OXO Y Peeler

I’d managed to exist without a Y peeler for many moons, but after using one last Thanksgiving, and solving a problem that vexed me, I am now officially a fan. Peeling the large butternut squash for my T-day casserole often was a knuckle-bruising chore when I used my older swivel peeler. My new Y peeler […]

Jarritos Sodas

As a rule I stay away from sugary drinks, but when hot weather rolls around there are times when I crave a soda. Jarritos sodas were a happy discovery for me. Made in Mexico, they are lightly sweetened only with natural sugar. They come in glass bottles that, pulled cold and dripping from a cooler […]

Wüsthof 8-inch Epicure Chef’s Knife

Chef’s knives are by far the items that get the most amount of use in my kitchen. The most recent addition is the 8-inch Epicure Chef’s Knife, which has all of the Wüsthof benefits – full tang, a solidly riveted handle, and excellent knuckle clearance, weight and balance – and is also distinguished by its […]

The Staybowlizer

Mixing batter or whisking egg whites usually takes two hands: one to hold the bowl and one to stir, leaving no way to add ingredients without interrupting the process. The Staybowlizer neatly solves this problem. A sturdy silicone ring designed to grip a bowl on a countertop or on the rim of a saucepan, the […]

Cayson Brody Apron

If you ever walk into a high end supermarket and see a man standing in the homegoods section slowly browsing as if mesmerized, there’s a good chance it’s me. That is particularly true when it comes to fancy, leather-detailed canvas aprons, which to my combined pleasure and chagrin have begun to appear in more and […]

Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go

Mason jars offer a recyclable and chemical-free container option to store healthy meals. Mason Jar Salads and More offers basic information as to preparing mason jar meals, as well as inspiring photographs. It also provides simple recipes using an interesting variety of ingredients.  

ChefSpecs and NiteSpecs

The print in cookbooks is sometimes frustratingly small. A pair of reading glasses can be a big help, but putting glasses on and off with greasy or floury hands will leave the lenses smeared and the frames caked. ChefSpecs makes this a non-issue, as they may be the world’s first dishwasher-safe eyeglasses. Available in a […]

A Secret Shortcut to Marmalade

I was given a jar of homemade Seville orange marmalade that was absolutely delicious, but it didn’t occur to me to ask for the recipe. I had no time to search for Seville oranges imported from Spain, nor did I enjoy the prospect of cutting off and slicing the peels, removing seeds, and the other […]

Vacu-Vin wine bottle re-sealer

Eva Baughman

This simple tool used with its provided rubber stoppers does an excellent job of creating a vacuum and preserving wine left in the bottle.

Sonic Foamer

It is widely known that beer from a tap is greatly superior to beer from a can or bottle. Some beers, such as Boddington’s and Guinness, include a device within their cans and bottles designed to recreate the sublime sensation of taking that first sip of that perfect pour, when the beer is fresh and […]

Oxo Scraper/Chopper with metal blade

This is a very versatile tool, great for portioning dough, releasing stuck pastry dough, and especially for cleaning up after kneading dough on a counter or board. I like the leverage a (slightly) flexible carbon steel blade offers, versus the more rigid stainless steel, but it seems they are as scarce as hen’s teeth. Plastic […]

Santa Catarina Azorean Tuna

One of the best parts of traveling is visiting local supermarkets and discovering shelf-stable delicacies. Santa Catarina tuna, from the Portuguese archipelago called the Azores, is a perfect example. While the first thing to catch your eye will likely be the attractive paper-wrapping on the cans, it’s the contents that impress. Hand cut into either […]