Today, I was fortunate enough to join a group of food bloggers from BlogHer, along with other Northern California food bloggers for a meet-up at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco. While enjoying the Sunday brunch menu at the in-hotel Americano restaurant, I had the chance to hob-nob with very interesting local and out-of-state food bloggers. Naturally, I took the opportunity to ask about their favorite kitchen gadgets!
Chuck of Sunday Nite Dinners (check out his recent post about Chocolate Blackout Cake!) and Jen of Life Begins at Thirty, both like Microplaners, although Jen did not want to duplicate Chuck, so she also threw in a Burr Grinder. Kristin of Off Beat Eating likes her Mini Offset Spatula, claiming it is her favorite for decorating cupcakes. Ed from Is It EDible? is a fan of the Potato Ricer, which I can fully agree with. Makes the fluffiest mashed potatoes…
Claire of Cook Think was excited about her Nested Biscuit Cutters, a set of ten stainless steel circular cutters. Simona from Briciole says her favorite is her Hand-held Cheese Grater, but explains that guests to her home love her Ice Cream Maker. One of her frequent guests and fellow food blogger Christine of Christine Cooks loves her Garlic Slicer. Sam of Becks & Posh chooses her Salton Electronic Scale, and she posted a great roundup of food blogger favorites in the Ultimate Shopping List for Discerning Home Cooks (the money-is-no-object list!)
Biggie of Lunch in a Box swears by Rubberized Shelf Liners which she uses under her cutting boards to keep them from slipping while preparing speedy lunch bentos. Staying with the Japanese theme, Sean from Hedonia says his favorite kitchen gadget is a Benrinner, an inexpensive Japanese mandoline. And on the slicing theme, Susan of Food Blogga loves her Oxo Julienne Peeler, and Gutenberg & Chubby of Bunrabs choose a sharp Chef’s Knife as their favorite.
Lynda of Taste Food and Anna of Cookie Madness snuck away before I could ask them about their favorites – hope I can catch up with them soon. I end my tour of kitchen gadget favorites with those of the two organizers of today’s food blogger gathering – Kayln of Kayln’s Kitchen loves her Food Saver, and Amy of Cooking With Amy is so excited by her new Zojirushi 1-lb Bread Maker (“Makes the bread, ever!”), while her all time favorite kitchen gadget has to be a hand-held Immersion Blender.
Good thing I ate dinner before posting this roundup – all this food talk (and blog surfing) is making me hungry. I look forward to exploring all of these food bloggers in further detail, finding new recipes and gleaning tips and techniques from their expertise. Great to meet you all!