My Favorite Kitchen Things & Recipe Links-A Big Post!
Posted Feb 11 2010 3:36pm
How are you doing today? I have to saythe past 24 hours have not been easy for me in terms of implementing my new commenting systembut as of my last postthings seem to be 100% On Track! As I said in that postthank you for bearing with me and for your patience!Tech issues and glitches are never funbut in the long runthe new commenting system is wayyyy better! Woo-hoo for that!!! And all the kinks got worked outin large partdue to Emily The Blog Fairy's help! As I mentioned in the last postif anyone ever needs Bloggie help or a Bloggie Makeoveremail Emily! She is lighting fastextremely responsive awesome at what she doesand more than reasonable! ButI am so sick of talking about commenting systemsso we're all done with that now and everything seems to be working so we can keep praying the tech Gods keep smiling on me. Okgoodglad you agree!
Now that we're all caught upToday I want to talk about A Few of My Favorite Kitchen Things FirstCoffee Maker. This is a no brainer since I love my coffee. I've had this machine about 9 months. And this mug about 2 days.
We are the cloth napkin usingre-usable stainless steel non-BPA sippy cup drinkingyoga doingcrunchy kinda crowd... ...that stuff our faces with kale chips! Howeveras I have mentioned beforeYou Don't Need a Dehydrator! For recipes that call for a dehydratoruse a 200F oven or as low as your oven goeskeep the door ajar if you want to lower the temp even moreand call it good. I usually dehydrate in the 140-150F rangebecause I don't have the patience for 105 or 118F. Not to mentionas Noni Shannon has written aboutit can be a Food Safety Issue keeping wet produce at such a low temperature for dozens of hours at a time so it doesn't bother me to jack up the heat a little bit. I know Marissa feels similarly!
Moving Alonga Dehydrator is Funbut save your money and Buy a Vita-Mixlong before you buy a dehydrator. Or buy any kind of food processor. Buy something to blend and pulverize! I make Everything from Vegan Gluten-Free Pancakes in it
...You Do Need a Good Blending Device.For meit's my Vita. For youget whatever your budget allows and pray that Santa is good to you next year! All the equipment in the worldhowevercan't compare withgood knives. I use my knives more than anything else in my kitchen and my cutting board. I have 2 favorite cutting boards and both of them are so cut uprelayedand parlayedthey aren't photo-worthyat all. For my knivesI love my Henckles. Wusthof is another great brand. And if I had an extra hundred bucksI wouldn't buy a pair of Rock & Republic Jeans (they're more than a hundred anyway)I'd buy a knife! That came out a little funnybut it's true! There is no possible way to be a good cook without decent knives. The first thing everyone should buy to outfit your kitchenin my opinionis a good knife. A 6 or 7 inch chef's knife or a Santoku Knife is the first investment I'd recommend anyone making. And Last But Not LeastMy Favorite Kitchen Thing Person is this Peanut: Skylar! Who dances around like a Nut and makes it more interestingno doubtin the kitchen! Dinner Was Mixed GreensAsparagusBrusselsTomatoesCarrotsand Cukes With a Fresh Batch of Vegan Slaw Dressing that I made.
Questions: What's your Favorite Thing in the Kitchen? What do you use multiple times every day and cannot imagine not having?
What item do you want? Why? How would you use it? Trust meif I have tons of readers all tell me they want a VitaMixI may write to VitaMix and mention this as a Give Away. Don't get your hopes up or anythingbut heyI'd try it for you guys!
Do You Consider Yourself to be Good in the Kitchen? Are you a good cook? A bad one? A work in progress? Are you scared of cooking or of messing things up so you don't even try? I know when I was growing upmy grandmother and mother were phenomenal cooks. To the point, I actually avoided cooking and the kitchen at all costs. And when I was in my early to mid 20smany dinners included TriscuitsPeanut Butterand copious amount of Kettle One. No cooking involved! I was so clueless in the kitchenI didn't know up from down. Then my lightbulb moment came: I realized that in order to be optimally healthyget a handle on my food allergiessave moneysatisfy my desire to be creativeto createto makethat I needed to find my way around the kitchen. And I think I have. Howeverlike with any artand cooking is definitely an art, there is a lifetime's worth of knowledge to learn. We never master it all. Yoga is like thistoo; always room for growth. Tell me your thoughts on being a good cook or learning to cook? What has helped you?
And FinallyDoes Technology "work" for you the first time or the "easy way"? For methis is nonever! And I don't think I am totally inepteither. But "easy install" is an oxymoron when it comes to me and technology! What about you? How Tech-Savvy Are You? Does Technology Go According to Plan for you? If it doesI need your tips!
Stay Tuned For The Coconut Oil Winner and some Mailbox Finds...
*Edited to Add: IF YOU WANT TO COMMENT ON THIS POSTYOU MUST ACTUALLY CLICK ON THE POST TITLE AND THEN THE COMMENT FIELD WILL BECOME VISIBLE at the bottom of the page.Sorryanother glitch that I'm working on. It was fine and then it just glitched up.