Tools & Gadgets

This category covers everything from kitchen necessities like scales and instant read thermometers to admittedly gimmicky but useful one trick ponies like pineapple corers and cherry pitters.  If you’re a cook like me, no matter how many gadgets you own, there’s always room for more. And if you’re shopping for a cook, they make the perfect stocking stuffer.
 

Wooden Spoons – A Must in Every Kitchen

August 17, 2012 29 Comments
Wooden Spoons – A Must in Every Kitchen

Wooden Spoons – Why Chefs Recommend Cooking With Them I cook with wooden spoons that are at least 30 years old! Have you ever read a recipe that calls for “stirring with a wooden spoon” and wondered why? Why not stir with a metal spoon? Or a silicone spoon or spatula? Is it important what […]

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All About Whisks

August 17, 2012 2 Comments
All About Whisks

Whisk 1. Whisk (n.) A mixing tool designed so its many strands of looped wire make it effective for beating. (v.) To beat with a whisk until well mixed. History of The Whisk One day in the distant, murky past, someone grabbed a bunch of little twigs, held them in a bundle at one end, […]

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Why Silicone Oven Gloves Are a Better Choice

August 17, 2012 5 Comments
Why Silicone Oven Gloves Are a Better Choice

Why I Really Like Silicone Oven Gloves UPDATED: 3/16/15 I first read about silicone oven mitts and gloves years ago in our local paper right around the holidays and put them on my Christmas wish list. I’ll have you know I did receive a pair and have enjoyed working with them since. Here’s what I […]

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Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups for Home Cooks

August 17, 2012 1 Comment
Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups for Home Cooks

Measuring Cups & Measuring Spoons “Spend the extra bucks and purchase stainless steel rather than buying plastic or those cheap tin ones that bend in your kitchen drawer.” In the past, a measuring cup or spoon would have likely been whatever the home cook used to drink their coffee or stir their tea. It wasn’t […]

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Potato Masher for Perfect Mashed Potatoes

August 17, 2012 1 Comment
Potato Masher for Perfect Mashed Potatoes

How your spuds turn out has a lot to do with what you use to mash them! Wire Potato Masher This is the tool most of us are familiar with. I don’t think there’s a kitchen in America that doesn’t have one of these. I love the wooden handle on this model. Not only does […]

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Instant Thermometers

August 17, 2012 3 Comments
Instant Thermometers

Why Instant Thermometers Are Important To Have In Any Kitchen How can you be sure your steak is medium-rare or medium-well?  –  The best answer is an instant thermometer. I am a big fan of instant thermometers. I knew they were great tools especially if you are a novice to cooking without the experience to […]

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Butter Bell Crocks for Storing Butter

August 17, 2012 1 Comment
Butter Bell Crocks for Storing Butter

Can you really store butter OUT of the refrigerator? Sometimes I see something in a cooking catalog that just makes sense and I want to see if it works.. That’s how I felt when I read about a French Butter Bell® Crock, a traditional butter storage system that permits you to keep softened butter outside […]

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Barbecue and Grilling Tools for Home

August 17, 2012 0 Comments
Barbecue and Grilling Tools for Home

The Importance of Using the Right Barbecue and Grilling Tools After living in a condo in NYC for almost 20 years, my grilling experiences were limited to weekends at friends’ summer homes. Although I experimented with different types of indoor grills, the results were usually less than perfect and often smoke alarm setting disasters. Anyway, […]

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Onion Goggles Do Work

June 14, 2012 33 Comments
Onion Goggles Do Work

Stop Your Crying I received this pair of onion goggles for Christmas or my birthday last year and thought they were just one of those gadgets that home cooks had to have but didn’t need but I was so wrong. They work and work very well. Many of you may remember seeing onion goggles being […]

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Bagel Cutter – How to Slice a Bagel

June 14, 2012 1 Comment
Bagel Cutter – How to Slice a Bagel

Have you ever been cut while slicing a bagel? Well I have and it required a untimely visit to the emergency room and a few stitches. Not to mention it hurt. Here’s the ironic thing. My mother-in-law had given us one of those “Bagel Biters” as a gift and I refused to use it. I […]

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