Here are a few of our favorite things:
Lemon juice is a wonderful ingredient, but who needs the seeds? This easy-to-use lemon squeezer, its design borrowed from the fresh juice vendors in Mexico, gets out all the juice wihout the mess. It retails for about $12 and is available at cooking stores like Sur La Tab www.surlatab.com.
If you want a kitchen gadget that will slice fruits and veggies quickly, you need a mandolin, like the one show above. You can buy a fancy one with multiple settings and blades for $100-200, but I’ve found this simple one made by Feemster costs about $10 and is quick and effective. The carbon blade stays sharp and just needs to be wiped dry after use. Available online at www.thehomemarketplace.com or at well-stocked kitchen stores.
Easy Exotic by Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi is a model who travels around the world. She’s also a woman who loves to eat. She’s gathered wonderful low-fat recipes from around the world–Spain, France, Italy, India, Asia and Morocco. This terrific cookbook is available online from Amazon www.Amazon.com.
by Jane Butel
The undisputed queen of New Mexican cooking, Jane Butel brings an amazing selection of recipes for bowls of the hot stuff. For a complete review, check out Real Reviews. Buy this cookbook from Amazon or directly from Jane at www.janebutelcooking.com