Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Time to Talk about Toys - My Kitchen Toys

I can't believe I haven't written about my new Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup Food Processor. My old one died after living a long and useful life. So I had to buy the newest version... of course! It's got two bowls! A large 12 cup bowl (big enough for a huge coleslaw or anything else you might be thinking about) and smaller bowl for those little jobs... four cups, which is perfect for chopping nuts or an onion or two without larger pieces stuck to the sides of the bowl and a paste forming at the bottom for the rest of the ingredients. It also has a slicing blade that's adjustable so it slices from 1-6 mm. And a reversible shredding disc as well as a dough blade. The large bowl and shredding & slicing blades made the prep for this Indian Spiced Coleslaw a snap. But the food processor isn't the only tool to make it out of the cupboard. The Cuisinart SPB-600 SmartPower Deluxe Blender has been dusted off and makes my morning fix of Handfuls of Sunshine Smoothie. And the Microplane Professional Series Large Shaver now slices garlic and ginger so thinly, it just melts into the dish. I can't remember which TV chef I saw use a mandoline for the same thing, which was too scary for me, but the microplane is perfect. Check out my Lemony Shrimp & Garlic Pasta that I made last night... which will obviously be my entry for this week's Presto Pasta Night, hosted by Kirsten of From Kirsten's Kitchen to Yours.... for the FOURTH time, I might add! With or without lots of kitchen toys, please send your entries to kirstenmlindquist(at) gmail (dot)com cc ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com by Thursday, June 9.... but I digress... the kitchen toy used... the microplane for the garlic.
One last toy... I forgot to take a photo, but now that I discovered Spatchcocking.... my kitchen shears, sharp enough to cut the backbone out of the chicken have come out of the back of the tool drawer. This Roasted Herb & Garlic Spatchcock Chicken is... as Jamie Oliver would say...BRILLIANT!

And because all these tools and all these dishes make me feel good... right to my soul... I thought I'd share them with Hearth and Soul's Blog Hop, over at A Moderate Life.

Now that I've shared my favorite kitchen toys with you... what are some of the ones you choose to play with in your kitchens?


Joanne said...

The food processor and blender are gorgeous! I have a tiny food processor and no can get pretty frustrating at times!

I think my favorite kitchen tool has to be my standmixer. I couldn't bake anything without that baby anymore!

Pierce said...

That is the one I have - love it! I use it for slaw, shredding name it. Definitely one of my favorite appliances,

BumbleVee said...

I bake a lot.... including mostly my standmixer is in regular use. However, I made the mistake of buying a CuisinArt when I gave my small KitchenAid to my brother...thinking I would have a stronger motor with which to mix my bread doughs.

Wrongo. This thing is noisy..and it chugs along .. sounding like it is grinding .. even with a small batch in it.... maybe it is a lemon...maybe I should have taken it back earlier...but, now... I am just hoping it conks out so I can buy a new KitchenAid...or maybe one day I will just buy one anyway and be back to having what I know. Even my little KitchanAid 250 mixed the maximum for the bowl size with no trouble......sigh....wish I still had little Snow brother still has her and he bakes as much as I do. She is still whizzing along like nobody's business .....

Ruth Daniels said...

Much as I love my Cuisinart toys - food processor, blender & "smart Stick" I would never trade in my Kitchenaid Stand mixer.