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Old 09-05-2004, 02:07 AM   #31
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My favorite tool is my brain, though somtimes the blasted thing just own't work right :) . After that, I love my cast-iron, and mostly, my Croma, Porsche designed 10" chef's knife. Then, my SS pots.

My favorite item period is my wife who I have to go ustairs and see as it's 2:00 a.m. and I've got to get up in the morning for church.

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Old 09-06-2004, 04:13 PM   #32
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My kitchenaid mixer. I belong to a "mommy" site where all the women met when we were pregnant with our almost three year olds. the site is still together and just this morning, one of the moms asked me about kitchenaid stand mixers (i'm the resident baking fanatic).

I also have one of those scraper things which i love. also works really well for slicing mandelbred.....since it needs to be sliced while still warm. great for cutting things like brownies b/c you can make the cuts relatively straight.

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Old 09-07-2004, 08:11 PM   #33
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Thought choclatechef sounded familiar ... HI leolady!!!

I would have to say the same thing I said before in another place - my knives. I, too, have 20-yearold Chicago Cutlery - not the most expensive but I treat them right, keep them sharp, and they do the job without cutting me. :D
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Old 09-08-2004, 02:08 PM   #34
 
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Thought choclatechef sounded familiar ... HI leolady!!!

I would have to say the same thing I said before in another place - my knives. I, too, have 20-yearold Chicago Cutlery - not the most expensive but I treat them right, keep them sharp, and they do the job without cutting me. :D

Hi Michael! Glad you "recognized" me!
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Old 09-08-2004, 02:59 PM   #35
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my Kitchenaid K5-A mixer (Hobart made them back then) purchased used in '77 from a local bakery that went belly up plus the all metal attachments I acquired for it over the years (the plastic ones just don't hold up).
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Old 09-08-2004, 08:52 PM   #36
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My "garbage bowl" trademark Rachel Ray from the Food Network. It really does save time and cut down on the mess.

Otherwise, these bar mop towels for Linens n' Things. http://www.lnt.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1362678
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Old 09-28-2004, 02:37 PM   #37
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Hubby and I agree, a great French knife is the most important. You have to understand that we've moved often, and sold or given away our kitchen many times over. But you can fix anything with a great knife, even if your pans are loaners or el cheapos. I also cook at freind and family houses, and always regret not bringing my own knife. There are a lot of things you can manage with, but a good knife cannot be beat.
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Old 04-23-2005, 06:01 PM   #38
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My 10" chef and 3" utility knifes. And my Frigidaire 36" glasstop range. Toss in my nylon tipped spring tongs (to keep my nonstick pans nice) and I hardly need anything else.
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Old 04-24-2005, 01:13 AM   #39
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My Hobart N-50 mixer, Sabatier carbon steel knives, Le Creuset cookware, Robot Coupe RN food processor, butcher block table, and my marble pastry counter are my favorite.

I sacrificed big time to buy them, and I cherish every piece [even though I bought most of it used].
Gosh, a Robot Coupe RN food processor. Yup, it looks like I need to replace a cuisinart with one of those. As for my favorite gadget/appliance? My Berkel 10 quart mixer, of course. With that machine, I can beat as little as two egg whites (and that's a smaller amount than a Sunbeam Mixmaster can do!). Or, I can make 4 full-sized loaves of french bread if I please (yes, 14 cups of flour!). It has never hesitated when making cookies, nor has it never winced at a stiff pizza dough. It just keeps going, and going, and going....

And using it? Man, It's the most perfect size tool I could find for myself. It's, it's, like "home" to me... It's sort of like... Well, it's like it grew into an apendage, or a third arm if you would. If I want to stir something up, it's there. If I want to beat a couple sticks of butter over my frustrations, it's there. If I am starving for copious quantities of sweet rolls, it's there! It's, it's, it's... Oh, I'm just nuts over that thing.

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Old 04-24-2005, 07:46 AM   #40
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I give my KA mini-chopper a workout all year 'round. My bread machine gets a lot of work the half of the year that isn't fishing season. During fishing season, it becomes more of a rainy day thing.
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