Just What We Needed Dept.: The Smoking Gun
New York Times food writer Mark Bittman, when asked what one needs in a kitchen, responded "A stove, a sink, a refrigerator, some pots and pans, a knife and some serving spoons," I answered. "All else is optional." Clearly he never heard of the Smoking Gun, yet another one of those single-purpose kitchen devices, albeit with a great name, that kitchens have had to grow vast to accommodate.
Its sole reason for being is to "Quickly and effortlessly infuse foods and drinks with natural smoky flavors such as applewood or hickory without the extra heat. This tool adds a smoky flavor to foods before or after cooking." Only $99.
But wait, there's more! You have to feed it wood chips, $25 for four little jars.
You can even smoke a Bloody Mary. Who knew. More at Polyscience and Williams Sonoma, via Notcot
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