This is a picture of my kitchen…before I filled it with food and dishes and every appliance I’ve managed to get my hands on over the years. I have a real COUNTER. In my old place, I had only about a square foot of counter space to work with. This means I used it for prepping, mixing, organizing, serving, storing, etc.
When we first moved in, I only used the tiny bit of space to do all of my dirty work. It’s a lot like the time someone randomly gave me a king-sized bed when I was in high school. For the first month, I slept in a small corner of it. I had to learn how to spread myself out like a real teenager. Now, I’ve learned to spread things out like a cook with a real kitchen.
Everybody has a kitchen wish list. There is always that special something that would make our lives easier, in the kitchen at least. Here are the things I spend hours drooling over online, not buying because I am a not-so-starving musician:
A big, sharp chef’s knife. After using one of these, you go back to your old knife wondering why you have to saw through all of your veggies. I bet my prep wouldn’t take nearly as long if I didn’t have to work so hard! Maybe I’m just slow?
An enamled dutch oven. I see sooooo(oooo…..) many gorgeous braises done in these and I am so jealous of their magic. I want to justify spending the money on one by the fact that they are super heavy and would probably give me a good workout. Kinda. Not really.
A fine mesh strainer. I’m all about building flavor. Sometimes this involves having bits and pieces of things that you don’t want to eat (but you don’t want to spend a million hours picking out) in a yummy broth. They also make all kinds of other magic that I have yet to discover.
A spring-form pan. Oh, how I want to bake all of the goodies that come out perfectly round with deliciousness inside that you cannot flip over onto a rack (which I also don’t have, whoops). Tarts and cheesecakes, I want you. I NEED you!
Those are the four things I wish I had in my life. Comment with your kitchen wish list!