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Hannah Kaminsky’s Ten Things

Ten Things That Make Me Happy

imagePhoto: Hannah Kaminsky

I always get recommendations from friends. (Ok, fine - and Yelp.) I also love discovering new things from some of my favorite bloggers, cookbook authors, and business owners. So, I’m excited and proud to share a new weekly series: 10 Things That Make Me Happy, which will bring us into the lives of some of our favorite personalities.

Who: Hannah Kaminsky

Where: Fairfield, Connecticut

What: Baker, writer, photographer, and creator of the award-winning blog Bittersweet, Hannah is also the author of two cookbooks, including the most recently released, Vegan Desserts: Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season.

In her own words, here are ten of Hannah’s absolute favorite things:


Candle 79

Candle 79’s Seitan Chimichurri: Available at both Candle 79 and the more casual Candle Café, you can also purchase the finished dish in the prepared foods section of the Bowery Whole Foods in NYC.  Although I don’t think it taste quite the same, you can also find their recipe in The Candle Café Cookbook.

Smoked Paprika: One of my “secret ingredients,” I tend to throw a pinch or two in nearly everything, including simple noodle soup and marinara sauce.

Escali Primo Multifunctional Digital Scale: When baking, the best way to ensure success is to measure accurately. A digital scale makes this a breeze, and only the most basic, inexpensive model is needed.

Kitchenaid Stand Mixer: Fluffy frostings and properly creamed cookie batters would never be possible in my hands without some additional horsepower.

Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk

Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk: All canned coconut milks are not created equal; Thai Kitchen is so much smoother and naturally sweet than the rest of the competition.

Ritual Coffee Roasters: Based in California, their iced coffee is so good that I’ve considered moving to the west coast just to have easier access to that mahogany elixir.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens: One of my favorite lenses for food, faces, and everything in between.

White Whole Wheat Flour: An easy, painless way to boost the nutritional value of any baked good.

Pure Blue Monkey Coconut Water: I guzzle coconut water by the gallon to stay hydrated in a hot kitchen. Given the choice, I greatly prefer the Blue Monkey brand. It’s amazingly sweet and so refreshing!

Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies

Uncle Eddie’s Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies: The only sort of ready-made cookie I will buy on the rare occasion that I don’t feel like baking. They’re downright addictive!

Do you share any of Hannah’s favorites? Which of her ten things will you try?

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