Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hay-ulp! A Shopping Dilemma!

Hay-ulp! Hay-ulp! Remember little ol' Penelope Pitstop? Rich vacuous southern belle always in peril.  My East Texas Piney Woods roots qualify me as Southern but I'm way too rough around the edges for belle-dom.  Vacuous? Hmm, better plead the fifth on that one. Rich? Definitely not. Peril? Not at the moment--  but I hope you can hay-ulp little ol' me with a shopping dilemma...

I recently won a CSN Store gift certificate from the lovely Jillian  that must be used by December 31.  My plan was to purchase my little boy a bookcase which would free up at least one shelf each from three family bookcases. CSN offers a wide selection of bookcases for children BUT I really want the fun of searching through thrift/junk stores for the perfect bookcase that can be refurbished in some funky cool way.  I'll know it when I see it and maybe it will even have a drawer or two.

So what to buy instead? How about kitchen toys! Here are my two choices:

A German clay roaster! I've always wanted to try one of these. Wonder if I could make tandoori chicken in it?   Do any of you have pro/con experience with clay cooking to sway me one way or the other?  I mainly roast in the winter but not weekly so it would see infrequent use and take up precious storage space.  But I've always wanted one and it would only cost about $10 with the gift certificate.


Melmac mixing bowls! Just perfect for my yellow accented kitchen.  I've been looking for a set of yellow lightweight mixing bowls for everyday use-- and believe me they would be used almost every day!  The price doesn't quite use up the gift certificate so one of the following would round out the order...

Rachel Ray's Bubble and Brown ramekins--  Love the shape!

Baby Batter bowl-- Isn't it cute!

Emile Henry mini pie dish-- Oh, this is even cuter!

Microplane zester! This is the most amazing gadget ever!  I have one already but it doesn't have a happy yellow handle. Silly, I know, but I do love happy yellow handles! And my old one can be passed on to a friend...

So what is your opinion?  An experimental possibly seldom used clay roaster to further my culinary adventures or happy frequently used yellow mixing bowls? If you vote yellow, which little extra should round out the order?

CSN is a new online shopping experience for me-- I will report on the ordering process and shipping/packaging. 

If you would like a chance to win a CSN gift certificate, Mystica and Booksploring are both running giveways right now! These are December giveways so hurry over to enter! 


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  2. Yellow! I LOVE yellow! So bright and cheerful, especially in the gray winter.
    I love them all. Tough choice!

  3. +JMJ+

    I vote for the frequently used mixing bowls! =)

    And I must add that the ramekins are so cute!!!

  4. I am leaning more toward the yellow. And the mixing bowls have handy handles and spouts-- definitely in their favor!

    And E: Leslie commented on this post on my other blog and she voted for the ramekins as the extra too! They are cute!

  5. I vote yellow with the zester. Unless of course you like to make mini pies (who does that). Sorry, but what are ramekins used for?

  6. Tracy: I like that answer!

    Kim: That zester is the coolest thing ever-- do you have one? It never digs into the pith!

    I don't make mini pies like my mom did-- she always made me and my brothers our own little pies with crust scraps and the filling that wouldn't fit in the big pie. My poor child goes pieless-- maybe if I had such a cute dish, I would do better. Actually, I use deep dish pie pans so there isn't any filling or crust to spare!

    I usually use ramekins for flan or desserts but they are great for individual pot pies, casseroles, souffles.

  7. Baby batter bowl is beautiful.
    Melmac mixing bowl is marvelous.

    They both have a vintage vibe.

  8. Hey! Thanks for mentioning my giveaway ;-) I'd go for the yellow mixing bowls!

  9. DeLynne, I do love a vintage vibe!

    Ok, I'm definitely ordering the mixing bowls...

  10. As much as I love yellow, I would go for the roster. Since it is a gift you can splurge and buy something you would like even if it is not going to be used a lot. You may end up loving it. I use mine for chicken and for roasting Rosemary baby potatoes.
    If you decide on the bowls I would go for the zester too.

  11. Oooo, Sari-- that is a good argument for the roaster. I was hoping someone familiar with clay roasters would comment-- but dang it now I've got to cogitate some more!!

    Can you tell me more 'particulars'? (don't laugh, DeLynne) Is it vastly superior to regular roasting pans? How long do you soak the lid each time? Are you really not supposed to add any liquid for cooking? What about a chuck roast? I always add water and wine to the pan for that-- would that mess up the clay? How do you clean it? I read you aren't supposed to use soap.

    Thanks for your help!!


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