Kitchen tool nirvana (and a roundup)

by Patricia on April 25, 2009 · 2 comments

zested orange

Dear Microplane, you are the best tool I think I’ve ever owned. Seriously, I never expected perfection and yet there you are with your perfect zest…

So, Dan recently bought me a Microplane Grater/Zester. I’ve had it on my wish list for a while but never felt it was completely necessary because the little Oxo Good Grips Grater I’ve been using did a fine job. Or so I thought. That is, until I tried out the microplane last night when I needed orange zest for a recipe. I think I’m in love. Seriously. Is that weird? I am completely blown away by the precision and ease of this zester. It took off only the top zest layer. None of the white pith. And it was effortless. No pressure needed. Just put it against the fruit and move it. And víola. perfecto zesto.

Dear old Grater, We’ve had some good times together. And you’ve stood by me for so many years. But I hope you will understand… it’s not you. It’s me…

I’m sure I’ll still use my trusty old grater… for something. But the microplane is the new hotness. (And I seriously cannot believe how gushy I am about this thing. I walked out to show Dan the orange twice as I was zesting it because I was so amazed. I’m not sure he was as impressed, then again he was watching the Sharks game at the time).

And now the roundup…

* Can I say I would welcome an invitation for brunch from Peabody any time? Chocolate waffles with banana fosters topping?! Are you serious? I am literally drooling. And in case that isn’t enough, she also made chocolate crumb cake muffins. That is my kind of brunch.

* I got so sidetracked by the Coca Cola Cake that I missed the Iron Cupcake deadline this month. But you should check out Clara’s Rum and Coke cupcakes over at I Heart Cuppycakes. They look and sound delicious. Coca cola cupcakes topped off with a brown sugar and rum icing? Sounds like grown up goodness.

* And these apple tartelettes from Tartelette (appropriate, no?) are beautiful and the homage to her grandmother is very sweet. They also remind me of an apple tartelette I had when I was in France last summer. I was in the South of France, wearing a flowy sundress, and eating an apple tartelette under a shade tree. It was heaven.. I am so happy to have found this recipe and can’t wait to try it out.

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1 deeba September 28, 2009 at 8:19 am

My fave kitchen tool of all times too…I don’t think I could fuinction without it. I even use it for a quick ginger & garlic mince at times! I got here looking for a contact for Peabody because her blog isn’t loading & I can’t find a contact for her. Do you think you could tell her if you have a contact for her?

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