asking the question of 13 Chef's 5 Favorite Kitchen Tools. It made me think about my tools, my drawers and shelves of tools that I love in my kitchen. What tools would be on my list? Well, oddly enough over the weekend I realized what my top 2 favorite things are in my kitchen. One was almost taken away from me. I have a deep love for my iphone and my laptop. I love them because they make my life fun and easy. I can take notes about recipes or food easily on my iphone or laptop, easy Internet access wherever I go and when I discover something awesome I can take pictures instantly. Of course, I also write my blog on my laptop and thus the story ...
Well, Saturday morning was not good from the start. I woke up feeling as if I had been tossed about and beaten. It was a cold, grey ... extra dreary day ... not sure why I got out of bed but I did. I made my coffee and crawled over to my computer. I had just a sip or two and BOOM! I dropped my cup of coffee all over my laptop! I acted quickly and turned the computer over...screamed...and said a few words that a lady should not say in public but since I was in my own home .... $#@+!!!! ... took the battery out ... grabbed towels and coddled it as if it were a screaming baby.
All I could do was sit in front of it ... looking and wanting to sob but my body hurt too much. I was in shock and then began to think of everything that was in that laptop ...
When I turned over and placed it in a safe spot away from sun and other elements, I propped it up on a bunch of microfiber extra absorbent towels hoping to draw any moisture out of it ASAP! I called and texted a few people to ask .... What the heck do I do?1? Can it be saved?!?! People suggested putting it in a brown paper bag with rice. Rice in a Gluten Free kitchen, I've got that! The computer guy said, don't do it because it will make it worse. I ended up putting a small dish of the rice below the computer,
not touching it, hoping that maybe it would just do something to help draw any last few drops of the coffee out. It was suggested to me to wait at least 48 hours - Do not touch it or turn it back over!
... walk away from the laptop.
Now ... I am not a patient woman when I want something to happen. I prefer to say that I am a passionate woman because when I feel connected to something that is so near and dear to my heart I want it NOW... not wait and see what may happen in 48 hours!
Let's just say it was a very hard 48 hours to pass ... but all is sort of well ... the screen has a few blemishes ... the keyboard lost a key ... I had to give it CPR of sorts with compressed air ... the keyboard also got a good swabbing with alcohol and Q-tips several times while the battery was still out to take away the stickies and stains. Even now as I type I have a sudden urge for a great big cup of coffee ... where is that aroma coming from as the whooshing sound of my fingers hit the keys ... grrr ...
and yet I am thankful that I still have my old friend of exactly one year and twenty two days!
My Gluten Free Kitchen Favorites ...
This list is in no particular order. Probably more than 5 ... I can't bother to count them because I love them all equally ... all purchased over many years and at various stores across the country.
Scoop measures to pour the exact amount - mini, medium or mega muffin. I use them to make waffles or pancakes or anything that has a batter or dough.
A good set of measuring spoons, I also have (not pictured) the rectangular ones that are great to get into spice jars.
Drizzle spoon - not sure if that is the real name but it is the spoon that looks like someone cut off the tip, great for ... drizzling chocolate or sauce on a cake or plate.
Parchment Paper is a MUST in a Gluten Free kitchen because the dough and batters are so sticky ... and it is so much easier to clean up! Toss in the trash, although I use mine a few times if I am making batch of cookies and there isn't a much of crumbs.
Spring scoops! Love them! As many sizes as you can find. I would suggest at least a small, medium and large.
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I am absolutely amazed that this Gluten Free Key Lime Cake is from a mix. So much flavor, so moist! Unbelieveable!
I love that Solterra Foods are - Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, without the added saturated fats, preservatives and sugars. You will not believe how moist this cake is and the flavor. Nobody will know it is Gluten Free or that is was made from a box! Our little secret ...
Elaine Valenza-Opdahl started making the products for her son who was diagnosed with a wheat allergy. Her son has been living Gluten Free and has seen dramatic health improvements without missing his favorite foods thanks to mom! Lucky for us she is now selling these products and will hopefully be in a store near you soon.
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Please RSVP by March 25, 2011 at 5 PM.
Ok, I know I say this all the time but ... I love waffles!
I tried the new King Arthur Gluten Free Pancake Mix (same mix and recipe to make waffles) today. King Arthur sent me a package to try. I couldn't wait to heat the griddle and mix up the batter! The recipe is very easy for both pancakes and waffles, just follow directions on the back of the box. Please note you will need - 2 large eggs, butter or oil and 2 cups of milk.
I used grapeseed oil and coconut milk. Once you mix all ingredients, you set the batter aside for 10 minutes to thicken. I usually add, vanilla and cinnamon to my batter but this time I wanted to see what the batter tasted like on its own. I wanted to see if the batter had any flavor, most mixes don't.
All I can say is ...
How about some Wild Cherry Gummi Hearts for Valentines from Indie Candy!
Indie Candy is free from the top 8 allergens ... peanuts, treenuts, soy, wheat, dairy, fish and shellfish. Thanks Indie Candy !
I can tell you when my package arrived today from Indie Candy, I was so happy to dive in and share them with you! The Gummi Hearts are perfectly flavored, not too much or too little and so sweetly soft.
A Dark Chocolate Teddy Bear - lollipop
is a sweet gift to any Valentine ... at any age!
Why just give a card when you can say it with a beautiful hard candy, hand poured lollipop that looks like crystal!
Mmm ... Pineapple flavored! They also come in Red - Wild Cherry and Pink - Watermelon.
You can purchase any of these and more treats like Chocolate Truffles and Dark Chocolate Oranges on the
Indie Candy website and at some Whole Foods Markets in the south.
All the products from Indie Candy are free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Gluten Free, Casein Free, Feingold, Vegan and Kosher.
Such a treat for your eyes to see everything on their site ... but what a treat to get some Indie Candy from your favorite Valentine!