My Favorite Things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

I have an ardent love for kitchen things (fortunately so does Mommy Dearest), so I thought I’d do a little post highlighting some of my favorite things. Not necessarily the most practical things or what I use the most, just stuff that I like and that  makes me happy!

My Microplane. Rachel Ray had one, Emeril Lagasse had one,anyone who was anyone on the Food Network had one. Clearly I needed one too. So by golly, 10-year-old me got a microplane. This little guy does a marvelous  job of zesting citrus shaving chocolate and hard cheese, and grating fresh garlic and ginger, and, most importantly, it makes me feel cool when I use it :) I saw one at a store the other day with a bright green handle and, well, let’s just say, I turned a little green myself, with envy!

Good Sharp Knives. A chopping knife, a bread knife, and a paring knife, the 3 absolute necessities and the key to cooking in my opinion.

Pepper Grinder. If I were to write a list of culinary 10 commandments, Though Shalt Not use any pepper other than freshly cracked pepper would totally be one of them. Nah, you can use whatever kind of pepper you like…..just don’t invite me to your house for dinner. Kidding, totally absolutely kidding!

The Setup

container with fresh garlic, dish with kosher salt, pepper grinder, and olive oil. All my essentials.

Emerson Blender.

Great for soups, sauces, mashed cauliflower, pretty much anything a blender can do this can do, too! But in an easier to clean up manner. I’ve never tried making a smoothie with this, but I’m confident it would work well.

My Teapot

Swiss Peelers, Set of 5

Vegetable peeler. I don’t peel things that often, but when I do this little gadget is a stellar performer. Much better than fancier more expensive peelers. By the way, I don’t actually have all those colors, I just forgot to take a picture of my actual peeler. Works great to make chocolate curls too!

And last but not least….

3 of my favorite servings platter because foods taste better when it looks prettier!

What are your favorite non-appliance kitchen things? What is your favorite kitchen appliance?

I love my mixer and ice cream maker, oh and food processor (indecisive much?)

To all you vegetarians that I warned Saturday about my beef jerky making. No worries, I will not be posting about my jerky adventures. The jerky is fine, I mean I’ll eat it but I’m not that happy with it so I won’t be posting about it. Yay for you, boo for me.

Have a lovely week!

-Ann Claire