KY Jelly Should Top Your Holiday List

I know what you’re thinking, “Why can’t there be one more gift idea post in the blogosphere???” Not to worry, I am here to fill that void. (TWHS….I did it for you.)

I love cooking, I think we all know that. I also love eating, and I love staying in one size of jeans. This can be tricky. One way I make sure I eat in a healthful manner is to have the right tools for the job.

Knives, microplanes, mixers, food processors, toaster ovens, cast iron skillets, woks, a bit long strand of  things that look like anal beads  pie weights, are all needed to keep my kitchen running. Here is my best list of a few things I have, and a few things I’m hoping someone (who may or may not want to stay in my good graces as I both bake cookies AND I think we all assume I’m fairly awesome in bed, I mean it’s all about stamina, and on at least one night a week I DON’T take Ambien….though he may or may not have made mention about some unmentionables and Ambien to my MOTHER…so that.) OHHHHKAY moving on. Ok, I’m hoping that someone will head to Sur La Table or Williams-Sonoma and whip out the Amex.

I am not that woman who gets offended if you buy her cookware. Just the opposite.

Let’s start with something I already have, a food processor. This will enable you to make fast work of pie crusts, balls, etc. Get a bigger one than you think you’ll need because you’ll want a bigger one later.

The next one is perfect for chilis or stews and soups. It’s great for braising meat and veg, and you can even bake bread in it!! The dutch oven; invest.

The next one is on my “I want I want I want I’m greedy” list. It’s an electric pressure cooker. It’s PERFECTION for cooking lentils and beans from dry to fresh, and makes meat oh so tender.

This next one is on my “foodie bucket list”. It’s a hand-honed Japanese knife. Made by Shun, it’s a balanced and perfect work of art.

I have about a million of this next item, and it’s perfect not just for cookies, but also meatballs, etc. Portion control scoops.

The next one isn’t to eat, and it not what you think it’s for either….

It’s to help get your pants off after a long night of holiday partying. Good luck with that, you scamps.

I have something for you to take with you to your next holiday party.

Garlic Parmesan Knots

I made them with 2/3 whole wheat flour to amp up the nutrition, and give them some chew.

Garlic Parmesan Knots

by Cat Tan

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Keywords: bake appetizer bread side snack

Ingredients (24 knots)

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 1 1/4 cup 110F water + more possibly
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 scant tbsp of active dry yeast (one small packet)
  • 1 tsp salt

for the egg wash

  • one egg plus one tbsp olive oil


combine warm water, honey and yeast in the bowl of your mixer with the dough hook attached, when it turns foamy, turn on the mixer and start slowly adding the other ingredients in this order





if the yeast never becomes foamy, wash out the bowl and start again with fresh yeast and water

knead dough with dough hook on mixer for 5 minutes, it should form a smooth ball. If it doesn’t, add more water if it’s too dry, more flour if it’s too wet.

turn out into a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour

form into long logs about 1/2″ across and cut into 6″ lengths and tie in knots

set onto a greased cookie sheet 2″ apart and let rise again, uncovered for 1 more hour.

brush with egg and olive oil wash, sprinkle with salt, and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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23 thoughts on “KY Jelly Should Top Your Holiday List

  1. I can't ask Muffinass for a Dutch oven... He gets that devious look in his eyes and... Just no! But I am in complete agreeable that a melon ballet is essential for our live of work (you and I handle a LOT of balls!) and also that you are pretty good in bed. Now hurry your ass into mine I miss you!!!!
  2. Haha I laughed out loud when I read your comments about ky jelly! Always good to find multiple purposes for things we just happen to have lying around? ;) I'm in the market for a food processor. Is the picture above of the Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor the one you recommend?
  3. hahaha. I love your list, especially the last item. In all seriousness, I would like a crockpot please. When did I get this old? BTW - you changed things around on the blog, no?

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