Every cook has a favorite pan, a favorite set of measuring cups and other gadgets. So, I thought I’d feature some of my favs today. When I wrote the title for this post, this music popped into my head: have a listen for kicks and grins, while you’re reading about Go-Go-Go-To Gadget number one.
If you follow this blog, you’ll recognize this one from the Mistral’s Chicken recipe.
The Garlic Peeling Tube! I love this if I’m peeling more than a couple of cloves. Break cloves from the head of garlic. Place individual cloves one at a time into the tube. Press down on a hard surface and roll back and forth–listen for the crackle. Tip your perfectly peeled clove out on the counter! Static build up will make some of the peel pieces stick to the inside and outside, but a quick dip under the faucet will rinse them right out.
Go-Go-Go-To Gadget number 2: The Misto:
This groovy gadget eliminates cooking sprays and their throat-choking propellants, while allowing you to control the quality of the oil in the spray. The top unscrews to let you add whichever oil you’d like to place inside–I have olive oil in mine. The lid is a pump–pumping air inside that will propel the oil in a mist when you spray. Have a look at the video that is part of the Misto link for a better explanation.
Finally, the way to have that lovely, frothy latte. (With foam strong enough to support caramel or chocolate or butterscotch….yum!)
Go-Go-Go-To Gadget number three is the Primo Latte! This tiny battery-powered immersion blender is just the thing for your inner barista! Heat the milk of your choice (I like almond milk) into your favorite coffee cup in the microwave until it starts to steam. Remove from the microwave and immerse the whisk end of the Primo Latte into the milk, push the button and whip until the froth is the consistancy you like. Then add flavor or flavored creamer if you want, then hot coffee, then top with your favorite syrup or cinnamon or other sprinkles!
Run the whisk end of the Primo Latte under water to rinse, push the button to spin the water off, and place it in its stand until next time. Mmmmmm! Doesn’t that frou-frou coffee look yummy? (It was!)