used them for fruit tarts Father’s Day.

loot Collage

Right after they moved my mom went to Germany for an art class and then a side trip to Vienna. She of course brought home all kinds of goodies for us. We got them in early July and I’ll have ya’ll know we still have almost ALL of the chocolate!! First is the stash of “grown up” chocolate, the boys must be angels if they want me to share any of these. The only one Josh and I have tried so far is the honey salted almond and it is fantastic! We also have red wine, chili, Jamaican rum, strawberry mint and iced coffee.

Ritter Sport

While at the Ritter Sport store Oma also had special chocolate bars made for the boys. This year they did their research in advance and let her know what they wanted!! They are very excited about these chocolate bars. Notice how they like sprinkles and mini Smarties!


She also brought home this wonderful wild strawberry tea. I’ve been enjoying it iced. It’s so bloody hot here that I can’t think of hot tea very often, but this strawberry tastes fantastic over ice. Josh also got some coffee but I didn’t get a picture of that before he opened it into the canister and threw out the package. Along with the strawberry theme she also brought me this beautiful two tiered serving dish.

Strawberry Collage

Earlier in the month I made some dulce de leche which was very popular. As I promised here are a few ways we enjoyed eating it….with roasted peaches and ice cream, in a crepe with toasted hazelnuts, in a pumpkin bread (based on this recipe) and on a ricotta peach pizza with fresh mint. They were all delicious and now our stash is gone!

DulceDeLecheTreats Collage

Speaking of the ricotta peach pizza, we make pizzas about every two weeks. It’s a fun weekend dinner, though even better in the winter as it heats up the house a bit. We really need to build an outdoor pizza oven someday! Here are the other three pizzas we made that same night.  Eggplant parmesan using some eggplants from the market, roasted and made into a dip along with roasted tomato sauce and fresh basil from the garden. Prosciutto and arugula, a family favorite!  Finally, mexican using refried beans, corn from the market, cheddar cheese and tomatoes…with a tomato free zone for the kids!  It may have been even better with shredded lettuce and crema but I didn’t have any, next time maybe.

Pizza Night
Pizza Night 2

Here is what’s in my “camping kitchen”, or should I say Josh’s kitchen. We’re getting ready to go camping again and he has been a bit obesssed with making various camp stoves out of all sorts of cans. He goes to the store just to buy cans to make these stoves…canned green beans (yuck, I won’t eat them), Foster’s beer cans, canned chicken….luckily he may have finally found what he was hoping for. Yesterday he took one design for a spin in the backyard. Of course that meant I had to whip up some muffin batter and here is what happened…the batter gets placed in what is like a small cake pan which sits on it’s wire handle to avoid direct heat contact. That then sits in a sauce pan with a handle and gets covered. This all sits on top of a can which is on another can with fire in it. The end result was a delicous “camp cake” as Daddy called it. The boys defenitely approved!

CampCake Collage

I believe that sums up our month. It’s so hard to remember yesterday, let alone what happened during the whole month! Next time we should have camping kitchen pictures as well as back to school lunches!! Or ready made dinners since swim practice starts up again this week and we will get home right about dinner time so there better be something ready for my little piggies. Don’t forget to check Celia’s comment section for links to kitchens across the globe.

28 thoughts on “In My Kitchen – August 2015

  1. EllaDee

    What a lovely Mon you have to bring you all that chocolate, and so wonderful that the downsizing brought such wonderful new-old things into your kitchen. But I just could not take my eyes off the dulce de leche and the pizzas. Amazing 🙂

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      The dulce de leche was so incredibly drool worthy! Hubby just let me know we actually still have one jar left! I am definitely enjoying all the goodies I inherited from my parents, just wish they didn’t have to move away.

  2. ladyredspecs

    Josh is a handy guy to have around. I paid a lot of money for a sophisticated camp oven that really was nothing more than 2 large pans sandwiched together. It made fantastic campfire pizza.
    So nice to keep your Mum’s things in the family, love the handmade cup and saucer! Enjoy the quiet….

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      The quiet can’t come soon enough! Once the boys are gone I can have a cup of tea in silence with my new cup and saucer! Hubby is very handy and I am definitely lucky to have him. His next project is to build me a pantry, I’m very excited about that.

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      The peach pizza was incredibly delicious. My boys will be very depressed as peach season is about over! The cup and saucer are great, I’ll suffer through the heat to have some not tea with a scone next week!

  3. Kim Bultman

    Gretchen, I had to smile about needing quiet in the house — just recently got mine back, too, YAY. Your “camp cake” (and Josh’s kitchen) are a marvel, as are your pizzas and dulce !e leche creations! I also liked how the chocolatier “custom made” chocolates for your 3 sons. 🙂

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Someday I hope to get to the Ritter Sport store myself. It wasn’t around when I was last in Berlin, either that or I somehow missed it. The custom bars are brilliant! All my boys, big and small, have fun with all the campfire experimenting. As for the dulce de leche, oh yum! Hubby read this post last night and let me know about an error, we still have one jar left. Happy days!

  4. Ania @ Milk, Toast and Honey

    We are with you on the outside cooking Gretchen, my husband loves it. Even though we are not going camping this year, he is still cooking outside – in our back garden. And those custom made chocolates are top notch! Enjoy some quiet time 🙂

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Man, fire, food…seems to all go together! The boys are starting to get hooked on cooking in the backyard too. Custom chocolate bars are definitely amazing, I limited the boys to three add ins though or they would have gone crazy!

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I use Jamie Oliver’s crust recipe, adding a little semolina. It’s great because it makes so much, I freeze half. That gives me enough for about a month since we make pizzas every two weeks or so. It’s fun coming up with different topping combinations. This time of year though it’s all about garden tomatoes!

    1. Gretchen Post author

      Thanks! Dulce de leche is very popular here for obvious reasons. Family pizza night is also a favorite, it’s always fun coming up with new toppings.

  5. Liz

    I have just been admiring the pizzas, because I shall be making one for lunch today and I still didn’t know what to add to it. These look awesome. I shall borrow some ideas for mine. Have a great week ahead. I have to go shopping for some Mozzarella cheese right now. Thanks for always visiting my blog. my regards to your family!

    1. Gretchen Post author

      Thanks Liz! We just did pizza night again Sunday and love it. Mew have so much fun coming up with toppings. I’ve come to love the Jamie Oliver crust recipe with just one change by adding semolina. We can get a super thin and crispy crust which I love!


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