Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Things I Can't Do Without in My Kitchen, Part 3

My Black & Decker electric knife, and my mother's cake pans.  First the knife.  I never would have thought I would own an electric knife.  They're just so, so industrial.  And I get it.  But, have you ever wanted to carve a turkey, not at the table, but before the guests arrive, and have shreds all over the cutting board?  Well, let me tell you, this knife is an "absolute" godsend.  Do you have requests from everyone that they want a piece of turkey with skin on it, that they want a thinner piece, that they want a thicker piece?  Well, let me tell you again, this knife is an "absolute" godsend.  All you do is cut the whole turkey breast away from the bone, lay it on the cutting board, and slice straight down.  No shreds, skin on every piece, and as thick or as thin as you want it.  No questions asked.  And the beauty of all of this is that you can slide a large offset spatula under the whole thing and place it all on a platter, in one fell swoop.  And the presentation...lovely.  If you have never thought of having an electric knife, if you've been on the fence about owning one, if you thought about owning one, and said "no" to yourself, now is the time to take action.  It was also voted "best electric knife" by America's Test Kitchen.

Ah, my mother's cake pans.  I just looked at the back of them, and they are "Maid of Honor" Simpsons-Sears Roebuck Limited.  I love my mother's cake pans.  I remember when I was a kid and she baked cakes in them...they always looked so beautiful.  When my mom died in 2002, those pans and one of her bracelets were the only things of hers that I took back home with me.  No, lest I forget, I also took the Meatball recipe, recipe #1 in this series, which if you haven't tried, you should.  Now that I look back, I remember that I didn't want to be hampered with a lot of boxes going back home.  Big mistake, and one that I have regretted ever since.  But, back to the cake pans.  There has never been a cake that hasn't turned out perfectly in those pans.  I can't say enough, but to have them with me when I die....can you turn cake pans into ashes?  Well, mom, I use the pans, I wear the bracelet, I have put your recipe out to the whole world.  What a better testimonial than that, huh?

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