Thursday, March 18, 2010

Of Lists Big and Small

I will admit it, I have some control issues; I have been accused of being a Type A personality. I like to make lists. I've got the rolling grocery list stuck to the side of the refrigerator where I jot down ingredients that we're running low on so I can start keeping an eye out for sales. I've got my ingredient lists when I cook for large groups so I can shop effectively; I have the master ingredient list that I take when I go grocery shopping so I can make up a price book then I put all those prices into a spreadsheet to figure out where my best bargains are. Then I work out my time lines for prep-work, shopping, and what we're doing on the day of the event. I have a few short kitchen related lists that I'd like to share:

Things I should have but don't. (This is NOT a request for my real life friends to buy me any of these items; this is list parking.)
  • Melon baller.
  • Grapefruit spoon.
  • Honing steel.
  • Flour canister (I currently measure my AP flour directly from the 50 lb bag then vacuum the area around the bag).
  • Kitchen shears.
  • Juicer (one of those wooden ones).
  • Strainer (for when I need to dust things with powdered sugar or sift flour).
  • Basting/pastry brush.
  • A stainless steel pot somewhere between the 5 quart and the 5 gallon capacity.
Things I wish I had.
  • Mandolin.
  • Fancy bread pans.
  • A bigger kitchen and pantry.
  • A grill
  • Gas appliances.
  • Double bowl sink.
  • Shun knives.
Things I have but don't use.
  • V slicer (it's a pain to clean and the blades aren't very sharp).
  • George Foreman grill (it was useful in college but now just sits in the cabinet; something for the April yard sale).
  • Pipkin (but it's so sexy on the shelf with my other medieval replicas...).
  • Two shelves of cookbooks.
So, what do you think my lists say about me as a cook?

Cheers! - KP

1 comment:

  1. Let me know when your april garage sale is and I'll take the foreman grill off your hands.