The Kosher Cook

The Kosher Cook always has the newest and most useful kosher cooking tools.  This year at Kosherfest they displayed some great new Hanukah items.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 9.46.46 PMChanukah Linzer Cookie Cutter Set: The set includes the Chanukah cookie cutters that can be used on their own or to create those fabulous double cut out images on Linzer cookies.

icecubeChanukah Reusable Ice Cubes: So cute and colorful!  Little dreidels that freeze and chill your drink and do not dilute it. Use and reuse them.

star-latkeringChanukah Potato Latke Molds:  They come in two shapes, dreidels and Star of David.  And they work for both latkes and pancakes.  Chanukah shapes are not just for cookies anymore!

All these cute items are available at theKosherCook.com.  And make sure to check out their best selling items, like Kosher stickers, spatulas, and silicone molds too.

OXO Angled Measuring Cup

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Where have these brilliant angled measuring cups been all my life? They let you accurately gauge the amount of liquid in the cup by simply looking down, instead of squatting in front of the cup. The 1-cup measure is especially good for small quantities, like the lime juice for my corn salad. Oxo makes great kitchen products and I love these!

Oxo 3 piece set $19.99, available at oxo.com

The Bee Keepers Bible

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Part history book, part handbook, part cookbook, this book was so much fun to read. It covers every facet of the ancient hobby of beekeeping, from how to manage hives safely to harvesting one’s own honey, and ideas for how to use honey and beeswax. Detailed instructions for making candles, furniture polish, beauty products, and nearly 100 honey-themed recipes are included. Although it made me daydream about becoming a beekeeper, my family is happy that I am sticking to making lots of honey glazed apples.

Available at amazon.com for $24

Dripstik

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How smart is this? I wish this had been around a few years ago! Just place the popsicle stick into the slot (which has a great grip) and no more ruined tops or sticky, super, super sticky hands. Flip it over and it holds an ice cream cone. Great colors, dishwasher safe too!
Get it on Amazon for $10

Travis Sandoval Tumbler

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On a recent trip to San Francisco, I found the glass work by Travis Sandoval, travissandovalglass.com. Trained by famous glass artisan, Dale Chihuly, his work is colorful and super functional. Sandoval’s wife is a pastry chef at San Francisco’s Taste caterers and this has provided him with both inspiration and important details about size and use of his pieces. My new favorites are the colorful tumblers. The shape is chic, whimsical, yet formal enough for my table. The colors are exquisite.

Check out his work at travissandovalglass.com and order at info@travissandovalglass.com

Pizza Wheel

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My pizza wheel is too dull and does not slice through the crust of the pizza without reverse back and forth motion. Frustrating to make gorgeous and delicious homemade pizza and not cut through it well. Quirky.com has the solution! They make a cool, dual blade pizza wheel that actually works well and glides through the slicing. Strong, sharp, easy to use and clean, it’s an inexpensive, great addition to your kitchen tools.

Pizza wheel, made by Quirky.com sells for $12.99

Zeroll Ice Cream Scoop

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We are serving ice cream and sorbet everyday on these hot summer days which got me searching for the best ice cream scoop around. It’s not hard to find the winner because its the leading brand in ice cream parlors and has been around since 1933 and just get better and better. These ice cream scoops have heat conductive fluids sealed within the handle. So as you scoop, it softens the ice cream to form a perfect scoop.

Made by Zeroll in many sizes and available at Amazon.com $17- $20

Scanomat Coffee Brewer

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This coffee maker is simply breathtaking! Forgive me for posting indulgent items two weeks in a row but this just could not wait. All you see is the graceful spout. Everything else is underneath the cabinet – including a professional grade grinder, milk frother, espresso maker and coffee brewer. Set down your cup and choose your drink using a counter-mounter touch pad or your wireless iphone or ipad. Ingenious, sleek, super cool. I may need to renovate my kitchen just to get one!

$6500 from www.scanomat.com

Super Sleek Ice Cream Scoop

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Tired of the boring or childish ice cream scoops in your drawer? I sure am! I’ve been making ice cream and sorbet all season and I hate bringing a lame scoop to the table. This one is sleek and highly styled. A former car designer created this modern, curvy metal ice cream scoop in eight sporty colors. Which is your favorite?

Available at www.savorstyle.com for $14.99

The Hapifork

Did you hear about this? It was all the rage at the tech show in Vegas and is being adored and mocked all over the news. The Hapifork is a fork that vibrates if you eat too fast. Touted as a weight loss assistant and promoting good health. It really vibrates if you take more than one bite of food every 10 seconds and has a removable bottom that plugs into an App that provides your consumption amounts and speeds. I’m not sure if it really helps you lose weight, but it has certainly caused quite a funny stir. If you are excited about it, you need to wait to get one because the release date is Spring 2013.
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The Hapifork ask you to, “Eat slowly. Lose weight. Feel great.” Well that and to pitch over $99 to preorder one.

Ipads in the Kitchen


Awhile back I posted a cool ipad holder for mounting. Now I’ve found two great tabletop options.  One simple, the other with speakers and some hi-tech options.  The first, simple and made from Oregon hardwood and finished with beeswax has natural appeal and a great look on any countertop.  The second is super chic and full of features.  It has USB ports for charging, speakerphone, wireless Bluetooth and speakers.  It’s designed and made by Williams-sonoma with a steep price tag but really perfect for watching all those new GKC videos that are coming soon.

Check them each out online.

Wood stand available at beamandanchor.com for $60 or at snwwood.com. Write to them if you do not see it online.

Williams-sonoma smartstand for ipad available at Williams-sonoma.com for $199.

Kuhn Rikon PushPan


This is no ordinary springform pan. In fact, its ingenious! Made by Kuhn Rikon, this no-spring springform is made for me. My current pans over time, leak or stick but this new silicone technology releases easily, does not leak and comes in three sizes, 8, 9 and 10 inch sizes.

Kuhn Rikon PushPan $34.95 at Amazon.com

Toasty Handwarmers

Here is a crazy great product post. Toasty (they look like toast) handwarmers that plug into your USB port so that your hands can stay warm while working on the computer. Kinda outside of the cooking box but they are called Tato, and shaped like toast. My husband actually saw these and bought them for me for Hanukah and I thought it was so funny that I had to share them. BTW, they really work. Plug them into your computer for instant warm hands and lots of laughs. Get them at ThinkGeek.com for $31.99

Rotato Express


Rotato express (get it? rotate potato = rotato), I’m not sure…but this time of year we all could use a little peeling assistance. I saw this being demo’d in the mall and just had to laugh. Admittedly, it was peeling all sorts fruits, vegetables and potatoes in a snap.

Available for about $30 on www.asseenontvguys.com.

If you get one, please let me know how it works for you!

Donut Pan


This time of year, some specialty kitchen products are the perfect gift for yourself or others. I’m trying out a few of these donut pans for baked donuts. My favorite is the mini donut pan because it makes the perfect serving size. A large baked donut seems too cake like for me but the mini looks and tastes close to a donut. For a great baked donut recipes see our baked donut recipes.

Available at amazon.com for between $9 – $20.

Cuisinart® SmartStick™ Immersion Blender

Cuisinart comes in color! I’m loving the colorful pots, pans, mixers and accessories that have surfaced from so many companies. Cuisinart has followed suit and now GKC favorite appliance, immersion blenders, come in 4 color options. I feel like the company has the kosher consumer in mind, no more milk/meat stickers just color coded coolness.

I love them all and can’t wait to add them to my collection.
Available at surlatable.com for $34.95