Fall vegetables tend to be especially dirty; they come out of the ground with wet October mud and grit all over them. So a good vegetable brush is very helpful for cooking in this season. This simple brush from OXO gets rave reviews from its fans. It's not as pretty as a wood-handled brush, but it's more practical, since the whole thing can be thrown in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Have you ever suspected the decades-old Pyrex baking dish you received from your grandmother is a lot more durable than a modern glass dish? You might be right.
Earlier this year Consumer Reports published findings that the glass bakeware currently sold in the U.S. is more likely to shatter than its European counterparts. Since then, the magazine has received over 140 more reports of glassware unexpectedly shattering, with about half resulting in injury. What's going on here?
I truly love Emile Henry's handsome ceramic dishes and cookware, and this pie plate, an exclusive to Williams-Sonoma, is my favorite of their pieces. It's just so fancy, so special. It will make a dish of chicken and biscuits look like a million bucks.
Microwave, oven, dishwasher, freezer and broiler safe. Color options: Caramel, Pometerra, Nougat, and Green (a new color).
There are fancier timers out there. There are timers that do more — sure. I've used them. But I return to this one again and again over the handful of other timers in my kitchen. The buttons are big, the numbers are huge. The beeper is loud. The magnet is strong. All the things I want in a good timer. And the battery lasts a long, long time.
The objects in my kitchen that give me the most pleasure all happen to be made out of smooth, silky wood. I love handmade wood objects, often one of a kind — things that grow to fit your hand. This scoop is a simple thing, but beautifully made by a South Carolina craftsman, and I would enjoy scooping flour or oats with it every day.
While antique shopping the other day, we purchased this curious Bakelite-handled kitchen gadget. At first we just liked the way it looked but then we realized it might actually be very useful. Do you know what it is?
These pretty freezer trays are intended to hold single servings of baby food. But looking at them now, I'm thinking that we grown-ups can make good use of them, too. Especially when it comes to quick-fix midweek meals.