a very vegan mofo wishlist

November 26th, 2010 12:43 pm by Kelly Garbato

As the day after Thanksgiving, today begins the annual FSMas decorating marathon at the Garbato-Brady house! The primary goal is to assemble and decorate the tree as quickly as possible, so we can get the holiday cards shot, designed and printed ASAP. Then comes all the other festive stuff: stockings, garland, lights, gold doubloons, pirate gear – and sparkly red, green, gold and silver monsters as far as the eye can see. Beyond this, you’re likely to find me making extra pipe cleaner flying spaghetti monsters right up ’til the 24th (which is when the husband and I celebrate FSMas).

Anyhow, since today also marks the first day of the x-mas shopping season, I thought it might be fitting to post my own holiday wish list. You know, just in case an anonymous admirer/fairy dogmother is out there, lurking and looking to unload some gifts on a certain lucky vegan blogger. (Me, me, me, pick me! ETA: I also accept cash and PayPal transfers. For your convenience, of course.)

A (Stainless Steel?) Cookware Set:

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Cuisinart MCP-12 MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set.
Image via Cuisineart.
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I’m still cooking with the same set of pots and pans that I bought when I moved out of my parents’ house. Ten years ago. I’d say that the peeling Teflon – or whatever that gunk is, who can tell anymore? – was the first indication that the set needed to be replaced…only I can’t remember a time when the set wasn’t flake-free. I know, healthy right?

Problem is, there are so many options out there, and I’m not really sure which is right for me. I’m leaning toward stainless steel because of its durability, but am worried that some foods will stick to it. Copper sounds ideal, but is way over my budget. Thoughts?

A Cake Decorating Set:

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Wilton 2104-2546 53 Piece Supreme Cake Decorating Set.
Image via Amazon.
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Mostly I’m just interested in a big, fat icing injector type thingie (see item #3), but it’d be nice to have a beginner’s set of tips and bags and stuff, for those rare gourmet food not-porn photo shoots. Of course, some decent photography skills would be nice, too. Ditto: a new digital camera.

Hostess® Twinkies Bake Set:

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The Hostess® Twinkies® Bake Set, new in box.
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So I can bake my own vegan Twinkies, duh!

Made by A. Aronson Inc. (“Creating New Products For America’s Favorite Brands”; channeling: my inner Mad Man), along with the Hostess® Cupcake Bake Set and Twinkie and cupcake carrying containers.

The Twinkies set includes a baking pan, spatula, icing injector bag, Twinkies container and complete recipe booklet (like I’d ever use that, lol). Word on the interwebz is that most of the kit is useless; all you really need to made some yummy vegan Twinkies are the Twinkie-shaped pans and an icing injector bag. fwiw, Amazon carries a no-name, no-frill knockoff by Nordpro, which includes just this.

Whip Cream Whipper:

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iSi Half Pint Mini Whip Cream Whipper, White.
Image via Amazon.
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Homemade vegan whipped cream, holla! My pie and ice cream, they miss you.

Topsy Turvy Tomato Tree & Strawberry Planter:

Topsy Turvy Screenshot

Screenshot of www.topsygardening.com.
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My dreams of growing tomatoes and strawberries indoors, year round, seem silly when one considers the obstacles the plants would face in a house full of dogs and cats, namely, that these furry fiends will appropriate my Topsy Turvys for use as scratching posts, treat depositories, jungle gyms and litter boxes.

Still, a girl can dream, can’t she? Or install electrified, barbed wire fencing. Muahahaha!

“Domestic Terrorist” apron:

Domestic Terrorist Apron

Domestic Terrorist Apron: GreenIsTheNewRed’s “domestic terrorist” aprons, modeled by the always glamorous Kim. CC image via Will Potter on Flickr.
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domestic terra-ist, i iz won! Or rather, the furkids iz. Seeing as I don’t actually wear aprons, this would probably become another prop for our occasional holiday doggy photo shoots. (Or, when not in use, stored/displayed on my Curious George or E.T. stuffed animals.) On the upside, I’m sure they’d all wear it better than I.

Available online @ the PPK or Green is the New Red stores.

Cotton Candy Machine:

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Nostalgia Electrics CCM-600 Full-Size Cotton-Candy Machine.
Image via Amazon.
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Yes. I am, in point o’ facts, eight years old. Why do you ask?

As with Nostalgia’s Old Fashioned Movie Time Popcorn Cart, this too comes in a tabletop model. But where’s the fun in that?

Also, on a totally non-food related note, I’d love a pair of binoculars for animal watching (of the nonhuman variety, you perv!), as well as the complete published works of Margaret Atwood (even though they’ve yet to be bundled and sold as such; wtf, publishers!).

So, mofo’ers, pray tell: what’s on your vegan wishlist?*

* This is a question, not an offer. /disclaimer

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7 Responses to “a very vegan mofo wishlist”

  1. vulgar wheat Says:

    I have that exact set of cookware (due to the most amazing amazon screw-up EVER), and it’s pretty awesome. So long as you use some oil, nothing really sticks. They get this rainbowy discoloring on the inside when they go on high heat, but apparently it’s easy to get off with some types of cleaning stuff.

    But I did a lot of research when I was looking into replacing my parents’, and basically, tri-clad and up (quad-clad? penta-clad? hexa-clad?) are all equivalent to each other and aluminum, and second only to copper for most things (Can’t beat a good ol’ cast iron pan and dutch oven for some cases…).

  2. Maida Says:

    I have a similar set to the Cuisinart one here (also a Cuisinart brand, just not that particular one). I like it okay, but food tends to stick when sauteeing or when I’m trying to pan fry stuff like tofu. I’ve heard from friends that cast iron is like non-stick coated pots and pans without the carcinogenic coating and I would like to try that out. I’m also curious about ceramic cookware.

    http://cookware.mercola.com/

  3. Molly Says:

    The cotton candy machine is adorable! I hope you get most (or even all) of the things you’re wishing for. :)

    My wish list is pretty small & has nothing to do with food- I just want more tattoos. Other than that, a reverse osmosis system would be quite welcome in our house.

  4. Shannon (Vegan Burnout) Says:

    I’ve been trying to use our cast-iron skillets more as our old nonstick pans wear out, but I covet a big mother of a stainless steel soup/pasta pot. Maybe a few small saucepans, too. And better knives. Come to Mama!

    Also, like Molly, I would like more tattoos, plz. And a job where I can re-purple my hair.

  5. Kelly Garbato Says:

    @ vw and Maida – I have one massive stainless steel pot that I use for soups and stews, and it seems to play nice w/liquids; but if you try to sautee anything in it, you have to stir constantly lest your onion or garlic or whatever sear itself to the bottom of the pan. So I’m wondering how stainless steel will work when frying other materials. Silly me, I should just run a few experiments w/the pot! So many choices…

    @ Molly – Yay for tattoos! Didn’t you just get a new one? ;)

    @ Shannon – Oh, that sucks! Not being able to dye your hair, that is.

    Thanks for the suggestion/advice, all! :)

  6. Adrienne Randall Says:

    The cotton candy machine is adorable! I hope you get most (or even all) of the things you’re wishing for. :) My wish list is pretty small & has nothing to do with food- I just want more tattoos. Other than that, a reverse osmosis system would be quite welcome in our house.

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