It's summertime, and that means salads for more meals than the rest of the year. My set of salad utensils is getting quite a workout. In order to make sure that my hands aren't getting the wrong kind of work out, though, it's important to look at the ergonomics of serving salad. Those long-handled spoons and forks just aren't always ideal. The Ergonomic Salad Hands offer an alternative. These salad hands have ergonomic nonslip grips that fit right into the palm of your hand. You're not limited to using these salad hands with salad, either: … Read more
Restaurants often make use of special dishes to make appetizers and other foods look even more appealing and there's no reason not to use the same tactic if you're serving food up at home. It doesn't hurt if such special serving dishes make cleanup easier, too. The Appetizer Serving Cone, designed with fries, mozzarella sticks, and other treats fresh out of the fryer in mind, is easy to use and clean up. It even helps such treats stay fresh because they don't sit in grease the way they might on a plate. Twist a paper liner … Read more
Growing up, I thought that the whipped cream we bought in disposable cans at the grocery store was great. That is, I loved it until my grandmother picked up some real cream and took her mixer to it. Fresh whipped cream tastes incredible, especially in comparison to the store-bought stuff. The Mini Cream Whipper makes getting it easier than standing at the counter with a mixer and a bowl of cream indefinitely, though. When filled with cream and fitted with an N20 charger, the canister instantly produces whipped cream. It's the method that many restaurants rely on to provide … Read more
I'm a big fan of advance preparation. Before my kids go to bed, I like to set out clothes for the next day, set out their schoolbags, and pack their lunches. But my kids love to have things like soup, rice, couscous, or other need-to-heat items in their lunches, and those get packed in thermoses. Which cannot go in the microwave. So I either have to make them in the morning and stress myself out or heat them in a different container and make more of a mess. Neither option appeals.
Misting oil can be useful in just about every type of cooking: it keeps cookies from sticking to baking sheets, just as it adds flavor to salads. Using a mister means that you're getting less fat when you use oil, as well. But commercial spray oils aren't exactly friendly to the environment. A pump mister that you can refill can eliminate aerosol cans. The Table Top Mister allows you to pump any kind of oil you'd like to use, from olive oil to peanut. The mister has a no-clog filter that makes it easy to use. You … Read more
Every Fourth of July party needs plenty of decorations, dishes and utensils covered in the American flag. Your ice cream spoons can join the party, provided that they're the American Flag Ice Cream Spoons. The set includes four spoons that are extra long so you can use them to scoop ice cream from a deep soda-fountain glass, as well as eat other tasty treats, like sorbet or frozen yogurt. The spoons measure 7.5 inches long. They also happen to have resin flags wrapped around the pole that makes up their handles for a patriotic taste. There's even … Read more
There never seems to be enough ice. Whether it is a party atmosphere, and somebody has to go on an ice run, or if it is simple everyday use that continually depletes the ice trays, ice is a commodity worth more than its weight in gold water. The perfect solution for cooling down drinks on a hot day, ice is always in demand. Either on the rocks or in the rocks, the transient nature of ice makes it a party favor that is difficult to keep in stock. Luckily, there is a back up plan for easily making more.
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Dieting is hard enough if you're a reality show contestant with a personal chef and a trainer at your beck and call. For those of us left to our own devices in ordinary kitchens, we've got to remove every possible obstacle if we're going to meet our goals. That's where products like the Measure Up Bowls come in. These microwave- and dishwasher-safe porcelain portion bowls keep you on track by letting you serve proper portions right in the bowl you're eating from. Nothing extra to wash, and you can simply eat--and enjoy.
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Hosting a gathering is never easy. There's the menu to be considered, eating preferences to be anticipated, and last but certainly not least, the drink selection to be determined. After all the preparation is over and it's time to greet the guests, it's not uncommon for hosts to run through a mental checklist: hors d'oeuvres? Check. Music? Check. Appropriate lighting? Check. Cold drinks? Che--uh-oh.
Faced with the unpleasant proposition of facing off with a thirsty crowd, party hosts in need of rapidly chilled beverages have little recourse. They can toss drinks in the freezer for a … Read more
When you're decorating cupcakes, cookies or other baked goods, it can seem like you need a whole box full of decorating supplies, which is more work than anyone who isn't a master baker wants to take on. The Kuhn Rikon Frosting Decorating Pen has simplified the whole process, even eliminating the need to squeeze on a tube full of frosting. The pen offer two speeds to save your hands and get the frosting on your treat a little faster. It also has five different decorating tips: not only can you use frosting to write messages, but the decorating … Read more