Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Midweek Munchies

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Since I didn't do any shopping this past weekend, I thought I'd post two questions this week!

What are your top five favorite/most used/can't live without kitchen gadgets/pieces of equipment?

What are your top five most favorite flavors or ingredients with which to cook?

(Your answers will help with the cookbook writing process, in the first full chapter, "Getting Started.")

Thanks!

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17 comments:

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Good questions!!

What are your top five favorite/most used/can't live without kitchen gadgets/pieces of equipment?

1.) Good, sharp knives!
2.) Blender (smoothies, margaritas, dips, etc.)
3.) rubber grip cutting boards
4.) tongs
5.) stove top grill/griddle

What are your top five most favorite flavors or ingredients with which to cook?

1.) Peppers - all kinds from mild to hot
2.) Basil - for sauces, garnish, pizza and so on
3.) Garlic - we use so much of this
4.) Onions - green, red, sweet
5.) Cheese - I know, I know - totally not vegan, but I love it!

BTW...I started up my food blog finally - come on over and check it out. Just a few posts so far, but it's fun - I love it!

-Crystal

Steph said...

My list is similar!

1. Sharp knives
2. Cutting board (Should those two just count as one item?)
3. A reasonably heavy, NON-nonstick pan.
4. Metal spatula
5. Broiler

and

1. Garlic
2. Olive oil
3. CHEESE. cheesecheesecheese.
4. Cilatro--my current herb du jour.
5. Liquids for deglazing yummy pans. Stock, wine, Juice, ginger ale... :-) Whatever is around!

EatPeacePlease said...

Top 5 Kitchen Gadgets:
1. food processor (large and mini)
2. blender
3. wok (stir-frying)
4. garlic press
5. stove-top (I will NEVER say oven!).

Top 5 flavors/ingredients
1. tofu (firm, baked)
2. all dried grains (couscous, quinoa, brown rice, bulgar, pasta)
3. garlic (lots of it)
4. carrots (so versatile and colorful)
5. fresh lemons (a must, and I never buy bottled lemon juice ever)

These are good questions. Keep asking them, I also felt like I was playing "Family Feud".

EatPeacePlease said...

ooh, I must add a number 6 (or you can count mine as zero), even though Steph said it... OLIVE OIL. That's a must.

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

I agree - olive oil needs to be on my list too. Although I've noticed our consumption has decreased on olive oil lately. I guess that's fine since it is spendy!

-Crystal

Vicki said...

Top five kitchen gadgets:

1. veggie peeler
2. food processor
3. sharp knives
4. collander
5. cookie cutters

Top 5 flavors:

1. sea salt
2. cayenne pepper
3. garlic
4. lemon
5. olive oil

fun questions, Catherine! I'm excited about your cookbook. :o)

Courtney said...

What are your top five favorite/most used/can't live without kitchen gadgets/pieces of equipment?

1. Salad Spinner
2. Vita Mix (blender)
3. Good sharp knifes
4. Dutch oven/stock pot
5. Large stir fry/saute pan

What are your top five most favorite flavors or ingredients with which to cook?

This changes frequently :) , but for now:
1. Garlic
2. Nutritional yeast
3. Basil/rosemary/dill/cilantro (fresh herbs in general)
4. Beans/lentils
5. Spinach

Courtney

Steph said...

Spinach! Good one.

Megan the Vegan said...

Fun!

Top 5 Kitchen Gadgets:
1 - Chef's Knife
2 - Serrated Knife
3 - Cookie Sheets
4 - Muffin tins
5 - Veggie Peeler

Top 5 Flavours:
1 - Chili Powder
2 - Cilantro
3 - Garlic
4 - Olive Oil
5 - Cumin

EatPeacePlease said...

mmm... cumin. That's #7 on my list now! oops.

Vicki said...

6. agave nectar

KaiVegan said...

What are your top five favorite/most used/can't live without kitchen gadgets/pieces of equipment?

1. sharp knives & cutting board
2. immersion blender
3. nonstick skillet
4. food processor
5. measuring cups (and if I could add one more thing it'd be the steamer)

What are your top five most favorite flavors or ingredients with which to cook?

1. garlic
2. onions
3. lemons
4. tomatoes
5. cilantro

Fun questions, C! Thanks:)

Catherine said...

My top 5s!

Gadgets/equipment:
1. knives
2. pots and pans
3. coffee pot
4. immersion blender
5. spring-loaded tongs

Flavors/ingredients:
1. garlic
2. lemon
3. extra-virgin olive oil
4. fresh rosemary
5. fresh basil
(Although I haven't a scrap of Italian blood in me, my tastebuds think that I grew up in Tuscany or something!)

Catherine said...

Crystal, I love cheese too . . . I just don't eat it that often. Cheese and Diet Coke are my "bad food" treats. :)

Hello Steph! Welcome. I love my broiler, too, especially since I don't own a toaster. :)

Leslie, I guess I should get a wok, too! I often have flying food when stir-frying, and I suppose the high sides of the wok keep the goodies in the pan? Too many things on my shopping list! You love your garlic press? I love garlic, but I can't imagine giving up the pleasure of whacking a clove or two with my (formerly meat)-mallet or the side of my knife, throwing away the peel, and running the knife through it a couple of times to mince! I'm silly, and I've watched too many cooking shows.

Vicki, is it you or the girls who love the cookie cutters? :)

Courtney, I haven't warmed to nutritional yeast yet. Would you call it an acquired taste?

AND, I forgot a loved food on my list . . . AVOCADO! Whoops.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I would call nutritional yeast an acquired taste - I don't think I've ever heard of anyone loving it right off the bat.


Top 5 kitchen stuffs:
-good baking sheets/pans
-really good swiss knife
-big bamboo cutting board! and a separate small one for garlic/onions
-your own personal chopsticks?
-my mom's kitchenaid mixer


Five fave flavors/ingredients:

-GARLIC
-fresh baby spinach
-really good olive oil
-soy sauce/braggs
-TOFU

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I will also add my wok!

Dori said...

No book published yet, so hopefully my contribution isn't to late...
Kitchen utensils:
1. long , somewhat curved shaped veggie chopping knife
2. bosch universal mixer
3. a good bread knife
4. professional quality stainless steel soup pan / veggie steamer with glass lid combo
5. soymilk maker

Five flavors:
1. soy sauce
2. roasted garlic
3. shallot pepper (penzey's)
4. stevia for sweetness
5. sherry wine for cooking
Not necessarily in the same dish
4.