Since getting married, I’ve been reevaluating my approach to cooking. I’ve always had lofty ideals about food and in the past few newly-wed months, I’ve hit the reality road. Cooking for two, 7 days a week is a whole lot different than cooking for a party once in a while. I’m learning to multi-task ingredients, clip coupons, and freeze. I’ve got a lot to learn, especially about spending less, but I’m getting better.
Along the way, I have discovered a few things that I never had and now think I could never live without…
1. Dish drying rack. It makes clean-up so much more efficient and the one I have in particular holds so much!
3. Bon Appetit Cookbook. I have a lot of cookbooks, but this one is my favorite! I’ve tried a lot of recipes from it. Since we don’t get internet consistently at the apartment, I don’t do as much online recipe hunting. I have to use the traditional ways of looking through a book… and you can never go wrong with Bon Appetit.
4. Flat wooden spatula. Wow, this is the best tool in the bunch! A regular wooden spoon is not nearly as useful.
5. An electric tea kettle. I use this at least once a day. French press coffee, tea, soup base, sweet tea… Love it love it.
6. Soup base. I got a wedding gift from Penzey’s Spices and received pork and chicken soup base. I haven’t needed to buy chicken stock yet! I wish I had the beef base too.
7. The Oxo Travel Mug. After Alicia recommended this mug, I added it to my registry and Jeff and I bought two with gift cards. I’ve used a lot of Starbucks mugs and they can’t even compare.
8. A double boiler. Since we don’t have a microwave, I try not to have left overs. But when we do, the double boiler I got from Williams-Sonoma once (for $.80!) has come in handy for reheating! I never thought I would actually use that thing, and who knew it would reheat mashed sweet potatoes so well!