A Chowish Christmas
What did everybody get for Christmas related to eating, cooking and chowhounding?? My husband gave me a can opener. Yeah, I know he could use a little help in the gift department....at least it was a zyliss.
It was a great Christmas and Chanukah at our house! I got a fuzzy logic rice cooker, a mandoline, an immersion blender with a chopping attachment, and loads of cookbooks. My husband got an Italian ice cream maker -- it even has its own compressor. We both got an oven/smoker attachment for our outdoor campchef stove. We also got a box full of all sorts of sausage from Usinger's in Milwaukee and some fruitcakes from an abbey in Oregon -- no jokes -- I LOVE these fruitcakes!
A very cool instant read thermometer (when I say instant, I mean instant-not 10 seconds, not 4 seconds--I'll have to look up the name and website)
Julia and Jacque Cooking at Home (see link below--I've read it cover to cover already)
A Rendezvous (memphis ribs) apron
A wireless thermometer (for meat on the grill-transmits the temp wherever I am)
A garlic mandoline
A renewal to Cooks Illustrated
I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot...
Yep it was a good Christmas and centered around food dispite the low appetites from the flu going around.
- Henkels steak knifes
- Lb of Peets Aged Mocha Java
- Bottle of Turley Zin
- found a pound of chantrelles and some porcinis on Christmas Eve that made dinner all the merrier!
A Braun stick blender ("boat motor"), a baguette baking pan, an enormous molcajete (that's a lava rock mortar and pestle for non-Southwestern chowhounds), and a White Mountain hand-crank 4-qt. ice cream freezer. I am absolutely on cloud nine.
Now I can make potato soup, great salsa, and honey ice cream! WOOT!
I got a lava-rock molcajete a while back that I haven't used because I have been unable to rid it of grit. Anyone else have experience with this, and have recommendations? I've already gotten the "pitch it and get a better quality one" suggestion from my husband. Trouble is, this was the only molcajete I've seen around here. (I bought it in a Latin market.)