Nancy & Dick's Swell Christmas Cooking Scores

Jan 1, 2014

Every year my wife, the lovely and talented Cheryl DeGroot, and I vow to skip the presents. This year was no different. We both broke the pledge.

DG presented me with  the beautiful shoyusashi (soy sauce vessel) by potter Reid Ozaki shown above. See that little plug on top? It's hollow. You cover the hole and when you lift your finger the soy sauce is released. Cool,  no? We've both followed and collected Reid's pots for many years.

When I showed it to Nancy Leson, she couldn't resist bragging on the vintage carbon steel knife she scored for her husband, Mac. I love carbon. Easy to sharpen. So it gets stained — who cares?

And, and, AND a giant Thank You to my sister Debbie in Annapolis for the giant box  – like ten pounds worth – of  flat parchment paper which she claims  fell off the back of a truck. Thanks, 'Loot – now  I can bake every day for the rest of my life.

What cool cooking/eating gear did you give or receive? And what about food-related New Year's resolutions?  The only one I've ever kept was years back when I resolved never to make another New Year's resolution. It's possible you're more ambitious. If so, please share.

" much kitchen equipment is bought indiscriminately by people who just came in for underwear." 

– Julia Child