It's no secret that I'm a foodie. Big time. I absolutely love to cook, and love to find new gadgets and tools to make my meals even more amazing.
My sweetie is my guinea pig. He eats each and every one of my experiments without question.....and usually without complaint.
There aren't many fails, although there have been one or two.
Not only does he eat all my concoctions, he encourages me to experiment more and more.
And he regularly gifts me with amazing kitchen tools to aid me in my efforts.
Christmas was no different, and I am so blessed. Sweetie consulted a chef friend of ours in order to find me the very best knives.
Let me tell you something, I really thought my knife set was a good one. I had a full set of Calphalon knives, which I've been using for about 6 years. I cooked a LOT of great meals using those knives!
But I have to admit they are absolutely nothing compared to these Shun knives. Oh my goodness, just amazing! The feel in my hand, the weight, the sharpness....oh my gosh, the sharpness. Do you know you are more likely to cut yourself when using a dull knife than when using a sharp one? True.
My daughter will inherit my Calphalon set when she moves out....it's already boxed up for her.
Sweetie also surprised me with a new set of cookware - I guess he really, REALLY wants me to keep cooking for him!
This is the newest set that Calphalon makes, with a ceramic nonstick interior. Gorgeous cookware, and replaces an older Calphalon set that....guess who.....gave me as a gift about 5 years ago.
Guess who will inherit the older Calphalon set?
She's going to be in good shape, kitchen wise, when she moves out!
Isn't that a gorgeous set of cookware? I have only used two of the pots so far, but they clean up so beautifully with no effort at all - love it!
I have already shared a couple of my other favorite kitchen items in a previous post, but here's a reminder.
My red Le Creuset Dutch Oven is one of the most used items in my well stocked kitchen. I simply adore this pot, and I'm so glad I finally bit the bullet and bought it last year.
I also told you recently about the new toy I had discovered a while back - my Sous Vide. Well, I used it to cook my Christmas Dinner and it was so amazingly fabulous, without a doubt the most perfect cooking gadget I own.
I made a roast tenderloin of beef, and I wanted it to be between medium rare and medium, so I set the Sous Vide for 140 degrees.
I cut the large tenderloin in half, seasoned each half well with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Each half went into a gallon size freezer Ziploc bag with a drizzle of good olive oil, some rosemary from my herb garden on the deck, and 5 smashed garlic cloves.
When we were just about ready to sit down, I took out the tenderloin and browned it in a hot pan.
It was done exactly the way I wanted it - no guessing, just perfect! I served the beef with mashed potatoes, peas & pearl onions, a creamy horseradish sauce, and a beef demi glace. And warm, fluffy dinner rolls, of course.
Heaven....pure heaven. The perfect Christmas dinner, without a doubt.
The next night when I was heating up the leftovers, the Ziploc bag went right into the Sous Vide again. That beef was heated up perfectly, still amazingly moist, and still at the perfect temperature - pure genius, this thing, I'm telling you! Worth every cent and then some, without a doubt.
I bought mine at Amazon over the summer, using credit card points I had to bring the price down. But it truly is a gadget that's worth the money.
So, although Christmas is over, there are always other gift giving occasions such as Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries.
Keep these gifts in mind for the foodies in your life.
They will repay you with amazing meals, time after time!