While I'm not about to change out my dishes just for a little more style or color on my table, I'm more than happy to try out new salad servers to add a little to the style of my table. I've become a big fan of French Bull's many salad serving options. With nine patterns to choose from, each set of two salad servers is unique. They're even unique within sets--one spoon shows a different part of an overall pattern than the others. Because French Bull cuts spoons from a larger pattern, the designs on … Read more
The kitchen can be a dangerous place. Sharp knives and tools lurk around every corner. Electrical outlets harbor gadgets and gizmos tantalizingly close to the kitchen sink. Even a simple thing such as grating cheese can become a delicate process when you consider how close your fingers come when you are grating the last nub of cheese. Faced with a room full of peril-in-waiting, it is comfortable to note that at least in the case of cheese graters, scratched knuckles and nicked fingers can finally relax.
Ah, the hostess gift. Sure, if you're desperate, you can grab a bottle of wine from your rack and stop by the dollar store to pick up a wine bag on your way to the party. But if you're a little bit creative, you can give a gift your hostess will enjoy, remember, and even appreciate.
This set of six plastic "crazy glow" cups from Oriental Trading Company is fun and sure to brighten any gathering. The glow swirls around the 12-ounce cups for up to 6 hours and turns ordinary drinks into something special. At $… Read more
Ah, weekends. Just look at that picture; doesn't it look like a weekend in motion? Very slow motion. It is the picture of relaxation. In fact, it looks so relaxing that a nice, cool drink poured from this pitcher would go great right now--perfect for heading into the weekend.
The Prodyne Fruit Infusion Pitcher is an elegant solution to a simple problem. No longer must real lemon-flavored water come with the unfortunate side effect of having to dodge seeds and pulp. A removable rod holds fruit or berries and infuses the liquid throughout. Water can be refilled without wasting … Read more
I'm on a coffee kick. Of course, that's not saying much as I am usually on a coffee kick, and have been for a very long time. I, like many others, watched the country as people were introduced to what good coffee was. No longer did we have to suffer the mugs of cheap, flavorless corner store brew. Suddenly, there were half-decent options everywhere. Luckily, not only did coffee improve, but also coffee making. So in addition to being treated to more delicious options, there are also better ways to make coffee--and more specifically, keep it warm.
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One egg preparation I've never enjoyed is the kind necessitating the gadget you see here: a scissor-like device called a topper, whose sole function is to shear the top off of your boiled egg.
Cutting through the egg and shell, the topper allows you to serve boiled eggs directly out of their shells, making for a … Read more
Making coffee is never an easy task to focus on early in the day. For some, myself included, mornings are a miserable mess until coffee has been introduced into the equation. The problem is that sometimes it can be difficult even to get to that point. Luckily, some smart folks got to thinking and integrated a timer into a coffeemaker. This one innovation certainly makes life easier for those of us who don't function well without the magical elixir.
The Cuisinart Coffee on Demand 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker offers the convenience needed by morning-challenged coffee lovers. With 24-hour programmability and … Read more
In a perfect world, every house would have a fire perpetually burning with a huge spit of roasted meat gently turning. The aroma alone would be enough to convince me that I had found paradise. Assuming, of course, that I would actually be able to eat said meal, and this wasn't some ironic "Twilight Zone"-inspired alternate universe. Eternally rotating fire-roasted slabs of meat will have to wait for most of us, but there is another option to bring home an appliance that at least captures the spirit of warmth, comfort, and the fire pit.
Leave it up to the MoMA Design Store to bring beauty to even the simplest sort of dish. This beautiful wooden spice block makes a perfect serving dish for nuts, spices, candy, or even decorative marbles.
The spice block was designed in 2008 by Nick Foley and Diane Ruengsorn, and each one is hand carved in Brooklyn, N.Y., out of mahogany that's been repurposed from a window factory. The blocks are finished in beeswax and oil and are food-safe.
These unique wooden spice blocks are available at the MoMA Design Store for $50.00.
Whoever thinks that oil and water don't mix has another think coming: with this Double Cruet designed by Rudi Keller for the MoMA Design Store, you can store two different liquids right next to each other.
So maybe you won't choose to mix oil and water, but oil and balsamic vinegar would be a delicious combination for a salad, or you could pour oil into both sides and infuse them with different herbs and flavorings. Either way, having the option to double up your liquids in one vessel is both convenient and tasty.
The taste factor isn't … Read more