Williams Sonoma GC - What to Buy?
i received a $250 (canadian) gift card for william sonoma recently. i popped into the store over the weekend and came out empty handed. i'm totally undecided on what to buy ...
here's what i have ALREADY:
- kitchen aid stand mixer
- selection of knives - chef, paring, boning, bread, etc. - mainly from nella cucina
- cuisinart food processor
- cuisinart bread maker
- rival slow cooker
- zorozushi (sp?) rice cooker
- coffee maker, toaster, toaster oven, electric kettle
- braun immersion blender
- various pots/pans (non-stick and stainless steel - lagostina, cuisinart)
- various bakeware (really don't need more here)
- cooking utensils (including WS silicone spatulas, microplanes, etc.)
- mixing bowls (WS melamine, staineless steel, pyrex, etc.)
- corningware casserole dishes (or whatever those big white things are called!)
i'm sure there is more but i just can't remember it all right now!
i love to cook and love to bake. i entertain probably 2/3 times per month.
i feel like i already have A LOT of stuff and storage space is starting to become premium real estate in my kitchen! all of the 'stuff' is under 10 years old ... not sure if replacing is something i need to do at this time ...
so, what would you buy???
I second WS pizza stones - in general they are a bit more expensive, but the cooking surface is much larger than others I've found on the market. Even if you don't bake a lot of pizza or bread in your oven, the stone adds something very dense to your oven and helps it maintain a constant temperature. I never take mine out of my oven and everything bakes a lot more evenly.
Your kitchen sounds a lot like mine. Now, when I get a GC to WS I upgrade on a lot of the smaller things. For instance, recently we switched out the wooden spatulas for a set of stainless steel ones. I like the heft of them better, and I find the edges are sharper so I can get under things more easily. Plus, they can go into the dishwasher without getting dried out or yucky under the plastic. Also, we've switched out our microplanes because they have dulled, we use them that much. I've also bought a set of their hotel linens because they are sturdy and easy to wash. My next GC purchase will be a large Le Creuset dutch oven (we have a round one, and will be purchasing a larger, oval one).
I'm guessing you already have a Kitchen aid mixer then. I couldn't go back to life without mine... I do tons of baking (Gluten Free) and the dough is tough. Nothing but a Kitchen Aid can handle it.
I would recommend purchasing some nice glassware if you entertain. As another post mentioned it may be overpriced but they have beautiful stemware, or as someone else mentioned look at their linens!
$250 at WS can vanish in a blink! Since you're already kitted out, go for something totally kitschy or self-indulgent. BTW, I didn't see a kitchen scale in the inventory...
I would get a really nice knife, something you ordinarily might not splurge on. Maybe a nice big Shun santoku, that was the first thing I listed on my wedding registry at the Bloor St. location and I use it every single day.