The Year of the Kitchen
I am deeming 2013, The Year of the Kitchen. I am one of those cooks who doesn’t pre read the recipe, one who frequently forgets to buy necessary ingredients and if a part of the recipe seems silly, just cuts it out, because I don’t understand why I must take 10 extra minutes to thicken the sauce.
I have decided it’s time to become a bit more serious about food. I received 3 cookbooks for Christmas, (all Martha) and in these she breaks down what utensils to buy, when to use them, and importantly for myself, why to use them. She also will be teaching me everything from how cut an onion to making Duck Breast with Orange Gastrique, don’t worry, I’m starting with the onion cause I have no idea what a gastrique is.
One other problem I’m running into is our kitchen equipment. Some of it is from college, like my pots and pans, some it is cheep and dysfunctional and some of it I registered for and received for our wedding and have no clue how to use. To remedy this, I made a list, I LOVE lists, of all the things that need to be replaced or that I don’t have and need. For instance, last year I learned plastic measuring spoons melt and warp in extreme heat…so metal measuring spoons made the list, but not just any, I want slender ones that can fit into spice jars. Get the picture?! I’ve cooked long enough to figure out that the shape of a bowl makes and enormous difference on how much I splatter on the wall when I stir. My list continues from there and includes everything up to a stand mixer. Since I need to replace things I already own, I’m only buying a couple of things a month, so by the end of the year I will have a complete kitchen (except for the stand mixer, I’m holding that over my head as an incentive to finish what I started so I don’t waste a couple hundo on a very heavy counter ornament.)
I’ll share my buys along the way and please share with me what you have and love! Maybe it’s a cookbook or a family heirloom serving spoon, whatever it is let me know. I’d love to hear your tips and tricks.
Thanks for hanging in there with me, I guess I was feeling a little extra wordy.