If you’ve every had – and enjoyed – a very fine balsamic vinegar, you may want to introduce vincotto to your palate. It can be used as a condiment from meat to vegetables and salads, even desserts. Italian chefs will tell you the possibilities are endless. It is often combined with figs, raspberries, or citrus […]

Ulu Knife and Bowl

I received an Alaskan bowl and ulu set as a gift several years ago. My ulu blade is engraved with the outline of the state of Alaska, and flowers are beautifully woodburned onto the bowl and ulu handle. It has become my favorite for fine chopping, especially herbs. The rolling motion of the ulu keeps […]

Mama Mulberry’s Herb Dips

I first discovered these spice packets over 15 years ago. At that time I used them primarily for dips, my favorite flavors being Roasted Garlic and Mardi Gras Cajun. I recently purchased a sample pack with some new flavors I had not tried. The flavors are fantastic, but what I like about these products is […]

A Spider You’ll Want in the Kitchen

A most useful gadget in my kitchen is called a skimmer, spider, strainer or maybe even a combo of all three names. The one I have is very inexpensive and available on Amazon for $5.89. It’s a Winco stainless steel strainer, 6-inch fine mesh. It’s basically a flattish wire circle on a long handle. Great […]

Instant Pot Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker

As a long time practitioner of pressure cooking and the owner of an older electric pressure cooker, I wondered if the Instant Pot would live up to the hype and giddy adoration of its fans. I put it through its paces with my tried-and-true recipes and now understand why there are so many extremely satisfied […]

Victorio Apple Peeler

Spear an apple on the holder and crank away! In seconds you have a peeled, sliced and cored apple. I use this (okay, my husband uses this) every Thanksgiving for my famous apple crisp which requires 2.7 Kg (6 pounds) of apples to feed the hordes. I have a White Mountain brand, though this Victorio looks close.

Mayes 10207 Straight Edge Aluminum Ruler

An important tool I use all the time in my kitchen is an industrial-strength ruler, 2-inches wide by 24 inches long. I use it all the time to develop recipes that are exacting, and also to follow recipes that call for doughs to be a certain length or size. All of which ensure I have […]

RSVP Endurance® Crescent Pot Strainer

I love this stainless steel pot strainer, but I love it for reasons unrelated to its advertised utility. It’s perfect for making spaetzle. It makes a platform on which to put dough that you can then press through the holes — which are just the right size for spaetzle — and it can rest on […]


Frywall is a heat-resistant silicone shield that can be placed in a frying pan to prevent splatters. Available in 10-inch or 12-inch sizes, each size will actually fit pans that are approximately that diameter. Packaged rolled-up in a small sleeve, the 12-inch size seemed disconcertingly large and floppy when I first unfurled it. I set […]

Oxo Good Grip Angled Measuring Cup

I have the 250 ml (1 cup) and 500 ml (2 cup) versions and love the ability to accurately measure liquids while viewing from above – no stooping necessary! Set includes 1-cup, 2-cup and 4-cup version.

Amco 2-in-1 garlic press and slicer

This generously-sized tool does a nice job of both mincing and slicing. Made of cast zinc, it is easy to clean, and includes a self-storing cleaning tool.