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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 6:21 pm    Post subject: Your Newest Cooking Gadget/Cookbook/etc. Reply with quote

What's the latest kitchen/cooking acquisition at your place?
Does it live up to your expectations?
Do you think it is worth the cost you or the person who gave it to you spent?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really didn't want to double post, but...

Over on the cooking forums on AOL, one of the boards has a Secret Santa swap going. Generally we set a limit for the gift at $10, plus shipping to the recepient.

However, the person running the swap this year included a "dream" kitchen gadget question on the information questionnaire. So I was truthful.

I love my microplane. But it is only the zester/fine grater size. Perfect for zesting citrus and grating romano and nutmeg. But I've been wanting a ribbon microplane for a while now.

A couple of days before the questionnaire arrived I was perusing the microplane website, and came upon a similar discontinued item to this, the only difference being the one I found cost $4.00 US more and had an additional smaller ribbon blade. So, although I stated I knew I wouldn't get this, as it was nearly double the cost of the swap limit, I answered with the link to the item as my dream gadget.

It arrived several days ago. I am so happy my secret santa got it for me! I was a little skeptical at first, thinking the blades would slide around, or even off, as I use it, but since you apply pressure on the side it snaps on with, no such problem occurs.

I absolutely love it! And at the price it is being offered, even with one less ribbon blade, I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a, not to mention several, microplane/s.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have recently acquired silicone muffin pans. (I know, I am waaaaay behind the times *grin*)

While the muffins bake marvellously in the pan, the pan itself is awkward to handle as it is almost like jelly. However, the muffins fall out of the forms soooooo easily.

Worth the price? Yes. I will probably get other silicone bakeware as time goes on.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LR, do you place the pan on a baking sheet to use it? I have a Target-brand knock off Sil-Pat that I love, but it is the only silicone product I have so far.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*blush*

Ermmmm.......the first time I used it, no.

The second and subsequent times, yes. Smile

Sometimes it takes me a while to get the swing of things. hehe.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only know to do such because of watching them be used by others. If there were no instructions on how to use them, and I had never seen them used before, I probably would have done the same thing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just picked up a Kitchen Kettle at Wally World last night. I've only owned one slow-cooker before this; I used it once and then gave it away. I might get more use out of this thing, since I can also use it for steaming veggies and making rice. I might try making veggie chili in it tonight; I've got a half-bag of black beans (dried) that has been staring at me reproachfully....
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Pie Gate that I used for the first time this week, and love it!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my quest to remove all traces of my former life, I replaced all my flatware, dishes, measuring cups, and glassware. Gotta love the 20% off Bed, Bath, & Beyond coupons!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zapp Brannigan wrote:
In my quest to remove all traces of my former life, I replaced all my flatware, dishes, measuring cups, and glassware. Gotta love the 20% off Bed, Bath, & Beyond coupons!


That sounds grand! I left my dishes and flatware with my old roommate (he had none of his own, and mine were over 6 years old). We're using my current rommate's things now, but I'm scouting out some things for when I move next summer.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently picked up a charming cookbook at the used book store. It's entitled Irish Cooking, and is spiral bound with color pictures. Color me happy. . . Big Grin
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way cool. I love Irish fare.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you ever watched an infomercial and really wanted the product, but been a little skeptical? I wouldn't buy one for myself, but I received a magic bullet for Christmas this year. It does not perform as seen on TV. Now don't get me wrong, it's not a bad product, especially if you like smoothies and frozen girlie drinks. It's also great for making quick single serving soups and is so powerful that it will liquefy things before you know it. Hence the small bursts that the hucksters recommend. It is a little cumbersome when chopping vegetables- you have to shake it a bit. Cleanup is a breeze. I would recommend this product for someone who wants to make drinks, protein shakes, soups, etc. I would not recommend it for someone who wants it to chop vegetables.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cail wrote:
Way cool. I love Irish fare.


I shall have to post a ecipe or two once I've tried some. There is a recipe for soda bread that looks positively wonderful! Smile

As to gadgets, I don't know if it is a gadget, but I recently got a hand-thrown garlic keeper from these lovely folks. I filled it up with one (!) head of elephant garlic. Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just bought an OXO apple corer to replace the one I lost. Now I can make more baked apples using my apple baker. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



the only, and by far the mostest bestest kitchen gadget i own. ever. Cool

shout-out to the bridgeburner! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We just got a nice T-Fal stove-top nonstick wok. It works pretty well even though we have an electric smooth-top stove, and the nonstick means we can get away with a lot less oil.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh, I burned up my nonstick Wok and replaced it with a real one.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, we might eventually go for an iron wok, but there is no sense in doing so until after we've upgraded the stove to one that can get hotter.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cail wrote:
Way cool. I love Irish fare.



It's tough to ruin potatoes and meat.
Laughing

Wait......no it's not.




I got my requested crock pot for Christmas.
Meat cooked in a slow cooker just melts in the mouth, yum.

Beef Stew is next.
Then maybe I'll experiment with spaghetti sauce.
Unfortunately I "lost" the recipes I wanted to try with it though.


Also some airbake(?) cookie sheets that have worked out pretty well.

I miss my Pizza Stone.
It broke years ago.
Someday I'll get a new one, but I'm cheap.
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