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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Favorite Kitchen Tool!
You probably think I’ve got a million specialized kitchen tools but the truth is I keep a very simple kitchen. Garlic presses?  Why bother when a knife does a perfectly good job?  And I’ll bet that pasta maker you needed to buy is sitting totally neglected in the back of your cupboard. But some tools I can’t live without – stacks of half sheet pans, AllClad cookware, a few sharp Wusthof knives, and my favorite tool – the rasp.  Originally used for woodworking, some smart cookie started using it in the kitchen as the perfect tool for grating lemon, orange, and lime zests.  You can buy one at most cookware stores or online at  I use it to make my favorite Lemon Yogurt Cake with lots of lemon zest and freshly squeezed juice.