Can’t you just hear Maria singing?: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… My version would be more like a cross between the Sound of Music and Willy Wonka: Chocolate on cupcakes and powder white snowflakes…
Anyway… I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite things with you. Hint: that means I’m giving more stuff away. Why? Because I want to. The last two giveaways were a lot of fun. And anyhow, what’s one more between friends?
As for my favorite things, where to begin? Of course, there are the things I use the most like the Kitchen Aid stand mixer, a little whisk, kosher salt, and a couple of pretty bowls. Then there are the things that make me happy every time I use them like the Kitchen Aid stand mixer, microplane grater, and some really good olive oil I brought back from Napa. There are plenty of other things in my kitchen that I love, but those are the first things that come to mind. Have I mentioned the Kitchen Aid stand mixer? Okay, so I love my Kitchen Aid. It makes baking so much easier (Maybe that’s not a good thing?). And someday I hope to be successful enough to give one of those away like the Pioneer Woman does every so often. But for now, I have put together a small prize for 2 of you that I hope you will love as much as I do:
First a little whisk. Can you love a whisk? I’m not sure. If you cannot then I am very much in like with this little whisk. I found it a couple of years ago. It’s small… only 8 inches from end to end. It’s not meant for big jobs, but quite often I find that I have a small job to do and the big whisk would require a big bowl (small bowl + big whisk = seriously messy. Trust me). I use this little whisk for everything from stirring together dry ingredients for a cake to beating a single egg to mixing up a small batch of ganache… and sometimes I use it just to make milk a little frothy for a cafe au lait.
Next, a Microplane zester/grater. For years I stubbornly resisted the microplane. I had my little OXO grater that worked and that was good enough for me. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But then… Dan bought me a microplane despite my ambivalent protests and circular logic (I wanted one but didn’t think I needed it). The first time I zested an orange with that microplane, it was over for the sad little grater. Does a great job on cheese too. I’ve even heard some people use it to mince garlic and ginger. Anyway, these Microplanes have a comfort grip and pretty colors.
Last, but certainly not least: a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Baking from My Home to Yours. If you’ve been reading my blog since last Christmas, you have heard me mention this book about a bazillion times. That’s because it’s awesome. I’ve made crunchy biscotti, brownie-like biscotti, cocoa-nana bread, and several other things I didn’t post about. And I learned some great tips like rubbing your lemon zest and sugar together to activate more of the oils from the lemon peel. Anyway, like I said, it’s an awesome book. If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe the growing legions who participate in Tuesdays with Dorie.
Leave a comment telling me the best Christmas present you’ve ever received. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, then tell me the best gift you’ve ever received.
Bonus: If you donate to Menu for Hope, I’ll give you an extra entry. Just leave me a comment letting me know that you donated and what you put your raffle ticket toward (I hear there’s an awesome brownie kit on there…).
Deadline for entry: Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 8am PST
I’ll use the random number generator to select 2 winners on Christmas Eve morning. Check back then to find out who won (hopefully it will be you!).
What is the best Christmas gift I have ever received? That is a tough one, but I would have to say: dance lessons. Dan knows how much I enjoy ballroom dancing so last Christmas, he took a few lessons on his own and then set up a couple of lessons for both us to take together. I think that was the sweetest gift ever.
Update (12-24-2009): Winners
Congratulations Allison and JoJo!