Tahitian Vanilla Beans

A precious ingredient for bakers, Tahitian vanilla beans make a thoughtful and luxurious gift. They arrive in a vacuum sealed bag, and once opened, will keep for a long time in the freezer. Just wrap them tightly in heavy-duty foil.

Spanish Saffron Mancha

Saffron has a distinct aroma and flavor, which, if it doesn’t dominate a dish, complements the flavor of whatever it is paired with. Saffron comes in different grades. Be sure to buy thread or filament saffron since it’s too easy for the ground to be adulterated with paprika or other ground spices.

Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Premier Elite Series Knife with Black Blade and Pakka Wood Handle

Ceramic knives are lightweight and very sharp, great for slicing boneless meats, fish, poultry, and vegetables. Kyocera Advanced Ceramic Premier Elite Series, made in Japan, is in the upper strata of ceramic knives, a pleasure to the eye as well as in the hand. Etched black blades and satiny pakka wood handles are not the […]

Roasted Barley Tea

One of the easiest and most refreshing drinks to make during hot weather is roasted barley tea, popular in Korean and Japanese cuisines. Known as mugicha in Japan, the tea is made by steeping roasted barley seeds—usually whole but sometimes ground–in cold water overnight. The resulting infusion is caffeine-free, calorie-free, and has a slightly nutty, […]

Allsop WheelEasy Folding Yard Cart

The beauty of the WheelEasy Collapsible Garden Cart is that it can lie flat on the ground for easy raking of leaves or loading of soil and mulch, and it creates a work surface at ground level for planting or weeding. When the work is done, lift the handles and wheel it away on its […]

Fox Run Egg Piercer

None of the tricks we’ve heard about peeling eggs has ever worked consistently except for this brilliant little gadget that pierces a fine hole into the air pocket in the blunt end of an egg. We’ve used it for dozens of eggs and it has never failed us yet. Easy to store in a drawer, […]

OXO Good Grips 3-piece Silicone Spatula Set

While we often use wooden utensils in our daily cooking, they’re typically not well-suited for removing contents from jars or containers, or for scraping up that last little bit of sauce from the corners of a pan. This OXO Good Grips 3-piece silicone spatula set will make those tasks and others a breeze. All three […]

Canadian Birch Straws

These biodegradable straws that look like small birch trees are worth every penny. They are ideal for a rustic, woodland dining room table setting, an indoor or outdoor party with adults or kids, and even for a wedding.  The fact that they look like small trees and they are not destructive to the environment gives them […]

Creative Co-op Hedgehog Toothpick Holder

This cute little guy is an ideal stocking stuffer or a sweet house gift for anyone who has occasion to put out a platter of nibbles. He doesn’t hold a lot of toothpicks, but he’ll draw attention to where the rest of the toothpicks are stashed and he’s sure to bring a few smiles.

Disney DMG-7 Minnie Mouse Cupcake Maker

Help your child can gain some independence – and along with it, confidence – by giving them their own cupcake maker. Your little one will be eager to plan tea parties or help make treats for a family party or school event. This item comes with a a bow mold and a set of liners.

The Cooking of Southwest France by Paula Wolfert

For me, one of the most inspiring and memorable cookbooks is The Cooking of Southwest France by Paula Wolfert. It is filled with her lively interest in the origin of dishes, ingredients, the different ways and various chefs who make them. It’s a fascinating, profound treatise; a foodie must have.

Chef’n Sweet Spot Instant Ice Cream Maker

Here is a fun item for children – no sharp edges and no getting burned! Keep this Chef’n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker in the freezer, and it will be ready to assist you in making delicious ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbets at a moment’s notice. Let your children get creative adding their own […]