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Friday, November 21, 2008

Mix and Stir Friday Five

Songbird posted: "In a minor domestic crisis, my food processor, or more precisely the part you use for almost everything for which I use a food processor, picked the eve of the festive season of the year to give up the ghost. A crack in the lid expanded such that a batch of squash soup had to be liberated via that column shaped thing that sticks up on top.

Can you tell this is not my area of strength?

Next week, I'm hosting Thanksgiving. I need your help. Please answer the following kitchen-related questions:"

1) Do you have a food processor? Can you recommend it? Which is to say, do you actually use it?
We have a Cusinart. It's an old one, a gift to Beloved who kept making hummus in the blender and that was difficult. She knows how to use it, Since she moved in, I have stayed out of our miniscule kitchen which really only has room for one.

2) And if so, do you use the fancy things on it? (Mine came with a mini-blender (used a lot and long ago broken) and these scary disks you used to julienne things (used once).)
No fancy things. Verry Scarry! BL has accidents in the kitchen, cuts, burns, 'bagel cuts' that require stiches. BAN the BAGEL-no really, I cut all Bagels.

3) Do you use a standing mixer? Or one of the hand-held varieties?
Hand held mixer. In drawer. I used that to make a gourmet b'day cake several years ago. Yummy with Calibeaut (sp) chocolate.

(And isn't that color delightfully retro?) 

4) How about a blender? Do you have one? Use it much?
Yes, No.

5) Finally, what old-fashioned, non-electric kitchen tool do you enjoy using the most?
Potato peeler used for Parmesan, can opener-non electric, really , really small kitchen. No electric dishwasher. I'm getting too old to live like this, really!

Bonus: Is there a kitchen appliance or utensil you ONLY use at Thanksgiving or some other holiday? If so, what is it?
My mothers glass pie plates and casseroles. I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner here, but not recently.


Songbird said...

No, it was sort of an icy light blue, sorry it didn't show through.
We have a casserole dish with a goose on top, from my mother's collection. That gets dusted off for Thanksgiving, too.

Sophia said...

I didn't know you could grate parmesan with a potato peeler-thanks! The small holes on our grater just seem to get clogged up.

Auntie Knickers said...

Funnily enough, white would be the really "retro" color as I think they used only to come in white. Mine is almond; I would have liked red, but didn't have the choice.
My beloved is prone to cutting himself in the kitchen, too. He is also one of those who yells loudly just once when he feels the pain, and then maddeningly says "No, no, it's OK."