Tell Outblush: What's Your Secret Weapon In The Kitchen?

Everybody's got a secret weapon in the kitchen. You know, that one item that helps you make dinner twice as fast. Or the one that makes you look like a pro chef, when really you're just a cooking amateur. It's the one item you just couldn't do without. Now's your chance to tell us and other Outblushers what your secret weapon is. Be sure to paste in a link to the product online if you can, so others can check it out easily. We'll kick things off —
ours secret weapon is the Wüsthof Classic
8" Cook's Knife
($95). We simply use it for
everything. Though, our Microwave Bacon
($10) comes in at a close second.



Posted on 11.10.06 at 12:36 PM

I couldn't do without my Tassimo beverage system.



Posted on 11.10.06 at 12:41 PM

My Kitchen Aid Mixer!



Posted on 11.10.06 at 1:09 PM

Same here. I couldn't live without my Kitchen Aid mixer.


Posted on 11.10.06 at 2:15 PM

Stainless steel mixing bowls with pour spouts.



Posted on 11.10.06 at 3:13 PM

10" Bamboo steamer basket .. steams 4 servings of delicious, healthy steamed fish and vegetables in 15 min. or less.


Posted on 11.10.06 at 3:21 PM

Everyone must go straight to Williams Sonoma and order their Kershaw citrus knife. This is the most incredible knife, and it is a dream with all your favorite citrus. (and, the splashy color it adds to your countertops!)



Posted on 11.10.06 at 3:36 PM

I'm in love with silpats, my all-clad pots & pans, and especially my microplane grater. It creates these amazing piles of cloud like parmesan cheese and is absolutely a must when making Italian dishes.


Posted on 11.10.06 at 4:55 PM

my wife lives and dies by her MicroPlane Grater

And I scored big by getting her a potato ricer from William Sonoma - makes incredible mashed potatoes with zero fuss.


Posted on 11.10.06 at 8:01 PM


Ever have a houseful of hungover guests and not want to make them all breakfast?


Posted on 11.10.06 at 8:10 PM

Breville Juicer


Posted on 11.11.06 at 12:57 AM

I like huuuuge cutting boards, especially bamboo ones these days. I also think cleavers are pretty handy even if you're not chopping up pigs. They're great for veggies too.

Everyone needs a solid mixer, and mine's a kitchenaid as well.


Posted on 11.11.06 at 11:49 AM

A stick of butter: cut into four equal pieces, then cut once through crosswise into eight equal pieces. Eight tablespoons of premeasured butter.

Great salt, preferably the French grey chunky variety. Finishes everything beautifully. Don't use crappy salt.

Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything: particularly the Bolanese recipe (before cream addition) divided up into 2 person portions and then frozen.


Posted on 11.11.06 at 1:19 PM

My kitchen aid mixer changed my life! LOVE IT!


Posted on 11.11.06 at 1:29 PM

My Magic Bullet!! Chop/whip/process until you're blue in the face. Works for almost everything.

get it here.


Posted on 11.11.06 at 7:01 PM

My Ulu knife (sharpest semi-circular knife) and Paderno pots and pans.

Young Mangos

Posted on 11.12.06 at 3:44 AM

My steel - but any knife sharpener is fine. There are really only two kinds of knife - blunt or sharp.

Richard Hill

Posted on 11.12.06 at 10:38 PM

It would be a manly 10" Wüsthof Classic Chef's Knife.


Posted on 11.12.06 at 11:28 PM

With my Bunn Coffee Pot filled to the brim... everything in my kitchen becomes a secret weapon! And with all that caffeine, I can whip up a dinner in no time flat!



Posted on 11.13.06 at 5:41 PM

My Secret: My Hands.

LeRoy Bidlo

Posted on 11.14.06 at 12:56 PM

My Global Santoku knife is the chopping, slicing and cutting knife of choice 90% of the time. Well balanced, sharp, and downright purty.

A better question would be: What do you have in your kitchen that's absolutely useless? Poppyseed grinder? Automatic stirrer? Soft-boiled egg topper?


Posted on 11.14.06 at 2:01 PM

Can I pick three?

1. KitchenAid Stand Mixer
2. Cuisineart Food Processor
3. Pampered Chef Food Chopper (This is my absolute favorite, even though it's the cheapest of the three!)

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