[QUOTE=JoanieL;1035132]Very sweet, but I placed my order already. :)[/quote]
Sweet and self-serving in the "I need to declutter" sense. I have 1qt, 3qt, 6qt, 8qt, and "huge" conventional pressure cookers. They're all fairly modern with the 6 and 8 qt models being the fancy dual pressure spring release models...and since getting the electric I rarely touch any of them. The 3qt now has a dual fuel camp stove stashed inside and is in a disaster kit along with some #10 cans labeled "FOOD" in block letters. The 1.5 I use for sauces. The "huge" is for canning (something I used to do/haven't in awhile). I used to have 2 8qt pots but I gave one to a friend.
[QUOTE=JoanieL;1035132]Question on knives. I have a couple of fairly decent knives and thought about going with just one of those sharpeners that looks like a stick with diamonds etched into it to see if I can sharpen them up a bit and use them 'til they die. Would that work? (I can always give myself good knives for my birthday come spring.)[/QUOTE]
If the knives are fairly sharp now, the best thing you can do is head to a restaurant supply or asian grocery store and look for the longest steel they have. Should be under $20. Alternatively you can get ceramic steels. You do not want diamond for this because it removes way too much metal. Basically what you are trying to do is smooth out/straighten the tiny burr on the very edge.
If the knives are dull, a diamond sharpener (if we're talking about the same thing) is probably overkill but it totally depends on you. I have a miserable time getting an edge I'm satisfied with, freehand. On the other hand, I've grown accustomed to very sharp knives. A lot of people hand sharpen knives and are totally satisfied. A lot of people have dull knives too. I tried to learn it, thought I was good, and then got a kit like this: [url=http://www.amazon.com/Lansky-Deluxe-5-Stone-Sharpening-System/dp/B000B8IEA4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355771811&sr=8-1&keywords=knife+sharpener+kit]Amazon.com: Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System: Sports & Outdoors[/url] and realized I wasn't. Mine actually has diamond hones and cost a little more but same idea. Or pay someone to sharpen the blades once a year or so.
I would stay away from anything that has a slot or gap you drag the blade through, powered or not. They usually suck.
Yes, we just bought [URL="http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/36218/dominion"]Dominion[/URL] as a family gift, to the family.
I buy myself at least one gift every year. Sometimes that's the only way I get anything I actually want.
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[QUOTE=JoanieL;1034258]Do you give yourself gifts during the holidays? I kind of accidentally started this for myself as a young woman one year when I bought myself a black cashmere sweater while I was shopping for my other gifts for others. I also heard something once that stated, "Give yourself a gift every day," and it's a philosophy I like.
This year, my list is pretty much kitchen, because after living here for a year and a half, I've decided that though I can create some pretty good things with my barebones set-up, I want to expand my repertoire a bit.
Deep fryer (yes frying is okay, I searched the blog)
Good knives (and sharpener)
Cast iron pan
Pressure cooker (because I have the patience of a gnat and want to start getting serious about bone broths).
So, any other self-Santas out there?[/QUOTE]
I've gifted to myself several times and have done so this year. I bought myself an I am The Stig t-shirt off the BBC America site.