Per Random.org: Commenter No. 5 which is….
Enjoy your cookbook, Ms. ShoeAddict!
While I’m a Global gal when it comes to my choice of cutlery, I do have a duty to you, my dear readers, to report a bargain when I see it. Tuesday Morning is having a sale TUESDAY MORNING (ha! I know – lame joke Lys) where they are selling Rachael Ray’s Furi Knives on the cheap. Seriously – see the ad below. If you have not been exposed to the beauty that IS Tuesday Morning stores, let me tell you all about it.
Tuesday Morning is where I got my second Le Creuset pan – seriously cheap. Tuesday Morning is where I got a number of Nigella items that I use and adore. Tuesday Morning has some amazing kitchen deals that you won’t see anywhere else with brands such as Emile Henry, Cuisinart, Jenn-Air, Kitchen Aid, etc. So, even if you don’t like Furi or you just are looking for a bargain, stop in and browse.
You’ll thank me in the morning.
I sometimes think I have the Bill Cosby disease, namely where on the Cosby Show, Mr. Cosby had gadgets galore in his kitchen. See, while y’all know I love my pots and pans – I also tend to gravitate to the electronics department of Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma when I’m curious about new and exciting things for the kitchen.
One of the first things I bought when I started my adventures in culinary mishaps was an immersion blender. While it works great and does its job, I hate the cord, it’s a pain to clean, it’s pretty beat up and I’ve had it for about 5 years now. Do I use it all the time – no, mostly because I hate that cord. It always gets in the way.
So, when I encountered the Breville Cordless Immersion Blender, I stood there in shock and awe. Sure, I spent about $30.00 for the original immersion blender I have, but $99.95 for this? That’s a pair of shoes for me or a shiny new LC pot at the LC Outlet. What is a girl to do?
This is on my wishlist and, while I’m looking at it fondly, I’m still trying to justify the cost of an immersion blender when I already have one. Now if I made more things that required the use of one, I might be able to tell my inner PF demon to back off, but for now I’ll keep fondling whenever I see it and, perhaps, one day it will be on the counter and not in a cabinet like many of my gadgets.
Any ideas how a gal can justify forgoing a new pair of stilettos for this beauty?
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As y’all know the premiere of The Next Food Network Star is coming up fast and furious (and that song in the constantly played commercial appeals to my inner dance diva). However, after last year’s controversy with JAGGate and then Amy Finley, the winner of TNFNS leaving the network, I was wondering the nagging question: “To Watch Or Not To Watch“.
Food Network Addict did a GREAT review of the show which piqued my curiosity so yes, I will tune in. Plus, not only is Flay involved but Morimoto too? Mr. Tivo will be set.
Will you be tuning in?
During my trip to Philly a couple weeks ago, I took Saturday morning for myself and did something I always wanted to do – wander the Italian Market during one of the busiest days.
Here in Orlando, our access to fresh spices, etc. is a bit limited and we can get spices from the Fresh Market but it’s not the same. So that Saturday morning, I went and wandered up and down 9th street. My main object of interest was the Spice stores. I had seen Ms. Patti Labelle profile them on her show Livin’ It Up and thought “I Must Must Must Go”. So, I parked the rental car on a side street, popped on my flats and went walking.
First thing I encountered: Fantes. Yes – THE Fantes. Well, one of them anywayz. I go to the website often but like my first experience with Sur La Table, I told the people – let me fondle, let me wander – I’ll find you for help – trust. And wander I did. Meowmix joked that only I could go to Philly and get excited over a pasta colander instead of shoes. I know, some of you are in shock but ever since I saw Nigella use one I thought “Wow – how handy”. And, it’s not found in Orlando. I found some rosette forms, fondled some pots, bought some gratin dishes (which the cranky salesgal didn’t wrap very well and wound up breaking – grrr) and a few other things. I was hoping to get my Global Cheese knife but they didn’t have it and it would have to be specially ordered. I’ll just get it online.
Bonus: inside Fantes, they had a little coffee shop and some cafe au lait later I was back out and wandering the Italian Market again on the hunt for the spices shops.
I found two spice shops, both of which were amazing. One of which was the Spice Corner and the other was the Italian Market Spice Company (their website isn’t up yet). There I bought so many spices my car smelled like a tangine. I bought curry, Nigella seeds, tarragon, rosemary, ancho chile powder, tumeric, and a host of other stuff that was so fragrant and fresh. I even found Pumpkin Spice Coffee.
I wandered in some of the shops on the side, marveled at the fresh produce lining the streets and just breathed in the sights and smells. I went into one of the butcher shops, Orlando’s Meats (hey – it said Orlando – I had to pay homage, no?). It was in there that I spied The Philadelphia Italian Market Cookbook for sale. This was something I could take home with no problem from the airline. Also, before you shoot me for going to the butcher, here in Orlando we have Publix, Fresh Market and yeah – that’s about it. *sigh* You don’t know how I wanted to shake some of the people whining in line to say “Be thankful you have such a resource. You’d be eating some funky chicken if you were in Orlando” (Have you EVER had Winn Dixie poultry :::shudder:::) The manager of the butcher shop gave me an autographed copy that I’ve been reading with amazement. For an Irish/Indian gal, I swear I must have been Italian in another lifetime because it just is a fascinating read.
After browsing some other shops, I left, vowing to go back again. And this time – I’ll bring a list and ship everything home via mail.