Wednesday, May 10, 2006

_______________ are a Girl’s Best Friend-Episode 1

I bet you thought I was going to say diamonds. Not in my world. I have "best friends" located in every section of my home, today's section will be the kitchen. You might laugh at my choices, which are not really mainstream, but I will say that I have a kitchenalia fetish, so that should explain a lot.

Cast Iron Cookware-This cookware is relatively cheap, and if you treat them well, they will last forever. There is something to be said about this cookware if every culture on the planet uses or has used some form of cast iron in its kitchens. Food tastes better cooked in one of these pans and you can use them on the stovetop, in the oven, or on a real fire. They also make a handy weapon, if you need to bash someone's brains in considering that the 12 inch skillet weighs about ten pounds empty. At minimum, one should at least have a cast iron grill pan.

Mortar and Pestle- Wherever I travel, I always look to buy a mortar and pestle. To me it is a sign, much like the cast iron cookware, that all cultures are basically similar when it comes to food and food preparation. Take out your aggression by smashing up herbs, spices and aromatics in your mortar and pestle, not only will you relieve stress, but you will also make something deliciously tasty.

Cocktail Shaker- This is self-explanatory. With one of these, a party is always within reach.

So now you know where my head is. This is in no way a complete listing, but definitely the top three things needed in any kitchen. In the upcoming posts, I will visit my other "best friends", and share them with you. Now I need to make myself a cocktail, smash some garlic, thyme, and black peppercorns and cook my steak!