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.
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?