My Top Five Kichen Must-Haves!
My sister got me this (beautiful) henckels chef knife a few years ago for Christmas. Despite the fact that my husband dented it *grumblegrumble*, the knife still works wonderfully. I use it many times a day, and now that I think about it I should probably buy another. (*hinthint* sister)
*A food processor
I use my food processor for shredding cheese, dicing veggies, blending soups, making baby food, and much more. I've recently had to replace my original because I used it so much it burnt out. I recommend getting one with as large a capacity as you can find. It's worth the extra money, trust me.
Maybe it's just me, but when I'm in the kitchen I make a HUGE mess. All over the counter, on the floor, and almost always on myself. The kitchen can be easily cleaned but I really can't be changing my clothes after every time I prepare a meal. I have a couple of aprons, but I recently ordered this one from my friend Jenn at Aprons by Jeek on Etsy. I have been checking the mailbox everyday waiting for it to come!
I didn't know what I was missing until I got my rasp. I tried my best to zest and grind spices with a hand grater, and it didn't work so well. They are relatively cheap to pick up at any superstore, zellers, etc. I think mine was less than $5 and I use it everyday.
I lived without one for many years (and many children) but now I don't think I could ever live without a dishwasher. Silly? Maybe. But with 4 kids running around the house (and almost always in the kitchen) I'm not sure I'd be very sane if I had to wash all the dishes we go through. It is even more environmentally friendly to use your dishwasher if it is an energy star appliance and if you only run it when it's full. It's also good to open the dishwasher door to let it dry instead of using the dry cycle.