Weekend Meditation: Sweet Inspiration

What's inspiring your kitchen this week? Maybe you've bought something new you that can't wait to try out or you've noticed it's spring and the asparagus, peas, ramps and morels are calling to you. Perhaps it's the fact that you temporarily lost your mind and invited eight people to dinner. Maybe it's all three! My top inspirations, including a really fun kitchen video, after the jump.

My Five Top Kitchen Inspirations for This Week:

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New Tools. I finally broke down and ordered a new set of utensils last week and they just arrived yesterday. I love them. I love their creamy color, the oval shape of the ladles (which come in two sizes!) and the beautiful perforation pattern on the skimmer and spoon. They make me want to have friends over for soup just so I can use one of the ladles. Or whip up a batch of strawberry jam so I can check out the skimmer. They're strong and sturdy and pretty and I plan to have them forever.

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Cooking Video from Jamie and Matt. This wonderful short video was made for Valentine's Day, but I don't recommend waiting until next year to watch it. From the sweet intro to the lovely table setting in the end, this video makes me smile. i especially love the oranges turning into orange juice!

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MAV's Everyday Living as Art flickr set. A bowl of tea on a wooden table, eggs shells in the sink, the leftover crumbs from a nibbled on treat...each of these photos captures the simplicity of our everyday experiences in a way that I find soothing and inspiring. Scrolling through these photos always makes me want to go into my own kitchen and do something. Nothing huge and ambitious, just something simple like pouring a cup of tea and putting a handful of cookies on a little plate.

The Kitchen Cure. I'm not doing the Cure this year but I am following along and finding that I'm quite influenced by it. Just in my everyday puttering about and cleaning I've already de-cluttered a pots-and-pans cupboard and tossed a few old spices. My weekend project is to make some soup (see utensil post above) to use up most of my freezer stash of stock and veg and parmesan rinds. I'm still not sure what to do with that pesky lid storage problem.

Spring. It almost goes without saying that whatever season it is, it's influencing my kitchen. Tomorrow is farmer's market day and I'll be on the look out for asparagus, which should be cheap and plentiful, fava beans and some green garlic. And also, hopefully, some surprises and new discoveries.

What is influencing and inspiring your kitchen this week? Please share it with us!

(Image: Dana Velden)

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Dana Velden is a freelance food writer. She lives, eats, plays, and gets lost in Oakland, California where she is in the throes of raising her first tomato plant.