I received a grill basket for cooking things like fish and veggies on the barbeque this summer.
My Aunt Annette, a Pampered Chef dealer, bought me a Mix N’ Chop for crumbling foods, a Scoop N’ Drain, which will come in handy when I’m blanching vegetables, and my stepmother got me a rubberized Basting Brush which is safe for use with temperatures up to 600 degrees.
Ever since learning what a sifter was in home economics class, I swore I would never find the need for one, but I realized the value of the tool this year while making royal icing for my cookies. I guess that’s what happens when you turn 35!
One of my oldest friends Jennifer gave me a terra cotta garlic roaster and a classic ceramic dutch oven that’s almost too cute to actually use!
My ingenious friend Jill gave me a decorative display mount which is intended to be used to display a plate on a table or wall. In reality, it’s even more useful as a recipe book stand.
And my dear friend Kimberly gave me a collection of old cookbooks from various fundraisers dating back as far as the 1960’s. With classics like “What Shall We have to Eat?”, “Feeder’s Digest” and “Cooking is Caring”, you can look forward to an interesting 2012 with Diaries of a Foodie.