Welcome to the first of my Kitchen Tip posts, which I will be adding here and there to the blog as they occur to me. The Kitchen Tip posts will be some ideas for things I’ve come across here and there that make my life in the kitchen even happier, and to kick things off I thought I’d start with a little music!
And with that…I will tell you that I have a WHOLE bunch of playlists on my trusty Iphone. Rock, Country, Jazz, Classical, and a frequently revised list called “Kate’s Favorites.” (This last one currently has Jason Aldean, Adele, Train, Bonnie Tyler and One Direction on it. Yep.) But if you told me I could have one and only one playlist on my phone, I wouldn’t even blink…I’d pick my Dinner Party playlist.
This is a lovingly collected conglomeration of songs that I play at high volume when I am cooking, at more civilized volume when we are entertaining, and sometimes just for the heck of it and because I feel like dancing around to something appetizing. You never know when or where the dancing around urge will strike, and it’s good to be prepared.
I currently have 108 songs, and they all have one or more of the following in common: a food or drink in the title, or something to do with being hungry or thirsty. Which means I have everything from Bruce Springsteen’s ”Hungry Heart” to “Whipped Cream” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass to ”Chicken Fried” by the Zac Brown Band. And yes, I have the Pina Colada Song.
Anyway, this is not only a playlist that puts you in a fabulous mood no matter what is going on in the kitchen, it’s also a great conversation piece around the dinner table…I have gotten many new ideas for songs to add as my dinner guests try and come up with ones I’ve missed (until my friend Janet pointed it out, I was missing Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”….I hung my head in shame, and then ran to download it.) Please feel TOTALLY free to leave your suggestions in the comments below. Please?
And that’s my Kitchen Tip of the moment…I’m here to recommend that you consider starting a Dinner Party playlist of your own. I promise it will make your kitchen hours that much merrier.
I’m going to listen to “Cheeseburger in Paradise” now.