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daddy in a strange land

Oh. My. God. Stefania.

My wife (we're both at work) just e-mailed me saying, "Have you gone to Citymama's food blog?!"

:) Wow. I just read/looked at the pics in all your posts since you've been in Hawaii, and all I can say is...

I'm hungry.

:)

Happy New Year! (And congrats on the new laptop! Jealous!)

Raquita

Jealousy is not something I admit ot often, but man right now I am jealous, you may have just picked my next vacation destination - your aunts house!!! :) you seriously have to send me the info on hiring for htat down there - cause I'll do it. So seriously....

Caroline

Oooh those shrimp tempura looks good. I love tempura. Anyways, if you had to buy just one cookbook, which one would it be?

Mama22Boys

I am deeply envious. Your own sushi chef and tempura cook? I need to add this to my list of things I have to do before I die. You're right about the ahi ... you just don't see that color up here. Did you bring home any food? I ALWAYS do. :)

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Cooking Gear To Spice Things Up

  • All-Clad cookware
    I use the stainless line. I love it because you can put it in the dishwasher. If you like to cook it is sooo worth it to have quality pots and pans. I recommend buying a set on sale and then filling in extras as you need them. (Watch for sales and specials.)
  • Cast Iron Skillet
    Please get rid of all your teflon-coated non-stick plans and get a cast iron skillet. I use mine for searing meat, poultry, and fish and then finishing off in the oven. In fact, get two cast iron skillets—one large enough to hold two ribeyes and a smaller, fried-egg-sized one for making...well...eggs.
  • Food Processor
    Quickly slice/shred veggies and cheese, make hummus or other spreads in a snap, and make pie crust without making a mess.
  • Global Knives
    I am partial to the 18 incher. Yep, I like big knives and I cannot lie. If you like to cook (or even if you don't) you deserve to have good knives. At least one.
  • Instant Hot Water Dispenser
    If you can't afford to have one built-in, this is a great alternative. It's nice to have boiling water at the push of a button to make tea, instant miso soup, or morning oatmeal for the kidlets.
  • Microplane Grater/Zester
    Use this to grate citrus zest, nutmeg, and cheese. You could get a coarser one, but you don't need to. I have one and I use it for everything.
  • Penzey's Spices
    A great resource for all your herb and spice needs.
  • Rice Cooker
    Every family should have one.
  • Silpat
    Silpat is a silicone mat used for baking. They come in various sizes. Items will not stick to it. It is a must for any home baker.
  • Stick or Immersion Blender
    It doesn't have to be fancy, but try and get the highest HP you can afford. I use my stick blender (+ attachments) for making salad dressing (weekly), pureeing soups, making babyfood, and whipping cream.

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