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Apr 8, 2009 01:46 PM

Your Single Favorite Thing In Your Kitchen

It's been a sunny day, and *reasonably* springlike, so I'm feeling in the mood to *ac-centuate the positive.* So:

While doing prep for dinner today I realized how enthusiastically I love my cutting board. 18.5x31.5, edge grain maple. Scavenged by the Hub from a project, sanded and oiled, and presented to me. It has a "mole" which was a misfired guide hole on said project. Hub filled the hole with a stained dowel because he knows how much I love the oddly placed polka dot. The board is stained and scarred, with palpable dips in the surface after so much chopping. I love the thing. It makes me happy every day. (Yes, I know in the photo there is a significant amount of schmutz on the counter behind...what can I say? I was cooking, and I'm a messy cook!)

Do you have something in your kitchen that does the same for you, in the "I luuuurrrve this" way? Just one thing, mind you. Why do you love it? Think carefully. Pictures would be great.

Happy spring. Enjoy being in your kitchens with some favorite things!


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  1. My le Creuset 12 Qt. dutch oven.

    11 Replies
    1. re: Lenox637

      oh my... Twelve. Quarts. I think I'm getting goose bumps. What do you do with it? And in a fit of jealously and shallowness, I will also ask: what color is it? :-) Cay

      1. re: cayjohan

        Every thing from soup to osso bucco and back and forth. It is green, not my favorite color but a generous gift none the less. One of my favorites is to brown a small pork roast, a small beef roast and some hot and sweet sausage then de-glaze with a little red wine and add tomatoes(hand crushed) and simmer the day away.

        1. re: Lenox637

          Mine's orange. Best cooking tool I ever used, anywhere, period. Soups, stocks, stews, beans, roasts, braises, everything.

          I use mine at least three times a week. Amazing piece of gear, I can barely fit it into my fridge, but what a magnificent tool. And it will last till my grandchildren are long dead, I reckon.

          My desert island two-fer: chef's knife and my Le Creuset 12 qt. Dutch oven.

            1. re: Lenox637

              Mine's not that big, but it's probably my favorite along with my Global

              1. re: Soop

                No doubt. My Global chef's knife. Seeing how much I love it, my husband has bought me various other Global knives every Christmas for the past seven years, and I'm sure they're all very nice knives, but I still basically use my chef's knife for everything (except for slicing mushrooms, for which I swear by my discontinued Wusthof vegetable paring knife).

      2. re: Lenox637

        LC for me too, but my 5 qt. round dutch oven. Love it.

        1. re: Lenox637

          Oooh...I really, really want an LC dutch oven too. Right now, my favorite thing is my simple set of rubber spatulas. I love the way I can remove every smidgen of anything from bowls. When I watch the chef shows on TV, I get so annoyed when they leave so much stuff in the bowls.

          1. re: h2Bn

            If they're anything like me, they're saving that extra stuff in the bowls to lick. :)

            Here's a thought (I can't be the only person who does this)--do you have designated rubber spatulas for desserts vs. cooking with onions/garlic/etc.? I have "reserved" turquoise ones for desserts/custards/whipped cream as I've noticed the spatulas retain the smell of whatever we've cooked last. This was especially evident when we recently made cilantro paste for a recipe. Every other color in the drawer is fair game for making savory dishes.

            1. re: kattyeyes

              I do that. I have a silicone one that I reserve for baking; and a couple of cheap dollar-store spatulas for everything strong and pungent. I’ve even kept one that went rock hard for thick, pasty foods.

            2. re: h2Bn

              i feel the same way about the tv chefs leaving so much in the bowl or pan, even though i know it's for time's sake.

              and i love love love my williams-sonoma "spoonulas." they get everything out of anything, are heat resistant silicone, and wash up in the dishwashwer like new. i get them on sale and people love them as little gifts.

          2. My Chinese cleaver with the dragon. Sharp, light and pretttty.

            3 Replies
            1. re: billieboy

              That is a gorgeous and clever cleaver, billieboy. ;)

              I have to mull over my very favorite thing and get back to you, Cay. Fun post!

              1. re: billieboy

                Who makes this? Where do they sell it?

                1. re: RGC1982

                  I ask again, on behalf of RGC and myself.... who makes this? Where do they sell it?

              2. My stir crazy electric popcorn popper. I had one in college 25 years ago and my kids got me one this past Christmas. I love it more than all of the expensive things in my kitchen put together. I have popcorn for lunch a lot!

                1. My Scanpan roasting pan - beautiful, heavy and indestructible - you can do anything to it and it always washes up like new. Roasts like a dream.

                  1. my husband gave me an over-the-sink collander for christmas. I use it constantly! I'm a messy cook and often have a sink full of dishes just when it's time to drain the pasta or rince the mushrooms or whatever. This has folding arms that lay over the front and back of the sink so you don't need a clear flat surface in the sink in order to use it. It's rarely put away 'cause I useit so much.