Wednesday, September 15, 2010

For those recently engaged:

Which is not me, by the way.  Although, I did try to play a trick on some people recently (since my brother got engaged he sent me a fake ring, so I wore it when some friends came over.  It was so hideous)...

Anyway, since everyone I know is recently engaged, but me (which I can say because JW will NEVER read this blog), with engagements come wedding registries, and with registries come kitchen gadgets.  SO THIS IS FOR YOU Mashep/MB, ML/BC, JH/NW, and anyone else 2 years younger than me that wants to get married :) just kidding. I'm excited. I just like playing the bitter card. I actually don't want a wedding. (just some kitchen gadgets!!! oh wait. I already have them!)

Ok so the list of must haves, and don't gets!

1) SCISSORS:  First things first, and something I learned from my mother (and to be honest, is the giver of almost ALL of my awesome kitchen stuff) a pair of scissors is one of the handiest items in the kitchen.  I just bought a regular pack of 3 at the fabric store and threw one in the kitchen, one in the office, and one in the wrapping paper box.  Not only do scissors in the kitchen (not kitchen scissors) open packages neatly, THEY CUT PIZZA!!! dont try anything else.  I also will use them to cut herbs, like basil.

2) Le CREUSET:  One of the greatest things for a wedding registry, because you never want to buy one yourself. Unless you don't have to pay for things like rent, food, and pretty much anything else.  I have two, for some reason in different colors (I  think my mom forgot she had already gotten me one), but the nice thing about two different colors is that I can use which ever pot suits my mood.  Great for a stew, soup, sauce, shepherd's pie- anything you want to either have a little burning action for flavor to scrape up with wine/broth or want to take from stove to oven (be careful of high temps- read your manual!)

3) Grill pan: Because I can't have a grill.

4) Peppermill: do NOT get the kind like the salt grinder in this picture. They SUCK.  Get yourself a traditional hand crank or turn peppermill. (I like pepper.)  But, to be honest, I bought this one for my mom year's ago (well, my brother paid for it, I picked it out) MIU Electric Pepper Mill with Light, YES A LIGHT!  It is amazing! The batteries might die, and I might forget to take the cap off, but this thing ROCKS! www.cooking.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=698641

5) Garlic press: I heart garlic.

6) Citrus press (see Calypso Lime recipe for picture): Half the reason I post this is because I once saw Kate Plus 8 making lemonade with her kids, and they were using one.  And she kept complaining that they didn't have much juice.  And that's because she put the lemon in the juicer UPSIDE DOWN! Cut side goes in facing the little holes (see Calypso pics again). And I probably use my citrus and garlic presses everyday.  (Thank goodness I'm in charge of messes and JW in charge of cleaning.)

7) Citrus zester:  I have two. one is total crap. and one I love.  Get this microplane zester.  (Sorry LRH, I love you, but the lovely palm zester you gave me as an unexpected but appreciated gift just doesnt work as well as this beauty.)

8) Spatula spoon:  Another gift from my mom, and pitcured above. It does everything. Especially when you work with non-stick.

9) Non-stick pan set: I just got this one in January, and looooove it! Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Stainless Steel 14-Piece Set" Amazon.com; $159.99


10) Kitchen Aid Mixer: And if your boyfriend (oh wait, fiance/husband) knocks it on the floor and it breaks in half, take it here: Appliance Care & Service Co./Mr. Appliance, 6407 Rising Sun Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111, Phone: 215-725-3112 Amazing! (And if you don't get one, go hear and buy a refurbished one for discount- these things are solid, solid as a rock!)

11) Food processor:  I used to have a blender/processor in one- it had interchangeable tops.  But, I'm ok with my 21oz mini prep cuisinart one.  But if you have the space to store, bigger isn't bad. I just dont have space.

12) Knives: a chef's knife is key. Serrated is handy for bread. Pairing knife handy too. I don't like knives.

13) Whisk: one coated for the non-stick pans, and one not for whipping cream by hand (or you can just use the Kitchen aid if you turn it up on the highest setting.

14) Spice Rack and Storage containers for flour, coffee, sugar: stocked, of course.

15) Cookbooks that I have already mentioned. Or, substituting, "How to Boil Water" for those just starting out :)

16) Baking pans: silicon bread pan, tube pan, spring form pan, 9"sq Pyrex, 13"x9" metal pan, cookie sheets, ramekins (how else you gonna make creme brulee?), oh man.... maybe a rolling pin?!

17) Dish towels, apron, pot holders, placemats, tablecloth, napkins and other linen products

18) Other random things, like spoon holder, tongs (probably one pair that is coated is best), double hinged wine key.

19) Glassware: stemless red wine, stemmed white wine, pint glasses, and high ball/rocks/water glasses are key.

I think this is enough. I know I'm missing a million things, but enough is enough.


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2 comments:

oppatton said...

I don't know what a cruset is but I WANT IT!!

are you ready mashep?

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