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.