Kitchen tools can add a lot to the fun of cooking. I'm not a big fan of tools that do things I can do just fine without them - rice cookers, bread makers, and such. (However, if these items will get you into the kitchen, don't let me stop you.) But I will shell out cash for fun toys like a spiralizer... a miraculous item (mostly from Japan, it seems) that will turn any reasonably solid vegetables into ribbons or noodles or other shapes. The one I have is called the "Benriner Cook Help," but there are a number of brands. The Benriner is easy to use and to clean.
Today I ran a small butternut squash through it with the most narrow blade. I then mixed it with some arugula (rocket to some of you...), about a teaspoon of olive oil, a half a teaspoon of umeboshi plum vinegar, and a few good shakes of Arizona Jalapeno Salt (from the amazing and talented Kim). A light and yet autumnal lunch, prepared in less than 10 minutes. And pretty much raw, too!
I'm glad the weekend is here so I can catch up on MoFo reading and commenting!