What Kitchen Implement Can’t You Live Without?

Me First

My sister always said, “Never take off your wedding ring, except to make meatloaf.”

I say, “Never take off your wedding ring even when you make meat loaf.”

My favorite kitchen implement is a pair of matching hands. Maybe they technically don’t count, but they have served me well all these years in all my kitchens.

Yes, these are my hands, mixing ground beef to make my Bleu Burgers (recipe later).

You’re Next

We all have one (or two) things – pan, knives, lemon reamer, martini shaker – whatever – that we could not imagine our kitchen being without. I want to know what yours is. Be one of the first three people to respond and you will receive something from me from Williams-Sonoma – my all-time, favorite place in the world to get all-things kitchen. You will also get the latest issue of Kelley Hospitality Magazine.

Respond in the comment section so you share your answer with all of us. Tell us what and why. Then e-mail me your address and I will send you the prizes. E-mail me at bagkelley@gmail.com.

I look forward to your answers.

Babs’ Bleu Burgers

My favorite combination of beef and cheese. You can substitute mozzarella, feta or Boursin, but then they wouldn’t be Babs’ Bleu Burgers now would they?

  • 2 pounds ground beef (I use lean)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound crumbled bleu cheese

Using your hands, mix all ingredients except for the cheese and shape into four patties. They will be thick.

Using your hands, make a little indentation in the center of each patty and fill with cheese. Cover the hole with meat.

Grill, broil, or cook in a pan to your liking. Serve in buns.

Using your hands, pick up and eat.

Hint: Try Maytag Dairy Farm Blue Cheese! I buy it fresh from their farm in Iowa.

12 thoughts on “What Kitchen Implement Can’t You Live Without?

  1. I would have to say it would be my food processor! Every year, I pick all the basil in my garden and make MASSIVE quantities of pesto for our annual Pesto Fest event. There is no way I could do that without this all-important gadget. Next to that would be my birthday-present-sparkling KitchenAid mixer. Yes, I have used it a couple of times, in fact. I told some friends that if I just had that one appliance, I just know I would immediately turn into a baker extraordinaire. I’m still waiting…. 😉

  2. I’m with Cindy, I’m hooked on my KitchenAid mixer. I used to be afraid to get it out and dirty it up and possibly break it, but I’m over it….that baby is indestructible and it does everything. But my number ONE kitchen “implement”…the one thing that I use every day…is my Cuisinart coffepot/hot water heater. I’m a coffee junkie who thought I *might* use the hot water heater. I use it all day, every day, for assorted things. I love it.

  3. I would have to say the my favorite kitchen thingy would be my big Wusthof chef’s knife. I use it a million times a day, to slice/chop/dice/whatever anything at all, big or small. Second place would be my microplane grater, because it saves my fingers when I’m trying to grate lemon zest. I’m not really a big gadget person, I’m afraid – basic is best!

    Love the name of your burgers, “Babs”!! 🙂

  4. Barbara – not commenting on the favorite tool but on the receipe. Use Maytag Dairy Farms Blue Cheese for the absolute best burgers.

    • Wayne! You are so right! The best blue cheese can be ordered from Maytagdairyfarm.com. Some local grocers carry it but the absolute freshest is from from Matag in Iowa. I can’t believe I forgot to tell people about this creamy brand of blue cheese. Thanks Wayne for reading. Just for this great comment, you get a free copy if Kelley Hospitality Magazine in your mailbox soon.

  5. Hi, Barbara – I know this comment is far too late for me to qualify for the Williams-Sonoma gift, but no matter – whatever the gift may have been, I probably wouldn’t have known its purpose or how to use it.

    The kitchen implement for which I cannot do without would be my can opener, followed by a small bowl in which to dump the contents of the opened can and finally, a spoon to remove its contents and convey said contents to the Opener of the Can, AKA The King of Texas, a blogger whose royal edicts, reflections, predictions, ruminations and dissertations can be found here:


    I enjoy your posts immensely, and you obviously were born to blog. I predict that your name will soon be up in lights, in competition with other cooks. Your will win First Place, but could possibly tie with another person for First place, and in the cook-off you would win hands-down – trust me!

    And one final note: In any search for the food blogger with the brightest, most engaging and most beautiful smile, you have no competition.

    That’s my comment and I’m sticking to it.

    • Dear King of Texas:
      Can openers are great…keep enjoying your canned food!
      Thanks so much for your generous comments proclaimed with a great spirit of hospitality. I hope your royal proclamations ring true someday.
      Enjoy your day!

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