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When we asked her about how the hammer made its way from the toolshed to her kitchen, Dorie said:
My husband bought it for me, but I can't remember why. [...] I used to crush crackers in the food processor or with a rolling pin, but one day I grabbed the hammer and have used it ever since—more fun.
Not a single-use item, the hammer can also be used, along with a screwdriver, to break up massive blocks of chocolate (perhaps a problem unique to authors of baking books?):
For really large blocks, I pack the chocolate in a heavy garbage bag and drop it a few times on the pavement. I use the driveway and try to do it when my neighbors can't see me—they'd think I'm nuts. The pavement drops gets the block down to manageable—with screwdriver and hammer—chunks.
Dorie also uses the hammer for savory applications: smashed potatoes. "Oh, and [it's] also good for cracking lobster claws," she said.
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What other less-than-usual tools does Dorie keep in the kitchen? "I keep a small pair of pliers in that same drawer for pulling out fish bones."
A (former) student of English, a lover of raisins, a user of comma splices. My spirit animal is an eggplant. I'm probably the person who picked all of the cookie dough out of the cookie dough ice cream. For that, I'm sorry.