Prior to moving into my current apartment, I was surviving with a relatively sub par set of kitchen utensils.
Back in college, I lived in very modern “dorms,” equipped with galley kitchens of white countertops, full-sized refrigerators, and stainless steel appliances. I always tell people that going to NYU wasn’t comparable to attending a real college – I never saw or spoke to my neighbors, but I had a real kitchen at the age of 18.
The kitchen in my last apartment was a definite step down from the college days. Running the length of our hallway, it inexplicably contained two mini refrigerators, no microwave, a doll-sized sink, and one small square countertop. We unplugged one fridge and used it as a cabinet.
Even though I lived there for a year, I didn’t see the use in purchasing too many gadgets; I knew space in my suitcases would be too precious on the trip back to the US. So, I toughed it out with one sharp knife, a wooden spoon, a pie plate and a 6 inch cutting board. Mincing garlic became a 5 minute chopping process. Peeling a carrot was an adventure in precise knifework. Ever tried zesting a lemon with a fork? What about using a pie plate as a casserole dish, baking sheet, or serving platter?
Needless to say, I was more than a bit excited to raid Home Goods and my grandmother’s stash for fundamental kitchen supplies. I still don’t know how I lived without a garlic press, grater, or peeler and still managed to cook most of my meals.
And now, I have finally acquired the last piece. The appliance that completes a kitchen, that opens up every blended recipe I’ve had to previously leave to the side. Sure, there are other gadgets I daydream about. (Vitamix!) But a food processor? I’ve dreamt long enough.
What’s your favorite food processor recipe? I don’t know what to make first!