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Old 02-18-2013, 06:13 PM   #61
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Favorites:
A big and small cast iron skillet
A LeeAnn Chin wok pan--use it for lots of things besides stir fry!
A Keurig mini--love the convenience
George Foreman grill with removable grids
A set of colorful handmade bottle stoppers, a splurge from Rome and always a conversation piece
Bosch dishwasher

Got for Christmas and have enjoyed:
Raclette--had a party last week that was super fun, good conversation, good eats!

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A new set a daily silverware--mine is showing its age
A new OTC microwave. Mine still works but a) handle is broken, b) turntable doesn't turn. Don't know whether it is cheaper to buy a new one or have a repair guy come out
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:21 PM   #62
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Honestly I spend less than 1 hour a week in my kitchen, so I am not sure what is in there. I always eat at the clinics or on my way to work. Or eat food brought by drug reps.
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What's in YOUR kitchen? ... and anything you don't use?
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:25 PM   #63
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I missed the part about things you don't use...
There are some things I use rarely... Some cookie cutters, etc. But they get used at least once a year.
Anything that didn't get used at least that often was given to Salvation Army when we cleaned everything out during our kitchen remodel.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:51 PM   #64
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A LeeAnn Chin wok pan--use it for lots of things besides stir fry!
This reminded me that for several years when I commuted from DFW to Minneapolis to work at the place with the red bullseye logo and later the Centurian (place that used to be famous for their green card) very nondescript data center, I regularly ate at LeAnn Chin's downtown. But my favorite was Manny's. Back then Manny's was in the Hyatt right next door to my apartment building.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:05 PM   #65
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Our American-made microwave oven preceded me in my husband's life - it must have been 30 years old. The plastic door handle broke off during a move a few years back, and after that it just seemed to get crankier, until it finally stopped radiating a year ago.

So we replaced it with a fine new Chinese-made one, which has already gone on the fritz.

Amethyst
You know, I am still using in my office the Sharp half-pint I got about 1987. The spring in the door is not great any more, but spouse and I have been through a good half-dozen bigger, splashier-looking microwaves in the last 24 years. The new ones seem to last about 3 years tops.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:18 PM   #66
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I love this vintage hand mixer. The attachment in it in the photo is superb for quickly whipping cream. The middle attachment is excellent for beating egg whites. This was a hand-me down from my mom and was made by Rival before they had those newfangled electric mixers.

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Honestly I spend less than 1 hour a week in my kitchen, so I am not sure what is in there. I always eat at the clinics or on my way to work. Or eat food brought by drug reps.
You are missing one of life's great pleasures! I recommend that when you ER you indulge in a cooking course. Preferably in Tuscany. With GF.

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You are missing one of life's great pleasures! I recommend that when you ER you indulge in a cooking course. Preferably in Tuscany. With GF.

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regarding stuff we don't need and parttime work in ER: Soon after my surprise ER, I decided to work parttime retail for fun.

The first job I took was at Sur la Table, a fancypants cooking supply store. It was cherry season and we were selling a $59 electric cherry pitter.

And I realized as I was helping customers that there was so much "stuff" in that store that was unnecessary for good cooking. It made me a little queasy about the whole consumerism aspect. I found I couldn't in good conscience try to sell the stuff.
So I was able to find another parttime gig in a bookstore. Much better, but I still have a hard time selling celebrity cookbooks!
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Rustward, I happen to live in the Twin Cities and sometimes eat at LeAnn Chin's. No connection, however, to receiving my LeAnn Chin pan--I think someone gave it to me while I was still living in Madison WI. LeAnn Chin is Chinese fast food--and is pretty expensive these days, too. Manny's--that's another story.
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My favorite two new gadgets I bought this year are the ChopStir for breaking up ground beef when browning it and onion googles to wear when cutting up onions. Wonderful inventions!
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T-pot for wonderful tea.
Cast iron cookware so old and smooth it is non-stick.
A selection of wooden utensils to keep the above smooth and non-stick.
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I love this vintage hand mixer. The attachment in it in the photo is superb for quickly whipping cream. The middle attachment is excellent for beating egg whites. This was a hand-me down from my mom and was made by Rival before they had those newfangled electric mixers.

That is cool. Seriously cool.
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Some gadgets that I use all the time, are:

Zojirushi 3-cup rice maker
electric wok
Sanyo indoor electric grill
microwave.

I have one pot (50-year-old Revereware), two skillets, a set of Corelleware, and stainless from Wally World.

If I really needed anything more, I'd buy it. I am thinking of buying another pot one of these days, if I can find one that I like.
I forgot to mention what I did about knives, until reading all the other posts about knives. As a single person I didnt want to spring for an entire high quality knife set. Instead, about three years ago I bought one Henckels knife that was about the right size and heft for me. I use it for everything. It's a great knife, feels good and well balanced in my hand, and I have no desire for any others.
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W2R - your post reminded me about corelleware. I love this stuff. We have plane white... which never goes out of style... and a set of 20... so when we have big parties we don't have to resort to paper plates. I inherited some china from my grandmother... but the corelleware is what gets used day in/day out.
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W2R - your post reminded me about corelleware. I love this stuff. We have plane white... which never goes out of style... and a set of 20... so when we have big parties we don't have to resort to paper plates. I inherited some china from my grandmother... but the corelleware is what gets used day in/day out.
Same here, and my ex got my family china in the divorce (I'm not sure why! ). I like the Corelleware especially because it is so light, but also because it is hard to break, and easy to clean. I have the shadow iris pattern, which was the one Walmart was selling the year that I needed it. I don't even care if it goes out of style.
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W2R - your post reminded me about corelleware. I love this stuff. We have plane white... which never goes out of style... and a set of 20... so when we have big parties we don't have to resort to paper plates. I inherited some china from my grandmother... but the corelleware is what gets used day in/day out.
I use china all the time. Says China right on the bottom...
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Thermomix.
This gadget is all the rage with our friends and family.
Even the Masterchef contestants use it
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Thermomix.
This gadget is all the rage with our friends and family.
Even the Masterchef contestants use it
Never heard of it so looked it up. They won't tell you the price, instead want you to set up an on-home demo of the gadget...just from that I know it costs way more than I'd be willing to spend!
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