I love a great ambiance while I’m cooking. I play music and like the fragrant candles burning on the corner of my island. It makes me feel relaxed and luxurious in the kitchen. My kids can even recognize the scents, “Jo Malone citrus today, that Anthropologie gardenia one, vanilla cinnamon, they ask?”
One of my favorite scents for a kitchen, a guest room or a bathroom is the Jo Malone, citrus blend. Grapefruit, lemon and orange, and its subtle too. Pricey but decadent. Get some candles and change your working or cooking environment to a lux one!
This kitchen must have item is my new obsession! I already love the smaller version as a food mover but this one is not only a great tool for cakes, but I use it for pie crust and even more often for slicing a roast. I love to slice it, and then move it neatly to a platter. It is so easy and so clean and neat and makes for a great presentation. I have two of these one for meat and fleish meals, and one for cheesecake.
Just $8.62 on Amazon.com
Need a great, gorgeous, whimsical gift for that someone who has everything?
I love these outrageous peppermills from mbpeppermills.com
These products are handcrafted and made from natural woods. They are unique and have many wood color and shape varieties. It’s hard to choose which I like best. I’m definitely saving up for a pair!
Available at mbpeppermills.com for $225 – $375 Splurgy, and super special but totally unusual and creative!
Chic, functional and a total necessity for any cook. This kitchen timer does not take up counter space because its a magnet and integrates into any other appliance, it almost looks like a part of it.
Available on http://www.evasolo.com/Kitchenware/EN-Magnetisk-minutur/567770/
I love sharing new cookbooks with GKC readers and especially appreciate the great feedback and support you show the authors. Today, I have a totally different cookbook for you, a book that is more than a cookbook, yes, tons of great recipes, but also pop culture, history and a chance to hear from some great Jewish personalities.
“One Egg Is A Fortune” is the award-winning new cookbook by Judy Kempler and Pnina Jacobson! This unique cookbook gives you the chance to get to know fifty well-known Jewish figures from around the world. And while each person tells a different story, their anecdotes reveal that the enjoyment of food is the common thread that binds us together and showcases the diversity of Jewish life. You will meet personalities such as Dennis Ross, Marlee Matlin, Alan Dershowitz, Neshama Carlebach, Dudu Fisher and so many others. You can pore over the stunning food and lifestyle photography and then savor over 100 mouth-watering recipes with clear, easy-to-follow instructions.
Check out these sneak peak recipes:
Baked Fish a’la Dudu by Dudu Fischer
Fish Quenelles with Two Sauces
Sweet Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies by Marlee Matlin
Great in the kitchen or on the coffee table and the best gift. “One Egg Is A Fortune” available on GKC today.
Get 1 book for $18, 3 for $50 or 10 for $140 and give one to all your family and friends! Order here now!
Winner of SIX international awards!
• Best in the World 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards-Australia-Pacific Fundraising, Charity and Community
• Silver Award for cookbooks 2012 IPPY -World’s Largest Book Awards Contest (U.S.A.)
• Winner – 2012 The National Indie Excellence Awards – Cookbooks- General (U.S.A.)
• Certificate of Merit Cookbooks -1010 Printing International Limited – 2012 The Premier Print Awards
• Silver Award Cookbooks – 1010 Printing International Limited – 2012 Gold Ink Awards
• Winner – The 2012 USA Best Book Awards – Cookbooks: International
Great gift item! I love this hostess gift. I think a salt and pepper grinder are a must have in the kitchen. And the personalization of these make them an extra special gift.
Available at Williams-Sonoma.com for $49.95
Perfect for indoor grilling all year long, a grill pan is a GKC essential cooking tool. I use it for grilled everything from chicken, to steak, to fish. The contoured texture even gives great grill marks and makes you feel like its warm outside, well kinda.
Here are my choices,
1. Great value, this price makes it a no-brainer. Cast iron and free shipping. Go for it. Click here.
2. This is the one that I own and have been using for over 10 years. Heats well, cooks evenly, and is well made. I recommend it for a good price, high quality item that is still not too expensive for a kitchen essential.
3. This is a splurge item. I admit, I want one too. Anything made by Le Crueset is worth the price in quality and great taste. Looks good, is made with the highest quality materials and will last a lifetime. Buy one and send me a pic of it so that I can drool
Fairway market has chili powders online! I bought them recently and they had an OU on the container.
These are pure spices not blends. Please confirm before purchasing. They have a great selection.
Ancho Chili Powder
Chipolte Chili Powder
And in the store they have Chipolte Chili in Adobe Sauce made by Roland with an OU
All this talk about ramen noodles makes me hungry for ramen noodles now. I’m making some Udon Soup for dinner and serving it in these great Noodle Soup bowls. I like them for the Beef and Broccoli with Ramen Noodles too. They come in fantastic colors like blue, brown, black, cranberry, white, and olive. I like to use different colors together.
Available at Uncommon Goods for $32
This is one of my most favorite items! I love keeping salt next to the cook top. But without one of these boxes, the salt starts to clump or dry out too much. This one is reasonably priced and very nice looking.
Available online only from Williams-Sonoma.com for $19.95
Two must have items for Meyer lemon season, a lemon zester or microplane and a lemon juicer. I use my microplane regularly for zesting lemons (it zests very finely so that you just get the zest not the bitter pith) and also for grating ginger and garlic. I love the juicer because it extracts a large amount of juice without seeds in a flash. Both are dishwasher safe so you have no hesitation about using them.
Lemon Juicer $7.40