Foodie Gadgets

Foodie Gadgets

Under the Christmas tree, we certainly had a cooking theme happening this year with our gift giving.  Both C1 and I were given Le Creuset red cast iron pans and I was overwhelmed by RM’s gift of a beautiful Ruffoni copper serving dish with acorn handles.  Almost too beautiful and timeless to use.

le creuset cast iron
We love them all!

C1 prepared our first holiday meal for us this week in her beautifully decorated home in Mesquite.  In her travels to Germany, she had learned about the electric raclette party grill. The nonstick surface grills your favorite meat, seafood and vegetables while your cheese and sauces broil to perfection below.  If you have children, you will want to help them with the handles as this baby gets hot!


What is this strange word raclette, you ask? Raclette is a Swiss cheese dish, a cultural land mark, the name of a cheese, a table top appliance, a dining experience, and a great time.
Raclette is very popular in Europe, especially in the Swiss Alps and other ski regions. And that’s where it’s said Raclette came from.
Back in the days, Swiss shepherds from the French speaking Valais region needed to bring food up to the Alps that was relative cheap and wouldn’t spoil easily in the hot summer month. So they brought cheese and potatoes. While the potatoes roasted in the fire, a big piece of cheese was put close to the fire. Once it started melting the cheese was taken away and scraped of the cheese onto the baked potatoes. This was not only filling and nourishing but also delicious. In French ‘to scrape’ translates to ‘racler’ and this is where the term raclette comes from.

Raclette cheese can be ordered online from gourmet foodie sites and is pale yellow in color with a few small holes dispersed throughout. Once melted, its texture is creamy and does not separate. Raclette is similar to fondue, nutty and rich.  It was such a fun way to spend an evening sharing stories, making jokes, and cooking together over the raclette.

On Christmas eve, our tradition is to have party foods and always homemade egg rolls. My recipe includes sausage, cabbage and the all- important secret dab or two of peanut butter.  We roll like Elvis sometimes on Ashland.  This year, RM brought home from Aldi’s a stainless steel buffet server on sale for only $24.99.  This was a handy foodie gadget to serve our little odd ball combos of foodie favorites and to keep everything warm as we nibbled away the evening watching holiday movies and speculating what was under the tree in the pretty packages. RM and I certainly reflected on how blessed we are to live in the Fort, to our beautiful family, for wonderful friends and a full and purposeful life on Ashland.  Happy New Year to all of you as well!

White bean and horseradish dip, grilled tortillas, lamb pops, grilled shrimp and pineapple, and egg rolls and lots of condiments.  We love condiments!



2 thoughts on “Foodie Gadgets

  1. I want a raclet! How do I get one? Perfect for NYE as long as everyone’s sober and coordinated. Beautiful La Creuset bake and serving ware. Enjoy your kitchen adventures. Our tradition is to eat rustic (translation messy) on Christmas Eve before church, then splurge on Christmas Day. Happy holidays to all of the Marshalls.

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