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Sunday
Dec182011

Baby All I Want for Christmas is You...

With Christmas around the corner, I thought I'd give you a snap shot into the world of kitchen "wants" Now don't get me wrong, I am grateful for all I have, but a girl can dream...can't she? Here is my top-12 on this year's kitchen wish list.

 

  1. Kitchen Aid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer  This mixer is a diamond in the rough. It would make my baking and cooking dreams come true. It has the power and capability to mix enough dough for 8 loaves of bread - yes you read that right, eight whole loaves. Plus the beauty of kitchen aid is the countless attachments you can get. Pretty pretty please Santa?
  2. Vitamix 1710 Professional Series, Brushed Stainless Finish  My mom introduced me to this handy tool and I gasped at the price. Worth every penny? I think so! Want tomato sauce? Drop a whole tomato, stalks of celery entire carrots and push the button. Finished in seconds. A smoothie? No need to chop or dice anything. Just drop it in and wabaam. Instantaneous. Soup? No need to heat it over the stove, just make it in your vitamix with the hot soup feature. This is a blender on steroids and it definitely makes my 2011 Christmas wish list.
  3. Shun Classic 4-Inch Paring KnifeI love my Shun Classic 8-Inch Knife and would love nothing more than to have its smaller twin, the 4-inch paring knife. I took a cutting class in Chicago and had the opportunity to use a variety of knives, including Wusthof's, Global's and Shun's. If you don't feel comfortable holding a knife, chopping and dicing, I would highly recommend taking such a class. It was a great experience and I learned a ton. My father always used Shun's and swore by them, but until taking the class, I knew little of the knife world. I quickly realized that a good really sharp knife is the key to success. The Shun's fit perfectly into the palm of your hand with a ledge for your thumb and forefinger. They are light enough to move rapidly but are weighted in just the right spots. You can't go wrong with any of their products.
  4. Imperia SP150 Pasta MachineWe don't eat pasta frequently in our house but for the rare times that we do, I would kill to have a pasta machine. The Imperia is well ranked and reviewed on most sites. It has 10 thickness settings and 2 attachments so you can make pasta of different widths. For something simple and relatively inexpensive, I think this is the exact machine I would want.
  5. EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale I registered for a kitchen scale when we got married and never received it, so I have been itching for one of these for awhile. EatSmart makes high quality products. This scale not only weighs food, but also analyzes the nutritional content of food by portion size. Yes, you read that right. It calculates calories, carbs, fiber, sodium, fats, vitamin K and other nutrients. This will be perfect for more accurate calculations on the nutrition value in the food I am cooking and eating.
  6. Curisinart CSB-76BC Smart Stick 200-Watt Immersion Hand BlenderWhy a hand blender when you can have a Vitamix? Well a few reasons. First, this Cuisinart Immersion Blender (with 900+ 4.5 star reviews on Amazon) is only $23.99. A whopping $400 savings on the Vitamix. Don't get me wrong, they do two separate things but if push comes to shove, I'll get away with swiping the card for $23.99 before I find a way to slip $400 onto the credit card without the husband knowing. Second, there are definitely times when soup in a pot is a necessity. The immersion blender allows you to puree right out of the pot. No messy transfers to the blender or the food processor. Instead, just place the immersion blender right into the pot and press the button. It can also be used to blend soups, batters, and more.
  7. Le Creuset Classic Enameled Cast Iron 6-Piece Cookware SetA must have, use-every-day item in my kitchen is my dutch oven. I use it religiously because it is just that good. Food cooks evenly, things don't burn, it is like magic in a pot. Seriously. So what more could a gal want than a 6-piece cookware set. It includes a 2 1/4 quart sauce pan, a 5 1/2 quart French oven, a 10-inch square skillet grill and an 8x10 inch roaster. If you aren't familiar with Le Creuset, they produce pots and pans that are made of enameled cast iron, which allows for even heating. They are also oven safe (up to 350 degrees F) and dishwasher safe. One more perk? They have a lifetime warranty.
  8. Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper & Kettle I am a huge tea drinker. In fact, that is my go-to source of caffeine and morning pick-me-up. This tea kettle and seeper allows you to program the tempeartures based on the type of tea: delicate, green, white, oolong, herbal and black. You can also remove the infuser and turn it into a kettle, heating up to a liter of water. Finally, it has a count-down steeping timer, a 30-minute keep warm option (perfect for me since I drink mine slowly over the course of a few hours) and a 2-minute lift-off memory feature. Coffee drinkers get their own endless number of contraptions to help them out in the morning. Thanks to Cuisinart I can now have one too.
  9. Silpat Non-Stick Silicone Baking LinerThese baking mats are inexpensive and easy to work with. They turn any pan into a nonstick surface so no more PAM necessary. Throw them onto your cookie sheet and bake your cookies hassle-free. They are great for preparing, cooking and heating food. Wipe them clean and roll them up to store. It is perfect for kneading bread dough, rolling out cookies and pie crusts, cooking pizzas and so much more.
  10. Taylor Digital Instant-Read Pocket ThermometerI went to make fudge the other day and realized that I did not have a candy thermometer. In years past, it hasn't even phased me. This year, it caused me to furrow my brows and stop for a moment. Yes, I decided, a digital instant read thermometer is exactlyw hat I need. With this one, there is no need to lose a hand to the monotonous task of holding the thermometer steady while getting food to the exact right temperature or for scalding fingers from the steam. Quick, easy and inexpensive. The perfect stocking stuffer for this year's holiday season.
  11. Progressive International Set of 5 Stainless-Steel Magnetic Measuring SpoonsMeasuring spoons in my house are kind of like socks in the dryer. They just disappear. To where? Who knows. This set is magnetized to allow them to nest while stored. It couldn't possibly get any better than that. Oh but it can. These measuring spoons also have two sides: one end is narrow to fit into most spice jars while the other end is round for liquids. Simple, easy and affordable, these measuring spoons would have a quick home in my kitchen's drawers.
  12. DII Snaprdragon Yellow and Black Daisy Print Full Apron Rounding out the list this holiday season is a new apron. Silly? Yes, probably. Necessary? Absolutely. I have been itching for a new apron for as long as I can remember and have not found one that floats my boat. This yellow and black daisy print apron is exactly the one I need. Don't forget about the aprons folks - most ladies n the kitchen would squeal with delight over a cute new apron to parade around the kitchen in.
Monday
Sep052011

Ice cream, gelato, and sorbet oh my!

Meet the hubby. Hard at work in the kitchen.

 

 A frequent source of disagreement between us is that of naming and gender-fying  inaninimate objects. He does it naturally. That ship is a "she." "She" has a "name." Well my answer to that is, "it's an inanimate object. IT does not have a name. IT is not a he or a she."

 

Well turns out, he has rubbed off on me. We were heading home from Sur La Table after purchasing this ice cream maker. A product I had been dying to have for months and thanks to our friends Tricia and Craig, we finally got it. Anywho. We were driving home and J asked me what I was thinking about. I quickly responded, denying any thought process in my head. A few moments later, giggling and unable to deny it any longer, I burst out with "I was trying to come up with a name for my new ice cream maker. I am thinking Arty." Now while you may not find this humorous, and maybe it is one of those - had to be there moments - it was a milestone for us. I officially sucumbed to providing inanimate objects with not only genders, but also names.

 

So ladies and gents, meet Arty, HE is fabulous, hard working, a bit icy at times but an all around stand up guy and man oh man does he make a mean ice cream, gelato and sorbet.

 

 

Check out this post for chocolate hazlenut gelato and this post for peanut butter reeses cup ice cream.