Quarter Size Sheet Pan

Quarter size sheet pans, 23 x 30 cm (9 x 12 in) and 2.5 cm (1 in) deep, fit nicely into small ovens and can accommodate a multitude of tasks. I have four of these eminently useful pans. They are perfect for toasting nuts or breadcrumbs, or keeping a few pancakes warm. I also like […]

Aermate Wine and Spirits Aerator

Denise Landis

Wines and spirits change when they are exposed to air. Allowing a wine to “breathe” permits sulfites (added to most wines to prevent oxidation) and naturally-occurring carbon dioxide to dissipate. Tannins – chemical compounds that create a sense of roughness on the tongue – soften with exposure to air, and this allows the flavor of […]

Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod

Any experienced globetrotter will tell you that traveling light is the key to happiness. This can pose a challenge, though, particularly when the things you feel you can’t do without are large or bulky. For photographers, the Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod can provide the benefits of a larger tripod, but at a fraction of the […]

Falksalt Sea Salt

Mediterranean Falksalt Sea Salt, from Larnaca, Cyprus, is what is known as a “finishing salt.” Its large pyramid-shaped flakes have a delicate crunch that add texture as well as flavor to hors d’oeurves, seafood, meats, or side dishes. The all-natural flavors — that include rosemary, wild mushroom, chipotle, citron, wild garlic, Karl Johan Mushroom, black, […]

Salter Kitchen Scale

The thought of using a kitchen scale used to seem a bit too exacting for me, as I’m not an exacting kind of cook. But a weekend of baking classes convinced me otherwise. I learned that a cup of flour can vary by an ounce or more in weight, depending on how it’s scooped and […]

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 […]

Cayson Brody Apron

Jacob Dean

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.  

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 […]