Simple Green: Handle With Humanpower

Simple Green: Handle With Humanpower

Amber Byfield
Nov 26, 2008

11_26_08_cooking.jpgHaving woken up an hour before the alarm, I grabbed the day by the horns and spent the very early hours of the morning kneading pie dough, trying to make Thanksgiving headway before getting ready for work. And as I rolled balls of dough into completely imperfect circles, hoping they'll make flaky crusts, I thought... This is the way it's supposed to be.

Our kitchen is equipped with some great gadgets. But we've been paring down for a while--we just passed along our electric juicer and unplugged our espresso machine. Why?

Because we're enjoying going back to the basics. I could have whipped up the dough in the food processor this morning, but not wanting to wake the household, I quietly worked it by hand.

I think about all the plug-in kitchen gadgets, from can openers to mixers to coffee machines, and think that maybe--just maybe--eliminating some of them (I refuse to give up my hand-me-down KitchenAid stand mixer, c'mon!) would do a little bit of good.

There's a lot to be said for some good old-fashioned human power in the kitchen, especially around the holidays. It adds a certain flair to whatever's being cooked. And, let's not forget the obvious... it may take a little more time, but it also saves a little bit of power.

What do you think?

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