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Cookie Cutters Proudly Made In America
It’s not easy to find kitchenware that can carry a “Made in America” moniker. Happily, we see more and more coming to market. In fact, the website MadeInAmerica.com is devoted entirely to products made entirely in the U.S.A. For the holidays, seek out Ann Clark LTD cookie cutters. More than a dozen different holiday shapes, from angel to Xmas tree, are available at the site.
The Joseph Joseph Triscale
The Triscale from design team Joseph Joseph won Best In Show from The Gourmet Housewares Award during the New York International Gift Show that was held last week. The compact scale is digital with easy-to-read LCD display in either pounds or kilograms. It weighs up to eleven pounds. The scale folds small enough that it can be stores anywhere. For product info, go the JosephJoseph.com. Available in green or white, the scale retails for $30.
ICE POP MAKER TOPS
The Zoku Single Quick Pop Maker and the Zoku Chocolate Station together earned a Bronze award in the Kitchenware category at the 2012 International Design Excellence Awards. For product info, go to zokuhome.com
PRODUCT RECALL: iSi Twist 'n Sparkle Carbonation Sets
iSi North America, makers of the Twist 'n Sparkle Carbonation System, in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, is recalling several models of their carbonations sets after reports of nine recent incidents in which the plastic bottle burst during normal use. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the design of the bottle structure itself may compromise the integrity of the product.
The recall includes Twist 'n Sparkle Start Set (models 1005, 1005-12, 1005-BJ, 1005-QVC) and the Twist 'n Sparkle Bottle Set (models 1006-00 and 1006-12).
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and promptly return them either to iSi or to the place of purchase. For more information on how to proceed, call iSi at 800-645-3595 (available 24/7) or visit www.twistnsparkle.com.
Has this happened to you? Buy shellfish (lobster, crabs) at the local seafood pound, bring it home, and discover your flimsy nut crackers can't break the shells. Shellfish pliers to the rescue. Caretta Shellfish Pliers with spring-loaded handle and double-lever action, which means little pressure is needed on your part, cracks the shells. Swedish made of stainless steel and easy to clean. Retails for $60, but worth the price. Available through: www.125west.com/p-7695-caretta-shellfish-pliers.aspx
Gabbing with the GadgetGals
By Nan Recently my brother got me excited about some new cupcake papers he found at his local kitchenware shop. Imported from Sweden, they are made from heavier paper than traditional liners. The promise is that you can use them without the need of a muffin/cupcake pan.
by Jan What would you do if you were invited to a meat butchering class? Honestly, there is a bit of an ick factor with the thought of handling raw meat. With all of my culinary training, I have never taken a class on butchering.
by Nan When it comes to food and cooking, curiosity is my middle name. Although I don’t get as bizzare as Andrew Zimmern, , when I see something new and different, I generally want to try it. I was “homeward bound” to Kansas City recently to attend my high-school reunion and retrace my steps in the old neighborhood where I grew up south of the Plaza (one of the first shopping malls in the U.
by Nan “Salud!” we cheerfully said many times, and in many awesome places, as Wayne and I traveled across Peru last February. These three unusual and exhilarating thirst-quenchers, all native to Peru, tickled our fancy the most: Fave No.
by Nan Browsing through food magazines lately, I’ve noticed that just about every one of them contains a story or a recipe featuring grain-like quinoa (keen-WHA). To most Americans, these tiny off-white, millet-sized granules are a trendy new food. But to Peruvians, it’s one of their favorites, with an origin nearly as old as their civilization dating back thousands of years.