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What is your weapon of choice in the kitchen? 
Oct. 9, 2012 11:22 am 
Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 12:13 pm
 well this could, should and probably would be about food...but i'm having a crummy day. i hate cooler weather, only 77 here today. "they" say it will warm back up. ok NOW! anyways, let me explain the reasons for my crummy day. 1. my atlanta braves got cheated friday, i mean seriously why would an outfield umpire make an infield call rule...stupid call by the wrong official. 2. my university of georgia bulldogs got whalloped by south carolina. i thought that sucked but when our qb got back to athens after getting stomped by the gamecocks, his father had been diagnosed with cancer. of course, it doesn't end there...he drives back to his house and finds it rolled and egged. true story. i thought all the idiot fans lived in alabama.  ok, 3 . well i have high blood pressure . i'm kinda type guy that's an efficiency expert screwball ( what can i take or do from one room to the next since i'm going that way type ), so today i have a dr.s appointment. no big deal. i had cut the high blood pressure in half in the evening due to excessive bleeding from minor scratches. she says nope can't do that and start taking asprin. she is a sweetheart and knows me well. i'm gonna do it. but i hate people telling me what to do. even she made a joke of it to her nurse. and of course, i get poked to give more blood. anyone remember the movie dr. strangelove...yeah, precious bodily fluids. heck, i could have brought them a sample after cutting myself shaving. anyways, oh back to 4. i try and use a rebate coupon for claire's EXPENSIVE medicine. they are busy, i said cool, i'll be back in an hour. i come home and plan dinner and start prepping ( told ya i'm focused) . i need ingredients for today's and tommorows menu. ok, i plot out destinations and proper things to buy...you know dry vs wet things. i like to make stuff myself. i go back to cvs...rebate denied. i'm tired. ok, i contiue on my quest for the stuff at store...actually get everything i want...over-paid. 5. i gotta make ranch chicken for the moose with brussel sprouts and parm. egg noodles. i hate ranch. so back to topic, what is your choice of weapon in the kitchen? i know many folks will go with a wustoff knife...very nice choice but to quick for me. a  cast iron frying pan...i respect that, but you would probably tucker out before the job was complete, a rolling pin...yes now that has merit. i also respect this choice as long as it's wooden the marble ones could break then you have a really big mess. nope, for me gimme a wooden 2-3 lb. mallet. the joy, the thrill! it makes a great cat-scaring noise that is certainly something that resonates a while and not a dull thud like the cast iron. you get something in the kitchen, mostly dead and yep...you can way-lay that sucker! plastic bag is the way to go. i'm all about green but sometimes the new ways work more efficiently. ok, i just walked outside to take a smoke break and the thin, tanned,young trophy wife from down the street comes high-stepping outside and yells hi, beautiful day. yes, there is a god. i put the mallet away.
Oct. 9, 2012 11:39 am
A simple "hello" can be miraculous. It sur made your day end better! ... I thought GA had only prsctice teams. Do they actually play real colleges?
Oct. 9, 2012 11:50 am
The knife steel!! I actually had given this some thought before due to a harrowing experience in the middle of the night a while back...
Oct. 9, 2012 12:22 pm
The next time you get the urge to fool around with your medicine, pop onto the AR site and tell us so that we medical people can jump in and save you a lot of time and trouble, or just plain save you. Glad you went to the doctor and are being compliant with her orders. Try to loosen up and be less compulsive, will do wonders for your B.P. I know because I am type A all the way and have to control my own driven urges. Be well our friend we enjoy you and we need you.
Oct. 9, 2012 12:32 pm
You know, Gary, I have never been able to pinpoint my favorite tool in the kitchen because I have several that I dearly love. However, you have reminded me of the time my DH was laid off and would wander into the kitchen with no thought of helping, just watching. I do believe my favorite weapon would be that raised eyebrow that says it all. I hope tomorrow is a better day or more tanned trophy wives yell HI without Claire taking that mallet to you :)(:
Oct. 9, 2012 1:24 pm
hi mike! and i thought thelma and louise had trunk-napped you and forgot you. good too see you my friend. in the south, ya better pick an sec team or you may get your house rolled and egged! how bout 'em dawgs! we will be there in the top ten at the end!
Oct. 9, 2012 1:32 pm
hi merloin! i hope the late night experience won't put you off on those ice-cream raids that we all must make. bring a mallet!
Oct. 9, 2012 1:35 pm
hi covergal! i know...seld-dosing one's self is stupid. but, i just got tired of it. you have a kind heart.
Oct. 9, 2012 1:39 pm
hi cat! oh, my goodness...yep, the raised eye-brow is awesome. i forgot that one. claire has a look when i would come in late ( when i used to go out.) hers was the steely blue eyed-,no lips, heaving nostril one. i laughed ONCE...never again.
Oct. 9, 2012 1:52 pm
My favorite weapon of choice in the kitchen is my gun. I like to shoot the food. Oh, btw "The Gun" is the nickname of my camera. "Honey get the gun, dinner's ready!"
Oct. 9, 2012 2:03 pm
hi bd! lol, i should take some pictures myself, but heck i have no clue how to up-load them. i really can cook. heck my gals won't help. i try to make them clean up but it's usually me doing that too.
Oct. 9, 2012 2:08 pm
Gary - If you ever need help uploading pics I'm willing to help you.
Oct. 9, 2012 2:56 pm
thx bd, i'm gonna get the moose to s..l..o..w..l..y explain it to me as i take notes. nice of you to offer!
Oct. 9, 2012 4:04 pm
I will meet Claire someday! Not that I don't want to meet you too but I just feel she and I could connect. I did forget that heaving nostril thing, it does go with the eyebrow thing :)(:
Oct. 9, 2012 5:16 pm
cat, you would love her. she's an old southern junior leaguer, if that makes sense to you. she is classic southern california raised in the south...truly unique. hard to earn her trust, but so worth it. i consider myself pretty quick on the draw, but this gal after all she has been thru is amazing. you would love her. please come to a southern round-up, you will meet some truly terrfic folks...i am just the umpire.
Oct. 9, 2012 6:21 pm
I love cool weather, because I don't sweat. I take aspirin every day 81mg, and my blood pressure meds. when I left my job two years ago, my blood pressure went down (I was a manager). Now I just worry about myself and not 40 people. I do have J.A. Henckels Knives, but I have a few favorite chicago cutlery (paring knife and a fa-lay knife)
Oct. 9, 2012 8:49 pm
Gary, you would have hated it here, we went from 78 to 48 degrees in less than 24 hrs. My weapon of choice is my cast iron skillet. I can cook anything in it, I use it to pound cutlets, and using it qualifies as my weight training. Take care of yourself!
Oct. 10, 2012 7:19 am
I have so many favorite weapons, it's hard to choose just one! I've lately been using my little wooden reamer quite a lot. I also like my zester and I have a favorite knife and cast iron skillet! And yes, BSM. . .it qualifies for weight training :). I'm praying I win the lottery so I can travel! :) Love ya gderr!
Oct. 10, 2012 8:48 am
I don't even want to talk about college football (UK) Let's move on to basketball!!!!!! My favorite things that I use everyday in the kitchen 1 - Garlic press and 2 plastic pasta strainer that is a million years old. I really want a new one, but just can't let go of it quite, yet! Hope ya feel better, Gderr!!!!! Oh and the 3rd fave thing are my scissors! Easier to use and I don't hurt myself as bad! lol
Oct. 10, 2012 9:22 am
Hello-enjoyed your blog! I have this cheap old paring knife I got at the state fair once. My husband asks- why do you use that cheap old knife? I tell him cuz it fits my hand. Then there is this old spatula, that I have that the top of the handle broke off and it was scratching my hand while I made pancakes. My husband was wondering why I was making such a ruckus in the kitchen. He got tired of hearing me say -I will never find a spatula like this. (This was after I whined on the buzz and looked desperately on the internet for a replacement.) So he took it out to his garage and ground the top down so it is rounded and smooth. I always tell him he is my Knight in Shining Armor. (I think he just wants some peace and quiet and doesn't want to hear the whining in the kitchen.) LOL!
Oct. 10, 2012 11:14 am
hi king! you remember your meds too. a paring knive, yes that has merit...but the fi-lay knive now we're barking. but heck, the critter wouldn't even know he was supposed ti croak. yep mallet your meal!
Oct. 10, 2012 11:19 am
hi bigshot! great name by the way! i have a collection of cast iron, been collecting for a coon age ( daughtershave walked off with some..dang-it.) are you ambidextrous? just saying...gotta work both sides!
Oct. 10, 2012 11:24 am
hi sparklequeen! now, this IS interesting! a reamer ( that sounds seriously depraved) and a zester ( critter with a sunburn would think you were pinhead from hellraiser fame). good gried i thought my mallet rules...a reamer and zester...hiding under the bed here. come to the redneck rivera W/O your zester and reamer!
Oct. 10, 2012 11:28 am
hi shannon! ummm, an assortment of weapons. garlic press...great chioce but, kinda small. the plastic strainer, nope! and scirrors...this has potential...stab and cut, gotta call you edward scirrorhands&press.
Oct. 10, 2012 11:34 am
hi lela! an old paring knive...yes has a shot. probably cannot be traced and easily discared. ok, as for the spatula... ( be careful here gary..a cooking site, ok,) no comment except to say, i have 3 spatulas. you got a keeper of a hubby. i remember when the kitchen got remodeled and MY mighty mallet being mis-placed . it took the cooking-challenged wife 2 days to find it. love reunitied!
Oct. 10, 2012 11:42 am
As for my "WEAPON OF CHOICE", I have to throw in with King Sparta- my knives. I have two sets, one good set and one dang good set. Prep work is nearly a pleasure when the tools are working great. Also, I have a little battery operated blender that takes the work out of gravys and makes very fluffy scrambled eggs.
Oct. 10, 2012 11:48 am
hi mike! it seems the guys are going with knives. merit is certainly due and believe me i salivate over the nice stainless weighted ones, but com'n, a mallet. you get a small scream, a resounding thud and dinner! almost all senses handled!
Oct. 10, 2012 2:00 pm
I do have a mallet also, I use it to pound out chicken, and pork for making Schnitzel.
Oct. 10, 2012 2:36 pm
now you're barking king! a schnitzel...yes, now that's mallet meat! chicken is to dumb to know to get out of the way, no sport.
Oct. 10, 2012 4:53 pm
Hahahahaha! That was some roller coaster of a blog Gary! I usually get out the butcher knife when I need a weapon in the kitchen. It sure clears out in a hurry when I start waving it around in there.
Oct. 10, 2012 5:13 pm
hi sassy! just rambling thoughts, streaming of unconcious i guess. never write a blog when you are irritated i guess. so you are huddling with the knive crowd? knife, scirrors, or mallet...hmmm. mallet! ok...paper won't count!
Oct. 11, 2012 4:53 am
My Wusthof knife that I use to slice and dice everything is one of my favorites, but I also couldn't live without my French whisk, stainless skillets for searing, parchment paper for baking and Scanpan for nonstick cooking. I'm sure I'm forgetting something.....And I would love a nice warm 77 degree day. It's cold here!
Oct. 11, 2012 5:56 am
Loved the ride, fun blog, and tsk, tsk, ....you monkeying around with your medicines! BTW, the higher your blood pressure...the more you bleed, just sayin'! Stay away from me and my stick blender, it will make a mess out of your hair, for sure!
Oct. 11, 2012 8:28 am
Since I have to pick a SEC team since I am in the south for business so much, I have become a LSU fan though I usually wear a red tie in Birmingham (sorry Auburn), gold or black in Nashville etc - I think you catch my drift. Personally, I am a Boise State fan but I will never admit to that in Oklahoma.....weapon of choice is my Santoku Blade & my Bamboo Cutting Board....I also have a small black triangular spatula that use when I fry eggs & flip pancakes.
Oct. 11, 2012 9:32 am
My weapon of choice . . . hmmm . . that would have to be my KA food processor - - slicer blade does a good job of making what was big into smaller - the grater blade makes it even smaller - - but put that "bad boy" chopper blade in there - - - and you've got "mush in minutes" - make that seconds!!! And I'm with ya on the HBP and meds - I take 2 meds plus the aspirin therapy - - if I get the smallest cut, I bleed like a stuck pig. LOL!! I told the hubby, if I ever get in an accident you might as well call for a hearse - - I'll bleed out in 2 minutes . . . at least it will be a quick highway to heaven!!!
Oct. 11, 2012 9:57 am
hi sugar! paper doesn't count ( well i guess you could write a threatening note to the offending food.) but a knife...yep this is getting one-sided now! a whisk...ummm, if you have the critter tied down maybe you could tickle it into submission. certainly a nice way to go.
Oct. 11, 2012 10:07 am
hi mydoggster! nope have real short hair (wife hates it) but, i love the idea of a stick blender ( that's the technical name?..lol) but, the planning that you would have to do...the plastic wrapping around EVERYTHING, a long extention cord so if the mostly dead critter was playing possum and tried to make a dash for it! but bonus points for orginiality!
Oct. 11, 2012 10:11 am
hi doug! if you travel to lsu next year you maybe able to meet-up with some certifiable rednecks! and yes, i can see this knife answer as a man thing. i agree, i want to blow some serious cheese on a nice knife...the plastic knives we use are pretty rough on bird-day!
Oct. 11, 2012 10:15 am
hi luv! i knew the processor was gonna show. i have the same. it cost plenty but has held up very well @ 25 years. getting a critter in it, well that could be a problem. it would certainly do the job! again, another but...you need to mallet the meat to subdue the unruly beast! i'm certainly with you about bleeding out...yeah instant transfusion. dracula would love us!
Oct. 12, 2012 7:34 am
Hope your days are getting better, gderr. And I gotta get this out of the way, #2???, Hey c'mom, as a Crimson Tide fan for decades and having lived in the heart of Tide Country for 20 years, I can say we aren't all bad. The majority of us believe in conducting ourselves with class. That was a crappy thing to do to the quarterback, certainly...unfortunately, the bad ones exist everywhere. I don't think I can narrow down my choices so much on my weapon of choice...my trusty chef's nice, my cutting board, my cast iron skillet, my heavy Le Cruset non-stick skillet, my enameld cast iron dutch ovens...those things get the most use...at least one of them daily.
Oct. 12, 2012 7:35 am
I'm going with the food processor voters! Love it. Makes short work of lots of tedious jobs. Hope you're having a better day today!
Oct. 12, 2012 9:37 am
hi peggy! a processor...yes, it's a pleasent operation just not large enough for the really big jobs. but, i guess you could process some tongue in it to make something lip-smacking, shut-your mouth good.
Oct. 12, 2012 2:11 pm
hi sweetp! no sweety, i'm not talking about bama! my bulldogs create enough problems themselves! yup, a no-brainer...knives are the clear cut choice :)
Oct. 12, 2012 3:58 pm
My apologies, gderr,for jumping to conclusions! I was shocked at the GA/SC game outcome. I expected a really good and close game. Sorry it turned out so badly for you. :(
Oct. 12, 2012 7:42 pm
bama is truly awesome...again. i love buying cilantro plants in the spring to watch them die from non-watering...i can't wait until auburn gets a dose of some roll tide this year! auburn is my cilantro...
Oct. 12, 2012 8:48 pm
My weapon of choice in the kitchen would be the Crisco Olive Oil spray followed by the culinary torch. If I had a mallet, I might use it to put out the flames.
Oct. 13, 2012 6:58 am
Auburn is your cilantro...hahaha! I love that. Well, they really would be in the same category for me...I cannot stand cilantro, and well, I'm a Bama fan so of course, you know how we feel about Auburn! Thanks for the laugh this morning. Your blogs are always so entertaining, gderr!
Oct. 13, 2012 7:01 am
Oh it seems that you had a pretty rough day. But it is -2 here, I think a high of 12celcious. Was a huge disappointment when I had to scrape the frost off the windows at 6:30am to drive my Son to work. Also the only sport I watch, of course hockey will not air at all. the bright side of that is my team won't lose. However my weapon of choice, hmmmm good sharp cutting knife for slicing and diceing is surely on the list. I only have a wooden rolling pin for pounding the meat. I love my small hand held food proccessor, especially when I made baby food years ago. But aren't we forgetting the main item? The bbq. Ours is hooked up to a 1000gallon propane tank, also used to heat the house. So therefore I can bbq even in the winter and do not have to exchange tanks LOVE!!! -40 degree weather though takes a long time.
Oct. 13, 2012 2:37 pm
hi kats! now that is certainly a head-yurner of an answer! olive oil sprayer and a propane torch? grease 'em amd then flambe 'em. i would love to hear the stories you tell at halloween! unique answer! hilarious!!
Oct. 13, 2012 2:38 pm
it's a southern thing sweetp!
Oct. 13, 2012 2:43 pm
hi habs! you live in hell...there is places ( deep south) where we can still get watermelons. i feel for you on the hockey thing. we have a minor-league team here...very minor league. it is a blast to watch in person. those guys get medivial on each other...many i know are from canada ( love the silly accents.) ok, i gotta give you props for the grill! it's certainly 1 item we love! you got a great set-up there!
Oct. 14, 2012 2:39 pm
gderr, well we certainly like to torture ourselves. Makes for appreciating the summers that is for sure. I also like my big stock pot to make big soups, chili (no beans) and stew. However in the winter the veggies are much more dear in price, like gas. But we sure look forward to those juicy navel oranges from Florida. Watermelon are a treat for my family in the summer.
Oct. 14, 2012 4:30 pm
hi habs! we love honey-bell oranges, from fla. we have to order them too, not available in stores here. expensive, but insanely good. only available a short time, depending on harvest. wear a bib when you try one, you'll thank me later.
Oct. 14, 2012 4:30 pm
oops...i believe they are tangelo cross.
Oct. 14, 2012 7:27 pm
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind! A few yrs ago we had our daughter's pen pal up for a week after Christmas. She nearly passed out when she saw the prices of produce. Mind you it was the first time the gas prices went through the roof. $5.00 for a head of iceburg lettuce at that time. I'm glad to say it's better at this moment, knock on wood.
Oct. 15, 2012 10:01 am
French Knife... Or mandoline! Those mandolines are evil!!
Oct. 15, 2012 5:01 pm
good luck hab with cheap produce! sometimes you can find cool veggies at either an asian or , more likely, a hispanic farmers market at very reasonable prices.
Oct. 15, 2012 5:03 pm
hi amp! a mandoline...good grief amp, you are carring a ton of aggression....i love it! :)
Oct. 15, 2012 6:10 pm
The weapon of choice depends on the mission and objectives. Generally, the first thing I reach for is my 12" skillet. Other weapons are the Royal Duchess chef's knife, which I recently had professionally sharpened, and, if I really want to beat the hell out of something, my #5 cast iron frying pan. It's big enough to do some damage, but not so big that it's unwieldy or tiring to swing.
Oct. 16, 2012 4:35 pm
lol wing! now here's a person that has thought out the question! a #5 should handle the job quite efficiently! now yes their is exercise as well as some sound effects...just not as good as a mallet :)
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i enjoy cooking. the wife considers it a chore. i hate yard work. she loves it. we mesh. i love bass fishing, reading, music, baseball, college football and my family.
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i love vegetables, soups, and italian cusine.
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holidays are a big deal! christmas is my time to shine. i try to add a new recipe each year, but the family demands pretty much the same menu. kinda frustrating!
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i cared for my mother in law about 3 months when she had shattered her shoulder. i didn't work, so money was tight. we survived on only wife's paycheck during that time. ma-n-law had diet restrictions. it was difficult to make cheap, nutritious meals everyone would eat. we prospered as a family and learned alot about each other's strenghths and weaknesses.
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a stove top fire. i explained that one already. the grill falling over was another one...oops grill season is here! i love the tragedies...those are the ones that i'll always remember!
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