If money and cabinet space were no object, my kitchen would likely be full to bursting with underused cookware and gadgets, so it’s probably a good thing that storage is at a premium. Still, though, in the spirit of the shopping season, here are five things—from the frivolous to the fantastic—I’m sure I could squeeze in somewhere.
1. Pie Birds.
Fine, so I rarely bake pies. And when I do, venting the top crust produces suitable results. But still, how cute are these guys? They’d be just as sweet on a shelf as they would be in the oven, and maybe they’d provide an extra kick of motivation to get baking as well.
My knife skills are sadly under par, so anything that needs to be thinly sliced either winds up a little bit chunkier than intended—which makes for more cooking time and a less refined dish—or requires a run through the food processor—easy, but more components to wash. (If a recipe calls for an ingredient to be julienned, forget it—I’ve already lost interest.) This mandolin, with a safety cover that would (knock on wood) keep even this uncoordinated cook’s digits intact, would fix all that.
3. Sarpaneva pot.
We’re heading into pipe-dream territory with this one. I’ve had it bookmarked for years, and every time I take a covetous peek at the link, I fall deeper in love with this ’60s Scandinavian pot. The clean lines, the combination of cast iron and wood…it’d make any meal look good. In my future/dream home, the one with the beautiful pantry and the table big enough for actual dinner parties, I’d use this to make something to feed a crowd and fully enjoy doing it.
4. Tortilla press.
After my trip to Portland at the beginning of the year, I had this urge to make my own tortillas. This press is reasonably priced and, at only 6.5″ in diameter, small enough to sit in a cupboard between uses without taking up too much precious real estate. Throw in a multitasking comal and a possibly extraneous but still kind of awesome tortilla basket—I’m a sucker for accessories—and who knows, maybe I’d be inspired to have taco night all the time.
5. Paella pan.
I’d been mildly intrigued with the idea of cooking that traditional Spanish rice dish over an open flame for some time now, but it was my visit to Venga Paella in San Francisco that brought the concept back to my attention. A giant paella pan, one I could use on the grill to turn out a solo main course for summer barbecues, would be ideal for my new attitude toward party-hosting.
Tell us, what’s on your holiday wish list?