Greatest purchase ever

A couple months ago Lisa and I were making dinner for friends. We picked out a couple of dishes from one of Rachael Ray’s 30-minute books and got to work. Of course one of my ideas involved grilling vegetables (our guests were more or less vegetarians), and the closest appliance I have to a grill is one of those George Foreman things. So I decided (with a couple hours left until their arrival) to head over to BB&B to look for a grill pan.

Unfortunately the biggest one they had was only like 11″. I really wanted a big surface I could work on, so that just wouldn’t do. That’s when I found the Wisconsin Reversible Griddle. It’s a double burner platform with a flat griddle on one side and a grooved grill on the other. After cooking up some magnificent veggies (including eggplant, zucchini, and portobella mushrooms), I was in love. Seriously, the next morning I was cooking bacon and pancakes on the other side and I haven’t looked at the stove top the same way since.

Last night I did the whole grilled veggie thing again, and I’m getting the preparation/timing of it all down. I don’t mean to sound like a commercial, but I’ve now used this griddle/grill for breakfast, lunch, and dinner several times in just a couple months. I’m not sure how anyone can get by in the kitchen without one of these!! Of course now I must focus on baking needs as I have very little in the way of pans (making brownies a challege 😛 ). Once Lisa and I get our own place, I’m sure I’ll replace a lot of the pots and skillets, etc. – but for now my selection is more than adequate.