Thursday, September 30, 2010

Looking for Peace and Harmony

                                            
Yesterday's post created quite a stir
amongst my kitchen friends.  They
reminded me that I have many daily
friends in the kitchen and were
very jealous of the blog space and 
attention given to Mr. Blendtec and
Mr. Kitchen Aid.  In an effort to quiet the
green eyed monster in my kitchen,  I need
to give some other "friends" their well
               deserved "pat on the back".
                                           

This is Ms. Garlic Press

She is well worn and on the elderly side but 
still works like a champ.  Created by Pampered Chef,
she is by far the best garlic press on the market.  
The best feature she has....you can put an 
unpeeled garlic clove in and press ~
and out comes the garlic with the 
garlic skin left inside.  She is quite the 
flirt as she is constantly meeting up with 
Mr. Blendtec, Mr. Pressure Cooker and all the
mixing bowls in the cabinet.  You have to 
keep your eye on her.  She complains that she never 
gets to hang out in the drawers and in always in 
the dishwasher.  I tell her that it is because she is 
constantly used and never has time to relax...
but I really don't trust her in the drawers
with all those cute wooden spoons!


See what I mean ~ she has her sights set on Mr. Blendtec


Meet Mr. Pressure Cooker and Ms. Wooden Spoon

Mr. Pressure Cooker has been in the kitchen for about four years
and is a great pressure cooker...he is one of my
international friends - German.  The great thing about 
him is the time he can produce a meal in.  He makes 
quick work of the recipes that take hours (like beef stew,
red beans and rice and soups) and can cook them in 
thirty minutes.  Our favorite meal to cook together
is "Twenty minute beef stew"  We just made that on 
Tuesday.  Ms. Wooden Spoon flits about even more than 
Ms. Garlic Press and is my trusty assistant in cooking
just about ANYTHING!!!!


Meet Mr. Alfi  and Mrs. Bodum (electric tea kettle)
We have been friends forever! They are also of Europeon 
descent and are celebrating their 9th anniversary.  
Every morning without fail, they provide a wonderful
cup of delicious coffee.  Drip coffee is, in my opinion,
so much better than coffee from a coffee maker.   Mrs. Bodum
heats up water to the boiling point in about sixty seconds and
I pour it through the filter on Mr. Alfi.  He keeps it nice
and hot all day.


Last but not least....Mr. Tony Chacheres

He is not from any European or royal descent....
he is 100% bonafide Cajun and 
likes everything hot and spicy.  There is not 
a meal that is made in my kitchen that doesn't 
have Mr. Tony's help.  Eggs, meat, marinades, pesto
soups, stews, sandwiches, EVERYTHING!
If I was stranded on an island and could bring one 
thing...it would be Mr. Tony!  I accuse him of 
having a substance in his spice that is addictive
as the more you eat the more you have to use it!  

Butter Update

Ellen got home from school yesterday and was 
taken with my homemade butter....so we
decided to walk (she roller bladed) to Guy's 
grocery store and load up on cream.  Five pints of cream 
later, we gave the Kitchen Aid mixer a work out.  He 
did the job and we made tons of butter...I just can't
believe that making butter is this easy and it has taken me 
forty six years to discover.


Ellen is making butter and putting it into a heart mold ~
in her Rollerblades! 



We decided to mix in some fresh basil.





Breakfast this morning!  I always leave my butter
out on the counter as it is much more spreadable that way.
I was a little worried that this butter may not 
hold a good consistency but it works beautifully.
It maintains a great texture and spreads like a champ!

Stay tuned - Pesto making is on the horizon!
~ Now I have to return to my regularly scheduled life ~







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