Welcome to Weekend Cook and Tell. Every Wednesday we poke around the food sections of various national newspapers in search of an inspiration for a weekend cooking project. We hope you'll cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.
This week in The New York Times John T. Edge shared the story of how the Microplane grater made the transition from the garage to the kitchen. It's a fascinating tale of how what was once a tool used for woodworking transitioned into the kitchen, coming to be known as one of the most useful tools around for grating and zesting.
For this week's challenge we want to hear about the tools that get used in your kitchen that may not have been made for food use. Whether it's a pair of sewing scissors that are repurposed as chive snippers, or a saw that does the trick for butchering larger cuts of meat, this week we'd like to know about the tools that migrated into your kitchen from other areas of the home, and how you put them to work.
Show us photos of your double duty tools in action on Photograzing (make sure to include "Cook and Tell" in your submission title), and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. We'll post a round-up of your most inventive crossover tools, ideas, recipes, and experiences next Wednesday.