Monday, November 5, 2012

Kitchen Favies

I's been a week again.  *Sigh*  Whatev.  :)

So, as I was cooking this weekend I started thinking about all the things that I have in my kitchen..."the gadgets and gizmos of plenty"  (Hey now, Little Mermaid.  Don't get it?   Yeah, ok, never mind).  Anyways, while we were living in Chile our kitchen was very sparse.  It had a set of plates and cups, 1 paper thin pot, 1 paper thin frying pan, 1 wooden spoon, 1 spatula, a set of measuring spoons (but no measuring cups), 2 knives (that were totally dull), and a teenie tiny cheese grater.  We managed to find the cheese grater and measuring spoons at a home store while we were there.  I also needed some sort of container to bake in.  Being that we were short on money and Jason loves pies we decided to buy a pie plate.  I baked chicken and dumplings, macaroni and cheese, chicken, and all kinds of things...including pies.  It turns out a pie plate is the one stop shop for baking dishes.  :)

I realized while in Chile that the food I made tasted no different than the stuff I made at home with all the fancy pots, pans, and gadgets.  Really, a simple kitchen with a few necessities goes a loooong way.  I don't like clutter and drawers of weird tools that you rarely use.

So, here, HERE, is a list of some of my top things that I love having in my kitchen.

#1.  Garlic press.  It's a gadget, I know.  But there is almost nothing worse than mincing garlic.  Blak.  I have the Oxo steel garlic press which when you flip it backward it cleans the garlic from the holes....SO cool.  It's also a beef cake of a press and smashes that garlic like no one's biz.

 #2. Kitchenaid.  I mean seriously, this has to be on the list.  Who doesn't LOVE their Kitchenaid.  Anything that you can push a button and walk away from while it does it's mixing magic is fantastic.  I have this lovely red one.  :)
#3. Ok, this is another high dollar item but I use it almost more than I do my Kitchenaid *gasp*.  I am in LOVE with my Cuisinart food processor.  I use it for pesto, grating large quantities of cheese, spaghetti sauce, all kids of sauces, purees, blah blah blah...I use it A LOT. 

 #4. Our coffee grinder.  It holds the coffee all fresh like and then we grind what we need every day.  Can it get any better than fresh ground coffee each day?  I.think.not.  We have this Cuisinart one.

Cuisinart Automatic Burr Mill

#5.  Microplane Zester.  This is the coolest and nicest zester I've ever used.  It's sharp as heck and you zest things in like .5 seconds.  Watch out lemons, watch out whole nutmeg...I'm on the loose.  Love it!

#6.  Our Zyliss can opener.  I know, I know. It's a can opener.  But seriously people, this is the best, most bomb diggity can opener evah!  It's smooth as butter, turns like a champ, and locks on.  When you want to release it you just push that red button there and boom!  It releases.  It's magic I tell ya.  :)

Alright, so there you have it.  My some what short list of kitchen favs. 

Hope you enjoyed it.  :)

Happy Monday!


  1. Ok, call me stupid, but I never knew what a garlic presser was! I didn't know it MINCED it for you! I need one - stat!

    And I would like a food processor. And I would like you to give me cooking tips.

  2. Okay, blog stalker stepping out of the shadows: Anna, you crack me up! I love your witty descriptions of all these things and why you need them...keep it up!

  3. My friend bought me a slap chop last year for my birthday and I love using it to chop onions and garlic. It's kind of a pain to clean up though. I'm going to get me a garlic press!

    {ps sorry if this posts a bunch of times, I don't know what's up with my computer...}