I was recently given a jar of homemade spoon butter, and it rules. What does one do with spoon butter, you ask? Slather it onto your wooden spoons, let them sit overnight, and then buff with a dry cloth. It brings the sheen back to your spoons, and protects them from drying, cracking, and staining. (And bonus points for leaving your hands soft.)
I had read about the importance of an oven thermometer years ago, and purchased one for my apartment oven. The difference wasn't much, but it was great to know what was really going on in there. However, when I moved, I forgot the little thing and left it hanging on the middle rack.
Choosing my favorite baking tool was a difficult challenge. I thought first about the things that I use often like my favorite zester or my Silpat. Then I thought about things with emotional significance like my grandmother's cookie cutters or my mom's old sheet trays. But when it comes right down to it, there's only one favorite.
What better time of year than Valentine's Day to get a little whimsical in your kitchen? Make heart-shaped pancakes, decorate with tea bag tags, prettify your milk with frozen hearts, or add some lovin' to your cooking with one of these heart-shaped kitchen products:
All over California and Florida, citrus trees laden with oranges, lemons and grapefruits are bursting with color this time of year. Even if you don't live in one of these locales, there's no need to be envious — you can still bring these cheery fruits into your kitchen with these citrus-inspired accessories!
Cheerful red and white check has an old-fashioned charm that can brighten up your kitchen. A classic picnic pattern, red and white gingham brings a sense of casual playfulness to any gathering and has long been a favorite for tablecloths and napkins. Gingham also has a nice, simple graphic quality to it that, if used sparingly, has a crisp, somewhat modern feel. Here's a roundup of a few red gingham items for the kitchen and dining room.