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Christmas Presents for the Kitchen: 2012


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#1 Kerry Beal

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:17 AM

It's that time of year again - and as usual I treat myself throughout the year to things I want for my kitchen - so it's hard for anyone to buy me something for the kitchen that I don't already have.

During the year I got a couple of new pressure cookers for myself - and I think it was this year that the chamber vac came to live with us. Oh yeah - and the new LG fridge with the little blast chiller arrived last week.

I opened my one present this am - a nice new unoxidized bottle of St Germaine from Anna N. Going to enjoy that one!

So what other goodies did folks get?

#2 gfweb

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:17 AM

MC At Home! If only I could read it today instead of cook LOL

#3 ElainaA

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:45 AM

I got the one thing I asked for - saffron! I always want it but can't bring myself to pay the price. And it came with a bonus gift of vanilla beans! I hear a risotto calling me.........
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#4 Tri2Cook

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 12:36 PM

I got a nice, big, heavy granite mortar and pestle. I'm looking forward to using it.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

Eleven Madison Park book and these two bad boys!

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#6 heidih

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:33 PM

A strikingly attractive couple ScottyBoy.

#7 pastameshugana

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

A new immersion blender.

There was one package that was large & heavy enough to definitely be a set of large, expensive books. It was from a person thoughtful enough I thought it may be MC at home, but discovered (to my great delight) it was actually the entire 'Calvin and Hobbes' collection. Yay me! My absolute favorite comic in the history of man, and certain to cause me many many less profanity-inciting moments of frustration than I'm sure MC would have...

I've got to go, some serious reading to do...
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 03:05 PM

Haha that's fantastic! I have all of them from my childhood in a box in the attic.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

Yar! C&H are as good at it getrs!

I have a few, but I get the rest from the Lib.

then again, in the darker ages there was : Pogo! I have those. not likely to find them these days!

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:52 PM


I received a Peugot pepper mill and a copy of Michael Ruhlman's "Ratio" book.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 09:26 PM

I received a gift basket of cheeses from Artisanal Premium Cheese - a vendor that had escaped my notice before this. (I'm a huge fan of IGourmet)
This one includes Langres, Comté, Chaource, Piper's Pyramid and Ashley.

Otherwise I got gift cards...
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#12 TeakettleSlim

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:51 AM

I got a Thermapen! Plus the Smitten Kitchen cookbook and various cookie cutters.

#13 lancastermike

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:16 AM

A Breville countertop convection toaster oven.

#14 gfweb

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:29 AM

A Breville countertop convection toaster oven.

I have the smart oven too! Just the most used appliance I have.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:46 AM

A very nice Wusthof chef's knife (chosen by my twin, so it perfectly fits my teensy hands). This was much-needed, since DH broke about 2 inches off the end of my previous favorite knife.
A couple of ceramic non-stick skillets.
THREE fish turners! (One from DH, one from sis and one from DD. I guess I hinted that I wanted one?)
Oh, and I'm looking forward to watching Top Chef tonight on the new big-ass TV! :-)

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:25 AM

The 36cm DeBuyer frypan. All 7+ lbs of it. Haven't had a chance to even season it yet, but I'm looking forward to some great steaks out of that thing.
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:30 AM

Yellow 5.5 qt le Creuset, and some E Guittard chocolate feves.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:34 AM

A check from my F-I-L. Have just started to think about what I might do with it. After 34 years of marriage and the both of us loving to cook the kitchen (admitedly almost always a bit messy) is pretty well outfitted. Have no fear, I will surely find something new to add. Ah yes, I need a new digital thermometer with the separate probe for roasting things in the oven. That will use up part of the money.

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#19 Charcuterer

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:37 PM

An ISI Thermo whip and box of charges, the new Ruhlman book "Salumi", a Jaccard tenderizer and a really cool collapsible funnel with a removable fine mesh strainer.

#20 Baselerd

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:39 PM

Eleven Madison Park book and these two bad boys!


One of my favorite cook books, you better set aside a 24 hours a week to cook a meal out of it ;-)

Edited by Baselerd, 26 December 2012 - 01:39 PM.


#21 Mette

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:35 PM

A very nice digital sugar thermometer, and, as marmalade failure was part of the holiday entertainment, it looks like a bonus refractometer may come my way :-)

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

A pressure cooker! Stoked.

Also: the Naomi Duguid Burmese book, and Paula Wolfert's Moroccan Food.

#23 Derek J

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:23 PM

I got a Thermapen, too! And several cookbooks (some of which I even wanted). :-)

#24 Charcuterer

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:43 PM

This is a link to the folding funnel strainer, Mastrad Has anyone seen or used this item?

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:45 PM

MAC Damascus 8" kitchen knife and a 1/2 ltr ISI gourmet whip. AND have the next three days off, so I will be doing some fun stuff with the whip!
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#26 Crouton

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:43 PM

Staub "paella pan" which I got more as a large roasting/sautéing pan.



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:39 AM

Three fun things.

An AeroPress, a portable induction stove (single 'burner') and a hardware store voucher, with which I purchased a Dremel. A power tool, yeah, that I'll be using in my ghetto engineering projects: an improved sous vide rig and a cold smoker. I guess you could also count another. Treated myself to this: http://www.redspoonc...ation-pack.html

Should open up a few more possibilties from Modernist Cuisine.

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#28 Porthos

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:14 AM

My additions are pretty humble but I'm happy with them. I bought the 600 grit stone (fine) for my Edge Pro Apex. I also am getting a Polder brand digital thermometer. It seems to be better reviewed than Taylor and I've had 2 Taylors just did not last that long.

Side Note: If you've never sharpened your own knives and have been thinking about starting to do it I can't recommend the Edge Pro Apex highly enough.

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#29 phatj

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:14 PM

A Unicorn Magnum peppermill. This is the second time I've had a peppermill on my list, but the first time I've gotten a good one.

#30 andiesenji

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:06 PM

Got another gift basket of cheeses - this one from iGourmet, from an unexpected quarter - someone for whom I did a favor several months ago and which I had completely forgotten.
I won't have to buy any cheese for awhile...

Also today was gifted with a slab of home-cured bacon from an ex-neighbor to whom I gave my big smoker/barbecue a couple of years ago when they moved to a little ranch. Home grown hog he says is a "Glouster odd spot" (?sp).
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