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Favorite kitchen toy
Mandoline?
Microplane?
Food Processor?
I just can't decide which is my favorite, what is yours?
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Love my Bron, all-stainless mandoline. Don't have a microplane, but love to use a truffle slicer to make perfect, super-thin slices of garlic.
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I have a Bron too and every time I use it, I just admire the engineering that has gone into making that little slice of heaven.....pun intended.   Why not use it for your garlic?
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Ever since I lost my fingertips on a Matfer mandoline (which I really enjoy using), my favorite is the microplane.

p.s.  Thanks for the idea, Lab... I only use my truffle slicer for chocolate and would like to get more use out of it!
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@Nina: Just like the "feel" of the truffle slicer better for garlic based on relative size.

The Bron was one of the things I encountered in the restaurant in which I worked that I loved so much I had to buy. Wish I could afford to get a few other things I used there, such as the Robot Coupe, the VitaMix and the immersion blender that was almost like a bass-boat trolling motor (instead of those puny stick blenders they sell to the public but that can't reach the bottom of a Dutch oven).
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Vita mix blender and immersion circulator.
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Sharp chef's knife.  
( I only use mandoline / electric tools if I have a very large amount to do.  It's just much easier to clean up a knife!)

Immersion blender.
(The one electric that is quick & easy to clean.)
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My bench scraper.

Best...

...Tool

Ever...

Cleaning, scraping, cutting, slicing, portioning, quasi-oven spatula, moving ingredients from board to bowl/pot/pan. I use this sucker for everything.
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Ooo, bench scraper. That's a good one. My kitchen crew will attest to how miserable I make their lives if I can't find my bench scraper.
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I overlooked this toy because I use it so much I didn't even think about it.  I use it every day for a myriad of foods, it is my SALAD SPINNER!  There is nothing that can really replace this, it does it's job so well.
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Good one Limey!  You're right, nothing can beat it.
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With all of the baking I've been doing, I'd definitely have to go with my KitchenAid for which I should be receiving my pasta attachment in the mail today.  So, hopefully even more this evening. :]
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Which Kitchenaid do you have? I've been dying to get one for when I'm doing large volumes of dough but I keep hearing horror stories about stripped gears (plastic) etc. That and the fact that the starting price for one that has the capacity I need is in the $600+ range. I've actually been meaning to see how much I could get a used stand-alone dough mixer for.

About the pizza crust in your blog, you are correct. Brush the outside with olive oil if you want that browned crunchy crust.

I forgot to mention that my bench scraper is the perfect size to clean the tiny window in my ancient oven.
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   Sorry for butting into your  Kitchenaid conversation, but here is my experience.  Kithcenaid was a solid state product in the 70's when Hobart made them.  In the 80's Whirlpool bought the contract and began making the mixer with some plastic gears, but they claim to do what it could do when Hobart made them.
  Well, I  bake about 90% of the bread that we eat, and have burned out two Kitchenaid mixers.  The first was the 375 watt, the second was the newer big one, I want to say it's 675 watts or 625.  Now I have a Bosch mixer, and I love it.  I can push 10 lbs of dough in that baby.  If I had the room, I would have two stand mixers.  A Kitchenaid for smaller jobs, and the big mammagamma for breads.