August 8th, 2006

wine and cheese

Kitchen gadgets

Warning: this post is for foodies only, because it includes unadulterated kitchen gadget lust.

Yesterday, I got the chance to use the Cooks' Warehouse gift certificate that lexmaniac gave me for my birthday, and I had quite a lot of fun. Mind you, turning me loose in a kitchen gadget store is rather like giving a drug addict access to a pharmacy, but I did manage to limit myself to the following:

I know that the Coeur a la Creme mold is a single-purpose indulgence, but I've wanted one for so long, and I was tremendously excited that they had one in stock. I'm also beaming about the cheese knife. We do like our cheese, and it will be nice not to have to peel cheese slices off the blade (often breaking them in the process).

My remaining desired kitchen tools include a bagel slicer (I don't like the guillotine kind: they mush the bagels), a popcorn popper (I'm tired of microwave popcorn: I miss the real stuff, and I've heard good things about the Whirley Pop), a plastic squeeze bottle (to keep simple syrup handy), an Asian meat cleaver, a mezzaluna (with bowl), an F. Dick offset serrated knife, a really good knife sharpener, possibly an Ulu, a pie chain, a pressure cooker, and a Kershaw Shun santoku knife (I want a full-on knife class before I get that, though. The edge is seriously sharp, and I don't want to remove a finger). Someday in the distant future, I may eventually replace my Henckels with best-quality Wusthof or MAC.

I'll admit that some of these things are single-purpose, but it's not like I'm going out and buying dust collectors like Hummel figurines or something. Nope, this stuff isn't decorative: no matter how tarted-up cooking gets, these things are technically in the service of a basic human function. I'll admit that I like the gourmet trappings, the sensual hedonism of a perfectly prepared and composed plate, but I'm also drawn to the homey appeal of basic comfort food.

Hmm, that last paragraph sounds a little defensive. Right. Just because I have an Amazon wish list entirely dedicated to cooking doesn't mean I have a problem ... :) What can I say? I'm passionate about it.

Need house with large kitchen. Have deep-seated urge to cook wonderful things and feed people.