This afternoon - yes, in the 90-degree heat - I decided to quickly bake my brother-in-law a belated birthday treat. He is a huge chocolate fan, so truth be told, I could probably show up with chocolate ice cream and make him happy, but hey, it was an excuse to bake. I was using three of my favorite kitchen tools - Kitchen Aid mixer, digital scale, and Surfas heat-resistant silicone spatula - and it got me thinking about what things I love most and what things I can live without in my kitchen. It amuses me that those three items range from about $2.99 to $299 in price (possibly hyperbole, but you catch my drift).
We don't have a dishwasher, so I can clearly live without that. But having had kitchens without garbage disposals in the past, I can say that I am grateful for mine.
So, what cooking tools do you love most? Anything goes... great saucepan, juicer, ice cream maker, perfect measuring cups...
(N.B.: I just went to test my cake by touching it with my index finnger. And as my finger poked through into the molten and undercooked center, I decided perhaps I should become more fond of my cake tester!)