Everyone knows about my weakness for expensive cake pans and the burgeoning obsession with other fancy stuff at Williams Sonoma. I seriously could not work there. I'd never take a paycheck home. In fact, I'd owe them money at the end of the week.
For years I've been cooking with their recipes but I draw the line at buying a $10 jar of Pecan Pumpkin Butter to make their pumpkin pie. It does sound terrific though.
My next move is to remove my name from their e-mail list because now I'm being bombarded with e-mails promising Danish temptations, specifically something called an "Ebelskiver Pan". I'm sure you've seen these before. It looks like a iron frypan for golf balls.
Here's a video on how to make them.
They sound terrific too. The problem is I'd probably make a batch or two and never use the pan again.
Did I mention William Sonoma's Fancy Leaf Pie Crust Cutters? They're used to cut leaf shapes to decorate your pie crust. At $17 they're out of my budget but imagine my surprise when I found a set made by Wilton for under $4.
They don't automatically score the dough with vein lines, but hey.....what else have I got to do with my time?
All this talk of kitchen items has me thinking of the small-kitchen-appliances-of-the-year from days gone by. You know, these are lined up in the aisles of the discount store, enticing people to buy as a gift for mom. Yeah, as if mom wants a small kitchen appliance for Christmas. ONLY IF.....I specifically ask for it.
One that comes to mind is that Tater Twister. I was working in retail and our store manager accidently order 600 of them. The home office wouldn't take them back and three years later he was trying to dump them off as door prizes at our Christmas party. How about the quesadilla maker? You know, a south of the border version of the grilled sandwich maker from a couple years previous.
I'm afraid to tell you what lurks in my small kitchen appliance half-closet. Yes, I commanded half of the laundry room coat closet to house kitchen appliances!!
How about you? Have you got any of those crazy appliances-of-the-year?