As seen at [personal profile] silme : Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers (just the manual kind), blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, electric woks, salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers (though I usually chop garlic by hand), martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers, sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers (I only recently got the ice-cream maker and haven't had a chance to use it yet), fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors,bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

I do a lot of cooking and baking, but I seem to have absorbed Alton Brown's philosophy that "UNITASKERS=BAD!" so I don't have a lot of specialized kitchen items. Plus my kitchen is woefully lacking in storage space so even if I wanted a bunch of specialized kitchen items I wouldn't have anywhere to put them. If I ever won the lottery (unlikely, as that would mean I had to actually buy lottery tickets) I would have a house built with a kitchen designed to MY specifications, which would include a pantry of TARDIS-like proportions! 

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kelliem: pumpkin (pumpkin)
( Nov. 30th, 2008 10:22 pm)
One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Tonight I took the leftover roast harvest vegetables, added a bit of mashed potatoes and then pureed everything with some cream left from making the pumpkin pie filling, and some vegetable stock, added about a teaspoon of curry powder, some turmeric and a shake of cayenne, and now I have some very delicious curried cream-of-vegetable soup. :D

I also hit two different grocery stores to find the Kluski style noodles I need to make the traditional Turkey Stroganoff casserole tomorrow night. (Yes, it does involve canned mushroom soup, I can hear you all cringing now...) I can't understand why the Safeway only carries the wide, flat, tasteless egg noodles but not the yummy Kluski ones. Fortunately, King Soopers had the good stuff.

I spent a lot of my holiday watching the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (Vol. I) set which I borrowed from my boss (she got a free set because she's one of the many people they interviewed in the mini documentaries that accompany the eps). It's a great set, and I love watching the documentaries as much as the actual eps. The one thing I wish they'd done differently is that they left out the framing device they used for the actual tv series -- the Old Indiana Jones bits that preceded and ended each ep. I really liked those. I wonder what made them decide to leave them off the DVD set? Anyone out there know?
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kelliem: Alton Brown (alton)
( Jul. 31st, 2008 10:16 am)
Fantastic article on Alton Brown at, of all places, Chemical and Engineering News.

A snippet: Brown considers cooking the ultimate applied science because everything relates to chemistry, biology, or physics. “Cooking is a switchboard to everything. There is nothing about human existence that doesn’t tap into food or that doesn’t pass through food. I’ve gone into biology classes where we dissected a chicken instead of a fetal pig. Why? Because you’ll see it again. Knowing how to cut up a chicken actually matters. When will you see a fetal pig again?”

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] 0metotchtli for the link!
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