Memorial Day With Williams-Sonoma: Nom!

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Will your upcoming three-day weekend involve grilling, margaritas or making ice cream? It could, if you buy pricey gourmet gadgets from the new Williams-Sonoma catalog!

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You're thinking, "I don't need a panini press." But OMG look at those sandwiches. Melty, toasty yumminess could be yours, if you're willing to shell out $119.

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You're thinking, "I don't need a mesh chef's pan." You're right. Who sautes pasta over the grill? This is weird and unnecessary, and since sizzling liquid can drip through onto your flip-flop-clad foot, it seems like a good way to get burned.

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A fine-mesh grill pan, however, looks like a great idea. Does it come with the tomato, corn and black bean "salad" already in it? And, um… can the salad be ordered without the pan? To go? Thanks.

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Why would you put meatballs on the grill? You'd lose the juice! That's just dumb. Fiddy bucks of dumb.

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How many times a year would you have to use a jalapeño roaster to get your money's worth? It's "only" $19.95, but once you use it and go through the labor-intensive business of trying to clean it, doesn't it become a supposedly fun thing you'll never try again?

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Knowing next to nothing about grills — except that stuff tastes good when it comes off of one — my only comment here is "pretty!"

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Okay, instead of initials, let's think of three-letter words that would be great branded into burgers or steaks. Some suggestions:
OMG
BAM
BYE
JOY
WOW
COW
HOT
YUM

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And for the vegans:
EWW
WHY
WTF
ICK
SOY

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While the monogrammed poly-glassware is great, let's just focus on the $500 margarita maker with three blending stations and six automated drink settings. It will make you three 72-ounce pitchers of frozen bliss. And when you're done with those, it'll make some drinks for your friends and family, too.

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America the beautiful! Where you are free to be as matchy-matchy as you damn well please!

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Bowls that look like ice cream cones for the win. Cream whipper? Sure, why not! Ice cream maker? Yes please. With sprinkles on top.

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Advanced users: Try making popsicles that will match your swimsuit. Stripes, polka-dots and florals are encouraged.

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Strong the force is with these cookie cutters. Does Williams-Sonoma ship to Tatooine or the forest moon of Endor? Inquiring minds want to know.

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More stuff you don't really need, but wouldn't turn down if given as gift: A mango pitter, a pineapple corer, a citrus wedger. In the olden days one knife would do all of these jobs. The SAME knife!

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Whether one "needs" a four-in-one avocado tool is debatable. Molcajetes are cool, though. For guacamole. And for feeling like a medieval alchemist.

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$1,299 for 11 knives? Is that a good deal?

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$1,999 for 22 knives? Is that a good deal?

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Le Creuset looks gorgeous on display, and really, it better, when 12 pieces cost $1,129. On sale.

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This is how i feel at the gynecologist's office. But without the potatoes.

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If you have so much money that you feel okay about spending $300 on a toaster with a goddamn WINDOW in it so you can sit around watching toast turn brown then you have too much money and you should give me some.

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Ironing a tablecloth with a $1,999 iron? File under: Things You Will Never See Me Do.

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DISCUSSION

I want to go on a picnic and eat. This will be a prevailing thought throughout my day now.

My kids would flip the fuck out if I made them Star Wars cookies. Like seriously, I could be the worst Mom ever for the remainder of their childhoods and yet if I made those cookies all would be forgiven.

I want a set of Le Creuset soooo bad in Lemongrass! I am convinced my life won't be complete until I have them. I cook lots, so I've been coveting those babies for years now.