Sunday, January 18, 2009

What a Crock!

It's my 75th post and I'm not writing about grief or sadness or even my family for that matter. Rather this post is a tribute to my kitchen crock! Odd. . . yes, but it is what it is, so go along with me here. Below is a picture of my crock, and what a crock it is. You see, when Paul and I got married I had a small crock, big enough to hold a couple of spatulas, a small ladle, and maybe a few wooden spoons. I quickly realized that this crock would not suffice if I was going to cook in my galley style kitchen that had only TWO small drawers. I needed big. . . so off I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond (with a 20% off coupon, mind you) and purchased this beauty. Just so you know, it was the biggest they had. (I haven't checked to see if there is now a bigger size crock, for I fear that if there is, I will get a bad case of crock-envy. Ignorance is bliss in my world.)

I like to cook and I find much satisfaction in finding the cooking implement I need just an arm's reach away, and as you can see I've stuffed my crock full. I still have that pesky drawer full of kitchen tools that I sometimes use or never use, but fear I may need someday if I get rid of them. Here is a picture of an item I use almost everyday from that drawer. It's a piece of that anti-slide stuff you can buy at Wal-mart cut into a circle. I use it to open jars (works every time) and I put it under bowls and pans when I'm mixing something so that the bowl doesn't slide around on the counter. Now, get this, Ethan gave it to me. He found it when he was geo-caching with his dad. When you find a cache, you're supposed to take an item and leave something else. Well, MY SON took this for me, knowing I'd like it. While I can't even begin to imagine why it was put in a geo-cache, I'm happy it's now mine (after thoroughly sanitizing it, of course). It's since been stained, burned, and torn, but it's a keeper.

Anyway, I don't know about you out there in bloggyland, but the kitchen is my favorite room in our house. It is the kitchen of my dreams! After having a galley style kitchen in a small apartment for the first part of our marriage, I felt like I was given the moon when we purchased this house. So, in honor of my 75th post, I'm having a "kitchen contest"

Please leave me a comment and tell me what you think this kitchen gadget is used for (humor is so going to help you win!) I can't remember the last time I used it and because of the sharp points on the end, it sits in the back of my drawer. When we installed our new cabinet knobs and pulls, I found it and it took me awhile to remember what it was for.

I haven't decided when this contest will end. Probably after I write my next post so I'm sure you'll have at least a few days. The lucky winner will get this gem. . .

Okay, I know it appears to be used and not the greatest prize in the world, but I had to stick with the whole kitchen theme thing (and crocks are not easy to mail). This can opener is the BEST and I have two. The reason I have two is because I gave one to my mom for a gift and she gave it back! (Even though she reads my blog, I'm not afraid to say she's in a can-opener rut!)This can opener cuts off the top of the can without leaving a sharp edge on which I'm sure you've cut yourself or ruined a perfectly nice rubber spatula on.

To increase the competition I'll throw in three hand knit dishcloths. You can even pick the colors! (This is about as crafty as I get!) Gals, I'm sure you've got husbands out there that can come up with a humorous use for this mysterious kitchen gadget as well. In fact, I think I'd rather hear what they think it's for. Come to think of it, I'm wondering what my engineer husband would come up with.


Hey Mama where's my... said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. I will post some resouces for new moms on my next blog.

I think that gadget you have is for getting tangles out of your poodle!! Nah, in reality I believe you use it to hold something that you are slicing so you don't cut your fingers?!

Have a wonderful day!!

Zackery's Mom said...

I believe that is an onion slicer. Or at least that is what I use mine for. You stick it in your onion and slice between the prongs for easy onion cutting..... of course it doesn't stop you from crying while cutting said onion LOL

Anonymous said...

I think Paul or the boys put this in the kitchen by mistake - belongs in the bathroom -- looks like a hair pick.

Aunt Lori

Billi Jo said...

It helps to save your fingers (or nails, if you indeed have them). By stabbing what ever it is you need to slice or dice and then you are free to hack away with your knife and not worry about adding flesh of bone fragments. Since I use my butcher knife for cutting just about everything, if I owned one of these, I’d be even more dangerous (Obviously I need to lay off the cooking shows).

I do like the previous comment about having perfect slices by slicing in between the prongs.

Billi Jo said...

Oh I almost forgot It could be great for grating cheese.

Jennifer Ross said...

Thanks for the laugh, I needed it. I think your little gadget looks like some kind of meat tenderizing tool, or maybe a special kind of comb to find lice with. Just kidding:) You asked for

Can't wait to find out,
Jennifer Ross

Sarah Hintermeyer said...

Hey Rachel!!

That's totally for holding an onion so that you don't get the smell all over your fingers, rub your eyes, and then spend the next 30 minutes crying/laughing at absolutely nothing...although extremely entertaining for everyone else in the kitchen.

The Three 22nds said...

It looks evil.

I think it should be used for making a straight line pattern on a frosted cake. That is what I would use it for.

Sara said...

I wish you had MEND in your area. It is a really nice group. I am thankful for Blog world as crazy as that is, just to know others are going through a similar loss, and to see others who have survived it. I am praying for you too Rachel... right now.

Anonymous said...

Its a thing jig that you stab an onion with to cut it so the onion stays put while it is being sliced.

Oh and nice crock!! Beats mine!

Love you! Amanda

Julie Erickson said...

You can also use it to hold a tomato in place and make nice slices. I have one too! It's a Pampered Chef item...I have so much Pampered Chef stuff! If you have anything and you don't know what it's for, just ask me and I probably know!