Whether you're headed to a potluck with enough cupcakes for a crowd or you're bringing deviled eggs for a big party, transportation can be a problem. No matter how carefully you wrap such dishes in plastic wrap, you'll wind up with frosting or deviled egg everywhere. The Deluxe Bakers Sto 'N Go offers a less messy alternative: the carrier has trays that keep whatever food you're transporting steady, leaving sticky decorations intact. You can even carry combinations of food, depending on just how much you need to carry: you can slide in a tray of deviled … Read more
Meals are not meant to be rushed. Perhaps in our caveman days it was a requirement of survival to scarf down whatever scraps of meat we could get our hands on, but times have changed. While that certainly could be considered an understatement, all too often we rush through our meals, ignoring the intrinsic benefit built into mealtime. Sitting down for a meal--assuming we are in a civilized frame of mind--is a perfect opportunity to slow down, speak with our friends, families, and neighbors and simply enjoy each other's company while we share our common need.
Of course, any … Read more
I recently made my first homemade pizza for a dinner with friends, and was forced to come to terms with the fact that my three-year-old dollar-store pizza cutter is on its little, last, pathetic legs. Or last axle, if we're being literal.
During an intensive course of Internet research for a replacement cutter, I stumbled upon a line designed by Frankie Flood. Flood's designs often tend toward cool aesthetics and away from functionality, but this baby looks like it would actually work well. Although I may not be purchasing one to serve practical purposes, it's definitely worthy … Read more
If you've been a reader for a while, you may remember the Cook-N-Dine teppanyaki-style cooking table, whose patented design allowed you to sear and saute meats and veggies on the same surface from which your guests eat. The trick to the Cook-N-Dine was in its reaction to being heated: the center of the table turns slightly concave when it's heated, trapping all of the juices in the center as the food cooks.
CDS, inventors of the Cook-N-Dine, have redesigned its patented line in this new family of indoor cook tops. The features that made hoards of customers fall … Read more
You can get Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and--now--tableware. Gifts With Humanity sells a variety of Fair Trade handicrafts, including items like the Olive Wood Salad Serving Set. The salad servers come from Kenyan crafters, who carve both the wooden spoon and fork as well as adding intricate designs on cow bone for the handles. Each design is created by melting wax onto the white bone, which is then dipped in a dark dye. The designs on individual sets of these salad servers vary, but each set measures 11 inches long. The can be safely used with food, although they should … Read more
Salads are greater than the sum of their parts. Much more is involved than simply chopping up some stuff and throwing it into a bowl; the construction of a salad depends not only on ingredients, but also proportions, preparation, and a knack for understanding collective tastes. No matter what salad you may be serving, before it goes in the big serving bowl, it all has to start with the prep work.
While salad preparation can consist of mixes and dressings and scrubbing and peeling, at its simplest form, salad is basically cleaned vegetables cut into a bowl. The Slice 'n Spin Salad Spinner with Built-in Mandolin … Read more
Everybody likes food on the go. From street food to fast food, portable food always hits the spot. The allure of an always hot, ready-to-eat dish waiting just beyond your fingertips can be enough to make your mouth water. Sometimes, it's a matter of getting what you want when and where you want it, and other times it's a matter of bringing along your own dishes--literally.
Some kitchen gadgets are completely unnecessary. You cannot possibly justify these purchases as something you need; however, it's precisely those gadgets that can wind up being the most valuable ones in your kitchen.
Such is the Egg Cuber. Really, do you need square eggs? Of course not, but once you know that square eggs are a possibility, don't you just have to have them? Can you imagine a buffet table featuring a tower of poached eggs? That, my friends, is power.
No, it's not a crystal ball that will help you see your future. What it will help you do, however, it add a little sweetness to your tea or coffee.
The Zucch Sugar Pourer is a stunning way to hold one of my favorite spices, made of thick, double-walled glass. The visual effect is that of an orb floating in midair. The sugar isn't included, but there are plenty of pretty varieties that would look great, like raw sugar or lightly colored varieties. Sugar is poured from a small hole at the top, and the pourer is refilled … Read more
I have to blog about the Lemon Run, because, according to its Web site, using it a "smile starts running down on your face." And whom, my friends, can pass that up?
The Lemon Run solves a problem that many of us face. But let's let them explain it to us:
"Do you hesitate to pick up a piece of lemon from the plate before serving it to a dish of delicacy? Worry about spurting juice all over place, onto people's face or clothes? Spoil the enjoyment for everyone around you."
I don't … Read more