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Posts from the ‘Appliances and Kitchen’ Category

6
Sep

The Ultimate Brownie Spatula

Getting brownies out of the pan intact has always been difficult for me. First I cut the brownies in the pan with a knife and then try to maneuver a spatula under the brownie which invariably results in crumbled pieces in the pan or broken brownies.

The brownies still taste great but they just don’t look as delicious on the plate. For years, I’ve searched for the right spatula but most are just too big (12 inches long or more) for the job until I discovered the Fox Run Cookie Brownie Spatula:  a 7 inch by 2.25 inch stainless steel spatula with a wood handle that makes cutting and serving brownies a breeze. Read more »

17
Aug

The Ultimate Pistachio or Olive Server

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 »

9
Aug

The Ultimate Veggie Brush: The Ring™

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 »

10
Dec

10 Gifts for the Busy Mom

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 »

24
Jun

The Whirley Pop

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 »

22
Mar

The Makers Apron

Most people don’t get too excited about aprons but I do because an apron not only protects clothes but also helps keep things – measuring spoons, spatulas, a tissue, or scissors – close at hand.

Years ago I read a cookbook (Vegan Chocolate by Fran Costigan) that gave me some invaluable advice:  gather all your ingredients on the countertop before starting a recipe. The second great piece of advice that I had to learn through trial and error was to always use an apron that is functional and fashionable. Although the second aspect is arguably trivial, there’s no doubt a fantastic piece of clothing makes us feel happy and that’s what a Maker’s Apron does. Read more »

8
Apr

Whose Your Daddio?

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 »

1
Feb

Artifact Bag Company Aprons

Most aprons are stylish or cute but don’t provide the four practical attributes a baker really needs: fit, coverage, a few pockets, and durability. Artifact Bag Company of Omaha, Nebraska hand makes a heavy-duty apron that meets all those criteria and is nice on the eyes. Read more »

28
Jan

Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Baker

Baking is a passion and since Valentine’s Day is all about love, enthusiasm, and devotion, why not consider a gift this year that expresses the same sentiment but in a different way to those who rely on the oven to work their magic?  Bakers put a lot of effort into having the right tools, bowls, pans, and appliances to bring their creations to fruition but with the constant introduction of new products, there’s always something a baker needs (as opposed to wants), including: Read more »

26
Oct

The Piebox

Transporting a pie is never an easy task, especially if the pie is deep dish, warm or topped with chiffon. Cardboard boxes are flimsy, Tupperware containers seem to be better at storing a pie, and baskets are just impractical (as cute as they look).

Professionally trained pastry chef, Adrienne Blumthal along with co-founders Carol Blumthal and Steve Metzer solved the problem by creating the Piebox: a reusable wooden pie carrier that will keep your pie safe and intact whether you’re walking, driving, biking, or even flying (yes, TSA rules allow you to carry pies and cakes through the security checkpoint: TSA Traveling with Food or Gifts). Read more »