3 Things To Re Set Your Kitchen for Fall Cooking


When is there ever a good time to re set your kitchen? If you think never I am honestly with you, so I made up an excuse to do it, FALL. After basically living on the deck and grilling everything under the sun (except ice cream mmmm... let me work on that) the time has come to step back into the kitchen. Here are 5 ways to re set your kitchen for some serious Fall cooking.

Lets start with the most obvious thing the refrigerator, this one should be easy. Pull your trash can over and toss anything that is expired, growing or you can't even recognized. Clean the whole thing with a bucket of soapy water, I use the Mrs. Meyers AP Cleaner and a rag my Nana knit me. If your fridge has a filter check to see if it needs replaced. I do an Amazon auto ship every 6 months for mine which is pretty brilliant because they give you a discount and when the new one shows up you know its time to replace the old one. (ahh technology) Now give yourself a pat on the back and keep going.

Now lets move to pantry, or in my case the cupboard that has become the pantry. I don't know how this happens but I have managed to move things across the country twice that are expired, I swear they just "appear" (right?). If you have things that come in bags like rice or sugar put them into a food safe airtight container like these from Cambro. I have also found it really helpful to separate the jars from the cans in an effort to make sense of it all. For this I just used a bin that I had leftover from something else. For more on that press play:

Lets just go full force and tackle the drawers and shelves. I have found that if you eliminate options for throwing things in a drawer they magically stay organized. For this I got these really affordable Rubbermaid drawer organizers in a ton of sizes, full disclosure I sat on the floor at the Container Store and mapped this out (no of course I didn't measure the drawer ahead of time that would have been too smart, Matt would have! ). To further idiot proof these drawers I got out the big guns and P-Touch labeled each section, I know this sounds excessive but I love it. Truth is I move too fast when I'm cooking to be searching for a peeler ( that's why I have four of them in the section marked PEELER) That brings up another random point that Ina Garten taught us, have things in multiples so you don't have to stop to wash and dry something to use it again. Also for things like peelers it gives you the opportunity to divide and conquer when cooking with friends. For some more ideas press play:

Alright everyone lets carve out some time to get these kitchens in order so we can all have a fun season of cooking Fall faboulisity! What are you going to do first?

Home Made French Mayonnaise

Yield's 200ml of Mayonnaise

1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 t red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
150ml vegetable oil

Add the egg yolk, Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, salt & pepper into a bowl and whisk together. Start whisking in oil drop by drop until the mixture thickens, then add a slow stream on the side of the bowl. When the oil is incorporated taste for seasoning and use immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container.


My Paris Beauty Faves

I love beauty it’s not my fault
— Valentino
Aqua Di PArma Colonia

One of my favorite things to do in Paris is shop in the pharmacy's that are scattered on every corner of the city searching for fun new beauty products. Here is what I brought back.

Topicreme Lip Balm


This balm is so soft and has no off taste or anything like that. I will be sad when I swipe the last drop out of this one (or I will just have to hop a plane)

Avene Shaving Mousse

I absolutely hate shaving because my skin is so sensitive and is prone to razor burn, for some reason my face likes this one so I grab it every time I visit. They are also starting to sell this at those bigger Walgreen's locations with the huge beauty department.

Gouttes Bleues Eye Drops

These eye drops I simply cannot live without. They save me every morning when I had too much wine the night before, ok so every morning...

Simple Style Upgrades We Can All Try: Scarves

 The first time I visited Paris I realized the incredible style power of a simple scarf. Striped, dotted or textured this single accessory can take your jeans and a t-shirt from target run looking to street style fashion blogger. Anything that is an easy throw on while you are walking out the door solution is right up my alley. Here are some scarves I was featuring on my recent trip to Paris (yes I will probably be saying "recent" for the next year)

The first time I visited Paris I realized the incredible style power of a simple scarf.

Simple stars to see the sights of Versailles.

The scarf is crazy long and wraps up multiple times to really keep me warm, or at least looking french enough to pass...

If you are inspired I found this simple gray scarf at H&M for $12.99

What are some of your simple style upgrades?