No. 85 – Blogs My Wife Reads #6: Kitchen Stewardship

Kitchen Stewardship

(This post is part of a series, for the series introduction and/or to begin at the beginning, please see Blogs My Wife Reads #1.)

I should say up front that we as a family have had our hazelwood and Baltic amber products reviewed by the Kitchen Stewardship team, so if you see some Hazelaid action on there, yes, that’s us, and we love them and their blog.

Kitchen Stewardship (henceforth KS) was started by Katie Kimball. Today there’s a large team of writers and developers that have turned KS into a crunchy powerhouse.  Like Nourishing Kitchen (last week’s blog) this one is also focused primarily on food and cooking, though it dips its toes into other areas on occasion (like teething necklaces!) to the benefit of their readers.

Here’s what their main page looks like:

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 9.23.21 PMTheir tagline is Baby Steps to Real Food and Natural Living. So I guess you could call that Food+, which is how a lot of these blogs go. Eat healthy and, by the way, you should probably also stop buying those scented candles because they’re giving you cancer.

Firstly, right up in the top right corner of the nav bar is a little area called ‘Your Baby Steps’. I like this because it reminds me of the movie What About Bob:

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(Context – He uses ‘baby steps’ to deal with his problems)

Upon hovering over the ‘Your Baby Steps’ menu item, two choices show up. First the ‘Monday Missions‘ checklist that has, at the time of this writing, 203 line items that you can do to make yourself crunchier. They put in terms of ‘doing real food’ but you and I both know that when you start talking about getting away from using your microwave, that’s crunchy talk.

The other area under there is actually something that seems to have come prior to and even sparked the Monday Missions, a post boldly titled  ‘Back to Basics 10-Week Baby Step Mini Challenge‘.

Yes, a bit of a mouthful to say, but it seems that it was such a wild success that it evolved into the more regular Monday Mission thing, expanding the list of 10 by an additional 193 items. Also the whole Monday Mission checklist seems to be a handy organizing principle for the rest of the posts on the blog, or at least a healthy portion of them.

But if you want, you can also find your way through using the Categories dropdown, and some more popular topics that have their very own dropdown menus, Green Living, Real Food, Frugal Living:

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Some of the posts link to ebooks that go into more depth and give ideas.  She has prolifically written a BUNCH of ebook cookbook / idea books:

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All very reasonable, not to terribly concerning…then I ran across a small mention of a post entitled, ‘How to Boil your Husband.’

Seriously.

ME: “I can’t wait to see what happens when I click this.”

What followed was a long and detailed description of how to slowly turn your husband crunchy, despite taking away foods that he loves and spending 3x as much at the grocery store.

So, no cannibalism (yay!), but still concerning.

A few quotes (taken out of context for dramatic effect):

“How You Too can Boil a Husband”

“Distract him from the weird stuff with normal stuff”

“He doesn’t have to know everything I know about what we’re eating…”

And my favorite:

“He didn’t even notice it was all a part of the plan.”

FINAL ASSESSMENT: Ready to be boiled like the proverbial frog? Sure, the before and after photos make it SEEM like her husband is now all healthy and beastly and running up mountains, but those could be Photoshopped. Recommend burying snacks in an oil drum in the yard and establishing several fall-back positions.

Go-bag is optional.

 

NEXT WEEK, ON THE CRUNCHY DUNGEON:

Blogs My Wife Reads #7