Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Kitchen Favorites – Take 2

 

I always love the posts where bloggers review some of their favorite products.  Be it, kitchen essentials, foods, beauty products, whatever, I find these very informative and helpful.  I did a post a while back with a few favorites, and since thought about all the things in my kitchen that I really miss while I’m away. 

Here are a few that top the list.

 

First off, my Wusthof knives.  Every cook needs a few good knives.  From chopping to slicing and dicing, you know when it’s a bad knife.    I highly recommend getting them sharpened regularly too, as that makes all the difference in the performance of your knives. 

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First introduced to me several years ago when I was having a mojito at a little bar in San Francisco, the lime squeezer (and subsequently the lemon one,) have been fixtures in my kitchen ever since.  I use fresh lemon and limes in so many recipes (not just mojitoes,) this has been one of the best $15 dollar purchases that I thought I didn’t need. 

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Ah, my beloved Cuisinart.  I have had this bad boy for at least 10 years, and it has whirled many a pesto, hummus, pizza dough, and nut butters.  I must use it at least 4 times per week.  I’ve had absolutely no problems with it whatsoever. 

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Microplane grater;  great for just a bit of shaved cheese to top a dish, a dash of lemon rind, etc.  I never use the old fashioned “grater” anymore. 

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The Zyliss peeler/julienn-er;  unfortunately I don’t have a spiralizer, but this little gadget comes close. 

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Remember the raw dinner I made a while back?  Those zucchini and carrot ‘noodles’ came from running the zyliss along the raw veggie.  As cheap and easy as a woman walking along in the ghetto area of downtown, what could be better? 

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How something so  simple could make life so much easier.  Gone are the clumps when I shake up some protein powder or Amazing Grass into milk.  I used to have such a problem with clumps, that it would turn me off to finishing the drink.  I love how the Blender Bottle has the little “wisker ball.”  It makes all the difference!

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This salad dressing bottle from Crate and Barrel has been a fun new addition.  Instead of shaking my homemade dressings forever, you give the little green handle a squeeze, and it stirs it up for you.  I wonder if it would work for cosmos? 

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And finally, my Zyliss salad spinner.  What can I say?  It has been with me since way back before I knew how to cook.  I find it much more effective at rinsing greens than the Oxo brand.  I believe the difference is that this one spins in both directions, which really gets the leaves dry. 

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Here is kale from my garden after getting rinsed and spun.  Perfect for some kale chips or kale salad. 

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What is your favorite kitchen gadget/appliance? 

Do you enjoy reading other bloggers’ favorites?

4 comments:

  1. I need the lime & lemon squeezers! I love reading bloggers' fav products. Right now, I'm loving our new cordless electronic wine opener!

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  2. I love my microplane, mixer, knives and pantry. I do need to get a lemon/lime juicer.

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  3. I don't have a food processor and it is on the top of my wish list. There are so many things where I think :If only I had a food processor!" I think I'll get one to make baby food when the little one arrives :)

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  4. Hi Mo
    I did a huge post on my fave things and my thoughts on why/what were faves
    http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/2010/02/my-favorite-kitchen-things-recipe-links.html

    KNIVES are at the top of my list too
    good to know your cuisinart has worked for you. saw your comment to mama pea i think re a vita. they are wonderful but if you dont think you "have to have one" and are fine w/ with the cuisinart, then great. i could never be happy wihtout it after 2 yrs with it, but hey, i got spoiled now :)

    getting together...i am thinking that honestly it's gonna be really tight and tricky b/c my show is in 2 weeks and we are moving in 18 days and life is so full! I would love to say yes but realistically, i doubt it :(

    That just means that when you're in SD you will have to come visit! I hope you guys make it outta here, either to SD or to FL or just anywhere :)

    Ok sweetie, xoxoxo

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