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In your kitchen, is there one thing you wish you had room for that you don't or one thing you use everyday that you can't imagine doing without? 

 

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Wish I had what Kathleen has. . . a hubby that does dishes! 

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Ice wrote:

Wish I had what Kathleen has. . . a hubby that does dishes! 

Some days I wish I could give him to you!!!

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 Wish I had 2 more burners instead of the built-in grill. Love my warming drawer. Also, just picked up a toaster oven that is perfect for baking when we only have a few guests. Oh, and love, love, love my Kitchen Aid mixer.

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Wish I had:  More space

Favorite thing that I used everyday:  5 burner gas range top with electric/convection oven and side warming oven - it's amazing how many burners you can use and how handy a warming oven can be.   

 

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Would love a warming drawer.....

I could not do without a toaster/convection oven (we are on our 3rd).  Love my large oven/convection oven - best replaced large appliance.  And my Bunn coffee maker - a pot in 3 minutes, instant hot water....  DH kept saying we should invest in one, I finally listened - best spent $$ after going through who knows how many others. 

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My crepe pan. I love my crepe pan! I buy them on sale and have a bunch in the basement for when the teflon wears out.

More counterspace. My kitchen is tiny and "someone" uses my stovetop as storage and sometimes I just have no space!

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 OOOOHHH!! I have some of those. I just didn't know what they were called. Thanks!

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 We have a toaster oven that is also convection oven.  It sounds like it might come in handy.

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I love my induction stove top . I love it more then a gas range. It is quick and clean  and fast. That and my mixer and micro,  Having two oven is a gift. One I am thank full for PLUS ! my induction stove top.

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 I was checking out induction stoves today.  I like the idea because the house has electric stove instead of the gas I am used to having, but my experience with stainless steel cookware is bad.  I had it a few months but everything always stuck and was never as clean and shiny as I wanted it.

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If you still have and love your stainless cookware, this will keep it sparkling  and polished, even after bad burns:  600 grit wet dry sandpaper.  I keep it in the kitchen at all times.  Works great.  I've had my favorite heavy bottom pans since I was in my twenties.  They look good and perform well.  They're now old friends.

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Like you I had some bad pots. then I discovered Berghoff they are made in Belgium. Also one other chef makes some good pots for induction .. Can find them inTJ Maxx or Home sense. Found mine at The bay.

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 What the heck is a 'silpat'?

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Silpats are silicone baking mats. Nothing sticks on them! No more oil spray or scraping off baked cheese, cooked on egg that drips over the individual baked egg dish. They're great. I have the large cookie sheet size and the smaller 1/4 pan size.

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I would love a warming drawer in the oven.

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 Couldn't live without the microwave, several frying pans and glass baking dishes,  wisks, knives, spatulas, cutting boards, melon baller, zester, cheese grater, griddle, waffle maker, and most of all, my herb garden, just out the kitchen door.

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Silverspoon wrote:

 Couldn't live without the microwave, several frying pans and glass baking dishes,  wisks, knives, spatulas, cutting boards, melon baller, zester, cheese grater, griddle, waffle maker, and most of all, my herb garden, just out the kitchen door.

This is a good starter list. I have to equip my vacation rental kitchens soon!

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 pleasd do not think you haveto provide all of those things for your guest kitchens. you onlyy need to provide the basics for them. I would not spend the money for guest kitchens.  THey are not there to set up housekeeping are they?

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catlady wrote:

 pleasd do not think you haveto provide all of those things for your guest kitchens. you onlyy need to provide the basics for them. I would not spend the money for guest kitchens.  THey are not there to set up housekeeping are they?

Oh no, I don't think I HAVE to provide a nice kitchen. But nobody cooks anymore. Everybody's so busy they do what's fast and easy, day in and day out. Fast food. Carry out. Frozen dinners.

So I'm going to offer people some cookbooks, a nicely equipped kitchen, and the thought that maybe a family working together to prepare one nice meal during their stay might be a fun diversion on vacation.

It won't be for everybody, or even for most, but it's not a big deal to offer it, to have it available if they want to do it. To cook, and to savor.

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So I'm going to offer people some cookbooks, a nicely equipped kitchen, and the thought that maybe a family working together to prepare one nice meal during their stay might be a fun diversion on vacation.

You know why a lot of parents like to go on vacation? It gets them out of the kitchen!

It sounds like a great idea to provide a nice place to make a meal. And the idea of having a shopping list for certain foods would take the pressure off the vacationing family to find the grocery store, etc.

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 I have a friend with rental cabins. She is putting some packages together now. She is going to put spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, cheese, Italian bread and a bottle of wine and something sweet for dessert into a "dinner basket" so the guests will know it is in the cabin when they get there. All they have to do is put water in the pot and boil Smiling

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catlady wrote:

 I have a friend with rental cabins. She is putting some packages together now. She is going to put spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, cheese, Italian bread and a bottle of wine and something sweet for dessert into a "dinner basket" so the guests will know it is in the cabin when they get there. All they have to do is put water in the pot and boil Smiling

Even I can boil water. Great idea! These packages may be good to offer! Thanks to all!

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On vacation, I only cooked to save money (too many brats) and wanted cheap & fast. I wanted to enjoy the vacation too. Without the extra appendages  wanted a restaurant so someone actually served ME.

Another thing for the spaghetti fixin's stocking of shelves is the quick & easy packages last on the shelf - the other stuff has a short shelf life. There are higher end quick meals - better than tuna hel per type things. Veggies in the freezer - the add-ins - could be removed and used, say by the innkeeper, if that guest did not use the freezer stuff. Boxes get dusted and put back on the shelf.

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Arkansawyer wrote:
So I'm going to offer people some cookbooks, a nicely equipped kitchen, and the thought that maybe a family working together to prepare one nice meal during their stay might be a fun diversion on vacation.

At least one cottage rental place I've been to offered a shopping list and would stock your kitchen for a meal or two before you checked in.  With a service charge, of course, but no more than room service or a tip for a good meal.  You might offer little packages like that - a pasta dinner, a chicken dinner with salad and dessert - for a specific price.   

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Counter and storage space would be wonderful!!! A place for a microwave - and a microwave.

I could never live without my oven and my wisks.

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hot water urn - as we never have enough boiling water, plate warming cupboard would also be great if I had anywhere to put it!

also half a dozen small sharp knives - don't but the sets in a block as you get 2 which are of a useful size and 3 huge ones which don't fit in the dishwasher properly! Ive found a brand I really like and have bought three in the different colours

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Taylors-Eye-Witness-Sloping-Knives/dp/B0050BPXYC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343751896&sr=8-1

this is them in a set but we have an excellent shop which does each size in all the colours so say you were cutting meat you could use the white one for meat and the black one for veg like with colour coded chopping boards. Plus have been using the first one for 2 years now and its as sharp as when we bought it.

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 I wish I had silpat liners instead of having to cut parchment paper each morning.

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Silpats are great. Why don't you just buy some?? Amazon had a set for a good price. I love my silpats!

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 Wish it was that easy *lol*  I'm not the boss (though I act like it sometimes!).  I've put in a request.  I figured the price of the industrial size rolls they buy me vs. the price of a silpat that will last years should be enough incentive.  But, they didn't know what it was either.  We'll see...

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I would love to have a warming drawer and a second oven. Ok, that's two things, sorry...at least they're related!

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 OMG - a second oven! YES!  

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 I wish we had more counter space, a bigger sink, bigger dishwasher, bigger coffee maker

 

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