Squeezing the juice of a lemon (or lime) over a salad or dish is easy if the task is done in the kitchen with a traditional citrus squeezer that holds 1/2 of a lemon or lime. But, what if you’re serving a dish and want to give your family or guests the option to squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over their food (or tea) without getting the juice all over their hands and/or clothing? Then, you need to get the Press Art Lemon Squeezer: a handy little gadget made in France of Eastman Triton – a super strong BPA-free material – that squeezes the juice out of a lemon or lime slice without splashing or making a mess. Read more
Several months ago, I was in a restaurant (Levél Veggie Bistro) by Retiro Park in Madrid when I was blown away by a dish called “Timbal Fresco de Quinoa” which means “Fresh Quinoa Timbale.” This beautiful plate of layered quinoa, sliced avocado, and chopped tomatoes with sprouts and ground black peppercorns on top was served with basil leaves along with a lemon squeezer and olive oil. I simply sprinkled the fresh lemon juice over the top with a sprinkle of salt and the flavor was magnificent. Read more
Pistachios and olives make great appetizers and snacks but the question always seems to come down to what to do with the shells or pits? I often stand in the kitchen and eat pistachios right out of the bag holding the empty shells until my hand is full and then toss the shells in the trash can. Or, I enjoy the olives but then have to find a casual way to dispose of the pit so that no one sees what I’ve been gnawing on. An empty bowl can be placed alongside the bounty but this is often less than ideal because who wants to look at an olive pit that’s been munched on or a pile of empty shells? Read more
Keep your veggies as clean as your diet.
Full Circle Home is a New York-based company committed to making safe, functional, and more beautiful products that make our lives easier and also contribute to a healthier planet by using bamboo (strong and doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizers), bonterra (a petrochemical free plastic alternative made from plants), glass, recycled plastic, natural latex, organic cotton, cellulose (a sponge alternative that’s biodegradable), and plant-based materials. Read more
I hear you. Raising kids and running a house keep me busy, too. I also have this little gig on the side called a full time job.
Finding just the right gift for the busy mom can be a challenge. Most moms usually have three things on their minds – family, work, and dinner – so the idea is how to make these three super important parts of her life easier and a bit more relaxing. With that in mind, here are ten gift ideas for the busy mom who doesn’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done: Read more
Hot, fresh popcorn is best made the old-fashioned way: on the stove in a hand-cranked pot designed to turn crunchy corn kernels into one of America’s favorite snacks. In less than 3 minutes, 1/2 cup of corn kernels (or 2/3 cup of tiny kernels) can be turned into 6 quarts of hot, fresh popcorn with the Stainless Steel Whirley Pop: a durable pan and lid with a patented “crank and stir” mechanism that continuously moves the popcorn around, evenly distributing the oil (1-2 tablespoons per 1/2 cup of kernels, depending on the brand) while preventing the popcorn from burning. Read more
If aluminum is good then anodized aluminum is perfection.
Natural aluminum bakeware has been the standard for commercial bakeries for decades because of its strength and durability. By reflecting heat rather than absorbing heat, aluminum reaches baking temperatures faster and cools quicker (dark steel or heavy weight metal bakeware retains heat and continues baking long after the pan has been removed from the oven). However, aluminum is porous and will absorb fats, sugar, oil, dish soap, and detergents. The solution? Anodized aluminum. Read more