first, i'm sorry that i'm getting this post up late!
i didn't get home until just a few minutes ago
& realized i didn't have anything set up!
second, can you believe that i did not cook an entire thing all weekend?
the hubs & i were busy enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having
& hangin' out with the family!
that brings me to my third point!
instead of having a recipe this week,
i'm going to talk about the top 10 things i think are essential in any kitchen,
why i think so, & where you can get 'em.
lisa from shine your light
& i host this blog hop every monday.
we like to share recipes most of the time...
but this week, i'm spicin' it up a little bit.
i encourage you to link up even if you don't have a recipe to share.
how about your top kitchen essentials?
or a review of your favorite restaurant?
how about the ingredients you can't live without?
link up & let us know!
so, here we go:
kristin's top 10 kitchen essentials
the most important thing is a good knife.
i absolutely adore my wusthof 8" cook's knife,
but it's becoming more & more common to replace the cook's (or chef's) knife
with a santoku.
it's important to look for forged, high carbon steel knives if you want a good quality.
the wusthof knives are easy for me to handle,
they aren't too heavy,
& the grip is comfortable to me.
before investing in expensive knives,
go & handle them - making sure they are comfortable for you!
i don't know what i would do without my
this piece of equipment is so versatile -
you can get an attachment to do just about anything:
make ice cream, grind meat, roll out pasta -
a thermometer is crucial in the kitchen.
i like the digital kitchen thermometer because it gives me a fast, accurate reading.
they are hard, have a longer lifespan than regular maple cutting boards,
& are more resistant to bacteria.
they are not dishwasher safe,
but i much prefer cutting on a wooden board than plastic.
it's easier on my knife, too. :)
a dutch or french oven is a great tool.
don't think that you have to get an expensive le creuset -
my brother in law is extremely happy with his martha stewart brand dutch oven.
you can do so much in these pots:
braise, fry, make soups / stews... soooo much!
comes in really handy when you like the fresh taste of lemon,
finely grated garlic, fresh nutmeg or cinnamon, etc.
the micro blades are super sharp & work really well.
the george foreman grill is SO convenient.
it allows us to grill indoors... how great is that?
with the removable plates, clean up is a breeze
& we can have great grilled foods all year long. :D
a super-cute apron always makes cooking fun...
anthropologie has the cutest aprons - they are very well-made & last a long time, too!
the stainless-steel skimmer is a neat tool.
you can use it to strain pasta / ravioli,
remove fried items from oil, scoop things out of hot water, etc.
it's a really great, multi-purpose tool!
stainless-steel tongs are a necessity.
they make flipping, lifting, turning & handling food so much easier.
getting a pair that has a lock is great for storage, too!
so, there you have it!
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until next time,