5 Things I Love This Week

The consumerism madness of Black Friday has me a little burnt out on shopping sites this week, but I was thinking about five things I love in my kitchen, that I already own. Since I have been working on Soup or Salad Blog, I have easily tripled the amount of time I have been spending in the kitchen. And these are my workhorses. I use them every day. Anyone them would make a great gift for someone who likes to cook and I’ve tried to include a link where possible.

If my kitchen were a chess game, these bowls would be the pawns, small often over looked, but I couldn’t get anything done with out them. I have 6, so they can also be sacrificed when needed. They are nested, small and work great for prep work. I also use them for applesauce and little snack for Spencer. I bought these bowls over a decade ago for my mom for Christmas one year and I m happy to have them in my kitchen, Similar ones can be found at Williams-Sonoma.

It may sound strange, but I love my iced tea spoons. Love them. And I don’t really even drink iced tea. They are great for getting the last of things like mayo or honey out of jars, fabulous at mixing gin and tonics or jack and cokes made in a pint glass and are all around handy stirrers. These I got with weird coupon book things at Albertsons a number or years ago, but any iced tea spoons would do. I’ve purchased these before for a few people when I just had no clue what to get them. It is a fun gift paired with a pitcher, glasses or a selection of teas.

It feels silly to include a cheap, plastic hand strainer here, but I use it every day, if not twice a day. It is invaluable. It might be one of the single most often washed thing in my kitchen. I love it for thawing peas and blueberries for a quick snack for Spencer.

Oh, my Wusthof 6 inch cook’s knife, if it was safe to make out with a knife, I would be tempted. We got this one for our wedding in 2004 and it is still going strong thanks to good care and frequent sharpenings. It is the perfect size and weight for chopping just about anything. Also, it is on sale for super cheap here, if anyone is interested.

Everyone needs a good salad bowl. This is mine and I love it. I can’t tell you where to buy one like this one because my father-in-law made this one for my husband and I as a wedding gift. I used it almost every time we have a salad.

And as a special bonus 6th thing this week, I present the blue pitcher which is the thing I love the most in my kitchen that I never, ever use. It is too pretty and was the second half of my father-in-law’s wedding gift. It sits in my window making me happy. I think I have used it for water, maybe once.

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7 Responses to “5 Things I Love This Week”

  1. Amanda says:

    I have the same love affair with my pinch bowls. I have 2 different sets and seem to find them in the dishwasher more times than not. They are PERFECT size for a small scoop of ice cream too!


    Amy Reply:

    Pinch bowls! I KNEW there was a cute name for them, but I could not for the life of me remember.


  2. TMae says:

    How do you sharpen your knife? Do you do it yourself or have it done professionally? I have two Henckel knives that are in need of some maintenance, and am torn about how to proceed. (How to proceed? How formal am I on a Saturday morning?)

    I love the salad bowl and pitcher. What wonderful gifts.


    Amy Reply:

    We have a Wusthof sharpener that we use periodically. It is over due for a professional sharpening. I’m sure you are supposed to go more of then than every few years.


  3. Jen J. says:

    I think if I had that knife I might want to make out with it too.


  4. Natalie says:

    I LOVE my tea spoons too! But I didn’t know what they were called until I saw this post. And I’m from the South! How is this possible? I just called them my long skinny spoons and I love to use them when I eat ice cream out of the ben&jerry’s pints.

    Also, my strainer rocks, it’s good for everything, including sifting flour when I bake and I think I paid less than $5 for mine. Multi-purposing is good for the soul.


    Amy Reply:

    I totally forgot about flour sifting, I use it for that too! And powdered sugar.


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