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Changes and an Itsy Bitsy Giveaway

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You may have noticed some small changes to the site. Behind the scenes they were big changes, like manually re-uploading over 1200 pictures all for the sake of making the site faster for you. After weeks of work (and feeling a bit like our son in the picture above), the site is presentable. You are probably thinking; what the heck are you talking about? It looks the same!! Well, that was our goal :).Β  We are still tweaking things here and there so please bear with us!

Changes:

We now have sponsors on the far right (they help cover the cost of all the improvements we are working on). We strive to make this site family friendly so if you ever see something inappropriate please let us know right away.

You may have noticed some fun links that make that make it easy to share recipes with your friends. We hope these changes will make the site easier to use and navigate.

One of the new features is the SHOP (see tab above). We wanted a simple way to share our favorite products with you; items we use often and a few we dream about πŸ˜‰ We hope the shop gives you some gift ideas and at the same time answers questions about the products we use (camera, knives, etc).
I also want this page to feature things YOU love and can’t live without. The home cook is usually the best source of advice!

The Giveaway:
Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite kitchen item is; big or small and some details about it. This giveaway won’t last long so get moving! It ends December 10th, 2011 at midnight. We will draw one winner from the names below for a $10 gift card to use in our shop or anywhere on Amazon. I told you it was Itsy Bitsy but hey it’s something!

Β And the WINNER IS….

Natalie who wrote:

“My new fave kitchen item is my Kitchenaid mixer that I recently purchased on Black Friday…for $80!! Score BIG time! How did I ever cook without one?? It is awesome! Works so well with making dough too! Love your blog and recipes – thanks for sharing!”

Natalie – I will be emailing you shortly.

I used Random.org (a random number generator) to pick the winner. Fair and square. Congratulations Natalie and I hope to do more giveaways in the future.Β  Thank you all for sharing your favorite kitchen tools with me. I did notice a few trends and added a couple things to the Shop as well as my personal wish list!

 

 

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • zhanna
    December 27, 2011

    Everything measuring…cups, spoons, and even measuring shot glass’s πŸ™‚ Reply

  • December 11, 2011

    Natasha, I wanted to say I love your new site. Its easy to use. I am glad you got some sponsors. I know how much works goes into all this…. You are great and God bless you.
    My favorite tool is most recent kitchen aid 6 quart mixer i just got. But yeah I do have several more πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Anita B
    December 10, 2011

    A good sharp chopping knife! Reply

  • Alla O
    December 10, 2011

    The kitchen Aid. It is a great tool in the kitchen. Reply

  • JulieK
    December 9, 2011

    My favorite things in the kitchen are the itsy bitsy little things that make a huge difference in cooking and baking. I absolutely love, and think every kitchen should have a set of measuring spoons and cups. They make the job so much more easier and accurate, which is important especially with baking. I always keep a set on hand. πŸ™‚ I learned from my grandma who does everything by “eye measuring” that I need about a couple more years of measuring spoons/cups to get to where she’s at πŸ™‚ Reply

  • anna
    December 9, 2011

    I love my kitchen aid! Reply

  • Dina
    December 9, 2011

    I love baking cakes! So sometimes I would bring my cake to a party that we are going to, or if we are visiting friends I bring a cake to have with tea. I use my handy-dandy plastic cake carrier to transport my cakes. This way my cake is nice and safe under the tall lid and does not move around all over the place. Reply

  • Natasha
    December 9, 2011

    My favorite item in the kitchen is my set of CUTCO knives. Reply

  • Natalie
    December 8, 2011

    My new fave kitchen item is my Kitchenaid mixer that I recently purchased on Black Friday…for $80!! Score BIG time! πŸ™‚ How did I ever cook without one?? It is awesome! Works so well with making dough too! Love your blog and recipes – thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Vicky
    December 8, 2011

    My favorite kitchen item is the kitchen aid! it really is my aid and so helpful for baking and cooking and allows me to multi task while it’s doing its job. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • atlya
    December 8, 2011

    My fav item is my huge cooking pot. My mom gave it to me last summer and I’ve been using it very often! As a student I dont get time to cook every day so I try to cook in big batches and refrigerating/freezing it in portions. My personal record was making enough plov that lasted me week! πŸ˜€ I thought id never want to look at it ever again after that week Reply

  • Tanya
    December 8, 2011

    I love my rice cookerReply

  • Sveta G
    December 8, 2011

    Love love love my All Clad Slow Cooker from Williams-Sonona.com with nonstick cast-aluminum insert that you can use on the stovetop to brown ingredients before transferring it to the base for slow cooking. They have a recipe for slow-cooker lasagna that turned out very yummy. I use it for lots of other recipes, like soups, golubtisti etc. When I am in a hurry I put in a whole chicken, pour barbeque sauce over it. Done. The meat falls off the bone. The best part is that you plug it in in a morning and come home from work to a hot yummy meal that was slowly cooking all day πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Terri
    December 8, 2011

    My favorite kitchen item is my Santoku knife. I use it for every kind of cutting and chopping. It’s my go-to knife for everything. Reply

  • Tonia
    December 8, 2011

    My favorite is my convection oven. I refuse to have a microwave in my house so instead we heat our food in this little oven. No need to preheat and food is HOT within ten min. I also use it to cook things like asparagus and green beans. With my convection oven it takes approx. 15 minutes from start to finish but if I were to use my regular oven that would easily add on an extra 5 min. I know it’s not much but life is busy and those five minutes are treasured πŸ˜€ Reply

  • Irina
    December 8, 2011

    I absolutely love my Euro-Pro Toaster Oven! We got it from my lovely parents a few years back for Christmas. It’s such a wonderful thing to have for a small family like mine (me, hubby, and one kiddo). You can bake anything that you would in a regular oven without warming up the whole house and plus saving on the electricity bill πŸ˜‰ Love it! Reply

  • Liza Kurlykova
    December 8, 2011

    My pelmeni mold!!!!!!! That thing is A LIFE SAVER! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • AC
    December 8, 2011

    My favorite kitchen item is my Kitchenaid Mixer!! It keeps my hands free and saves me a lot of time, the only thing I kind of dont like is the cleaning lol, but other than that, I love it :). Reply

  • Masha
    December 7, 2011

    I love my plain jane rolling pin. I know this is a boring answer, but it’s my favorite item because without it I wouldn’t be able to make my favorite things (varenyky being the top!) Reply

  • RomanK
    December 7, 2011

    I am a Ninja………………(the ninja blender) Reply

  • Julia
    December 7, 2011

    I love the kitchen aid mixer!!! It has helped me so many times:) Reply

  • Lana L
    December 7, 2011

    Vidalia Chop Wizard~ is my all time favorite! This little thing is amazing and I use it almost everyday to make various dishes such as olivi’e, omelet, white borsch, salads, etc… It is definitely a must have in everyone’s kitchen! Reply

  • angelina howard
    December 7, 2011

    I really like the Oster BVCB07 Blender. It is glass and blends wonderful! Not only can you make smoothies in it but also salsas. Its a must in every kitchen especially if you have children. Reply

  • Anna Maria k.
    December 7, 2011

    My favorite piece of kitchen equipment is my cuisinart food processor. It makes cooking & baking so much easier & my 2 year old son, Peter, loves to “help” me by “zap zap”-ping the pulse button. (supervised, of course!) Reply

  • Oksana G.
    December 7, 2011

    My mother-in-law gave me a nuwave convection oven and I absolutely love, love it! You don’t have to preheat an oven, can make almost anything in it, and I really think it makes the food taste a little better. We use it all the time! Reply

  • Svetlana K
    December 7, 2011

    I love my Cuisine Art food processor! It cuts my olevye prep in half, I also like that it has an attachment that you can slice and grate. Reply

  • Natasha G
    December 7, 2011

    Hi πŸ™‚
    i absolutely love CUTCO knives!!!!
    they are really the best possible!!!
    they are double d edge, and you don’t ever have to sharpen them!
    β™₯ Reply

  • Diana
    December 7, 2011

    My favorite kitchen item is my crystal and glass dishes, trays and bowls for food that I use to decorate the table. It makes the food look more apetizing and at the same time decorates the table. Reply

  • Yana
    December 7, 2011

    It’s hard to choose just one appliance, but i think the one that i use and abuse the most is my electric T Fal tea kettle. It’s been 4 years of using this thing which i got as a wedding “pridonaya” from my mom and it still works great! i wonder how many more years it will serve us for:) Reply

  • December 7, 2011

    My husband gave me a stand mixer for Christmas. I’m in love! Reply

  • Elina
    December 7, 2011

    I love my dutch oven. In the winter months I use it for all types of soups, stews, and braises. One of my favorite things to use it for is plov. I think the pot makes it extremely fragrant. Reply

  • irine
    December 6, 2011

    The kitchen aid mixer has been my “best friend” for over 6 years now. I have no idea what i would do with out it! Saved me lots of time and energy…thanks to my auntie for this great wedding gift πŸ™‚
    P.S thanks for this owesome little giveaway πŸ™‚ Reply

  • December 6, 2011

    i love my magic bullet! i got it on our wedding day and it has been a life/time saver in the kitchen ever since!! deff a needed item in the kitchen for every gal!

    cute giveaway! love it :)) Reply

  • Natalie zaveruha
    December 6, 2011

    I love my kitchen aid mixerπŸ™‚ Over five years and a million recipes later it’s still good as new… I give it four thumbs up! Reply

  • elizabeth Sviridova
    December 6, 2011

    my favorite kitchen items are Hampton Forge LTD Kobe 12 Piece Cutlery Block Knife Set! the most amazing knifes ever, ive had them more at least 2 years and they are as new as ever, and work just great! Reply

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