I’ve been doing a lot of celebrating the last few months. Birthday, holidays…..the usual. Needless to say my pants are a bit too tight. I know that the motherload holiday of desserts, booze and overindulgence is still to come, but I’m trying to eat really healthy and keep up on my workouts in the meantime. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to bake and drink a lot, but I”ll try to reserve that for the weekends or days when I have a holiday party to attend. (So far I’ve RSVP’ed to 5!)
For all you blog friends, please enjoy a few non-food posts. (Do you really want to hear about the salad I ate for lunch with light balsamic dressing?!?) Here’s a few bits for you about all my favorite stuff that I cannot live without.
1. Alligator chopper: This makes dicing onions a breeze! No more tears, plus, cut your prep time in half! If you’re making a soup, this dices all your vegetables uniformly so they all cook evenly
2. Plastic or silicone tipped tongs: I have a lot of expensive nonstick cookware so I don’t want to risk scratching the finish with metal tongs.
3. Cuisinart Smart Stick immersion blender: I make TONS of soup so this really helps with the blending part of cream soups. I have also used it for smoothies and making fruit purees. Its a super handy substitute for a clunky food processor (note: this will not do everything a food processor will do but will save you hauling it out for smaller jobs)
4. Rubber grippers: My Hubs is out of town a lot. I often need help opening jars and the dogs are no good at this. I got a five pack of these from Target.
5. Food Scale: This is so helpful in baking especially when something calls for 10 oz. of flour. I’m a regular person, gimmie a break already, I have no idea how much 10 oz is! This is also extremely helpful if you are counting calories and need to know portion size. I got this scale from Target. I think it was only like $29 or something like that.
6. Good knives+scissors: Honest to god, if you are going to spend money on ONE thing to make your kitchen better and your life easier you have to get good knives. We got a few Wusthof knives for our wedding and continue to watch for sales while we grow our collection. (Its been over two years and our knife block is still not full) My MOST favorite and MOST used of all our knives is a chef’s knife, tomato knife (who knew?!? If you’ve never used a tomato knife I recommend you try it) and the scissors. You will never buy a crappy knife again.
7. Huge ass cutting board: This one is 18X24. I used to bust out all the cutting boards I owned and prep one part on one board, prep another part on a different board and so on. I love this giant one because it lets me keep everything in one place. It doesn’t fit in the dishwasher, but that’s ok.