Want to add a little extra color to your kitchen tool drawer? I'm really liking this solid old-fashioned peeler from Normann Copenhagen, dressed up with a soft, colorful silicone handle. I happen to like the coral, but they also come in soft red, black, yellow, rose, and navy blue. Dishwasher safe.
I just spotted this serving tray at MoMA and I just love its whimsy and playfulness. It's like a toy on wheels, but one that can also do grownup business, holding breakfast in bed, a round of drinks, or a spread of desserts. So poppy and fun.
I like the soft, pastel colors of these bowls, a collaboration between West Elm and South African ceramicist Mick Haigh. The sides look like cut facets of jewels - the juxtaposition with the soft colors is really nice.
I've been using this scale for the past several months and really enjoying it. You know when you're weighing a few pounds of flour for a big batch of bread, and suddenly your scale runs out of weight? That doesn't happen here. It takes up to 22 pounds, and if you're using a really big bowl, you can pull the scale display away out of its shadow. And while it's a big scale, it's flat and light. I just slip it in a drawer when it's not in use.
I tracked down these gorgeous wooden cake stands after seeing them in the photos of this tea party that Jordan Ferney threw. I love their pure, simple lines and the beautiful wood. Dessert stands are often often too frilly or stuffy for me. But these are just perfect.
This time of year makes me crave color in the kitchen - bright colors to make my space feel cheery and fresh. These boards are a lovely multi-purpose way of bringing color into the kitchen - good for chopping, or for laying out cheese or fruit.
I know what I'd like to find on my breakfast tray, come Valentine's morning. A jar of this stuff, that's what. Basque cherry confit? To go with salty, pungent sheep's milk cheeses? Or to slather all over hot buttermilk biscuits? Oh yes. So sexy.
Julie Hasson sent us a couple of her smart, lovely gift boxes to check out, and I found them really delightful. The idea behind a*pour toi is simple: sweet yet sophisticated gift boxes full of treats that are not all just indulgent. Hasson's lineup includes lactose-free gift boxes, a sugar-free box, and a gluten-free box. The Elegance box we sampled included fine French truffles, gluten-free crisps made with melon and nut flour, light cocoa cookies, and white chocolate covered pistachios. Beautifully packaged and a really lovely gift.
I don't often put a tablecloth or runner on the dining table, but when I do I like natural, casual linens. This yellow-striped runner is pure linen, durable and classy. It feels so fresh for spring - a nice backdrop to simple late winter meals and early spring greenery. Also comes in green, blue, and red stripes. 108" x 20".
Chilewich has built a business around their sleek, contemporary placemats and table decor - which up until now have usually been in quiet, sophisticated earth tones. Well, this season they're going for color, and I'm loving it. This fuchsia is just right - it feels modern and poppy and welcome. In person (they sent me a few samples) the colors pop off the table - very juicy and bright. (Pictured here: Mini Basketweave Placemat in Bloom (bottom placemat), Lattice Placemat in Hot Pink (top placemat), 100% Linen Napkin in Freesia Pink, and Napkin Ring - Mini Basketweave in White.)
So, I picked up a fish spatula after stir-fry guru Grace Young gave me a wok and showed me how to stir-fry. She recommends the thin, whippy fish spatula for stir-frying; it's flexible and helps you tumble all the ingredients around. I picked one up in Chinatown (it was rather less than this one from Williams-Sonoma, but this is the most similar-looking one that I could find online), and what do you know - I've been using it for all kinds of things. I find it's the best utensil for sautéing too, and even flipping pancakes. In a very short time it's become one of the most-used cooking utensils in my kitchen.
If you think vermouth is just something to splash into a cocktail, then Carpano Antica should change your mind. This is one of my favorite pre-dinner drinks (and nightcaps too!). Sipped over a big cube of ice, with an orange peel slipped into the glass, it tastes like figs, cinnamon, and dry cocoa. It's so delicious. Read more about Carpano Antica here, and note, like I did this week, that it's now available in 375ML bottles - so you can sip through it slowly and not worry about it going off before finishing it.
I really needed a new measuring cup for liquids, so I picked up one of these OXO cups, with nifty angled measurement lines so you can measure accurately without bending down and squinting. I love the size - 4 cups is hefty and makes measuring quick. I have also been mixing up salad dressings right in the cup - there's plenty of room.
Monica Bhide is a wonderful food writer and a friend of The Kitchn, and she's come up with a really intriguing limited-edition set of chocolates for Valentine's Day this year. It's a partnership with a specialty chocolate shop in Washington D.C., and the flavors speak for themselves: “KESAR” (milk chocolate / saffron / cinnamon-toasted almonds), “ADRAK” (dark chocolate / candied ginger / fennel seeds), “ELAICHI” (white chocolate / green cardamom), and “GULAAB” (milk chocolate / gulkand rose preserves / toasted cashews). I am not a chocolate addict, like some I know, but I find these flavor combinations so tempting and delightful. The collection will only be available for a couple days, so if you're interested, order yours now.
Reisenthel makes really great European-style shopping bags and totes. I've been eyeing these bags lately - they are designed to sit in a shopping cart. So your items go straight into the cart, onto the conveyor belt, then right back into the cart. Lift the bag right out and you're done. This would be a fabulous bag for those who like to shop at places like Aldi or Costco, where no bags are provided. The bags roll up nice and tight when they're not in use, too.
I just restocked my supply of these scouring pads, and it occurred to me to give them a shout-out. These are humble little cleaning tools, but they're so useful. They're tough enough to clean stubborn stuck-on spots, unlike other plastic or foam sponges -- but they aren't as harsh as stainless steel. They really get the job done in the kitchen, especially when you'd rather rely more on elbow grease than on toxic chemicals.
I finally bought a pair of kitchen shears - and I can't believe how useful they've been. This well-priced pair of shears from Wusthof has helped me cut up a chicken, mince herbs, and snip bacon into lardons. The blades detach from each other quickly and easily for cleaning, and they're comfortable to hold. As a bonus, I just noticed that Wusthof has bundled them with their great little paring knife for the same price.
My family has a lot of birthdays in January, and we recently gathered to celebrate them all in one big cakefest. It's always tricky to figure out how many candles to put on the cake - enough for the 20-year-old? Or the one turning 34? 58? I'd love to handle the dilemma with this one candle - a whirling, glowing, sparkling blossom that plays its very own rendition of Happy Birthday. Who cares which birthday it is, when there's something so festive to guide you in?
Our morning routine always includes brewing a French press of coffee -- which is then poured into a carafe to stay hot all morning. For this type of morning ritual, a good carafe is essential. It's so nice to sip coffee slowly and not have it cool off too fast. In that spirit, I present this gorgeous modern carafe, inspired by modern lines and Asian tea ware. From the designers: "It is angled three degrees out to give the jug a stable, sweet and charming expression and at the same time increase the volume without the jug losing its elegant shape." Designed by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Ronn from Norm. Holds 1 liter.