Several of you shared with me on the blog, on Facebook, on Twitter and through e-mail what kitchen gadgets you were obsessing over (most of you made me feel better since you were saving up for fancy blenders, vegetable steamers, stand mixers and rice cookers yourself, so thank you!). In addition to all your super awesome wants and needs, I received a lot of questions about what exactly I had in the kitchen that I found useful. This may or may not have to do with the fact that my kitchen lust list was filled with many things people find necessary to actually function in a kitchen, like pots and pans, a place to store them and a mixer. So while browsing my not-so-hidden kitchen shelves and walls this past weekend, I found it really, really easy to pick out my five favorite, thank goodness I have them or I'd be miserable, accessories.
My first, most awesome, most used, must-have item for any Chubby Vegan Mom (or heck, anyone trying to actually make food in their kitchen) is a seriously adorable apron. I know, I know, it sounds super corny, especially if you're a Chubby Vegan Dad, but you don't want to be worried about messing up your clothes while you're getting your cook on. Trust me ladies, if you splurge on a cute apron for yourself you're going to feel so much better when you're in the kitchen, I swear by my cupcake apron and ribbons in my hair.
Truth be told, I'm not even that girly, nor do my feminist beliefs fall in line with the 1950s housewife quip, but there's something uber sexy and uber fabulous that makes baking, cooking and whipping things up in a cupcake apron SO MUCH more fun. I can't wait to get Pearyn her own frilly, cupcake-donned apron when she's old enough to help out more in the kitchen.
Trust me on this one folks.
You're probably trying to figure out how on Earth someone could be so particular when it comes to rolling pins. To be honest, I lucked out when I made this purchase. I had spent the last few years rolling dough out using our drinking glasses, anything roundish that I could get my hands on really, because I just didn't feel like I rolled dough enough to necessitate my needing a pin specifically for that.
Boy was I wrong. Finally my husband decided it was time for me to grow up and purchase an actual rolling pin (probably after some homemade pie dough came out less than awesome and even) and so we started perusing stores. I came across a wooden, no handles, looked easy enough to use rolling pin and purchased it. It's been history ever since. It was possibly the best $25 I've spent on something I only use maybe once or twice a month.
The next super fabulous kitchen item I own is none other than the Vitamix blender.
I think we were basically the last vegans on the block to finally purchase a Vitamix and let me tell you, everything the people say (and more) is true. We were convinced to buy it after watching an all-day Vitamix marathon on QVC. There was salsa, soup, ice cream and every concoction of smoothie you could ever imagine created during that infomercial.
After watching them make brocolli soup in the blender in five minutes I was absolutely sold on it.
It comes with a hefty price tag, but I promise you, it's more than worth it.
Not to mention all you do to clean it is squirt a little dish soap and some water and set the carafe back on the base and turn on the motor, let it run for a few seconds (or more depending on what you're washing off), dump, rinse (repeat if needed) and call it a day folks.
Not only is it the cutest cupcake carrier I've ever seen, it was a steal at under $20 and it seriously functions folks. My husband convinced me to splurge on this, I was always a "we'll just carry them in a cardboard shirt box" kind of gal until I fell in love with this adorable carrier. It's got three levels, each hold eight cupcakes and they lift out super safely and easily.
The best part?
There's enough space between all the tiers that you can add layers upon layers of tall frosting and any other hooplah you want to top your cupcakes without bumping into the bottom of the others.
I call that a win!
And last, but definitely not least, my favorite kitchen, not necessarily "essential," but seriously appreciated and loved, is the vintage cookie press I bought of eBay this past Christmas season.
You might remember me gushing about how it was the same cookie press my grandmother used when we used to have cookie days every holiday season. And seriously, it's as awesome as I remember it.
This past Christmas season my aunts, cousins and I got together, drank some champagne and baked a whole bunch of cookies, which included both my aunts teaching me how to actually USE said vintage cookie press.
It's official folks, I'm a believer.
And while it's not my go-to tool when making up a batch of chocolate oatmeal cookies, I've basically come up with a way to incorporate any and all of the quirky press shapes into a holiday, from camel cookies for the Christmas Wisemen to suns for the summer and fourth of July.
The best part about it though, besides it being ridiculously well-made and durable, is the childhood memory it brings back to me.
That, my friends, is something you can't put a price tag on.
What are your favorite kitchen accessories?