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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Looking for the perfect guy gift? The "I don't know what to bring" fun item that will get a lot of laughs? This carrier is perfect for transporting beer out to a party in style. I gave it to friends recently filled with some special beers from around the world. You can even personalize it!
Available meriwetherfieldgear.com for $40
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
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
Dream big, object of desire
By Eldorado Stone this Artisan Fire Bowl is so outrageous and fantastic! It doubles as a picnic table with the separate wood top (maybe my husband will go for it now?!?!) It's a gas fire pit which makes it even cleaner and more usable. I wish I could have one!
Available at www.eldoradostone.com for $2500
These great skewers have double prongs to keep food in place while you flip it. Stainless steel and dishwasher safe. You can buy them with or without the rack which keeps food a little of the grill to prevent sticking.
Skewers are $30 for 6, available at rosleusa.com
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
How gorgeous is this? I love the idea of serving three different beverages in one fabulous dish. On sale now at www.neimanmarcus.com for $110
I love the shape and drama of this pitcher. It matches everything and every decor and the price point is perfect for a gift or to treat yourself!
I love these microwave and dishwasher safe mugs that have a cute compartment for crackers or bread. Perfect portions and no boxes on the table.
Available at vat19.com for $11.99 for a set of two mugs.
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.
The Hapifork ask you to, "Eat slowly. Lose weight. Feel great." Well that and to pitch over $99 to preorder one.
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.
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
This Finnish sugar and creamer set has an ingenious design. The sugar bowl resting in the top, swivels to stay upright when you pour your cream. It's microwave and dishwasher safe and gives everyone something to ooh and ahh about.
Available from Europeanmarket.us
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 (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!
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.
How cute is this for any occasion? With baskets the perfect size for holding eight cupcakes. It has a pretty brushed nickel finish. And its on sale for a limited time for $60, originally $75
Okay, storage may be a problem but this one is too cute to pass up. I'll have to make room for it.
Available at Neimanmarcus.com for $60
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
These nifty silicone lids form a tight seal on any smooth surface, helping you save on plastic wrap. Prevents spills by creating an airtight, watertight seal for reheating and storing. They can be used and reused and are FDA Food Grade Silicone and dishwasher safe.
So pretty! Available at amazon.com for $13.95
Love bird oil and vinegar drizzlers are the cutest way to keep condiments on the table. I use them for dressings and soy sauce. Designed by Carol Jacobs and made of porcelain, both pieces have detachable heads held snugly in place by silicone rings. Small holes in the beaks allow for perfect pouring.
Available from panik-design.com for $25.