Part of learning how to cook is the acquisition of new stuff. Or so I tell myself as I give in to my wee bit of a shopping addiction in the kitchen department at T.J. Maxx. Some stuff is really helpful, like my previously mentioned (and photographed) zester. And my immersion blender which I’m in love with. When making easy creamed soups (Like Phyllis Theroux’s Best Soup in the World) you don’t have to put hot liquid cup by cup into the big blender and then pour into a bowl and do more cups and it’s all very hot and messy – you just pop this amazing (though slightly frightening looking) thing directly into the pot and blend or whip or whatever you need to do.
And then there’s my rice cooker; I’ve named it Darth. The first time I used it I apparently got the proportions wrong. It comes with its own measuring cup which is not a standard measure, plus instructions that so confused me that after a scary explosion of steam, Darth made rice fit only to use in rice pudding. The second time was a little more successful but not as good as making it the old fashioned way in a pot. I haven’t given up on Darth though. I have visions of him quietly making the rice and then keeping it warm some evening for a dinner party.
My electric juicer, which has resided on a garage shelf for many years, has turned out to be a necessity, what with all the zesting and juicing I’ve been doing lately. It just does its job and is easy to clean. But then there’s the garlic press. Which I think is totally useless, it takes longer to clean it than to mince a whole head of garlic with a knife.
In the garage there’s also a food processor and something called The Bread Machine, both presents I gave to R. years ago and he never used. Stay tuned. And please leave a comment about any kitchen tool you’re crazy about or at war with.