In case we forget….

who we are when doing business in the Steamy Kitchen family water closet, my son, Andrew has kindly made name tags. In true gentlemanly fashion, he also has thoughfully made a blank name tag for visitors.

“D” for dad, “N” for Nathan, “M” for Mama, “A” for Andrew,”Blank” for guests of the Steamy household (the marker is taped on the other side of the door)

Andrew informed us that when we go use the potty, we have to find our name tag and move it up higher next to the door knob.

The tags are dual purpose. In addition to reminding you who you are, it also notifies others whether or not you need to wear a clothespin on your nose, gas mask or a hazmat suit before entering.

Efficiency is his middle name…


Food Photography Tips….

I know. I still owe you. The next Steamy Secrets post was supposed to be about Food Styling. It’s taken a lot longer than I thought, mainly because I wanted to show “before” and “after” photos but my brain just will not allow me to make ugly food for “before” shots.

I just can’t.

The freaky part? I so so so want to make ugly food, but I think I have a certain brain disorder, called “Fear of Ugly Things,” which is why garden gnomes and things like this

give me heebie jeebies.


Espresso Porn

Entering my Espresso Con Panna porn into the Click event!

Espresso with whipped cream in a Bodum double walled glass.

Espresso Con Panna


A little tease….

TSP Spices

What is that, you ask? Well, it’s a future prize for you! I’ll be product testing again – this time tsp spices, a very cool, smart product that packages the finest quality, organic herbs and spices in single serving 1tsp packages – so that you only unseal what you need. Smart, smart smart. Yeah, and pretty packaging too (almost too pretty to open!)

Here’s what I’ve got:

Marjoram, Sage, Ginger, Turmeric, Thyme

Lemon Zest, Orange Zest, Nutmeg

True Cinnamon, Crusted Ancho Chile Pepper

Basil, Dill Weed, Oregano, Rosemary, Tarragon

Chile Pepper (mild), Coriander, Cumin, Fennel Seed

Allspice, Anise Seed, Koritje Cinnamon, Cloves

Wanna help me test? Comment below and tell me which spice you want a sample of. I’ll send you a 1 tsp single serve packet of the spice. Here’s the deal: use the spice in any recipe that you want, photograph the final dish and email the photo + your short 2-sentence review of the spice by February 10th. Deal?

Thank you guys – got lots of testers!

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Comments 49

  1. nathan

    anything in those attractive boxes has to be good since we know it’s the outside that counts and to always judge a book by its cover.

  2. argus lou

    The coriander/fennel seed one, please. I’m not sure if you meant the whole bunch of herbs in one line are mixed together though. It’s a bit early for me. Bleary-eyed. Dogsitting from yesterday and this morning giving the furry one (not the hubby) a walk at sunrise… πŸ˜‰

  3. Shella

    That’s a truly funny way of knowing who’s where from your son. Cute………very schweeeeet.

    Corriander would be my thing. The boxes are so darn attractive. Looks like chocolates inside

  4. chunky

    the challenge is not for the weak of heart…if only i could convince my always craving mind to think of something that would deserve this gourmet treat. besides, i live on the other side of the world soooo, i guess that would be my lame excuse not to execute a meal out of them. i am quite content looking and reading for now steamy…i know you don’t mind. love everything about you.

  5. LunaPierCook

    Welllll … if you really want to get technical, anything having to do with being in the loo for its intended purpose is food-related. πŸ˜‰

  6. Lindsay

    Ooo, how fun! I’d love to give the Ancho Chili Pepper a try. I’ve seen it in recipes and have never been able to find it.

  7. cindy

    andrew is not only efficient, but that is also very conciencious! lol! i see the chile is very popular, so i will give the dill weed a try then.

  8. Ashwini

    Great… I go missing for a day and you have a competition! In case I am not too late I’d love some oregano or basil. I am in the midst of trying my hand at Italian stuff.
    Andrew’s exercise could be put to use in a meditation class. A constant reminder of “who we are” πŸ˜€

  9. katy

    oh! how funny, i thought they were chocolates at first too! but i am such a dork, i actually got MORE excited about herbs and spices than i would about chocolate. πŸ™‚

    sage!!! or either of the cinnamon options. or if there’s something that no one wants to try, i could do that too. πŸ™‚

  10. leanne

    We saw these people at the Fancy Food Show! I didn’t get a chance to talk to them (they were very busy), but I do love their concept!

    I would be happy to test the orange or lemon zest for you. I’ve always been curious how dried zest performs against fresh zest.

  11. bb

    Free stuff?? Hell yes!!! Oh, sorry, my true colors are showing. But if you would send me something…I’ll let you decide so it’ll be more challenging (if you don’t mind. kind of like going to a restaurant and telling the chef to cook whatever he wants!) and I’ll do my best to do them proud…thanks!!
    And also thanks for your Fuji Apple & Crab salad recipe. I made it for a dinner party last night and it rocked!! I’ll be giving you major props on the blog.

  12. Suzana

    I’d love to try ‘Dill Weed’ but I’m guessing it won’t reach me in Portugal on time…

    Packs love beautiful and elegant!

  13. Alex

    I think I may be able to work with this ‘dried’ zest. Send me a package and I’ll be glad to whip up something.

  14. Carol

    The True Cinnamon, Crusted Ancho Chile Pepper
    is too intriging to pass up. Send me some and I’ll give it a whirl. Gotta lova a blog that combines food, potty humor and contests!

  15. Bren

    Yeah I’ll try the chile pepper. I cook often with the other ones–not so much of the chile pepper though. a lot of people are under the misconception that Latin food (or Cuban, specifically is spicy (hot))and it’s not. i’ll give it a try if you have extra… πŸ™‚

  16. Nate 2.0

    You know, what? We already have most of those spices and herbs in our pantry…and actually make use of them. The only thing I don’t think we have is allspice – because we used it up in a turkey brine recipe. If you deem me worthy to receive a spice package, make it allspice.

  17. Amanda

    I especially like that Andrew put not one, but TWO stickers! on his name tag and left the rest of you lowly servants with none. My kind of kid!

  18. Jessica H.

    I’d love to try some orange zest! That sounds like it would be fun to try in a recipe.

  19. Marjy

    Usually, I think I’m better off with the cat, but the laughs I get from your two boys sometimes make me want to reconsider.

  20. Toni

    I love this post! You start out in the toilet and wind up in the kitchen. What a trip! If you’re serious about the spices, I’d like to try the orange zest and the crusted ancho chili pepper. What on EARTH is it? I’ve used ancho chili, but crusted? Gotta try it! Sounds like they’d go great together on a chicken….

  21. James

    I am sorry i didn’t get here in time to participate. The concept of fresh spice is a great one. Can’t say how many times I opened a can of spice and found it had lost its kick and flavor. Will I ever see this in my local grocery?

  22. Ken Zank

    My god woman…I know you have only the best intentions for your readers and those box spices sure do look purdy….but i went to there web site and saw the cost?????? If they had not been given to you or to anyone else for that matter, paying $42.00 for 12 teaspoons of four different herbs and spices is a little much dontcha think? I cook daily and use my spice cabinet very liberally and refresh it monthly. The best herbs and spices for mine, and yours , and your readers money.

  23. phyllis

    as a designer i am particularly appreciative of companies who put forth the extra effort to incorporate good design into their packaging, etc. so i really love with tsp has done here! can’t wait to see what the product testing yields =).

    ps. i just took those pecan sticky cinnamon rolls out of the oven and am eating two. they are simply to die for.

  24. Jessica

    Funny how Andrew decorates his name tag with stickers, and leaves the rest of the SK household stickerless!

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