“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles…” Now you’re talking my language! I admit it, I LOVE cooking supplies: pots, pans, utensils, gadgets, dishes, glassware, cookbooks and on and on and on. I now peruse cooking equipment catalogs liked I used to go through the Sears and JC Penney catalogs as a kid. And if I didn’t have a mortgage and did have a staff, I’d have more bright copper kettles. However, while I am lacking in copper, I do own All Clad cookware. I know, everyone uses All Clad now but I have had mine for a LONG time, before Martha and everyone else made it popular (and too expensive). It cooks like a dream and I use it almost exclusively, unless I am using my enameled cast iron or one of Jack’s beautifully seasoned black cast iron pieces.
Utensils, I have a lot of them–three crocks and one drawer full. Perhaps too many? but I use most of them. My favorites are tongs, Microplane graters, sieves, heat tolerant spatulas (and lots of them), citrus squeezers, good quality whisks, Y vegetable peelers (thanks to Megan for introducing me to this gem while I visited last week) and of course, knives. My knives are sharp–sharp enough to send you to Urgent Care for stitches, twice. I’ve never purchased a knife, there would be no point, that’s Jack’s job, and one he takes quite seriously. We also have a rule that I must be notified/warned when knives have been sharpened.
I keep a salt pig filled with kosher salt next to my stove. I always cook with kosher salt as it is less salty and easier to incrementally season food with.
And my newest favorite thing that I lived with out until this year and I never thought I wanted, but now I can’t imagine how I lived without it, is the automatic ice maker in my new refrigerator. Ice all the time! Blanching vegetables no longer means you don’t have ice for cocktails. I freaking love this thing.
I no longer hang soccer schedules or ortho appointment cards on my fridge but I do keep notes, pictures and mementos that remind me of the kids or of favorite places, notepads and snarky magnets–which make me laugh.
Of course there are many more things I love, like the granite counter top next to my stove, my Bose radio which fills the quiet hours (and the magnetic remote volume control that attaches to my fridge) , my kitchen window which gives me something nice to look at while scrubbing pots…
“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad…” I head to my kitchen!