Here's a question from reader Katharine on the next best tool for her new kitchen.
I'm moving into a new apartment, and my friend offered to buy me a housewarming gift, and obviously I want something for my kitchen.
She's working on a budget so whatever I ask for has to be less than $50. And I already have all the standard appliances/gadgets I could think of - waffle maker, George Foreman grill, blender, toaster, microwave, plates, silverware, knives (i.e, everything i need on a day to day basis).
I could ask for a good cutting board (right now I only have plastic ones), or perhaps a good rolling pin, but I am unsure how often I would use something like that. Any suggestions?
Katharine, we are very much in favor of a large wooden cutting board. We use ours all the time - for chopping, cutting and carving, obviously, but also for serving. We like to serve a roasted chicken or freshly baked bread right on the board, as well as chopped vegetables.
If you're in a very small kitchen, think about the Williams-Sonoma version above, with a built-in colander. This lets you rinse and chop right over the sink - making extra space in counter-handicapped kitchens.
• Williams-Sonoma Colander Cutting Board, $49
Or just another large wooden cutting board, sans colander. We really like the feel and look of real wood, and if you don't own one of these yet it's a good and lasting gift.
More thoughts for Katharine?