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Ten Kitchen Gadgets You SHOULDN’T Live Without

Everyone knows that home cooked meals are the best. Not only do they tend to be healthier for your body, they also often provide quality time with your family. Making your kitchen more user-friendly, therefore, can improve both your physical and emotional well-being, not to mention the money you will save by resisting the temptation to go out. 

For this article, I asked my intelligent, fun, and “foodie” friends what gadgets they absolutely could not live without. Within two hours, I received sixty-two responses! Here are the items most frequently mentioned in those postings.

KitchenAid MixerEasily a dozen people called the KitchenAid mixer their Number One cannot-live-without item. Most reflected the opinion of my friend Liz who wrote: “The KitchenAid mixer the unrivaled god of all kitchen appliances.”

Cheese Knife by Pampered ChefIt may not be glamorous, but my friend Tim swears by it. It slices cleanly and easily and at only $9.75, it is a real bargain.

Pineapple Corer and Slicer. Although I love pineapple, I had given up on buying fresh ones because they are so difficult to prepare. So I was very glad when Tamara mentioned this product, and several other people chimed in to agree that it is a great innovation!

Microplane Zester from Raw EpicurianTarra enthusiastically recommends this grater, and several other people cheered for it as well. She wrote that is an “utter win!”

Egg Slicer.   A number of friends mentioned this inexpensive little gadget and I agree with Charlie that it “makes life so much more simple and easy to deal with!” I personally also use it for slicing mushrooms. 

Salad SpinnerI was surprised by the ground-swell of enthusiasm for this product but now I’m going to buy one! Many people agreed with Pam who says the Salad Spinner has been a useful, time-saving gadget in her kitchen for many years.

Spice Mill by IKEAElizabeth calls this spice mill an important part of her kitchen. Invest in some good spices at IKEA as this grinder fits atop all of them.

Batter Bowls by Pampered ChefTim chimes in again with a heartfelt argument for his beloved batter-bowls, which he swears he cannot live without!

George Foreman GrillsThese have been around for a while, and they have staying-power for good reason. They are easy to use, they reduce fat in your food, and they are easy to clean. Vanessa says she has had one “forever” and still uses it all the time.

WhisksToo many people to name here said that whisks were an indispensible part of a complete kitchen.

 

Yoga For Foodies

Slow down you move to fast, you gotta make the moment last…” 

What had me feelin’ groovy this week? A yoga-food induced buzz experienced at the hands of two of my favorite friends. A new friend, David Romanelli, led us through yoga poses aimed to slow us down in preparation to enjoy the culinary delights prepared by my old friend, Chef Akasha Richmond. Boy did they deliver! Instead of sensory overload it was sensory satisfaction and I really do credit the pre-feast yoga for mental, physical, and sensory preparation.

What is ‘Yoga for Foodies’ and how in the world did David come up with it? I grabbed David between bites to learn a little more about his current and noteworthy nationwide multi-city tour, “Jam Sessions: Yoga for Foodies.

 

 

David Romanelli says himself that, “Part of the inspiration for Yoga for Foodies has been my traveling the nation for the better part of the last decade teaching Yoga + Chocolate and Yoga + Wine workshops which share that living in the moment does not have to mean strapping on a loin cloth, moving to India, and becoming a vegan. Rather, I teach that one can embrace everyday passions (chocolate, wine, music) as accessible gateways to the present moment. In these workshops, I’d observe how much participants enjoyed taking the time after yoga to converse, chill out, relax, and indulge. And it made sense that people might also enjoy slowing down before not just chocolate or wine but a gourmet meal. After watching the movie Food Inc, I became really interested in the Slow Food movement which encourages fair farming and compassionate treatment of animals and, what I found most relevant to the average person like me, SLOWING DOWN. Our society puts so much emphasis on speed, efficiency, and convenience but certain things can only happen slowly over time (i.e. maturity, understanding, wisdom).”

So David started this series to build upon a notion he feels is still missing from the messaging regarding a core food issue – slow food? Well, actually, as attendees learned while we “cat –cowed and downward-dog’d”, the real instigator was David’s loss to his girlfriend in a common “debate” …the “remote debate” – as in do we watch sports or do we watch the Food Channel…she won, and that’s where David – a devout foodie – began to explore the connection between slow food and yoga. My two cents after attending: good things really can come from surrendering the remote!
 
 David adds, “So ‘Yoga for Foodies’ is about educating people on the Slow Food movement and particularly emphasizing that by slowing down, one is more likely to sense not just the subtleties of the soul, but also the subtle flavors of fresh, whole foods that cannot be experience in a frenzied state of mind.  I think slowing down is an important and missing link in the Food Revolution that’s starting to sweep the nation. People first must have the desire and means to slow down and take a deep breath before realizing that eating healthier is important. A car heading in one direction has to stop before it can go the other way.”


No newbie to yoga – Chef Akasha Richmond regaled us with stories of her early days in the Kundalini yoga world. She provided a guided tasting inspired by her years of cooking for and studying with Yogi Bhajan, and discussed how his teachings influenced her style of cooking. Akasha began her professional career at Yogi Bhajan’s Golden Temple Conscious Cookery, a now defunct but once popular vegetarian restaurant in Los Angeles. It was in this kitchen that Akasha discovered her passion for making delicious dishes with good-for-you ingredients.   

At the event, I caught up with Akasha to discuss the delicious recipes, how she made options for omnivores, vegans, vegetarians, and qualitarians (like me!) alike. "I have always loved the science of yoga, and combining it with my passion for food made for such a great event,” noted Akasha.

What did I takeaway, other than two books with great recipes and advice on how to savor life (Richmond’s The Hollywood Dish and Romanelli’s “Yeah Dave’s Guide to Livin’ the Moment: Getting to Ecstasy through Wine, Chocolate, and Your iPod Playlist.”) – I fully experienced the difference in slowing down, opening my senses, and allowing the food to fully nourish me. Take a look at the menu below and if you are lucky enough to be in a city where this tour stops (the rest of the tour heads to: Memphis, Boston, Sedona and NYC) – go to Yoga for Foodies – an experience that’s bound to enhance your palate and your day! (for more on David Romanelli visit www.yeahdave.com)

 

MENU HIGHLIGHTS (www.akasharestaurant.com)

 *LOCAL FARM EGG & GOAT CHEESE FRITTATA with spinach & caramelized onions

*CUMIN & CORIANDER SPICED LAMB SAUSAGE

*GRILLED TANDOORI VEGETABLE SALAD with Coleman farms greens, white corn, zucchini, red peppers, and chutney dressing


*PUNJABI FOCACCIA with holy basil pesto, heirloom tomatoes, grilled eggplant, fresh paneer

 

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