A very Williams-Sonoma-heavy post

So my birthday was last week, and people who love me and know I love to cook gave me food-related gifts, all of which are super cool.  When we were in Rhode Island recently for a Bat Mitzvah, my parents gave me the following:

The first is a cookbook with mainly vegan recipes, and they all look absolutely delicious.  I can’t wait to try them.  The second is a silicon pastry brush.  My stepmother has one and says it’s very easy to clean.  And those gloves…. are for scrubbing potatoes!  (And carrots!)  Seriously, it’s like wearing Brillo pads on your hands.  What an ingenious idea!  It was easy to scrub the potatoes I made the other night – right down to the skin, without peeling them!

Yesterday, Claudia gave me something for the grill.  It’s a basket with a removable handle.  Here is the "before" picture, as in, "I’d better take a picture now because it’s never going to look this shiny again!"

The basket is from Williams-Sonoma too, and came with a recipe for grilled shrimp and snow peas.  The marinade was soy sauce, ginger, garlic, brown sugar and red pepper flakes.  So…. why couldn’t we use tempeh?

Claudia, you’re going to get a proper thank-you note, really!

We got the snow peas at the Verona farmer’s market, and while we were there, some kohlrabi called out to K, so she bought some of that and added it to our salad.  It was delicious.

Yesterday was the solstice, and had it not been pouring…. and storming…. we could have had the full effect of the longest day of the year.  A little hard to tell here, but it was raining so hard that nearby Blue Mounds State Park registered 1.75" of rain in an hour.

Today was sunny but suuuuuper humid.  More bad weather in store for us tonight, we are told…..

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3 Responses to A very Williams-Sonoma-heavy post

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow. What wonderful and useful gifts! I can see where potato gloves would be pretty cool, and an accessory to make grilling easier and more elegant is perfect for your new backyard lifestyle. 🙂
    Sorry your solstice was rained out, but it’s kind of hard for me to feel sorry for people who have rain right now. Sigh. Check out how we celebrated solstice …

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