My father was the first person I know to purchase a pancake cooker. I was incredulous when I heard, of course: after all, from my perspective, pancakes seem like an exercise in controlled simplicity. Why would someone need to use a special tool to make a dish that pretty much just involves pouring batter into a skillet and then flipping it over once?
Normally, fashion choices involve a tradeoff between functionality and style. When you’re in a professional kitchen, however, style goes out the window. Nearly all shoes for chefs in the kitchen are ugly, non-slip designs with lots of grip on the bottom and liquid-resistant material that’s easy to clean after spills and mishaps. Many brands make shoes that are specifically designed for use in professional kitchens.
The best salsas are homemade. Guacamole is best made at home, too, from your personal favorite blend of herbs, spices, and vegetables. My recipe is a sacred tradition, assembled from at least a dozen hours scraping various online blogs for hidden grains of wisdom. It’s still a work in progress, but I get lots of compliments whenever I’m the one bringing dip to a gathering.
I don’t hunt much myself, but I’m lucky to have friends and family who do. Every few months, I’ll come into possession of a few choice cuts of elk that I get to process however I want.