Saturday, September 14, 2013

Cooks, Nooks & Crannies

by Rita Lucero
from the Piece of Cake Mystery Series
By Jacklyn Brady

Some people love to cook. Others hate it. Some people think of cooking as art, others think of it as hard work. Some people adore spending time in the kitchen, others can't get out of the room fast enough. But whether you love it, hate it, or fall somewhere in between, the time you spend in your kitchen will be more pleasant if your kitchen and pantry are organized.

Okay, I know some of you are shutting down at my use of that word. Organization can make even the strongest of us cringe. But wait. Please! Hear me out . . .

A professional chef can't afford to work in a disorganized kitchen. I think we'll all agree on that. But consider this: If you're a Chef-Under-Protest, you'll spend way more time than you want in the kitchen if the space is disorganized and cluttered. If you really want to get in and get out again fast, you'll do that much more effectively if there's a place for everything and everything is kept in its place. Just think about how much time you could save not searching for the spice you need in that over-crowded spice cupboard.

If you live in an area where weevils and other critters are a problem, you may want to transfer your dry ingredients out of their store packaging and into airtight packaging as soon as possible. You can find many different kinds of containers ranging in price from easily affordable to more expensive.

If you have suitable containers on hand already, by all means use them. Getting organized doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Use what's already in the garage or attic, or run over to the dollar store and see what treasures you can find there. Once you've chosen the containers, you may want to label them. Again, you can use what's handy (marker and masking tape) or you can fancy it up a bit. I found this free printable on Pinterest, courtesy & What Not. It appeals to me because I can create the labels using my own computer and printer, and customize them using the font(s) that appeal to me.

Whether you love spending time in your kitchen or it's the room you love to hate, keeping all nooks and crannies organized will make the time you spend there much more enjoyable. Trust me on this!

Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series set in New Orleans featuring cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero. Jacklyn loves to hear from readers. Connect with her on the web: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Cakes of Wrath, book #4 in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available now!


  1. Thank you! You just made my day!

  2. I need to organize but can really only do it when I am at home alone. If my husband is there he keeps questioning me during the process and then I just get frustrated and either shove it all back in the cabinet the way it was or throw it all away and have to buy new all over again. Neither one is a happy ending!

    I can't wait to see what Rita is up to next.