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Kerry Beal

Christmas Presents for the Kitchen: 2012

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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?

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

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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.........


If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. Cicero

But the library must contain cookbooks. Elaina

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I got a nice, big, heavy granite mortar and pestle. I'm looking forward to using it.


It's kinda like wrestling a gorilla... you don't stop when you're tired, you stop when the gorilla is tired.

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Eleven Madison Park book and these two bad boys!

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Sleep, bike, cook, feed, repeat...

Chef Facebook HQ Menlo Park, CA

My eGullet Foodblog

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A strikingly attractive couple ScottyBoy.

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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...


PastaMeshugana

"The roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd."

"What's hunger got to do with anything?" - My Father

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Haha that's fantastic! I have all of them from my childhood in a box in the attic.


Sleep, bike, cook, feed, repeat...

Chef Facebook HQ Menlo Park, CA

My eGullet Foodblog

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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!

Congersman Frog?

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


Jeff Meeker, aka "jsmeeker"
jmeeker@eGullet.org

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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...


"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!" Terry Pratchett

My blog:Books,Cooks,Gadgets&Gardening

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

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A Breville countertop convection toaster oven.

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

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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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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.


That's the thing about opposum inerds, they's just as tasty the next day.

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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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The Unrelenting Carnivore
"If every pork chop was perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs." (source unknown)
Customer to clerk in a clothing store, "Do you have these in a size for people who actually eat?"

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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.

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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 ;-)


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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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A pressure cooker! Stoked.

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

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

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

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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!


Orem, Utah

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