Besides raindrops on roses and whiskers on
Ruby kittens, of course.
For some reason, it was almost 50 degrees this weekend in Chicago. The only way I could tell that it was Christmastime is that I got my Starbucks in a wintery cup and DR-mom started bugging me about my Christmas list. Since I have some kitchen items on my list this year, I thought I would blog about my favorite things, and maybe help some of you make your own list? Then you can tell me what I’ve left off, so I can build my list!
1. My lemon squeezer. I use this thing so much, it almost never makes it back in the cabinet. I use this to squeeze half a lemon into my water bottle a couple times a day. Also great for making margaritas!
2. Cast iron pans. I recently got two cast iron items at an antique store in lovely Madison, Indiana (both the pan below and a large dutch oven were under $50 together – definitely check out your local antique store because these last forever). Life-changing! I just love how evenly these pans heat up. Full disclosure: cleaning is kind of a pain since you can’t use soap, but it’s worth it.
3. Le Creuset spatula. My cousin-in-law got me this for my wedding shower a hundred years ago, and it has been through the ringer. It is the best for making eggs, scraping bowls, you name it. Love this thing. (It has seen better days, btw)
4. Silpat. I use this to line my pans just about every time I roast veggies or make cookies. Washing this is so much easier than scraping and soaking big pans!
5. Nesting measuring bowls. If you read the blog, you are probably sick of seeing these, because I actually have two sets. They are great because they work as prep bowls and measuring cups. Love. One set is Mario Batali and the other is just from HomeGoods.
7. Cookie dough scoop. I use this whenever I make cookies to make sure I get them all about the same size. Before I had this, I always had tiny rock-cookies mixed in with too-big, undercooked cookies. It’s the best.
8. Greenbags. These have worked really great for me. Over the summer when we picked up our CSA, I would put our lettuce in these and it would stay fresh for 2 weeks! Once you are done with one, you can wash it out and re-use it.