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My Kosher Kitchen and a Giveaway

December 4, 2009

You’ve asked for it, and I’m going to deliver!  Welcome to my kitchen!  We keep a kosher home, so some things in my kitchen might be quite different to you!  For a full explanation of kosher, click here.  Basically, we keep meat and dairy products separate (no cheeseburgers!) and don’t eat pork products or shellfish.  We have two sets of dishes, silverware, pots and pans, and lots of other items.

Some items are parve, meaning they do not have milk or dairy in them.  This doesn’t automatically mean that they are vegan though, because eggs are considered parve (I don’t get it either!), and so is fish (again, don’t get it!).

WARNING:  This post is looooooong.  Good luck!DSC03354 I am incredibly lucky and have a really well stocked kitchen.  If you read my blog regularly, you know how much I love some of my gadgets!  Between my mom, and some incredibly generous gifts from our wedding, engagment parties and bridal shower, we are really well stocked!  Up top in the picture below is a panini maker, waffle maker, George Foreman, pizza crisper, ice cream maker, ice bucket and yogurt maker.  It’s kind of obnoxious, isn’t it?  My other appliances (bread machine, crockpot, kitchenaid mixer) aren’t in the kitchen exactly.  They are in our “dining room.”  The truth is, I really believe that I need all of this.  I probably don’t.


My food processor and coffee maker stay on top of the fridge.  The coffee maker comes down everyday (I always make coffee at home!)DSC03367 Somehow, we ended up with a lot of red items and accessories in our kitchen.  It keeps things nice and bright!


Glass is considered parve, meaning you can cook anything you like in it.  Therefore, drinking glasses are parve as well, so we only have one set.  Our regular glasses are from the Impressions collection at Crate and Barrel.  We also have margarita glasses, regular wine glasses, stemless wine glasses and ice cream bowls.

DSC03366 I have glass casserole dishes in the cabinet under the glasses.  I also keep our dairy mixing bowls here.  There’s no rhyme or reason to this, just where I have space!  This is a floor cabinet with a drawer that pulls out.  On the counter above this is the microwave.


Here are our dairy dishes.  We wanted something very simple, so we chose the Maison collection.  I also keep other dairy related items in here like coffee mugs and baking ramekins!  Most of my baking stuff is in our back closet (I have a lot), so there are only random pieces in the kitchen.  Our dairy silverware is also from C & B, but has been discontinued.

DSC03358 We have another big cabinet with a pull out drawer for our pots and pans (and some bakeware).  These are our dairy pots and pans.  The set is All Clad, and we have a few other pieces thrown in there as well.


I also keep a crock of cooking tools (these are dairy) by the stove, next to the blender.

DSC03412 DSC03369 We also have a set of knives for dairy foods.  It is a fairly inexpensive set, but has served us well (first hint for the giveaway!)

DSC03370 Our meat dishes are in another cabinet, along with our mini prep and smart stick, colanders, measuring cups, and a few other odds and ends.  There isn’t much of a system in place.  Our “meat” dishes are Kita from Crate and Barrel, and our flatware is the Twist collection.  Isn’t it crazy that we have to have two sets of everything?  It’s so important for us to have a big kitchen, because we do have so much, but a lot of it is by necessity!


Another cabinet with a pull out drawer for our pots and pans.  This set is Calphalon, and we have a lot of other pieces thrown in there like a wok and roasting pan.  We also keep our meat mixing bowls down here.  That doesn’t mean we only put meat in them, they are just used for meals that have meat in them.  Is this making sense because I feel like I’m confusing myself!

DSC03365 All of our meat tools!  I love having crocks by the stove for all of my kitchen tools, it’s so convenient!

DSC03371Our knives are really important to us (hint, hint!).  We decided instead of registering for a set, to choose individual knives that we really wanted.  We spent about an hour picking out knives to register for.  We held them, pretended to cut, and really took notes of how the knives felt in our hand.  Some knives are shared, but Solomon and I each have our own Santokus that are comfortable for us (yes, we are really lucky).  We use our knives all of the time, and I really believe having good knives is one of the most important things in a kitchen.

DSC03372 Moving on…spices, teas, and a little bit of everything else.  This cabinet lacks organization and I have no intention of organizing it!

DSC03376Our pantry is quite large too, and slightly more organized.  The door is stuck open, which is kind of ghetto.  That happened to us in an old apartment and the door fell on me and broke my nose.  Not enough to get a new nose, but enough to give me 2 black eyes.  I hope that doesn’t happen again, that would suck!

DSC03377A little decor…

DSC03378A gift from my friend Robin…

DSC03379Sweet decorations from Ikea!

DSC03380My duck timer.  Yes, a duck timer.  It quacks.  I adore it.

DSC03381 I have a serious addiction to measuring cups, I keep buying them.  I also collect ducks.  My mother in law found these measuring cups for me, which are only for decoration, I don’t want to dirty them, since I think they are so cute!

DSC03382Like I said, I have a thing for ducks.  I have tons of rubber duckies all over the house, and this one is a kitchen mascot.  He’s dairy.

DSC03383 A few years ago my brother snuck this Stitch bobble head into one of my bags when I was heading back to Boston from NJ.  He’s been a kitchen mascot ever since!

DSC03384 Of course, a spot for Rufio.  I took this picture approximately 30 seconds after putting his food down.  I don’t know that he has ever tasted his food, he just inhales it!


There you have it, my kitchen.  I feel like this was a really narcissistic post to write! If you have any questions about kosher or my kitchen, please let me know.  Also, if you want to know where I got anything, I can probably let you know where it’s from!

OK, now the fun part.  The whole reason you read this entire post…giveaway time!  I’m really excited about this one, I hope you are too!

DSC03403 As you can tell, I think having good knives is really, really important.  Thanks to my awesome mom, I have a 6 inch utility knife, and a pair of kitchen scissors to give away to one lucky reader (Wusthof is not sponsoring this giveaway).  I tend to use my utility knife most, and find it to be really versatile for anything I need to cut!

I also use my kitchen shears all.the.time, not only for opening things, but for herbs!  I love the rustic look of cut up herbs over salads, and find kitchen shears are the best way to do this!  Both pieces are steel, and I think they are necessities to any kitchen!

DSC03404 (I apologize for mediocre pictures.  It’s hard to get a good picture through plastic and i didn’t want to take these out of their box!)

I’ve decided to keep this contest open until December 31st.  I would rather ship it to the winner after the madness of holiday shipping ends!

I’m giving you 5 ways to enter:

  1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite kitchen appliance that you either own or dream of owning.
  2. Leave a comment telling me something you learned about kosher kitchens!
  3. Link back to this contest on your blog and leave me a comment letting me know you’ve done so.
  4. Add me to your blogroll or subscribe.  Leave me a comment!
  5. Follow me on twitter (@liveloveeatplay) and tweet whatever you like about the contest (include my name!)


93 Comments leave one →
  1. samialyssa31 permalink
    December 4, 2009 9:04 am

    I’d love to own a CuisinArt food processor! They come in handy for all types of things in a foodie’s life! 🙂

  2. December 4, 2009 9:04 am

    Your kitchen is so pretty! I really like your cabinets.

  3. samialyssa31 permalink
    December 4, 2009 9:07 am

    I also blogged about your giveaway! 🙂

    here’s the link!

  4. samialyssa31 permalink
    December 4, 2009 9:09 am

    You’re on my blog roll now too!

  5. Jessie permalink
    December 4, 2009 9:10 am

    I love kitchen gadgets too! You definitely have me beat though. I can’t imagine having to have 2 of everything. I barely have room for what I’ve got!

    I am dying to get a blender so I can try making green monsters. My mom is getting me one fore Christmas and I can’y wait!

  6. December 4, 2009 9:34 am

    i am very excited to get a real mixer at my wedding next summer (my mom already bought it, and isn’t so good at hiding)

  7. December 4, 2009 9:38 am

    and i didn’t know that glass was parve!
    none of my jewish friends keep strict kosher, so i haven’t gotten to see a kitchen with the two sets of stuff-it was neat! i actually live in the area with the biggest jewish population in portland-there’s a store right by me called “everything jewish”… my best friend (who is jewish) keeps telling me shes’ going to go there and find a husband 🙂

  8. December 4, 2009 9:39 am

    LOVED this post!! I always said it is insanely expensive to “build” a kosher kitchen… you need multiple sets of everything!! If I did a post like this, it would be even longer than yours, because we have a meat, dairy, AND a parve side. Crazy. Oh, yeah, not to mention the separate Passover stuff… oy.

    Favorite appliance is my Foreman grill… but I dream of owning a newer one with removable plates so that it’s easier to clean!

    ❤ ❤

  9. December 4, 2009 9:40 am

    You’re on my blogroll 🙂

    ❤ ❤

  10. December 4, 2009 9:52 am

    I didn’t know you kept a Kosher kitchen- my mom does too. Random question- do you know why Clif bars are Kosher dairy but vegan? I don’t get it. Hmmm.

    Love your kitchen- especially the adorable measuring cups!

    My favourite appliance is my George Foreman grill- I use it all the time! I’d love a food processor or big blender one day.

  11. December 4, 2009 9:55 am

    Favorite kitchen tool = my steamer.

  12. December 4, 2009 9:55 am

    What I learned about Kosher kitchens = separate prep areas for meat and dairy foods.

  13. Katrina permalink
    December 4, 2009 10:02 am

    My favorite kitchen appliance which is an absolute necessity is my coffee maker. I’d never get out of bed without it!

  14. eaternotarunner permalink
    December 4, 2009 10:05 am

    Honestly I didn’t know that you could only have one set of glasses

  15. eaternotarunner permalink
    December 4, 2009 10:06 am

    Basically I dream of owning an ice cream maker 🙂

  16. eaternotarunner permalink
    December 4, 2009 10:06 am

    I already subscribe to you!

  17. December 4, 2009 10:43 am

    Great giveaway. I would like to really have, ok this is so tough since we just got married and have everything. I love our new digital griddle, so this is the one I can’t live without. It is so much fun and versatile.

  18. December 4, 2009 10:43 am

    My favorite appliance is probably my food processor. I use it for chopping and grating as well as blending food together.

  19. December 4, 2009 10:43 am

    I learned that you have to have separate bowls for meat and dairy. I knew that they couldn’t be mixed together, but I didn’t realize you couldn’t just wash the bowl after putting one in and use it for the other. I am what one might call a non-practicing Jew.

  20. December 4, 2009 10:46 am

    I am about to write up a post for tomorrow and will certainly mention this giveaway there.

  21. December 4, 2009 10:47 am

    As for learning about kosher kithcens I want to thank you for the post since many people do not know about it. My home is not kosher but my grandparents did keep a kosher home. So I guess I didn’t learn anything new. But I LOVED the post!

  22. December 4, 2009 10:53 am

    i actually just got my dream aid stand mixer. hubby bought it as my christmas gift…well actually i picked it our and ordered it, just used his credit card 🙂

  23. December 4, 2009 10:55 am

    what did i learn about kosher kitchens…dairy and meat products must be separated…i honestly did not know that…

    p.s. i love your kitchen. and i believe you when you say you need every little appliance…my itty bitty kitchen is about to burst with all the stuff i have.

  24. December 4, 2009 10:55 am

    on my blogroll and im a follower

  25. December 4, 2009 10:58 am

    Amazing giveaway Morgan! 🙂

    My favourite kitchen appliance is definitely my Kitchen Aid Mixer – I love it!

  26. December 4, 2009 11:00 am

    I knew you kept meat + dairy separate, but I didn’t know it extended to food prep!

  27. December 4, 2009 11:01 am

    I subscribe to your blog! 🙂

  28. December 4, 2009 11:04 am

    And I tweeted about the giveaway!

  29. Kate permalink
    December 4, 2009 12:24 pm

    My favorite kitchen gadget is my magic bullet!

  30. Kate permalink
    December 4, 2009 12:25 pm

    I never knew you had to have 2 sets of dishes and such!

  31. Kate permalink
    December 4, 2009 12:25 pm

    I follow your blog!

  32. December 4, 2009 12:28 pm

    I so want a mini food processor — it is on my Christmas list! And our registry in case I don’t get it for Christmas 🙂

  33. December 4, 2009 12:33 pm

    My dad’s family is Jewish, but I don’t think any of them have kosher kitchens. I knew about them though. 🙂 Except the part about the glass. I didn’t know that it was kind of the “exception to the rule”!

  34. December 4, 2009 12:35 pm

    I tweeted!

  35. December 4, 2009 12:35 pm

    You know I already subscribe to your blog 🙂

  36. December 4, 2009 12:45 pm

    My favorite kitchen appliance is my KitchenAid Mixer, which I named Giancarlo. Yes. He’s Italian. I love everything you wrote. I wish there was more structure and culture to how my kitchen is put together. Mine is my favorite place though.

  37. AnAppleADay permalink
    December 4, 2009 2:50 pm

    i dream about owning vitamix one day!

  38. AnAppleADay permalink
    December 4, 2009 2:52 pm

    i learned that meat and dairy are kept and prepared separately~
    one question, do you wash them (the tools) separately too?

  39. AnAppleADay permalink
    December 4, 2009 2:52 pm

    you’re on my blogroll~ i follow you

  40. Lizzy permalink
    December 4, 2009 3:00 pm

    I’ve learned so much today about my favorite girls!!!! I don’t even know the name to my fav kitchen appliance, but i want one of those mini veggie choppers, so that when i make salads, i can cut the veggies in a minutes time!

  41. Lizzy permalink
    December 4, 2009 3:01 pm

    I had no idea that you had to keep meet and dairy things separate! i think this is a very interesting style of living and i loved reading this post!

  42. December 4, 2009 7:38 pm

    Hmmm. I think my cappuccino maker is my favorite kitchen gadget. BUT, my top of the line blender is a close second. Amen to having a hubby who works for a popular appliance company!

  43. December 4, 2009 7:39 pm

    I’m already following you on Twitter, but I tweeted @PreventionRD

  44. December 4, 2009 7:40 pm

    You’re already on my blogroll, I hope that counts : )

  45. Joshua S permalink
    December 5, 2009 12:17 am

    Oooh, I really really want a bolt blender. That would be awesome.

  46. Danielle permalink
    December 5, 2009 7:46 am

    I subscribe to your blog on my Google Reader 🙂

  47. Danielle permalink
    December 5, 2009 7:46 am

    And my favourite kitchen gadget would have to be my Keurig coffee maker. Saves me so much time in the morning ❤

  48. Danielle permalink
    December 5, 2009 7:48 am

    I had no idea you had to have separate dishes! Fascinating!

  49. December 5, 2009 11:57 am

    Some interesting information,well researched thank you!

  50. Rachel Lauren permalink
    December 6, 2009 8:18 pm

    Great kitchen. I love my cuisinart food processor!

  51. December 7, 2009 2:00 pm

    Kitchen aide stand mixer. Man I want one.

    Oh, and I’m having a YouBar giveaway, come check it out!

  52. December 8, 2009 4:59 pm

    the one kitchen appliance that i dream of owning is a big george foreman grill!!! It would need to have those interchangeable plates where i can make waffles when i want to or omeletes!!! 🙂 They’re so cool!!

  53. December 8, 2009 5:03 pm

    I learnt that glass is considered parve – and i learned the meaning of parve (shame on me, I had to go look it up on wikipedia, but thanks for inspiring me to do so!). My cousin eats kosher too, but i was always too embarassed to ask about it. THANKS Morgan!! for educating me!!

  54. December 9, 2009 9:35 am

    I REALLY want a Kitchenaid mixer someday. But first we need a bigger kitchen with some storage space. I don’t even have a pantry of any kind yet!


  55. December 11, 2009 10:22 am

    Hi Morgan,
    A very interesting post – I didn’t realize the extent of separation required on a daily basis (I was aware of it for certain holidays such as passover). It did bring up a question for me. For an item to be considered kosher does it have to come from a kosher kitchen? Would a baked good (with eggs and dairy) made in a glass bowl that has never been used for meat and mixed with a metal mixing spoon that has never been used for meat, be okay for a person keeping kosher?

  56. December 11, 2009 5:16 pm

    I dream of owning a VITAMIX! But that’s another story…our knives are sad. haha I couldd totally use this. I chop all of my veggies and stuff with a serrated knife. We don’t really have “real knives”. Also, our kitchen scissors disappeared…I miss them! lol

  57. December 11, 2009 5:17 pm

    You and your adorable schnauzer are on my blogroll! 😀

  58. Gina P permalink
    December 12, 2009 12:27 pm

    Oh gosh, what wouldn’t I love to have? A spiralizer? A Vita-Mix?! Ahh, if only I wasn’t a college student.
    For now, I’m content with my toaster oven. It’s great for roasting veggies for one person!

  59. December 13, 2009 11:53 am

    Id love to get a really good vitamix. My poor little food processor is starting to bite it.

  60. traynharder23 permalink
    December 13, 2009 2:32 pm

    i wish i had a food proccessor to make larabars!

    hmm. i also love my oxo 9 inch tongs. they are soo useful!

  61. Laura permalink
    December 17, 2009 8:34 am

    My kitchenaid stand mixer…her name is Ella. 🙂

  62. Marion permalink
    December 18, 2009 8:39 pm

    I was brought up in a kosher home, so it’s all familiar to me. Not strange at al.

    My favorite kitchen appliances/tools/gadgets:
    – zyliss cheese grater for parmesan
    – $10 food chopper by Black and Decker (morning scrambled eggs in a flash)
    – immersion blender for pureed soups
    – lots of tongs and serving utensils
    – 14 cup Cuisinart food processor
    – Salton Ice cream maker from a yard sale for $1; never for ice cream, always for frozen slushes for the kids
    – having 2 dishwashers (prior home owners had $ and kept kosher)

    Thanks for sharing

  63. December 28, 2009 10:06 am

    Just found your blog and love it. My fav appliance is my coffee maker, gotta have my coffee.

  64. December 28, 2009 10:07 am

    I did not know about the separations, very interesting.

  65. Amy permalink
    December 23, 2009 1:07 am

    I learned that you can cook anything in glass in a kosher ktichen!

  66. Amy permalink
    December 23, 2009 1:08 am

    I have been on the hunt for the perfect whish forEVER! It’s now become kind of a joke between my husband and me, because I don’t think it exists! I also secretly would like a Presto Pizza Oven (another inside joke) but a waffle maker as well!

    December 31, 2009 11:06 am

    I’d love to have some knives so I could stab people I don’t like. JUST KIDDING!! Sorry, couldn’t reist injecting my “humor.” Actually, you are right – kitchen shears are great and I don’t have any!!! 😦

  68. Robin permalink
    December 31, 2009 4:57 pm

    Hi Mo,
    I have learned that Kosher kitchens should be big.
    and also- my favorite appliance is my new Keurig! I love the idea of making a single cup of coffee and not wasting any extra that I will not be consuming 🙂
    I’m really glad that I have gotten to know you and that I get to ring in 2010 with you.


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