Sometimes one meal at a time isn't enough. I don't necessarily mean overeating; rather, I speak here of flavor. The Spanish concept of tapas or small plates is appealing to me: lots of different flavors and foods during one meal. In a single setting you can have fish, fowl, beast, and everything in-between. It's a great idea for those among us who enjoy sampling different bites during a meal. Sometimes however, we know what we want in general, but perhaps not in the specific.
Ah, school lunches. Brown bags, zip-top baggies, paper napkins, plastic water bottles--not the most environmentally friendly solution. And thankfully, companies are starting to realize that, and come up with innovative ideas. Like the Kids Konserve Waste-Free Lunch Kit, an eco-friendly yet stylish lunch bag that includes stainless steel containers, reusable sandwich wraps and cloth napkins--all made from the safest, nonleaching, bisphenol-A-free (BPA), lead-free, and phthalate-free materials.
The lunch kit comes with a stainless-steel beverage bottle you can fill with water or juice, 2 8-ounce stainless-steel containers with leakproof plastic lids, a reusable baggie for sandwiches, a cloth napkin, and a … Read more
Salad spinners are great. Before I discovered that they existed, I would do as many others and wash my lettuce and then pat it dry. Problem is, it never seemed to really ever get dry. The lettuce, not being perfectly flat, always managed to hide moisture in some nook or cranny. After tearing the lettuce into bite size pieces and adding the dressing, the result was all too often a salad that on occasion even tasted watery. All that changed when somebody gave me a salad spinner. Problem solved. No more watery lettuce. Then I couldn't find a proper … Read more
The first time I walked into a West Elm store, I knew I would fall in love with it. The company focuses on organic housewares, both in design aesthetic and in the materials they use, and I got a good feeling when I looked around at the natural bamboo furniture and painted branches.
It's this kind of mindful design that is growing increasingly popular, as our concern for the planet waxes and our tastes for expensive luxuries from synthetic material correspondingly wanes. But the pieces that end up in stores like West Elm are no less beautiful than those … Read more
Like many of my colleagues, I pack my lunch when I go to work. One thing that has always bothered me is the number of plastic bags that go to waste as a result. I try to reuse them as many times as possible, but I can't help but be bothered when I throw them away because I know that they'll end up in a landfill or in the ocean. What's worse is that the plastic utensils my work provides are just as bad at biodegrading as these plastic bags are. As of late, I'd like … Read more
I host meals in my home at least twice a month, and usually more often than that. And because I am competitive by nature, I am constantly trying to, well, show off a little with my table settings, recipes, presentation, and so on. A girl's gotta have a creative outlet, right?
Until recently, I didn't own "good" silverware. I have multiple sets from Target (my kitchen is kosher, so I have separate sets for meat and dairy), but nothing fancy.
And then, one day, I decided that I would buy myself silverware that I love. And … Read more
I am a huge fan of saving time and energy in the kitchen. Why wash a pot and a serving dish if I don't have to? But serving directly from pots and pans doesn't always have that look of understated elegance I'm striving for.
Clearly, this is an age-old dilemma. Back in the Stone Age, apparently soapstone was the go-to material for cookware. No, really. The Internet said so, so it must be true. Anyway, soapstone is a prime cookware choice because it heats evenly, doesn't alter flavor or react to acids, keeps food warm, and … Read more
You've got to love rice cookers. While it is not so difficult to prepare a pot of rice using conventional methods, keeping that rice warm and at serving temperature can prove to be difficult. Sometimes it is necessary to keep a supply of cooked rice at the ready. When I quit smoking (well, one of the times...), I dove for a fresh cup of rice every time I had a nicotine craving. I don't know of any rice cooker manufacturers that place that feature in their literature, but it (eventually) worked for me. Since then, I have always … Read more
The Libero line of appliances from Electrolux is a modular system designed to bring mobile cooking anywhere there is a wall socket. While most people consider the scent of cooking food to be an appetizing feature they want, sometimes it is an unwelcome guest. The Libero appliances fit within one central unit that has an antiodor system incorporated in it. No matter what you need to cook, no matter where, the Electrolux Libero Point caters not only to location, but also to taste.
Using a variety of means, the do-it-all appliance system is capable of producing everything from stir-fry to … Read more