Friday, August 7, 2009

Tools of the Trade

We have a lot of cooking tools in our kitchen. Some are big purchases that get used a lot like the All Clad pan that the kids gave Jeremy for Father's day.

And others are little purchases like this 97 cent squeeze bottle that Jeremy is really happy about (think sauces, infused oils, dressings, etc.).

The things we buy must be things that we use on a regular basis and usually have multiple functions. Thus, we don't buy things like this:

Yes ladies and gentlemen...this is a mango splitter. Good for nothing...not even splitting mangoes.

Some of the tools we have are things we use every day and seriously could not do with out yet they get no fame, no glory. These wooden cooking utensils fall into this category.

Why are they so great? They work on every surface (non-stick, cast iron, enamel, etc.) without scratching, warping, melting, burning the user or any other nasty hazard. They are tough, light, and renewable (for all of those hippie readers we have...don't worry...we are too).

Today, we would like to give a set of these bamboo work horses to one lucky reader. All you have to do is answer this question in the comment section:

What is your favorite dish to make that requires the use of fresh basil? or if you don't use fresh basil let us know.

Check back on Monday to see who won. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator.

1. You must be a subscriber or sign up to be one to enter.
2. Only one entry per person.
3. No entries after 6:00 pm (Pacific) Sunday August 9th.


  1. It's not actually a main dish, it's a salad dressing/spread. It's called Green Goddess Dressing. You use Vegenaise, green onions, garlic, basil and dill. I use it on my salads everyday! It's a lot healthier and better for you than those bottled dressings.

    Thanks...Love your blog!!
    Cheryl Hutcherson

  2. Oh my goodness, I love lasagna and I put scads of basil in there. Actually, pretty much anything Italian gets along with basil. This year we started an herb garden so I can run right out on my porch and snip my basil~
    It's a lovely post! I didn't know I needed a mango splitter LOL. I agree, wooden utensils just feel so much better. They feel homey!

  3. Fresh Basil Pesto
    Made with pine nuts or walnuts, olive oil, fresh basil, garlic, and parmesan cheese. It's great on everything.

  4. Salmon, grilled with butter and onions, sprinkled with basil.

  5. Freshly snipped on top of a frittata or on top of homegrown tomatoes with a little bit of olive oil and salt.

  6. No fair! Sad day (its 8:47pm):(