There are certain things in my kitchen I literally THANK GOD FOR every time I use them.
Here's they are:
- OXO Oven Mitt - This post might end up seeming like an ad for the OXO brand, and let me tell you, it is in no way sponsored. I just really love their products. I'm not a huge fan of kitchen gadgets, but a cook needs an oven mitt. These damn mitts not only are long enough to cover my wrists (which I have often singed on the oven's edge while not fulling paying attention to what I was doing), but they have a freaking magnet on them, so you can attach them directly to your oven and not hide them in a drawer and have to search for them while your cookies are burning. And OMG, they come in different colors than the black ones I have.
- OXO salad spinner - I love to buy lettuces (and sometimes eat them), but I often forget about them until they are composting in my crisper drawer. Of course, I tried Jamie Oliver's tip for storing greens, but that wasn't fun. I finally caved and bought a salad spinner, thinking I really wouldn't use it much and I was wasting $30. False. It is awesome. A) It holds a huge amount of lettuce. B) It has kept my greens not only edible, but CRISP for two weeks [what?! I was out of town for a week!] C) The little ladies think spinning the leaves dry is a huge treat and let's face it, it is. D) It comes in stainless steel, if you want to spin your salad like a bad ass.
- Kitchenaid mixer - I mean, duh, right? Back when I got it, I didn't really know how much I would use it, because I had lived for 30+ years without one. Then I wore out the worm gear on it making pizza dough and it was out of commission for a few months while I researched fix-it shops (there weren't any) and parts and DIY options (HUSBAND TO THE RESCUE). After it was fixed and I made my first batch of cookie dough, HALLELUJAH! It just makes things easier. Plus, they're pretty.
- Wooden spoons - This one is too simple, but you can really have too many? They are inexpensive, useful, and there are so many ways to make them looks pretty (painting the handles, etching cool designs in them, or buy swanky hand-carved ones from awesome local shops)
What are your kitchen necessities?
Happy Birthday, Marty!
One year ago: LLLL, in which I read.
Three years ago: Dance Me to the End of Love, in which I tell people what to do.