Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Passion In The Kitchen

Kitchen tools are awesome, aren't they? Can you ever have too many? I guess you could say that you have too many if you don't have room for all of them. I would rather just say my kitchen needs to be bigger! I love accessories and gadgets of all sorts and have a serious passion for buying them. I can honestly say that I do use most of the ones I own. Yes, I said most. I've purchased a dud or two, but I really do love to use the things I have.

This is one of my favorites. It's a straight blade pizza knife, but it's good for so much more than pizza. It's great for cutting bar cookies and other square treats and getting them all the same size. It's not something I use on a daily basis, but when I need it, it's great to have. I made cereal bars today and it was so much easier to cut them into squares using this knife than a regular knife.

I'm also very fond of the kitchen items I've inherited and the vintage items I've collected. These green glass dessert plates belonged to my great grandmother. They're fairly fragile, but I try to use them as often as I can anyway. I would much rather use the things that I love than have them sitting in a cabinet unappreciated.

It just wouldn't be the same to toss a handful of nuts into the food processor. I love to use the hand cranked nut grinder, or enlist one of my kids to do the job for me. It's only drawback is that you can't adjust the size of the grind. But for finely chopped or ground nuts, it's my first choice. My mom has one just like it and so did my grandma. I bought this one at an antique show. It got quite a workout this past Christmas.

This is a handy vintage gadget, too, and it's another antique show purchase. Do you know what it is? It's a jar opener. The gears allow it to automatically adjust to the size of the jar lid. There are little "grabbers" that grip the edge of the lid and the handle gives you extra leverage. I've yet to encounter a jar I couldn't open with this little guy.

I could go on and on and on........


Lissaloo said...

I have to stay out of kitchen stores for that reason, I want to buy every gadget I see! I love, love, love the green plates, & the pizza slicer is now at the top of my need list! :)

Gracey said...

I love kitchen gadgets too! I cannot afford many things right now, but one of my dreams is having a fully equipped kitchen one day! The green dishes are awesome. The vintage pieces also add quite a touch.

Willoughby said...

Lissaloo - thanks, I love the green plates, too. I got the pizza slicer at Cooking.com years ago for around $20, but they don't carry this one anymore. The new ones are close to $45!! Seems like a lot for something you don't use every day. I found one here for about $17, though (I love window shopping at restaurant supply stores). http://www.webstaurantstore.com/third1076/products/pizza-cutters.html

Willoughby said...

Gracey - You'll have so much fun when you do buy all the things you want for your kitchen! I think buying the vintage pieces is even more fun than buying new ones because they're so much more unique!