This fish poacher.
On Saturday, Bossy cooked an enormous pot of spaghetti sauce with meatballs and chicken for a dinner party. For Bossy, this is like falling out of bed since she’s been working this same family recipe since she was a girl. What never used to be simple, however, was cooking over two pounds of pasta for a mass of people, since Bossy never had a second pot big enough to handle the tangle of spaghetti.
Enter the fish poacher. Its shape perfectly suits long spaghetti, and its capacity allows for tons of water to come to a nice rolling boil, so there’s never any sticking or clumping.
When not doing duty for a dinner party, the fish poacher sits without its lid in Bossy’s pot cabinet, where it holds all the other lids for the other pots and pans.
Oh, and the fish poacher is occasionally used to poach fish, where occasionally equals maybe never since Bossy and her husband usually grill or bake fish.
Peg saysMarch 3, 2009 at 7:31 am
That fish poacher is a beauty and perfect for pasta! My favorite thing would be to learn Bossy’s family recipe for sauce with meatballs and chicken. Looks yummy.
Gigi saysMarch 3, 2009 at 9:17 am
Love the fish poacher’s shape- I was trying to spend a gift card at Bed Beth and Beyond recently (before IT goes out of business like Linens and Things) and I saw these in the store. Frankly, I never knew such a thing existed. Obviously we don’t poach much fish at our house. Who knew it was also a lid holder/ spaghetti cooker? Shoot.
Florida Liz saysMarch 3, 2009 at 10:04 am
Heh.. yeah fish poaching.. not a common occurrence here either.
My aunt was given a big fish from an friend that went deep sea fishing.. she ended up poaching it wrapped in foil and run through the dish washer.. worked out great !!
megachick saysMarch 3, 2009 at 10:17 am
yay, i finally know what to do with that fish poacher we got for christmas (wth?) 3 years ago.
Assertagirl saysMarch 3, 2009 at 10:32 am
Even more than your fish poacher I am coveting your stainless steel gas stove.
Jean saysMarch 3, 2009 at 10:34 am
Alton Brown would be so proud of you. He loves kitchen items with more than one purpose.
MariaV saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:29 am
I agree. That poacher is a beauty.
TanyaK saysMarch 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm
This should almost be under the climb out of debt catagory. What a lovely three-use item! I never would have thought of the pan cover idea. I can’t wait to leave work and reorganize my cupboards.
I know, my life IS that boring!
Liz saysMarch 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm
Wow. I’m so hungry now. I agree with Peg… any chance of a recipe? 🙂
Cheri @ Blog This Mom! saysMarch 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm
Whodda thunk it?
Little Miss Sunshine State saysMarch 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm
That made me want to cook spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Even though I don’t have a pasta poacher, I have enough big pots
Nina Rubin saysMarch 3, 2009 at 3:51 pm
Poacher, tres elegant, but you don’t really need all that much water, or so says the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/dining/25curi.html?scp=1&sq=cook%20pasta%20with%20less%20water&st=cse
Fortune Cookies saysMarch 3, 2009 at 5:00 pm
I don’t know that I’ll ever poach fish, but I’m thinking I definitely need one of those fish poachers/pasta cooker thingys!
Bush Babe of Granite Glen saysMarch 3, 2009 at 6:46 pm
Ha! Well I definitely need something to hold all my saucepan lids!! Sadly, the saucepan handles are no longer with us, so there’s plenty of room in the drawer!!!
Helen+ilana=Hi saysMarch 3, 2009 at 7:54 pm
I have 2 (count ’em) fish poachers and this is why. If you place a lot of olive oil and a lot of vermouth in a large plastic bag along with a large clump of fresh basil or fresh cilantro or other herbs of your Choice and then you add a fish for several hours you can then slide the whole mess into a poacher. Don’t forget to use the tray and only use enough liquid to just lap at the sides of the fish. Proceed with poaching said fish. The result is ………..
REALLY REALLY GOOD
Cactus Petunia saysMarch 3, 2009 at 11:05 pm
What?! Linens & Things is going out of business? And is it meatball week or something? This is the second post I’ve read about meatballs today. (Check out Foolery’s blog) I guess I gotta make me some! (Great creative use of the fish poacher by the way!)
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysMarch 4, 2009 at 12:07 am
I shut down when I heard “poached fish” because, well, many reasons, where many reasons = ew. I love fish but concur with decisions to grill or bake it.
However I perked back up when I read “enormous pot of spaghetti with meatballs and chicken” because is Bossy combining the chicken with the sauce/meatballs or was the chicken a separate entree?
This is a rhetorical question brought to Bossy by Many Reasons, where many reasons = ew, which rhymes with flu.