Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Three Things I Could Not Live Without in my Kitchen
It is true that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where friends and family gather, it's the central communication hub, it's where kids tell their mommies how school was while eating their afternoon snack, and it's where sweet and savory foods create lasting memories. I love everything about the kitchen and how it is the single most important space that makes a house a home.
As I was cleaning up after breakfast, it got me thinking, "What three things could I not live without in my kitchen?" The first one instantly came to mind. My coffee maker. It's a simple white coffee maker by Braun. There are no special bells or whistles to this magnificent gadget unless you count being able to program it, which I religiously do each night. Morning after morning, my faithful coffee maker has steaming hot coffee ready for me; not too strong, not too weak. With my Bible in one hand, and my cup of coffee in the other, I can start each day out right. All of this coffee talk is making me want to brew some afternoon java.
The next thing that came to mind is my set of Wusthof knives, which was followed immediately by my OXO Salad Spinner. They obviously go hand in hand, so I paired them together. Every cook needs a good set of knives because if you don't it can really make cooking a chore. More specifically, I couldn't live without my Wusthof pairing knife, tomato knife, and 8 inch chef's knife. And oh, how I love my OXO Salad Spinner! It makes making salad easy, it's entertainment for my kids who often fight over who gets to spin the salad first, and not to mention your salad tastes fresh, unlike the plastic taste you get from bagged salad greens. I love knowing how well rinsed my veggies are and they dry in a jiffy.
The last, but most important thing I could not live without in my kitchen is my recipe box filled with deliciously wonderful recipes given to me by friends and family. The recipes are tried and true and come with fond memories of the persons they originated from. And believe me, anyone can cook as long as he or she has good recipes; I am living proof!
So, I am throwing this question back at you. What three things could you not live without in your kitchen?