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Cooking Level: Expert

Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Living In: Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA
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I just made cookies in no time flat! I always avoided cookie making for years because it took so long. However, they are now easy because of some appliances and gadgets I have: my KA stand mixer (my present I bought for my husbnd to give me for Christmas), 4 baking sheets (I bought them at Sam's at Christmastime and love them), a cookie scoop. These three items have changed my whole attitude about making cookies. I know we've talked about this before, but I never had thought of these three specific things. How about you? Any gadgets or conveniences that have changed your mind about cooking certain things or made your life easier?

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Last updated: Apr. 18, 2013 5:01 pm
Posted: Apr. 18, 2013 11:43 am
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Photo of: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Submitted by: Dora 
Crisp edges, chewy middles, and so, so easy to make. Try this wildly-popular chocolate chip cookie recipe for yourself. 
Recommended by: Paula
Apr. 18, 2013 11:49 am
Another thing I love is my double ovens. Two pans going at the same time is time-saving too.
Baking Nana
Apr. 18, 2013 12:19 pm
Parchment sheets! For me it makes all difference.
Apr. 18, 2013 12:25 pm clean up! I have 4 dirty pans waiting for me in the kitchen.
Apr. 18, 2013 12:26 pm
I agree BN, parchment and Silpat for sure! And Paula, all of your goodies too, you can turn out batches of cookies in no time flat!
Commented by: nanny129
Apr. 18, 2013 11:54 am
i could probably give up any except for-------my mandolin-- my favorite tools ever-- well- all three of them-lol
Apr. 18, 2013 11:55 am
it really helps as the hands don't work as they used too:-)
Apr. 18, 2013 12:01 pm
A remote probe thermometer. I've had one for a few years and don't know how I cooked without one. Takes the guess work out of cooking meats.
Apr. 18, 2013 12:05 pm
I bought a mandolin but don't use it too much. It wasn't expensive, though, so I don't feel like I wasted my money.
Apr. 18, 2013 12:07 pm
I bought the remote probe thermometer for $9.99 that Baking Nana told us about the other day. It arrived yesterday, but I haven't had a chance to play with it yet. Wanna make your recipe to try it out :)
Commented by: SHORECOOK
Apr. 18, 2013 12:08 pm
This little gadget has made cooking eggs easier. No need to set a timer and perfect eggs every time.....
Apr. 18, 2013 12:14 pm
My food processer ,which I bought years ago. I make chow, so I always sliced the tomatoes and onions my hand, took forever. Saw one on tv. Never regretted it.My little chopper,and my paring knife.
Apr. 18, 2013 12:28 pm
SHORECOOK - I've never seen one of those. Very cool!
Apr. 18, 2013 12:31 pm
My food chopper's chute is too small for tomatoes and onions to go in whole. I only use it for certain things like shredding cabbage or mixing my sausage balls. I used to use it a whole lot when my kids were home and couldn't stand chunks of veggies in their food. I can't tell you how many onions, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, and mushrooms I chopped and shredded in that thing to hide in foods.
Commented by: Thisni Caza
Apr. 18, 2013 12:18 pm
The Genius Salad Chopper I bought from QVC. Really saves my hands when making things like minestrone. And I love the uniform sizes. I also love it for cubing potatoes, one of my all-time least favorite tasks.
Apr. 18, 2013 12:34 pm
I just googled it. Looks easy. - - -
Commented by: Judy7905
Apr. 18, 2013 12:39 pm
More on cookies....I enjoy making iced cutout cookies, and instead of 4 sheets, I use two sheets and three pieces of parchment. I also bought rolling pin rings which make for uniform dough thickness...also, use confectioners sugar instead of flour on the counter and pin when rolling to avoid sticking.
Apr. 18, 2013 12:51 pm
I've never heard of rolling pin rings. Had to google them - - -
Apr. 18, 2013 2:11 pm
My super sized basin sink! With enough space to bath a 5 year old no gigantic pan or pot keeps me away. When I had a split sink there were times I avoided a recipe because the thought of clean up was too difficult.
Apr. 18, 2013 2:31 pm
Marie, I'm with you on the large sink! My mother thought I was crazy when I wanted to replace my splint sink with one open large sink. Cleaning up the big pans is so much easier now.
Apr. 18, 2013 2:44 pm
I roast a lot of veggies and no longer dread cleaning the sheet pans. They fit completely in the sink with room to spare. We may move and my concern is the new house will have a split under mount sink. I would hate to rip out a counter because of a sink but I don't think I can go back to a split.
Apr. 18, 2013 4:31 pm
I'm so glad to hear this, Marie and Crikkitt. So do you always dry the dishes individually as you wash them? That has been my hangup about the single deep sink. You can wash but have no where to rinse and put them. I must admit, sometimes I leave my dishes to drain overnight and then put them up the next morning.
Apr. 18, 2013 4:44 pm
I use my dishwasher for everything except my large jelly roll pans, cookie sheets, half sheets, stock pots and large cutting boards that don't fit in the dishwasher. I never use my crystal anymore but if I did I would simply place a basin in the sink.
Apr. 18, 2013 5:01 pm
2 items-I love my garlic press and my pampered chef round pizza stones. I don't like mincing garlic with just a knife and a cutting board.
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