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