Anyone get any good cooking accessories for the holidays? [Moved from Home Cooking board]
I got a good chef's knife and a new cookbook. My mom got a really nice stainless steel sauce pan.
Although I haven't used it yet, I'm quite excited about my extra coarse microplane grater.
I use a spatula (The stirrer kind, not the flipper kind) when sauteing/frying/whatever in a frying pan that doesn't require flipping and I got a really nice one too.
I got a Chantal pot (in orange) and best accessory of all....a jar of fresh lard. Gotta love a friend that will ask their meat source for fresh pig fat and render it for you! (that would be Chris VR, btw, I hope you are all terribly jealous.)
Evidently it's the delicate kind best used for pastry (the kidney fat or something?) I need to find out more info about this type of lard.
I got a 9 qt Le Creuset and a fancy hand blender - and a really nice salt box. I got one for kosher salt last year, and I like it so much that the husband gave me a fancier olive wood one for sea salt this year.
A food mill! I am so excited, I cannot wait to use it...now I just have to decide what to mill first. Any suggestions?
We've moved this thread to the Cookware board, since the OP asked about cooking accessories. There's an ongoing thread on the Not About Food board about what Chowhounds got for Christmas, so please join that if you want to discuss items other than cookware related ones: