Wish-List Worthy Kitchen Supplies

Stock up on these gadgets - you'll spend less time choosing takeout and more time making delicious home cooked meals.

Your wallet and waistline will thank you.

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We've rounded up our top kitchen wish-list items. These are items that we've seen top chef using, swooned over on Pinterest and basically if having a budget wasn't a thing, these are the items we would grab first on our shopping spree.

A GOOD SET OF KNIVES

Chop, slice, dice. Once you’ve used sharp knives you can’t go back. Ladies who love to cook, you know exactly what we’re talking about! Kitchen tools that work really well are your friends.From the high-carbon steel blades to the rustic beechwood handles - The new Wüsthof - USA Urban Farmer 7-Piece Knife Set from Williams Sonoma has us dying! 

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by Williams Sonoma

A GRILL PAN

The perfect pan to grill chicken steak and fish all year long! We've heard so many people say that they use this pan more than their actual grill. So if you don't have a grill yet, but you want one.. Le Creuset ® Signature Truffle Oblong Grill Pan is your answer in the meantime! 

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by Crate and Barrel

A GREAT BLENDER

Everyone has their preference on blenders, but the main thing is that it comes with a sharp blade. Lets be honest though ... who doesn't want a Vitamix! Yes, that's a heck of a lot of money for a blender. But the Vitamix isn't just any old blender. It can literally blend anything, it's variable speed equals the ultimate control, and it's durable as heck! It is the first item I put on my wedding registry - fingers crossed!

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A FISH SPATULA

We eat fish at least once a week and this spatula would be a game changer!

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A LARGE CUTTING BOARD

Large cutting boards make food prep less of a pain. If you can do most of your prep on this one surface, clean up is a breeze.Whether you opt for a classic butcher block board or just a simple one to get the job done, having a large cutting board on hand is not a decision you will regret.

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KITCHEN AID STAND MIXER

We’re pretty sure a KitchenAid mixer is at the top of every girl’s wedding registry, as far as the kitchen is concerned. If you’re the type to roll up your sleeves in the kitchen, a quality mixer will make life easier for you. KitchenAid even makes attachments for what feels like everything.

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Clear Storage Containers

Clear storage containers are a must for any kitchen. It’s the easiest way to see what you have with a quick glance in both your pantry and fridge. I don't know about you - but having these in my cabinet and fridge would make me like I have my life together. Plus they look impressive as heck if you were to ever have a guest go looking for something in your pantry. 

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What's on your kitchen must have list? We'd love to know. 


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How to Eat Healthy When Everyone Around You Isn’t

It’s bikini season yet again, which means we’re all looking to start eating a little bit healthier. Who else can relate to this: You tell yourself you’re going to start eating healthier, and the second you meet up with friends (who aren’t on the “summer diet”) and they are chowing down on the foods that you’re craving the most, you quit.

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Yep! We’ve all been there, done that. When the people you spend the most time with aren’t concerned with watching what they’re eating, it can make it a lot easier to go down the rabbit hole of unhealthy eating yourself, so how can you prevent it?

1. Pick up food from different restaurants

Sometimes, agreeing on a place to pick up food isn’t realistic. If your friend or significant other wants to get burgers and fries but you want an açaí bowl, there isn’t a whole lot of room for compromise. Making two stops can ensure that both people are happy and that nobody is left feeling guilty for what they ate, and the extra time spent ordering is well worth it. I’ve been this girl and honestly I was way more happy with my meal choice and felt healthier after than just agreeing to eat at place I know I would cheat at.

2. Make different meals with similar ingredients

This is Nick and I almost every time we cook at home. The problem of eating unhealthy gets more difficult when someone you’re cooking for (or who’s cooking for you) doesn’t have the same preferences in food. Rather than cooking completely different meals, you can opt for different variations of foods with the same ingredients. For example, I will make chicken, salmon, or whatever protein Nick & I can both decide on, then we just prepare it how we want. Last week when we made salmon, Nick had his in a butter garlic sauce and had a pasta salad side dish. Where as I wanted something a little lighter, so I made salmon tacos with fresh cucumber slaw. Same ingredients - 2 different meals.

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3. Keep unhealthy foods in a location you don’t use frequently

When the person you’re living with keeps food in the kitchen that you’re trying to avoid, constantly opening a cabinet to see exactly what you’re craving can make it impossible to resist. Rather than keeping those foods in a location that you’re constantly checking, having them kept in a different, less-frequented spot can help avoid the issue. I do use this trick every time I get back from the food store. All the “snacks” and such that Nick wants that I know I will catch myself eating way to much of, I put it in a bin on top of the refrigerator. That way I can’t reach it (I’m 5’1) let alone see up there and Nick has all of his sweet treats in one spot! It works like a charm!

4. Prep the fresh veggies & fruit you buy

This tip has helped me so much! When I would go to the store and stock up on all my favorite produce, I would have such a high hopes of all the delicious things I would make with it. Then a week later it would all be wilting in my fridge. PRO TIP: As soon as you come home from the food store chop it all up and put it in tupperware. Trust me. You will be more willing to eat a bowl of fruit in the morning when all you have to do is dump it in a bowl. It does take some time, but you will thank yourself later!

5. Keep healthy snacks in your bag

If you’re in the car with someone that’s going through a drive-thru, it’s nearly impossible to resist mooching a few fries. If you keep tasty, healthier snacks in your bag, you can still snack on something when you need to eat something, it just won’t break your healthy habits. I love to pack kind bars or protein bars in my bag just for everyday grab and go. If i know specifically I’m going to grab for that snack within a couple hours I will pack an apple or banana. While the Wendy’s drive thru sounds tempting, snacking on something small with actually curb the craving and make you feel much better.

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photo by KIND Snacks

6. Treat yourself once in a while

Girl, if you want that burger, fries, and a beer… you order it! Nobody can stick to healthy eating all the time. Treating yourself and indulging once in a while can make your every day choices a little easier. If friends are getting ice cream or stopping and getting tacos after work, sometimes saying yes is exactly what you need. Those one or two cheat meals are not going to make a difference. It’s when you keep having cheat meals that it becomes a problem. It’s all about balance!


What helps you to stick to clean eating when you feel like everyone around you is tempting you to give it up?

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Summer Bucket List: Food Edition

Summer vacation is finally here! Well .. a true summer vacation doesn't really exist when you're in the "real world" .. but I'll take what I can get.

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Summer is my favorite time of the year. I will take an 85 and humid day over a snowstorm any day! After a seemingly endless winter, we’re no longer bracing for the cold, but embracing sunny days and hot weather with open arms!

While work does (sometimes) get in the way of the summer fun - I do have a good amount of days off where I can embrace the easy living at the beach. I thought it would be fun to make a Summer Bucket List : Food Edition (obviously) to not only have something to do on those do-nothing days, but also challenge myself to do and try some new things.

Some of these I'm really excited to do and others I'm really going to have to push myself to check them off.  (insert: Try Oysters..) But nonetheless this will be fun!

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My favorite bucket list item has to be going to a new farmers market and making a meal out of only things I buy that day. That has so much potential to be fun, but it also could end tragically. I will definitely be Instagraming the experience so be sure to follow us so you can follow along!


Do you have a bucket list you want to check off this summer? Or did you find something on my bucket list you want to try? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Storm Prep: Grocery Store List & Recipes

It's the first day of spring, but we're pretty sure Mother Nature doesn't realize it. Some forecasts say rain and wind, some say snow, but who actually knows. What we do know is that the food store is going to be a mob scene with everyone trying to stock up on some essentials before this impending storm hits. 

We thought we'd help you out and give you a simple Shopping List with the essentials and some of our favorite recipes we like to prep when we know a storm is coming.

These are items that don't need heat to be prepared or stay cool in the refrigerator: 

  • Water [prefer bottled]
  • Peanut butter or similar nut spreads and preserves (jellies, jams)
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Dried fruits and nuts
  • Juices (particularly those that are not commonly found in the refrigerator section of the supermarket).
  • Breads, muffins, bagels, tortillas
  • Canned Soup
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Protein bars or protein shakes.
  • Cookies, Crackers, Chips

Light storm - don't think you'll lose power? Check out these easy recipes we like to make, require few ingredients, & can easily be prepped ahead & reheated.

Breakfast Muffins

 via Buzzfeed Food

via Buzzfeed Food

  via The Kitchn

via The Kitchn

  via Refinery 29

via Refinery 29

  via Food Network

via Food Network

  via Food Network

via Food Network

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Do you have any go-to recipes you make when a storm is coming? We'd love to try them!

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10 Cookbooks That Actually Have Recipes You Want To Eat

Cookbooks are far too easy to impulse buy. They are big glossy books filled with beautiful images of dishes you can convince yourself (if only for a moment!) that you’re going to start making. Does that sounds like you? Definitely sounds like us! Especially when they are created by our favorite celebrity, and they are promoting the heck out of it on Instagram!

While they can still be nice to page through on occasion, as it sits on your coffee table or on a shelf in your kitchen -  the best cookbooks are those that are filled with recipes you'll actually make for yourself, or a more impressively meals your friends will actually eat. They are filled with tips that will slowly but surely make you a better cook.

Here are 10 of our favorite cookbooks that will make you actually want to hop in the kitchen instead of settling for a frozen pizza or take out. 

FOR THE TRENDY EATER: Tasty - Latest & Greatest

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FOR THE VEGAN OR (WANT TO BE) VEGAN: Thug Kitchen - Eat Like You Give A F*CK

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FOR THE NO HASSLE COOK: One Pan: 100 Brilliant Meals

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FOR THE FLAVOR FOODIE: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

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FOR THE MOVIE LOVER: Eat What You Watch

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FOR THE HEALTH CONSCIOUS: True Roots: A Mindful Kitchen with Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar

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FOR THE COOKIE LOVER: Sally's Cookie Addiction

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FOR THE FOOD BLOGGER: Half Baked Harvest

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iPhone vs Professional Food Photography

“I HAVE A GOOD CAMERA ON MY PHONE AND TAKE THE PHOTOS MYSELF. WHY DO I NEED A PROFESSIONAL FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER TO TAKE THE PICTURES? WHERE IS MY ROI (RETURN ON INVESTMENT) ON THIS?"

The truth is that when you hire a food photographer, they're not just coming in snapping off a bunch of quick photos and leaving. There is so much more to a professional photoshoot than that. A food photographer takes in account lighting, angles, styling, and camera settings. They know many specialty photographic techniques, and even use specialty photo equipment.

They know how to take a shot so the viewer can see, feel, and almost taste the food. 

But where is your return of investment on hiring a professional photographer?

SIMPLE.

Statistics show that 85% of people will search for, or come across a restaurant on social media before they walk through the front door. 

✔️ High quality food photos lead to great social media interaction. 

✔️ Great social media interaction leads to engagement.

✔️ Engagement converts into sales.

I mean, how many times have you decided to eat at restaurant solely because your Facebook friend kept posting delicious food photos from their favorite restaurant? We know we have.

Here are some examples to show why iPhone quality doesn't compare to the high quality of Professionally taken images:

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Which photos did you prefer? Which ones made you hungrier and wanting to find out what restaurant they are from so you can go try that meal? We're going to take a guess that you picked the professionally taken images. 

The reason your food establishment needs professional food photography is because the success of your business depends on how much you stand out. So stand out NOW! 

Contact Blonde Cravings [blondecravings@gmail.com] today to set up a consultation so we can help you take your restaurants visuals to the NEXT LEVEL! 

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Repurpose Your Leftover Halloween Candy

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Whether you buy too much candy or your kids bring too much home, there are great ways to get rid of the excess without letting it go to waste. Keep the holiday going past the 31st by using up your leftover candy for these decadent recipes. 

First - Here are some quick ways to repurpose the leftover candy laying around.

1. Freeze it: Throughout the year, add it to milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream and plain cookie dough.

2. DIY Trail Mix: Open bags of little candies like M&Ms and make your own trail mix by adding pretzels, nuts and dried fruit.

3. Save it for a Thanksgiving dish: Remember how your mom used to make yams with marshmallows? Try using leftover candy corn. 

4. Pair it with wine: The chocolate, caramel, nuttiness of Snickers go great with some red wine.

5. Put it in your coffee: This makes for a quick and easy mocha. 

6. Keep some in your purse: NO BRAINER! Save it for when you need a sugar fix—or your kid needs to be bribed (we won’t tell!).

7. Give it away: Bring it to the office - it will disappear in no time. 

8. Send it over seas: Groups like Operation Shoebox, which supports our troops, will gladly take donations. 


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Here are some of our favorite recipes to make with the leftover candy:

1. Reese's Stuffed Brownies

But seriously, how could they not be good? Get the recipe here

2. Milky Way Hot Mess

The ultimate shareable dessert. Get the recipe here

3. Candy Bar Pie

You've already made a giant blondie stuffed with candy, so go ahead and scoop some ice cream and hot fudge on there. Get the recipe here

4. Snickers Cookies

You know what goes great with chocolate chips? Caramel. Get the recipe here