In My Kitchen - November

It's linkup time for  November's In My Kitchen hosted by Sherry.

We had some comfortable chairs that curved around our backs and were just the right height for our table.  Unfortunately they were ugly and you couldn't find a tablecloth to match with those colors. See this photo from my October IMK post.  I have a lovely maroon tablecloth that just doesn't work with these green and blue patterned chairs.

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When we were offered these brown chairs (below) from Doug's father's house we decided to snap them up.  They looked great in our kitchen and blended well with the brick floors.
Alas, they are no where near as comfortable as the others and I couldn't touch the floor if I sat all the way back.  I'm 5'3" and that's if I stand up straight so my legs dangled. Yup, I could actually swing them back and forth.  Pity we acted so quickly and took the other chairs to a charity shop.
So I may have something new to show off in the January edition of IMK whe these get replaced.

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The Instant Pot arrived last month and so far I haven't used it.  Doug has used it and made some wonderful meals.  We checked these cookbooks out of the library and have been marking which recipes we wanted to try.  As a matter of fact, these two had so many delectable recipes that we bought the books via Amazon and Thriftbooks.

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One of the first meals Doug made was this Arroz con pollo from a Martha Stewart book.  I didn't do the meal justice with this photo as the lighting and turmeric gave this a yellowy look.  But, wow......this chicken was fork tender to cut.  The rice had a creamy texture as shirt grain rice does, but he used long grain.  This is a keeper.

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The next meal he made was a Cuban pork roast with a Mojo seasoning and broth. Again, this one is keeper, so tender.  I fried up some plantains and made black beans and rice to go along with it. 

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Linking up with Sherry's Pickings for her In My Kitchen series.



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10 comments:

Mae Travels said...

That's sad about the chairs having gone to the thrift shop before their time -- it's so hard to find comfortable ones. I especially commiserate with a fellow short-person about legs not touching the floor. Some people we know do not have a single chair in their living room where I can sit and look like an adult! Or where my back can touch the backrest.

Good luck finding new chairs... best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

sherry said...

i find the height of tables and chairs such a bug bear. especially in restaurants where i end up feeling like a child or a midget:-) I think those restaurant outfitters never actually sit on the chairs to try them out before buying them. thanks muchly for joining in IMK this month. lovely to have you! cheers sherry

Tina said...

Mae, you totally get the situation. I once went on a job interview where they had me sit of a sofa across from the interview panel, I had a choice of sitting with my legs sticking out like a child or perching on the edge of the seat, back ramrod straight, as I delivered my answers!

Thank you, Sherry. I find it interesting to see what is other folks kitchens around the world.

Vicki said...

I'm 5'0" so my feet rarely reach the floor no matter what I sit in. I'm still debating whether to get an Instant Pot. My favorite small kitchen appliance has always been my crockpot. I think I'm on my 10th one. That food looks so good!

Stacy said...

You're giving me recipe inspiration! I especially like seeing what sides you make for your mains. I hope you find some Goldilocks chairs that are just right.

Katherine P said...

I've been on the fence about an Instant Pot. My mother has offered to let me borrow hers for a few weeks to see if I'd use it but I haven't. Based off these tasty recipes it sounds like I should make time! I understand the chair issue. I'm 5'4 and it drives me crazy when my feet dangle. I hope you find the perfect chair soon!

JoAnn said...

I'd really like to try an Instant Pot... is it like a quick-cooking crock pot?

Too bad about your chairs! I'm tall and have never had that problem, but it's always a struggle for my mother.

Debra Eliotseats said...

I would never have noticed the chairs in the photo until you said something. I kind of like the print. :) I really am interested in what you continue to think about the Instant Pot. What size did you get?

Tina said...

Thank you all for your nice comments. I think I’ll just pop to your sites and answer and visit 😊

Kim Bultman said...

Tina, my mother-in-law is just shy of 5 feet and she had a funny explanation for my hubby's enduring habit of leaving our cupboard doors open (!) -- after I bonked my head for the 100th time and I asked her why: "He grew up in a country farmhouse where the cupboards were WAY over my head. I really didn't pay any attention to that." One of her most cherished handmade gifts from him was a step-stool he made in wood shop in junior high just to reach her silverware drawer! I guess iff f she can put up with "open cupboards", I can disregard the dents in my head now and then. :) Sorry to hear your stature is still a challenge, but hopefully your hubby's Arroz con Pollo and Cuban Pork made up for the inconvenience! xo

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