Hey Mom & Dad! This one's for you. Cause you got me a gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma for my birthday, and I was like a kid in a kitchen store.
I thought you might like to see what I bought. See that timer in the middle? No more burning things! I mean really, how silly is it to have to use my cell phone to time things like pies and quiche? Well no more. Look at that sleek and beautiful timer.
And speaking of quiche and pie, I finally got a utensil with which to serve them. And the first thing I did was make a quiche, of course!
Would you believe I've never bought a good bottle of balsamic vinegar in my life? Until now, that is. Thanks, parents! This bottle is aged 25 years and it's so thick and sweet and luscious. I can hardly wait till later in the summer when I can drizzle some of this nectar over fat, ruby red slices of organic tomatoes.
I also got some yummy sauces and spreads - I've mentioned the tomato-vodka sauce here previously - it's definitely worthy of your favorite pasta. And the artichoke-spinach-parmesan dip is addictive, pretty much right out of the jar. And I couldn't pass up a condiment that contains two of my favorite things - hot peppers and preserved lemons! I can't wait to make a spicy chic pea stew using this Moroccan Harissa dip as a flavoring.
So thanks, Mom & Dad! The only thing that would make these gifts better would be if you could come over for dinner and enjoy every last bit of it with me.