Ironic that this Friday Five comes on a day when we're planning to eat out, out of town, partly as an temporary respite from our neglected household in the wake of Fellow Traveler's long bout with bronchitis.
1. What is the one appliance you simply couldn't be without?
I love our contact grill.
2. What if anything would you happily give up?
The blender, which to me is often more trouble than it's worth when it comes to cleanup. Ditto the food processor, for the same reason, and because it's simply so difficult to put together.
3. What is the most strangest household appliance you own?
Our matching University of Michigan and Michigan State University bottle openers, which play the fight songs of the respective schools when you pry off a bottle top; our dog-cookie jar, which plays "Who Let The Dogs Out?" or "Hound Dog" when you lift the lid.
4. What is the most luxurious household appliance you own?
It's not very luxurious at all, but coming from a home with a 40-year-old economy-model stove I've had to get used to our programmable stove with glass stovetop and multitudinous controls. My new Breadman bread machine is also fairly whiz-bang; enough to make me somewhat nervous trying to program it each time I use it. Oh, and then there's our new upright vacuum cleaner with the detachable canister for certain walking-around cleaning tasks and a special pet-hair-sensitive somethin'-somethin' for maximum pickup; although "vacuum" and "luxury" are not concepts I generally put together.
5. Tell us about your dream kitchen-the sky is the limit here.
For me it would be less about appliances and more about storage space. Just -- lots of accessible storage space so that everything can have its own spot. And I also have a craving for more light -- we get good sunlight from the window over the sink and from the French doors to the patio, next to the kitchen, but I think especially because of feeling like a mushroom in the dark Cold Comfort Cottage I'd like even more light -- if not from windows, from the artificial lighting.