I have a new favorite gadget.
Seriously, I'm in love with this contraption (as my mom would say!) and I don't know how I have lived this long without it.
So, of course I had to share it with all of you.
And I figured, while I'm at it I'd share a few of my other favorite things as well.
After all, it is the holidays....and perhaps something here will make it to Santa's list if you've been good all year!
So, here it is. My new favorite toy.
What is it, you say?
Why, I'm glad you asked!
This, my friends, is known as a Sous Vide. I bought mine a few months ago on Amazon, after I discovered it quite by accident at a friend's house.
And the photo above shows it cooking, to PERFECTION, two marinated pork tenderloins for our dinner last night.
When I say to PERFECTION, I kid you not. A gourmet chef in the most expensive restaurant could not have prepared this tenderloin better.
The Sous Vide is a 'precision cooker' that circulates water around your food, which is sealed in a bag. It keeps the water...and the food, once it reaches the preset temperature....at exactly the proper serving temperature. So, if you want to prepare a tenderloin of beef medium rare, you would set the Sous Vide at 125 - 130 degrees, and when the water is heated to that temp you lower in your food, clip it to the side of the pot, and walk away. It can cook for ten hours and still not exceed that temperature. When you're ready to eat, you simply pan sear or grill the meat quickly on all sides to add 'color' and that's it - voila, perfectly cooked meat!
Seriously, this thing is pure genius.
You can read a little more about it on the company's website by clicking here.
I'm sorry I didn't get photos of the finished meal, we were all too anxious to start digging in! Trust me, it was amazing. Pork tenderloin, marinated all day while I was at work....cooked perfectly....served with baby potatoes tossed with butter and scallions, and roasted asparagus. Yummmmmm!
Another of my favorite things is my big red Le Creuset Dutch Oven, also known around my house as my best friend, which I have told you about many times. It was one of the best investments I've ever made in the kitchen, as I use it multiple times each week. This pot never lets me down, it's so versatile, cooks so evenly, cleans up beautifully, and looks good doing it all! I liked it so much that I invested in a second, smaller one a few months later during a sale.
Again, I purchased mine at Amazon, as a special gift to me....from me. Foodie's dream gift, for sure.
Something else I absolutely adore is this little red bluetooth speaker I got from Homdox back in April. I received the speaker for free in return for reviewing it on my blog - lucky me! Well, let me tell you something, I use this little speaker every single day! I absolutely love it - the sound is fantastic, amazingly full and rich for such a small item. I simply open my Pandora app on my iPad or iPhone and select the station I want to listen to, and the most lovely rich sound comes out of the speaker. Dinner music in an instant! I'm so grateful to Homdox for introducing me to this fabulous product, and I'd be more than happy to work with them again in a heartbeat!
Another item I'd be lost without is my iPad. It's nearly like an extension of my arm when I'm at home, seriously. I check emails on it, look up recipes, search the web, read my kindle books, play music, check out blogs, you name it, I do it!
I have mine quite a few years now and when the day comes that I need a new one, without a doubt I will have to make the investment.
I'm already kind of drooling over the new ones.
Speaking of a few of my favorite things.....and drooling....
This is a typical scenario in my house, with the two little furbabies desperately begging for food.
As if they are starving or something.
I mean, come on....look at them!
And this morning found them both cuddled up together in the sunshine on Sweetie's chair.
And loved to bits.