As we see more and more small kitchens in this year's Small Cool contest
, we have been thinking about multi-use utensils and appliances, and the dozens of spoons and spatulas jammed in our kitchen drawers. Maybe we should trade a few in for one of these? This straining ladle lets you scoop, strain, and pour. It could be used to scoop and strain small amounts of pasta, and to serve soup. This might take the place of all those slotted spoons and scoops in our drawers, or maybe it wouldn't work for any of those purposes at all.
What do you think? Helpful, over-designed, poorly designed, genius?
• Straining Ladle, $19.95