Friday, April 29, 2011

Kitchen Favorites!

OK, so I have been doing a bit of cooking the past few weeks and quickly realized that there are several items in my "city sized" kitchen that I would be lost without.  Soooo I thought I would share with you all some of my faves... then you can share with me your "go-to" kitchen must haves..

Deal?  Good, then lets get to the sharing.....

Cuisinart Immersion Blender
This tiny kitchen wonder is actually what inspired this post today. A few weeks back I made a "curried coconut milk apple sweet potato soup" that was one of the quickest and easiest dinners I have ever made. 

The reason for the ease was mainly thanks to my Immersion Blender.  After sauteing the veggies for a few minutes I added my broth and let it come up to temp.  When that I was ready I blended my soup into creamy healthy heaven in under 2 minutes!  That was it!  15 minutes from cutting board to bowl.  The traditional process would have had me ladling hot soup into a blender creating a mess and plethora of dirty dishes!

This gem is also a dream when it comes to smoothies, frozen banana ice cream and even has the option for a chopping attachment!

Cuisinart 5-1 Griddler

This baby is another must have!!  Whether I am grilling chicken, vegetables or veggies burgers I never need a full size grill.  Or if the mood strikes me I can whip up pancakes, fry up some bacon or even toast my bun....

Living with a tiny kitchen means space is valuable!  The fact that this tiny multi-tasker can tucked away and clean up is just two simple non-stick plates makes cooking a healthy weeknight dinner easy, fast and enjoyable! 

Kitchen Aid Mixer
I received this epic piece of kitchen gear several years ago from my parents.  I am not lying when I tell you that I grasped on to the box squealing with joy like a "14 year old girl who was just hugged by Bieber"!!!  I honestly thought I was going to have to wait for a wedding registry to get this bad boy.  To me it represents all that is good with cooking.  It is classy, functional, sturdy and can adapt to whatever you need it to be.  Bread - done!  Cookies - Piece of Cake pun intended!)

What's that you are craving ice cream?  There is an attachment for that!  Sausage - an attachment for that!  Pasta?  You guessed it!  There is an attachment for that.

I know what you are thinking... Beth it is so expensive why do I need that?  I truly think that the time that this machine saves you in the kitchen will really pay for itself in a year.  Plus, it is just plain sexy!  Yeah, I said it, I think my Artisan 6QT Stainless Steel Mixer is Sexy!!! 

Toaster Oven
This last gem is probably the most used and yet underrated piece of equipment in our apartment.  I would say the roomie and I use it daily if not several times a day.  From toast to sweet potato fries full meals can be made in this mini powerhouse!

Not to mention when you are cooking for one or two it is soooo much easier to heat this baby up then a full oven.  Your clean up consists of throwing away tinfoil!!!

I have been known to whip up pizzas, fries, sandwiches, chicken dishes, and many other crazy concoctions in this tiny super power house.   It is an inexpensive piece of equipment that deserves the counter space and will surely pay for itself in a matter of weeks.!!!

Ok so those are my top ones!  I could go on and on by knives and micro-planers and coffee pots (oh the coffee pots) but I digress....

Your turn!  What can you not live without when preparing a meal for one or twelve people?

Have a great weekend everyone and get out and enjoy this sunshine!!!!!!