Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Kitchen Toy

I don’t own a lot of kitchen tools, gadgets, and appliances – mainly because my kitchen just isn’t very big. Plus, experience has taught me that oftentimes a gadget seems much more useful in the store than it actually ends up being in your own home… So over the years I have learned to admire beautiful espresso makers, shiny mixers, and sharp mandolins in the exclusive home goods stores I like to stroll through on date night (yes, hubby is lucky!), but I’ve learned to leave them there (yes, it sometimes takes a lot of willpower!).
However, one item has been on my wish list for a long time: a spiralizer. And a few weeks ago, I finally fulfilled my wish and ordered one on Amazon. It arrived a while ago, but it didn’t make it out of its box until yesterday since I wanted to make something “special.” That is, I wanted to be prepared and create a “masterpiece" with it. However, in the end, I decided to just stick to something simple… Simple, yet good.
Here is my new toy in its box.
 

I decided to “attack” some zucchini with it. (I only spiralized three of them.)
 

I tried out all three blades.



 
 

The last one – the “spaghetti shape” – is my favorite one.

And here is my plate of zucchini “pasta.”



Well, I already told you that I kept things simple. Instead of getting creative, I simply dressed the “pasta” with some of TJ’s Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette.



I really enjoyed this dish. Very fresh, quick, and simple.



And clean up was quick and easy, too! I’m really glad I finally used my new toy. Can’t wait to experiment more with it. I may even get creative…

Questions: What’s your favorite kitchen tool, gadget or appliance? What’s on your wish list? What’s the last tool/gadget/appliance that you bought or received as a gift? How do you like it?
 
Be well,
Andrea

27 comments:

  1. now that looks like fun! That will be going on my wish list.

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  2. Cute. I love what that contraption does. I feel like you could get really playful with this and make some great looking plates.

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  3. man, people LOVE their spiralizers and i can see why - looks like so much fun - bet your kids love it too....

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  4. An ice cream maker is on the top of my list right now!

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  5. Oo, the spiralizer looks great!

    In the course of our move, I discovered that Jason has a quesadilla maker, a sandwich maker and a George Foreman grill, none of which he's used in the past 4 years. I had a Foreman grill myself in college and used it a lot, but I think we've moved past that. As for the quesadilla and sandwich makers, those are highly specialized contraptions that, in my opinion, just take up valuable space. Of course, Jason won't let me get rid of them and SWEARS he'll make a quesadilla in the next year. For now, they're being kept in the "going to Salvation Army if not used soon" box. Sigh.

    My personal favorite kitchen gadget is my apple peeler corer slicer. Love it!

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  6. I'm currantly adoring my ice cream maker! But year round I love my apple wedger-mabobbie!

    Next on my list of kitchen gadgets it that spiralizer. I've been wanting one for some time but like you, don't have a lot of space!

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  7. What a fun gadget! It really adds a lot to the presentation of your dish.

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  8. I'm like you about buying small appliances. They may be helpful but I will avoid digging them out from their storage area most of the time. I don't have enough counter space in the kitchen for that.

    I love the look of the zucchini pasta and I know I would enjoy it either raw or lightly cooked.

    The last thing I bought was a Cuisinart ice cream maker and I love it.

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  9. oh I love it! It just makes everything so pretty!

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  10. That's adorable! Love the pics - the spaghetti shape is very cool. I want to try that dressing, too!

    I wold like a ricemaker - I keep meaning to buy this adorable Breville stainless one and have rice on hand 24/7... but I worry this is dangerous! LOL the last gadget I got was a new 4-slicer Cuisnart toaster - love it!

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  11. I am like you. I have a small kitchen that doesn't really have much more room for gadgets, but I always see so many things that I want (but probably wouldn't use if I bought it). The spiralizer is something I think I would use a lot, like my ice cream maker!! Yep, the ice cream maker is our number one gadget right now, for sure.

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  12. Ooo that would be fun to use! I recently inherited a pasta maker. I am excited to have it, but honestly the first thought that went through my mind was "when am I going to have time to make pasta!?"

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  13. Oh, how fun is that! Those spirals make any dish into something special. My favorite gadget isn't really a gadget at all. It's my Shun santoku chef's knife. I splurged on it earlier this year, as I've always wanted one. The blade is so thin and cuts like a dream.

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  14. wooo!!! you got the spiralizer!!! thanks for reminding me that I have it!!! isn't it fun to play with it? :)
    my latest kitchen toy is steamer! :)

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  15. I bought my sister one because she had to have it. She loves it so much. Now I think I need one. My new fave gadget is the Zoku. It's a popsicle maker and I love to pour things in and watch them freeze. It's too fun. Haha, my sister bought that one for me for my birthday!

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  16. I am jealous! What a fun kitchen tool! I love my cappuccino/espresso maker, but I am currently on a huge tea kick, so it hasn't been on in weeks! So, I'll have to go with my waffle maker! :) Have a great day, Andrea!

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  17. I love this tool!

    My favorite is my espresso machine, should have bought that years ago instead of 3 years ago.

    I have no wish list right now. Have all the appliances I need.

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  18. I have a julienne peeler that make the spaghetti shape - I saute my zucchini pasta in a bit of olive oil and garlic, then finish it off with fresh parmesan and Italian parsley - so good!

    But I think my favorite gadget has to be my food processor, I use it at least 4 times a week!

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  19. Oh! This is so much fun :-)it sure makes the zucchini taste even better. I think I have more gadgets than I need ;-)

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  20. Oh that looks like fun! I could have a good time with that gadget.

    I love all of my kitchen tools. Some of my favorites are my Blend Tec blender, garlic press and my chef's knife. Those 3 things get used the most.

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  21. I just bought a spiralizer as well, though I have not used it yet. I wish we had a Trader Joes here, that dressing looks really good.

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  22. What an awesome gadget! I love that Trader Joe's spicy dressing - it's so delicious.

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  23. I'm a little jealous! I would love a spiralizer...it's definitely on my "someday" list. It's funny, going through your pics of the different "noodles," my favorite was the spaghetti shape, too!

    Have a great weekend, Andrea!

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  24. I've seen that on TV when they do that with a potato! That's so cool! I unfortunately have TONS of kitchen gadgets I don't use that often!

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  25. I want a spiralizer SO bad!! I usually just try to get by with making 'noodles' by hand and it is such a pain!

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  26. Andrea, I would love to own one of this too! Everything turned out so gorgeous. What a way to serve our guests huh! Thanks for sharing, dear. Enjoy your day.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  27. OMG I want your new little toy!!!!

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