Carrie Tyler, Food Enthusiast, Recipe Developer, and Food Photographer for Talking Meals

Hi there!  Whether it’s cooking at home for your family or starting your own blog, we all need help and support some of the time – in my case, I lot of the time!  I used to think that I could figure everything out on my own, but when I finally started reaching out for support and help, that’s when I really started to grow, both personally and professionally.
Here are some of the amazing resources that have made the biggest impact for me in my kitchen and in my blog.  I know they can help you too!
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  • Check out the SHOP page for some of my most prized kitchen gadgets and tools!  On this page you will find kitchen tools, storage solutions, kids cooking tools, and appliances that I cannot live without!  Here are my top 2 Faves:
    1. The Cuisinart Mini Food Processor is my good-to gadget in the kitchen.  I use it practically everyday either in a recipe or for making snacks, such as my super simple hummus with only chickpeas, olive oil, and a little garlic.

    2. Using an Olive Oil Sprayer is amazing!  You can coating a pan with oil using much less and getting an even distribution without having to brush it around.  Store-bough aerosols contain chemicals and toxins, but this Sonica Organics Oil Sprayer sprays out exactly what you put into it, so you can feel good about what you are putting on your food.  I absolutely love this sprayer!

Sonica Organics Oil Sprayer allows you to use less oil by spraying it in an even and wide dispersion on pans, pots, or on food. It sprays out only what you put in, no added chemicals or toxins, or propellants as the store-bought aerosols have!


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