Hostess with the Mostess!

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The thought of preparing a home cooked meal for yourself and others can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Procuring fresh and delicious ingredients is a task in and of itself, without the additional worry of investing in fancy kitchen gadgetry. You don’t necessarily need a stainless steel mandoline or a Moroccan tagine to create an impressive meal. ModCloth’s latest functional and adorable decor is perfect for cooking delicious, healthy meals without the luxuries of a full Martha Stewart kitchen. Using the framework of a simple vegetable stir fry recipe, I’d like to highlight some of the ModCloth items you can use to prepare a complete meal, with the added bonus of a super cute presentation!

Keep reading to learn more about the delightful ModCloth items you can use in the kitchen!

To begin, let’s talk sauce! My favorite stir fry recipe suggests the following ingredients for a savory sauce: 1/4 cup of vegetable stock, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar, and 1/4 cup of minced cilantro. Measure out everything but the cilantro using the Love To Bake Measuring Set. I fall in love with these measuring cups every time I use them – they’re not only incredibly charming, but also very easy to stack and store, which is crucial considering the lack of storage space in my tiny kitchen. Next, use the Giraffe Kitchen Scissors to mince a fresh bundle of cilantro. The best part about these shears is their ability to detach easily for cleaning purposes. I love a clean kitchen as much as I love a good meal, so being able to wash every nook and cranny of those practical scissors is downright heavenly! Once you’ve cut up enough cilantro, you can combine all of the sauce ingredients into one of three heart shaped bowls in the Love To Entertain Bowl Set. Keep the other two heart bowls handy, you’ll be using them later on!

Let’s move on to preparing the bulk of this scrumptious meal. Bust out the Giraffe Kitchen Scissors one more time – you’ll need them to cut up small chunks of broccoli and asparagus (about 2 cups of each), as well as mince a few fresh basil leaves. Throw those vegetables and the basil into your second heart shaped bowl, then add 2 cups of chopped up tofu, 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, and plenty of peas, about 2 cups’ worth. At this point you’re ready to start cooking! You should have two bowls from the Love To Entertain Bowl Set in front of you, one filled with sauce ingredients, the other filled with stir fry ingredients.

It’s time to mention my current favorite ModCloth product, the Frying Pan-da! This non-stick pan is ideal for everyday cooking, and its small size makes it easy to store. Even if you don’t have lots of available space to store this pan, fear not! When not in use, the lovable panda face is cute enough to serve as a stove top decoration. Add a little oil to the Frying Pan-da and set to medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated up, pour your stir fry ingredients into the pan, using the Strawberry Shortstack Spatula to flip and separate the veggies. In this instance, the spatula is being used to cook vegetables, but it’s also a great tool for making pancakes! After about six to eight minutes the vegetables should seem soft and fully cooked. Add the sauce ingredients and mix with the spatula until the sauce thickens and everything is hot – how long that takes depends on your own wise judgment and personal preference. Once you’re happy with the state of your stir fry, turn off the heat (as if you need me to tell you that), and use the It Takes Two Oven Mitt to grab the pan handle, as it may be a bit hot.

Using the Strawberry Shortstack Spatula, dish out the stir fry onto an attractive ModCloth plate of your choice. My personal favorite is the World Class Cuisine Plate Set. However, you could also go with the Conversation Plates, the Polish Hill Plate, or the It Takes Two Plate to match your trusty oven mitt! A great vegetable stir fry isn’t complete without rice, so plan accordingly and use the Pachyderm Parade Rice Bowl or Owl in the Family Rice Bowls to showcase your side of grain!

Last, but certainly not least, serve a fresh pot of green tea using the Owl Warm and Cozy Tea Set. This set features an incredibly convenient tea infuser within the owl tea pot, ideal for making fresh tea in a timely manner. Simply fill that infuser with a loose tea of your choice, set it inside the pot, and add hot water. Brew for three to five minutes before pouring into the accompanying mini owl mugs. If you’re not in the mood for a warm beverage, use the Ice Age Tray to cool off your drink with a few ice cubes. The atypical dinosaur shape of the ice cubes is guaranteed to delight dinner guests!

The food is piping hot and ready, and your tea is brewed to perfection – time to dig in! As a final touch of cuteness, use the Owl Have the Kung Pao-wl Chopsticks to enjoy your stir fry and rice. Could it use a little salt? I was hoping you’d say yes – go ahead and use the Buck Season Shakers to season your dish accordingly!

So you see, many ModCloth apartment items are more than aesthetically pleasing. They’re functional, easy to use, and crucial for the cook or baker in all of us!

5 Responses to Hostess with the Mostess!

  1. Merrill 10/07/2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Note that in your main picture the chopsticks are sticking straight up in the bowl. In Asian cultures, this is done for a deceased family member. “Chopsticks should not be left standing vertically in a bowl of rice or other food. Any stick-like object pointed upward resembles the incense sticks that some Asians use as offerings to deceased family members; certain funerary rites designate offerings of food to the dead using standing chopsticks. ”

  2. Maria 10/08/2009 at 9:41 am #

    LOVE the owl tea set… my 2 favorite things all wrapped up in one!

  3. Lis 10/08/2009 at 12:51 pm #

    Sorry for sounding nit-picky in this comment, but it is actually offensive in some cultures to display chopsticks standing in rice, since it is a customary funeral practice.

    More info:

  4. aire 10/08/2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Hi Lis and Merrill,

    My apologies as I am the one who took the photo! I was unaware of the meaning of the standing chopsticks, until I showed my friend last night, and she told me that could be considered offensive! In the future I will be sure to research important details like this.

  5. Harriet Lembeck 11/28/2013 at 1:27 pm #

    I am still looking for the Sea for Two Tea Infuser. It’s very cute.

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