First let me just say that last weekend was not a very good thrifting weekend, however, I did find this great Jamie Oliver cookbook called Jamie's Kitchen for only $1. I'm a sucker for beautiful cookbooks and this one is that, but it also has some great, doable recipes. In fact, last night I made a pasta recipe from it using my own homegrown Amish Paste tomatoes and it was easy, quick and super delicious.
So, what I'm trying to say, is that what my thrifting lacked in quantity, it made up for in quality.
I also have to mention the awesome Italian Tomato Press I picked up yesterday (and used last night to make the pasta sauce!) Last year I spent way too much time peeling and seeding plum tomatoes by hand. A task which I did not enjoy in the least. This nifty gadget separates the seeds and skin from the tomatoes and spits each out into it's own bowl. *So* much easier! And it was very easy to clean the press which is a plus. Great investment for me for sure.
Okay, singing the praises of the tomato press totally makes me think about the other awesome kitchen gadget I bought this year -- a gadget I love and am so happy I purchased -- the Oxo Corn Stripper. Maddie has braces and this has made life much easier! Quick, easy, so much less messy than cutting sweet corn off the cob with a knife -- plus the thing is very easy to clean.
Yes, I have a sickness. I am completely unable to resist a good kitchen tool. What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?