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…

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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.

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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

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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!