Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How Did I Ever Live Without You?

Our wedding registry was almost entirely food-related (although we registered for some other awesome things, too) and boy have we been enjoying our gifts!  In just the past couple of months, I have used the following three tools a million times (approximately) and I'm honestly not sure how I lived without them.

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Lodge Dutch Oven

You saw the chowder, but I've also made tomato soup and braised lamb shanks with this baby recently, and I really want to try frying...something.  Mozzarella sticks, maybe?  Or perhaps hush puppies...Anyway, this dutch oven is one of the most versatile tools in our little kitchen, and it's responsible for some of the most delicious dishes I've ever made.  Seriously, if you don't have one- invest in one.  One day I plan to upgrade to a Le Crueset, but Lodge makes really quality products and I love love love this little red miracle.  Speaking of Lodge...

image via Lodge

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Just last night I made some super tasty shepherd's pie in my big ol' cast iron skillet- it's one of Mr. Geek's favorite meals, and although this was a new recipe for me, he heartily approves.  We've also used it to fry up some bacon and eggs, cook chicken breasts, and I'm hoping to try some pan-fried catfish soon.  I've wanted a cast iron skillet for AGES and I use it every chance I get.

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Cuisinart Toaster Oven

We don't have a panini press- mostly because there's no more room on the countertop!- but I've discovered that you can make some pretty delicious sandwiches in a toaster oven.  We use this almost every day for obvious things- toasting Pop-Tarts, Eggo waffles, and, well, toast.  But my favorite thing to do is make sandwiches by putting cheese on one piece of bread and ham on the other, warming it up until the cheese melts, and slapping them together in delicious glory.  My favorite sandwich creation?  Ham and cheddar on sourdough with sliced green apples (added after everything is all warmed up).

I know you're probably expecting my KitchenAid stand mixer to be on this list, but I gotta be honest- I don't bake a whole lot of desserts during Lent.  Next month, however, that may very well be my most-used kitchen tool...

What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?

Much love,
The Geeks


  1. I was tempted to register for a kitchenaid mixer just so I could look at how pretty it was on my counter top, but I had to admit to myself that I'd never use it. I did get a cool blender that's retro-looking and yellow, and despite never using it, I still love looking at it every day hahaha.

    My most useful registry gift, hands down, is our heated mattress pad. I was skeptical about registering for it, but it is SO NICE getting into a warm bed every night!

    1. We have an electric blanket- one that I've had for a couple of years now- and while it makes the bed amazingly warm, it also makes it sooooo difficult to get out of bed in the morning because of the extreme difference between the temperature under the covers and the temperature in the room! Saves us money on our heating bills, though, so that's good lol