Tag: kitchen accessories

Raise a glass of bubbly (water of course) to this neat machine

Summer may be coming to an end (noooooo!) but my family’s consumption of “fizzy water” is never going to slow down. To say we’re fans of the bubbly stuff would be putting it mildly. But we’ve got a new secret this year. A fun, eco, delicious secret. It’s the SodaStream Jet and it’s absolutely amazing. This water fizzifier (okay, not the technical name) adds carbon dioxide to plain old tap water–or filtered water if you’re feeling chichi–and, voila, instant bubbly drinks. I’s simple to use. You just attach the bottle of plain water to the SodaStream, press a button...

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Modern tea towels that make me want to take up dishwashing

I have a thing for tea towels, but most of the ones I see fall squarely into the Country Living school of design. What, cityfolk don’t dry their dishes too? So I was happy to be introduced to San Francisco studio Studiopatro, which makes lovely linens in more contemporary motifs. At Studiopatro, I love the collection of handpainted, modern tea towels. Wrap one around a bottle of wine, a cookbook, or a selection of artisanal cheeses and you’ve got a fantastic hostess gift for the upcoming summer weekends. Check out the city category, and what at first seems like...

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Kitchen tools for your little sous chef

My kids are more than eager to help in the kitchen, but there’s only so much they can do with a big dull butter knife and a spoon as long as their arm. Fortunately, since discovering these cool kid-size kitchen utensils, our nightly dinner service has gotten much more efficient and kid friendly. Foodies everywhere are probably already familiar with Kuhn Rikon–heck, even I’d heard of them–but it was only recently that I discovered their Kinderkitchen line which applies smart Swiss design to kid friendly cooking tools. Unlike a few others that I’ve seen which are adorable but not...

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Gourmet popsicles in under 10 minutes

Around our house, homemade popsicles are the treat of the century–a huge score for mom since they’re a relatively healthy dessert. Well, now that I’ve found this amazing new gadget, they’re not just a treat for my kids. My husband and I are enjoying them too – and best of all, you only have to wait about 10 minutes until you can eat them. Meet my new buddy, Zoku, a brilliant popsicle maker which I’m probably insulting by calling a popsicle maker because holy cow you, should see the pops you can make with it. You start by freezing...

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Starting solids with baby? – Reader Q&A

I am getting ready to start feeding my baby solids next month. With my daughter, I thought making my own food would be way too much work. Now, I have the time and would love to make my own food for my son. The problem is I have no idea where to start. What do I need to have to make it and store it? Are there any great recipe books out there? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. – Anna Hi Anna, I’m at the very same stage with my own son, so you asked his question at the...

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Father’s Day Gifts – For the gourmet. (Yes, there is bacon involved.)

Some of us are lucky enough to have dads in our lives who know their Manchego from their Mahon. Maybe we married them. Maybe they’re our own dads. All we know is, we like to keep them happy, so they’ll keep the yummy stuff coming our way. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, these gifts are a serious shortcut. The Bacon Chocolate sampler pack (at top) from one of our favorite chocolatiers combines the two greatest foods to make a delectable delight dad will flip for. Just make sure to include a thoughtful card so he’ll be inclined...

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Ice cream season, Martha Stewart style

There has been a perceptible increase of ice cream consumption in our home over the last week. In fact, once the weather gets warm, I don’t think a day goes by without my kids asking for ice cream. (Yeah, it’s for the kids.) The folks from Martha Stewart were kind enough to send me this little set of ice cream bowls recently as a way of saying Happy Summer, and we’ve been giving them quite the workout. They really are very pretty, and the small size keeps portions in check. While the accompanying spoons are a little small for...

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Silicone Ally

Sprucing up for spring usually doesn’t include my kitchen utensil container, but I have long been a convert of silicone spatulas. And these swirly, pretty, funky spatulas are exactly what my kitchen needs right now.   Silicone spatulas are not only easy to clean, they’re heat-proof up to 500°F, and trust me, once you start using well-made silicone for cooking, stirring and pancake-flipping, your collection of old, cracked wooden and plastic tools will be nothing but a faded, slightly stained memory.  The green spoonula is great for working with doughs and frostings, the red spatula is perfect for spreading and clearing out that peanut...

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A green dishwasher in shining stainless steel

With such limited kitchen space in New York. we need our kitchen appliances sleek, streamlined and pretty. (And our apartment resellable!) So when my terrible dishwasher went on the fritz after a 30 year run, I kind of freaked. On Twitter. And the folks from Kenmore Appliances were there to rescue me. I will be honest, Sears is not the first place that comes to mind when I think of gorgeous modern kitchen appliances. But gorgeous and modern they are, now keeping up with the high-end brands like Bosch and Miele, only often for a lot less cashola and...

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Tie one on

I am generally a coffee drinker, mostly out of habit, but lately I’ve made the switch over to tea and I’m not sure I’ll go back. I enjoy the ritual: brewing the water, selecting the tea of your choice, burning your fingers as you try to fish the tea bag out of the scalding hot mug. Well maybe not that part. Here’s another thought, buy one of these Tie Tea Cups and anchor your tea bag around the tiny “cleat” before pouring the water into the cup. The tea steeps while the string and label stay securely attached. I’m...

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Making a holiday table look like a holiday table

I know that starting tomorrow I will admire my family members’ beautifully adorned holiday tables and think I should really do more with mine. And then I will start virtually shopping online for gorgeous linens and flatware and other pretty things. And then maybe this year, I’ll actually hit purchase instead of just imagining it all magically coming together in my dining room somehow. The new tabletop items from Chilewich are right up my alley. The pressed dahlia placemats in gunmetal grey or gold can make a table sophisticated, not flashy, something tough with metallics.The lace openwork is so...

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Kids placemats are almost too cute to cover with food

We’ve been eating out waaaay too much lately because of a kitchen renovation, and though my kids have finally grown sick of chicken fingers, they are also sick of those restaurant-supplied paper activity mats that hold their attention for about five minutes while we wait for our food.  Rather than another word search for the words “Fries” and “Soda,” I’ve found some awesome placemats to keep them coloring patiently and making something they may actually want to bring home after the meal is done. {don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!} The recycled paper Letterpress Kids Placemats from the...

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Possibly the most fun way yet to get your kids to eat their veggies.

Remember those Dapper Dan the Magnetic Man toys from when we (or , okay, maybe our parents) were kids? It was so much fun to use the magnetic wand to give that smiling bald dude bizarre facial hair, hats, and eye patches. And now our kids can make those faces– and eat them, too, with these most fabulous plates. The Food Face Plate from Perpetual Kid is even more fun than the original toy. The 8.5 inch plate is made from hotel-quality, food-safe, high-fire ceramic, so it’s pretty durable–at least after that “fling everything and screech” phase is over....

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Mama’s got a new tattoo. On her plate.

I admit that I completely poo-poo’d the idea of registering for fancy pants dishes when I got married. I also used Chef Mic (aka the microwave) for most of my meals back then too. But after seeing the amazing place settings by Ink Dish, I’ve come to learn that it was the stuffy, traditional designs I wasn’t digging – not necessarily the idea of owning fancy dishes. Too bad I hadn’t discovered these awesome dish sets featuring the artwork from some of the most renown tattoo artists in the world. I’m just dying to get my hands on the...

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Put a cork in it: The cool OXO Uplift Tea Kettle

Trying to agree on a tea kettle with the sigOth last weekend in a Maine gourmet shop was nearly as difficult as trying to agree on a baby name. The kitchen is more or less his domain (the culinary school degree grants him as much), so he tends to get his way with things like professional pots and pans, and way too many fancy knives. Well wasn’t I thrilled when we agreed on the splurgey anniversary edition OXO Uplift Tea Kettle (Amazon affiliate link), with the stainless body and cork handles. I adore cork for its look, sustainability, and because it’s naturally heat resistant...

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On my Target shopping list: Milk. Apples. Awesome art from Poketo.

Cool Mom Picks favorite Poketo has a very simple philosophy: Make real art available to everyday people. Which is good, because I’m at my local SuperTarget pretty much every day, and that’s where their latest collection will land on August 10. From water bottles to umbrellas to totes, this 52-piece limited edition collection brings together 21 international artists and a whole lot of pretty. The art covers all the high points of design for the season, including birds, birches, abstracts, and… um… monsters? I especially love the ethereal art on the Oksana bag shown above, which was previously available...

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Shear genius

My sigOth, the culinary school grad, has turned me onto the joys of scissors in the kitchen. While I use them mainly to cut off the stupid packaging I can’t pull open with my hands, he has always used kitchen shears for cutting herbs quickly, trimming veggies, and even cutting the kids’ food into manageable bite sizes. [see the giveaway after the jump!] So when I saw the thoughtfully-designed Tiny Bites Food Shears, I knew just where they were coming from. The shears are designed so you can safely cut grapes, slices of pizza, or hot dog slices into...

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Keep your mitts off mommy’s forspecial mug

There’s just no comparison to the feel of handmade ceramics, knowing that an artisan’s hands shaped the clay and followed inspiration to decorate something just for you. Don’t moms deserve little islands of peace and beauty in our hectic lives? If I needed a new mug right now, I’d be browsing the yogagoat shop on Etsy. Artist Amanda Ryznar also has bowls, vases, wedding gifts, and lovely, custom fortune cookies. But what really catches my eye and makes me mutter Serenity Now are the carved plates and bowls, which would be perfect for a slice of my birthday cake...

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Caps off to you

I have hostess gifts on the brain these days; maybe it’s just wishful thinking that I’ll get lots of fancy summer house invitations this season? Or maybe I’m just dying to get someone a little gift as cool as this sleek little Urban Creature bottle opener. I actually prefer the plain one that looks like a little…well, creature, and goes by the name of “Fang.” But there are 9 different graphics like this pretty floral pattern and the more graphic drink design. They’re about $28 plus shipping from London’s ultra-fab Vitamin Living. So if you’re in love, stock up...

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Passage to India

Now that our air conditioner is blaring full force (curse you, NYC humidity!), I’ve finally gotten around to summer-izing the linens. I find a simple little change like switching throw pillow covers from wool to cotton or swapping out our duvet for something lighter makes me feel like I have a whole new, seasonally-appropriate home. (Just avoid the mounds of shedding cat hair and you’ll be fine.) If you’re looking for little changes that can go a long way, take a gander at the utterly gorgeous linens we just discovered at Saffron Marigold. The richly vibrant, ethnic-inspired textiles are...

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