Chronicles of Less Urban Living, Fresh from In the Night Farm

Kitchen Helper

I’m not a fan of kitchen gadgets. Most of them are good for three things:

1) Christmas gifts when you don’t know what else to buy. (Hey, s/he likes to cook, I’ll bet s/he’ll love this juicer-coffee maker-corkscrew-hoopa combo!);

2) Taking up that annoying, extra cupboard space in your kitchen; and

3) Filling your spare time with disassembly and reassembly of 15 razor-sharp parts.

That said, I do recommend a select few kitchen gadgets:

1) An ulu. Best. Invention. Ever. Thank you, native Alaskans. Hide-scraping notwithstanding, you have done a wonderful thing for all my slicing and dicing needs.

2) A immersion blender. Think cream soups without the cream, and no dirty blender to assemble, use, disassemble, wash, and reassemble.

3) A microplane zester. How did i zest citrus without this? I also use it for hard cheeses, chocolate, and spices.

4) A bookend. Something has to hold up the cookbooks!

Her name is Souffle. In addition to bookending, she is good for pre-washing the butter dish if we forget to cover it, tripping the cook (particularly while said cook is carrying a saucepan full of marinara), and being too cute to incur the cook’s wrath.

Blasted kitchen gadgets.


2 responses

  1. I love your bookend! Is there a certain variety thats works better than others? 😉 ;);)S

    June 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm

  2. LOL!!! I love your “kitchen Helper”! oh yeah, great recepie ideas!

    August 18, 2008 at 10:20 am

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