I am a college student in the Alhambra area. Right now, I got some money that can go toward kitchenware, but I'm having a hard time choosing what would be the best investment.
I am torn between a pizza stone, because I occasionally bake my own bread and pizzas (still working on making them good, but people say they like it).
A stockpot, because winter is coming and sometimes I want soup, the homemade kind instead of the canned kind. Also, I really want to be able to make my own pho ga (chicken pho) and some pastas like ravioli (my frying pan is big but not that good for boiling things).
A food processor, although this is solely because I have taken an interest in cooking Indian food at home, and many recipes I have seen usually need a tarka, the base of the meal which is blended vegetables like onions, ginger and garlic, sometimes tomatoes in order to create a sauce. Also, while I have tried the recipes that say to use a food processor to chop them into tiny pieces or a sauce, I always get too impatient throughout the chopping and just settle for the slightly small bite-sized pieces (it kinda works but it is not a sauce).
I am, at this point, leaning towards the stockpot (it seems whichever I leaning towards changes through time...I mostly alternate from really wanting a pizza stone or stockpot)
Also, what is a good sized, but affordable stockpot to invest in? From what I've seen, if I want to make pho ga, I need to be able to fit the corpse of a chicken and their neck into the pot. Also, is a clear lid really a plus? While I do like to be able to check on things without lifting the lid, making the heat escape, I do notice that the steam and condensation will block the view of the food anyway.
Also a slight question on roommates: Is it alright, even though you mostly just met, to ask a roommate to occasionally be a test-taster of sorts? I like to keep the recipes that more than one person likes, and to do that, I need a person or two other than me.
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