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Williams Sonoma’s Peter Rabbit Collection Is Seriously Adorable
The Tale of Peter Rabbit has been delighting children all over the world for more than 100 years. It’s one of the best-selling books of all time, and Beatrix Potter’s famous bunny just became the star of a new live-action movie that came out this weekend. With Peter Rabbit back on the big screen, Williams Sonoma just released a tie-in collection that’s perfect for kids, or even just nostalgic adults.
May 1, 2019
Hold Everything! IKEA’s Pegboards Are Finally Available in the U.S.
Pegboards are extremely useful in the kitchen. They’re practical for small places and keep everything in sight and easy to reach. And if they’re good enough for Julia Child, they’re certainly good enough for me. Now IKEA has made pegboards even easier, because their Skådis pegboard system, which debuted in Europe last year, is finally available in the U.S. IKEA’s Skådis pegboards come in white and tan, and they come in three sizes: 14.
May 1, 2019
Pyrex Is Bringing Back a Super-Popular Vintage Pattern
Pyrex never really went out of style, and in recent years the cult containers have made quite a resurgence with people snatching up new and vintage pieces alike. We love that Pyrex containers don’t usually hold smells and are as aesthetically pleasing in our fridge as they are on our shelves.
May 1, 2019
Amazon Just Launched an Exclusive, Handmade Dinnerware Collection
Looking for a design-forward spring refresh for your dinnerware? We’ve got a suggestion from a surprising source: Amazon. While we think of the website as a destination for things we might otherwise pick up at a big-box store, the retailer has been working to quietly change that. Amazon Homemade, an attempt to compete with Etsy, launched in 2015. And more recently, a line of unique, one-of-a-kind dinnerware was just rolled out on another platform: Amazon Launchpad.
May 1, 2019
KitchenAid Just Announced Their Color of the Year
This weekend I’m heading to Chicago for the annual International Home + Housewares Show, where I will get to see all sorts of new blenders, coffee makers, kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, and more. (I’ll be writing about the best of what I see, so be sure to check back early next week!) Like clockwork, this show is also when KitchenAid typically reveals their newest colors for stand mixers. This year, however, the company gave us all little preview.
May 1, 2019
The Less Expensive Instant Pot Competitor No One Knows About
Crock-Pots were revolutionary in the 1970s. People loved that they could dump a bunch of food in them and come home to a finished meal at the end of the day. They were (and are) certainly reliable, but over the years they’ve proven to not be as cool or flashy as some of the other new kitchen appliances. Then the Instant Pot showed up. It could slow cook, like the Crock-Pot, but it could also do a lot more. It was a pressure cooker, a rice cooker, a yogurt maker, and more.
May 1, 2019
Shipt Is Offering Same-Day Delivery from Target & 50 Percent Off Your Membership for a Limited Time
The Target shopping experience is the subject of many an internet ode. It’s both parts relaxing and an easy way to spend a lot more money than you ever intended. If you’d like to enjoy the Target shopping experience without the temptation of impulse purchases, however, this news may be just what you’re waiting for: The retailer now has same-day grocery delivery service in select areas, powered by Shipt.
May 1, 2019
Le Creuset’s New Affordable Sorbet Collection Is So Dreamy
Le Creuset makes some of the world’s most beautiful Dutch ovens. They’re solid and chic and they come in such an array of colors that many people have spent hours trying to figure out what color of Dutch oven they want to use for the rest of their lives. (They last forever, so it’s basically a lifetime commitment.) But Le Creuset is a lot more than Dutch ovens.
May 1, 2019
Target Is Launching a New Home Brand and We Got an Exclusive Sneak Peek
If you’re already obsessed with all things Target (Threshold! Project 62!Hearth & Hand! Archer Farms!), you might want to mark your calendar for June 23. That’s when Target will launch its newest home brand, Made By Design, featuring all sorts of everyday items with a sleek, elevated design. In the meantime, we got an exclusive sneak peek that you can check out. Apparently Target put a ton of research into creating this new brand.
May 1, 2019
Amazon Has a Great Deal on This Vitamix Blender Just for Prime Members
Who among us has never lusted after a Vitamix? Those industrial-chic, heavy-duty blenders are a cult favorite because they’re reliable workhorses that can handle tough ingredients and turn out ultra-smooth dishes like magic. The only problem is that they’re expensive. Really expensive. It might take a lot of nut butters and smoothies to justify the cost, but a lot of people who own them say the performance is worth the price tag.
May 1, 2019
Amazon Finally Launched a Way to Make Shopping Lists as a Group
If we asked you to name the most annoying things about Amazon, what would you say? The sometimes way-too-wasteful packaging? The overwhelming number of listings? The fact that you can’t collaborate on a wish or shopping list? If you said this third thing, we have good news for you: Amazon just announced a new feature that allows customers to build shopping lists or wish lists together in one convenient location.
May 1, 2019
Le Creuset Just Released the Dreamiest New Color
Whenever Le Creuset comes out with a new color, it makes me question my identity. After all, your choice of color says a lot about you. If you’re a Soleil gal, you have a bright and happy disposition. If you’re more of a Provence person, you’re romantic and whimsical and probably enjoy wear long caftans while cooking. If you’re obsessed with the Matte Sugar Pink color, you’re probably, well, a millennial.
May 1, 2019
Instant Pot Is Launching a Vitamix Blender Competitor
There are a few kitchen tools that our readers love and crave above all others: the stand mixer, Instant Pot, and powerful blender chief among them. And when it comes to blenders, Vitamix is the one you covet. But there’s a new competitor in town! The geniuses over at Instant Pot — that cult tool that finally persuaded millions of cooks to try pressure cooking— are now moving in on the Vitamix with their own, much lower-cost competitor.
May 1, 2019
Giada De Laurentiis Just Came Out with a Gorgeous Dutch Oven
Giada De Laurentiis is working to bring back Sunday dinner, and that is a campaign that I can really get behind. Italian families are known for going all-in on Sunday dinners. Every week enormous quantities of food are made, and every family member in the vicinity drops what they’re doing and shows up to eat. It’s almost like having Thanksgiving every week.
May 1, 2019
Le Creuset Is Launching a New Addition to Its Mickey Mouse Collection
If you’re a Mickey Mouse fan, you know that his 90th birthday is coming up. (You also probably know that the exact date is November 18.) And you’ll be excited to find out that in honor of the big day Le Creuset and Disney have teamed up to add another piece to their existing collaboration. The new piece is a cute 2-quart Dutch oven (shown above) with Mickey ears embossed on the lid.
May 1, 2019
Target Is Going After Costco with New Line of Home Essentials
Next week Target will roll out their newest house brand, Smartly, featuring 70 home essentials and toiletries, most for just $1 or $2. That includes plenty of kitchen products such as paper towels, dish soap, plastic sandwich bags, napkins, and paper lunch bags. The brand aims to compete with dollar stores, Costco, Aldi, and Walmart in terms of pricing, but also to appeal to younger folks with limited budgets and limited space.
May 1, 2019
Sam’s Club Is Having a Major Sale on KitchenAid Stand Mixers
The iconic KitchenAid mixer might be one of the most coveted pieces of cooking equipment and right now Sam’s Club has them at a steep discount. The mixer, which normally retails around $320, is going for $249.98 through tomorrow. You guys that’s a $70 discount! Get it while you still can! KitchenAid makes a wide variety of models, ranging from a super-affordable line to the heavy-duty ones that pastry chefs really need.
May 1, 2019
Aldi’s $60 KitchenAid-Look-Alike Stand Mixer Is Back
The KitchenAid stand mixer is probably one of the most coveted kitchen appliances on the market today (second only to the Vitamix blender) but let’s just be honest: It’s prohibitively expensive for most people, especially people who are still baking amateurs. Luckily, Aldi is finally restocking its less expensive version of the stand mixer, which has a similarly sleek design.
May 1, 2019
The Massively Powerful Instant Pot Gets a Less Powerful Sibling
It’s not hard to guess why the Instant Pot has become the most beloved new appliance in recent memory. Replacing seven popular kitchen devices in one space-friendly option, the Instant Pot does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. The Instant Pot sold more than 300,000 units on Amazon Prime Day last year and will undoubtedly sell even more this year.
May 1, 2019
People Are Obsessed with This Iridescent Starbucks Tumbler
If you missed out on Starbucks’ free, reusable red cups last Friday (and we know people were MAD about this), there’s still a way to get into the reusable holiday spirit. Starbucks kicked off its 90-day Countdown to Christmas in September by introducing new reusable holiday cups and mugs, and they are all pretty fantastic.
May 1, 2019
Le Creuset Just Launched Not One, but THREE New Colors!
We get very excited every time Le Creuset adds a new color to its line. It’s fun to see what the French brand dreams up and think about how a new introduction would mix and match with what we already have in our kitchens. And right now, we are very, very, very excited — yes, three verys — because Le Creuset just launched THREE new colors this morning! See, usually the brand only comes out with one color at a time.
Apr 30, 2019
If You’re Obsessed with Meal Prep, You Need This Cookbook
We all know we should be meal prepping, right? Like, you don’t have to be a weightlifter who’s carrying an entire cooler full of grilled chicken breasts or an Instagrammer who just likes photographing well-curated plastic containers on Sunday afternoons in order to benefit from planning your meals ahead. The hard part, at least for me, is trying to decide what to cook, because you want something that will be as appealing on day four as it is on day one.
Apr 30, 2019
The Pringles Wine Tumbler You Need Is Already Sold Out
Remember that story from a few weeks back about the woman who got banned from a Texas Walmart for drinking wine out of a Pringles can in the store’s parking lot? Apparently she had been there since the early hours of the morning riding around in an electric cart and sipping wine. At the time most people championed the woman as the people’s hero (though I hope she’s okay and getting help if she needs it).
Apr 30, 2019
Walmart Just Launched a “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Target” Home Line
When we think of Walmart, we think of Ree Drummond appliances swathed in floral prints, yellow smiley faces, low prices, and the viral yodeling sensation who made it big by performing by the checkout lines. But starting today, we now also think of it for its stunning new home collection, M oDRN. Launched this morning on Walmart. com, Jet. com, and Hayneedle.com, the new online-only brand reminds us of Target’s Thresh\old and Project 62 lines — in terms of price, style, and quality.
Apr 30, 2019
Is This Pump for Your Peanut Butter Jar Actually Ingenious?
We are currently living in an era marked by increasingly ridiculous efforts to make even the most minute tasks super easy, like that gadget that can only slice your banana into smaller pieces. That’s why when I saw this pump that attached to the top of your peanut jar – I thought that it was totally unnecessary and laughed it off.
Apr 30, 2019
That Old Tupperware in Your Cupboard Might Be Worth Money
If you watch Antiques Roadshow, you know the most unassuming things can be worth tons of money. Recently, the highest valuation ever for an antique brought in was a set of teacups from China, carried unceremoniously in Tupperware containers. While the man who owns them was in line, he said that the person who took his ticket looked at the containers and said, “Don’t think Tupperware is bringing much these days.
Apr 30, 2019
Um, This Instant Pot Competitor Has a Built-in Fridge
Instant Pots make a huge difference in the cooking life of many Americans, with the super-speedy pressure-cooking options and the one-pot abilities to brown and cook stews. Whole genres of cooking and food blogging have been devoted to the multi-cooker in the years since the kitchen appliance arrived on American shores. But now, reports Gear Patrol, a kitchen appliance company called Gourmia is offering a competitor that one-ups the famous pot, called the CoolCooker MultiCooker.
Apr 30, 2019
Aluminum Foil Can Extend the Life of Your Cast Iron Pan
If you own a cast iron pan (and you should), you know that it’s an essential kitchen tool. Your cast iron pan is the vehicle for a varied range of dishes for any meal of the day: eggs, pork chops, even Buffalo chicken dip. But cast iron requires a lot of dedicated upkeep. Technically, you can simply rinse it with (a little) soap and water, but this much more intensive (and our preferred) cleaning method will ensure it lasts longer.
Apr 30, 2019
You Can Turn Into a Giant, Cozy Burrito with This Blanket
I think it was the famous father, donut lover, and American prophet Homer Simpson who said, “Mmm, I’m a toasty cinnamon bun,” while wrapped up in his bedsheets one morning. While that does sound delicious, when you do wrap yourself up in sheets like Homer did, you’re really more of a human burrito, right? That’s why I’m sure Homer would be the first in line (or online?) to buy the latest food-based item going viral: a literal burrito blanket.
Apr 30, 2019
Here’s How a Magnet Damaged My $2,000 Fridge
Stainless steel appliances sometimes look like big tin cans in your kitchen. Black stainless steel, on the other hand, is an understated alternative to the traditional glaring silver metal, and a big trend in kitchens these days. It also doesn’t show smudges and fingerprints as readily. I loved everything about them, until I owned one myself.
Apr 30, 2019
Maxwell House Is Making a Mrs. Maisel Haggadah
As a certified coffee snob™ of the highest order (I live in Seattle, after all), I am embarrassed to admit I have recently ordered huge quantities of Maxwell House coffee (“Coffee”?) to my house. And I have a promoted tweet to blame for it. Yes, that’s right, the tweet informed me that I could order a Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Passover Haggadah — based off the Amazon Prime Original television show. Never has a marketing ploy been better targeted.
Apr 30, 2019
An Unexpected Use for Your Toaster Oven, According to Eric Ripert
When Eric Ripert, the chef mastermind behind three-Michelin-star seafood restaurant Le Bernardin (and close friend of Anthony Bourdain), tells you how to cook something, it would be best to listen to him. His latest recommendation is probably not one you’re expecting, though. It doesn’t involve any fancy, expensive machinery that you’d only find in a professional kitchen. In fact, all you need is a toaster oven.
Dec 12, 2018
This $20 Reese’s Advent Calendar Is a Holiday Miracle
Earlier this morning, the hosts of a cable news channel morning show struggled to open the tiny doors on their wine-bottle advent calendar and they fumbled with the packaging until the commercial break. That made me think that maybe I’ll skip the calendar, buy a couple bottles of wine, and pretend that I’m capable of rationing them for 24 days.
Nov 9, 2018
Yes! New Food Emojis Now Available with New iPhone Update.
Even if you’re not sure that a picture is worth 1000 words, an emoji always saves you at least a little typing — that’s why billions of emojis crisscross the ether every day. The most delicious ones — pizza, coffee, cherries, hamburger — are also the most popular. But with the addition of six (really seven, more on that in a minute) new food emoji among 158 new emojis total, including the controversial bagel, all our messages just got a little bit tastier.
Nov 1, 2018
We Had No Idea This Everyday Kitchen Tool Was a Legit Design Icon
If you’ve been to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in midtown Manhattan, you’ve probably marveled at its permanent collection, which includes some of the most iconic and immediately recognizable works, ever — there’s the melting clocks of Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory, the soft-focus pastels of Claude Monet’s massive Water Lilies triptych, and everyone’s go-to poster from their freshman year, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
Sep 25, 2018
There’s No Way This Slow Cooker Full English Breakfast Is an Improvement
During everyone’s most-and-least favorite holiday movie, Love, Actually, Prime Minister Hugh Grant lists all of the reasons why he thinks Great Britain deserves that first part of its name: “We may be a small country, but we’re a great one, too,” he said. “The country of Shakespeare, Churchill, the Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter. David Beckham’s right foot. David Beckham’s left foot, come to that.
Sep 21, 2018
This Company Wants You to Take a Roast Beef-Scented Bath
There are few greater joys after a long, stressful day than getting home, queueing up a bit of relaxing music, lighting a few candles, and settling in to a freshly drawn, piping-hot bath. Most people choose citrus, floral, or woodsy scents when they use bath bombs or salts, but one company thinks we should try a new type of scent: roast beef.
Sep 13, 2018
Jell-O’s New Edible Building Blocks Will Make You Want to Play with Your Food
Jell-O is already one of the most fun foods. It’s just so jiggly! No matter how old you are, that wiggle is amusing. That’s why we have things like Jell-O shapes, Jell-O shots, and Jell-O wrestling. Now Jell-O has just come out with the coolest new idea: Jell-O molds that let kids make edible blocks they can stack into cars, buildings, and animals, and still eat afterwards. Technically it’s designed for kids, but I am definitely going to need to play with these.
Jun 28, 2018
Kraft Believes This Sauce Will Be More Popular than Sriracha and Ranch Combined
Just a couple of days after Kraft Heinz started a national debate about whether it should sell the same combination of ketchup and mayo that you could make with your own condiments, the company is back with yet another new sauce. Its newly launched Springboard platform (more on that in a sec) has announced that it has partnered with Momofuku founder and chef David Chang to release his restaurants’ Ssäm Sauce nationwide.
Apr 23, 2018
Disney Fans Are Going to Flip Over This New Homewares Store
Big news, Disney fans! Now you can deck out your whole house, courtesy of the mouse. That’s right — a new store dedicated exclusively to housewares has opened at Disneyland in Southern California. Located in the Downtown Disney District, Disney Home sells (you guessed it) Disney-themed home goods from glassware and linens, to kitchen accessories and more, according to a Disney Parks blog post about the opening. The curated assortment will also change seasonally.
Feb 19, 2018
Does Pouring Height Make a Difference in Coffee Flavor?
Reddit is a host to countless places for talking about everything from Star Wars to sewing. There are over a million discussion communities on basically every subject you could think of, from personal finance to relationship drama. There’s even a whole subreddit about pictures of clouds. One of the most popular subreddits is LifeProTips, where people share useful tips that make their lives easier or better.
Feb 2, 2018
Sara Moulton on Sexual Harassment in the Food Industry’s “Boys’ Club”
In recent months, many industries have been rocked by stories of sexual harassment, misconduct, and worse. The stories may be more public now, but the events they describe are not new. In many cases, harassment and overt sexism have been pervasive problems that have been dismissed, ignored, swept under the rug, or held as a sort of family secret for decades or longer.
Jan 31, 2018
The Wedding Tradition Nigella Lawson Thinks You Should Skip
A wedding cake is the ultimate special-occasion dessert. One’s own wedding cake is generally considered a once-in-a-lifetime treat, with one notable exception: It’s a long-running tradition for a couple to save the top tier of their wedding cake, freeze it, then eat it a year later to celebrate their one-year anniversary. A lot of people really like that tradition, but it sounds like Nigella Lawson is not a fan.
Jan 24, 2018
This Photo of a Completely Peeled Pomegranate Is Weirdly Disturbing
Pomegranates are such a wonderful fruit. They’re full of healthful antioxidants, and they add color and flavor to everything from salads to cocktails. Pomegranates are as good with eggplant as they are with chocolate — or you can just eat them straight and enjoy the way the seeds explode into tart, red juice when you bite into them. Sure, it can be a lot of work to get the seeds out, but all that labor just makes the payoff seem more special.
Jan 17, 2018
You Can Now Buy an Oreo Cookie Club Subscription on Amazon
There’s nothing like the excitement of getting a care package. These special boxes full of surprise snacks and random treats were one of the best things about summer camp and college, and it’s not fair that they tend to stop showing up once a person turns 30. But now there’s a new Oreo Cookie Subscription Box service you can get on Amazon, and it’s basically like signing up to receive a care package of cookies every month.
Jan 16, 2018
Cooking Is Going to Change in the Next 10 Years — And That’s a Good Thing
I believe in innovation. Let’s face it — no one wishes we were still gathering wood and stoking our stoves with it or keeping food fresh in a box cooled by ice. And as much as the microwave oven is maligned, most of us have them in our kitchens and use them every day, even if it is primarily to warm up leftovers.
Jan 12, 2018
Diet Coke Attempts to Woo Millennials with New Branding and Flavors
Diet Coke is going through some huge changes. Coca-Cola just announced that its beloved zero-calorie Coke is getting a massive overhaul that includes a brand-new design, marketing campaign, and four new flavors. It’s surprising to think of Diet Coke getting an image update. Diet Coke always seemed like a constant thing. The soda display at a grocery store is an ever-changing place.
Jan 11, 2018
Cadbury’s Enormous New Creme Egg Trifle Is a Thing of Beauty
We’re not even two weeks past New Year’s Day, and it is already looking like 2018 is going to be the year of the Cadbury Creme Egg. First Cadbury announced that it had finally created white chocolate Creme Eggs, but that instead of putting them on store shelves like a normal company, it was going full Willy Wonka and hiding them in regular Creme Egg wrappers and making shoppers hunt for them.
Jan 11, 2018
Will Your Friendships Survive the Picky Eating Test?
Internet videos, memes, tests, and quotes have fully infiltrated our culture. We chuckle as we scroll by them in our Facebook and Twitter feeds. We laugh when someone posts another video of a cute puppy to Instagram. But not all of these things are cute babies saying silly things. Some of these things can be pretty controversial, as is the latest one that’s been making the rounds the last couple weeks.
Jan 8, 2018
This Twitter Thread Sums Up Our Feelings About Anthropologie’s Food Styling
Earlier today I realized that all of my bowls were either unwashed and stacked in the dishwasher or unwashed and piled in the sink. Instead of rinsing one like a well-adjusted adult, I poured my cereal into a ginormous measuring cup and ate it with the plastic spoon that came with last weekend’s takeout. So I’m not exactly Anthropologie’s target market is what I’m saying.
Jan 5, 2018
Chrissy Teigen’s Daughter and Her Food Truck Play Set Will Make Your Heart Explode
Best-selling cookbook author Chrissy Teigen is not the only food expert in the family. Her 1-year-old daughter, Luna, has opened a tiny food truck in her living room, and it’s the cutest thing you’ll see all day. Guest appearances by Luna are one of the great things about Chrissy Teigen’s Instagram account. In between photos of great food and teasers about her upcoming cookbook, Teigen occasionally posts photos of Luna doing adorable baby things.
Dec 22, 2017
This Might Be the Perfect On-the-Go Snack for Your Cat
Squeezy tubes of food are all the rage. They’re easy for people to consume on the go and also make single servings easy to identify. Apparently, these two things are also true in the cat community. Late last year Hartz released a product to the (cat) consumer market that flew under the radar. What once was unheard of is making big rounds on the social media sphere lately because seriously, is there anything cuter than watching a cat eat out of what appears to be a tube of Go-Gurt?
Dec 18, 2017
Here’s What a Costco Food Court Looks Like in France
It’s fascinating to see what Costco food courts serve in different countries. The facilities all look more or less the same from one Costco to another, but the food court menus vary pretty widely by location. In Canada the food courts serve poutine; in Britain the food courts serve stuffed baked potatoes and cottage pie. Even France has Costco, and the food courts there sell melty ham and cheese croissants with mustard that look positively delicious.
Dec 6, 2017
Is This the Secret to Instant Pot’s Success?
The cult of the Instant Pot shows no sign of stopping. I mean, the machine can make yogurt, and slow cook, and pressure cook, and basically do everything except the dishes (you’ll still need a dishwasher or a good sponge for that, unfortunately). The trendy kitchen appliance’s rise to fame is particularly interesting, however, given the fact that you rarely see any advertising for the product. How did the Instant Pot become so successful so quickly?
Nov 28, 2017
The Scary Reason I’ll Never Cook with Glass Pans Again
Chief among the sounds you never want to hear in your kitchen is an explosive shattering of glass. I’m here to tell you that the stuff of urban legend sometimes is true. Picture a cozy Sunday supper underway: my husband, Brian, is making his mom’s Yorkshire pudding to go with a beef roast and carrots and buttermilk-poached cauliflower. Our neighbors are over with their sweet toddler.
Nov 16, 2017
These Two Surprising Ingredients Make Super-Tall Pancakes
There are a million ways to make a stack of gorgeous pancakes. You can make them with buttermilk, cornmeal, sweet potatoes, ricotta, and even cream cheese. And then, of course, there’s the controversial two-ingredient pancake that’s made from just banana and eggs. There’s so many variations that it begs the question: What exactly does constitute as a pancake? If the ingredients don’t matter, is it how the pancakes look? Do pancakes need to be dense, flat, and round?
Nov 14, 2017
Here’s What’s Actually in the “Butter” from Movie Theater Popcorn
Hot buttered movie theater popcorn is one of life’s deepest pleasures. It’s pure, greasy nostalgia. When my parents took my sister and I to the movies when we were children, they never, ever let us buy snacks at the theater. Now that I’m an adult, I hit the concession stand every single time, even though I’m well aware of the financial irresponsibility of overindulging in movie theater snacks. The best part about movie theater popcorn was always the butter.
Nov 8, 2017
The Coolest Thing I Saw at the Smart Kitchen Summit
I’ve been reviewing kitchen equipment for more than 30 years and I’ve seen it all, from potato-peeling mitts (fuhgettabout ’em) to cooking robots (for those who don’t actually like making dinner). It takes a lot to impress me, and yet this month at the Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle, I saw something that made me think, I want that in my own kitchen!
Oct 24, 2017
This New Measuring Cup May Make You a Better Baker
Have you ever wondered why your cookies never come out the same from batch to batch, even though you’re using the same recipe? Chances are, it’s your measuring cup that’s to blame. While, yes, the whole point of a measuring cup is accuracy, it’s extremely easy to measure incorrectly. A little too much on top here, a little under the line there — that can really mess up a recipe. Good news, bakers!
Oct 17, 2017
Internet Unearths Donut Salad Recipe, America Confused Yet Joyful
Imagine, if you will, your favorite salad. What does it contain? Surely there’s a leafy green and some vegetables in there. Maybe meat or eggs if you’re making a meal of it? What about nuts, seeds, cheeses, or another assorted traditional toppings? You’ll for sure need a killer homemade dressing to top it all off, and then you’re all set. Right? Not if you’re this vintage “salad” recipe that has the internet all aflutter — because donuts.
Oct 16, 2017
Nigella Lawson Has a Brilliant Idea for Your Spiralizer
If you stopped three people at random on the street, chances are good that at least one of them would own a spiralizer. For the last couple years, spiralizers have been the trendy kitchen gadget everybody has to have — especially people looking to eat more healthfully. But they also take up valuable kitchen space and are notoriously difficult to clean, and it seems like a lot of people have stopped using them. According to the Telegraph, sales of spiralizers in the U.K.
Oct 13, 2017
The Cake-Decorating Tool You Already Have in Your Garage
I’m not sure about the upbringing of anyone else, but my father always said, “If you give the laziest person the hardest job, they’ll find the easiest way to do it.” Admitting this means I’m super lazy, but I’d rather call myself an “outside the box thinker.
Oct 5, 2017
Never Assemble IKEA Kitchen Cabinets Again
Trips to IKEA can be a wannabe designer’s dream — Ohhh, look at that sleek island and those immaculate chalkboard cabinets! — but getting home with the goods can be a nightmare. The company’s instruction manuals for putting together its affordable, pack-flat furniture is infamously complicated. There are no written instructions — just an anger-inducing cartoon man with a tiny hammer.
Oct 2, 2017
Williams-Sonoma Is Hiring Seasonal Work-from-Home Jobs
During the holiday season, retailers hire temporary workers to meet the increased demand from consumers. But most of these jobs require you to physically be present at a brick-and-mortar store dealing with customers face to face. If your dream job is one with a remote work policy and little in-person human interaction, then there’s one company you need to check out for a holiday season job: Williams-Sonoma.
Sep 27, 2017
Twitter Is Not Happy About This Meal Prepping Idea
Food stylists know a thing or two about how to present a meal. And there’s some merit to the notion of focusing on how food looks: Some research has found that the way food is presented can make it more (or less) appetizing for the individual consuming it. Last week, food stylist Dominique Eloise Alexander, author of Jar Food: Recipes For On-the-Go, shared her tips with The Independent on how to make your lunch delicious and fun to look at (read: Instagram-worthy).
Sep 21, 2017
Don’t Have Eclipse Glasses? Grab a Kitchen Colander.
Right now across North America we’re slowly experiencing a solar eclipse. If you’re in the “path of totality” — where the moon blocks out the sun — you’ll experience a true natural phenomenon. There’s one catch, though: In order to see this awe-inspiring sight, you’re going to need a special pair of glasses or pinhole projector to protect your eyeballs (unless you’re cool with losing your eyesight).
Aug 21, 2017
Scientists Discover a Sixth Sense Capable of Tasting Water
The human tongue can detect five basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. Now, researchers from California Institute of Technology have found a sixth sense that can detect water. “The tongue can detect various key nutrient factors, called tastants — such as sodium, sugar, and amino acids — through taste,” says lead researcher Yuki Oka, from the California Institute of Technology. “However, how we sense water in the mouth was unknown.
Jun 7, 2017
These Weird Water Bubbles Are the Plastic Bottles of the Future
Plastic water bottles are a waste of resources and damaging to the environment. But with consumption of bottled water on the rise, sustainability becomes a big issue. Now, a sustainable packaging startup has created a water blob that eliminates the need for plastic. London-based Skipping Rocks Lab introduced their innovation, called Ooho, in 2014, but it only now is going viral. The concept is simple: Package water in 100 percent plant-based biodegradable materials.
Apr 14, 2017
Did You Just Get a New Dishwasher? 5 Things to Do Right Away.
Whether you choose to DIY or hire a pro to help guide your dishwasher into its new nest, there are a few things you should do to ensure everything goes smoothly. Prep for installation by turning off the water-supply line and power to your existing machine. Taking the time to do this before the delivery guys come (about an hour in advance) will give the line a chance to drain and ensure that the installation will be as quick (and as safe!) as possible.
Mar 22, 2017
Calphalon Recalls 2 Million Knives Due to Being More Dangerous Than Usual
Your knives may be more dangerous than usual if you own Calphalon brand products. The company announced a recall of 2 million knives in the United States and 7,100 knives in Canada. The recall took place after more than 3,000 cases of knives breaking and 27 reports of consumers suffering from finger and hand lacerations, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The knives — retailed at stores like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Amazon, and J.C.
Mar 3, 2017
5 Reasons to Start a Collection of Wooden Spoons
I remember the exact moment that began my lifetime of collecting wooden spoons. It was 20 years ago and I was hanging out with my friend Trudy as she cooked on her Garland, a commercial range which was rarely seen in home kitchens, and was the mark of a very serious cook. Just to the side of the stove, there was a canister crammed with all kinds of wooden spoons: light, dark, tall, short, fat-handled, and fragile-looking. I pulled one out that had a squat handle and long flat bowl.
Sep 6, 2016
An Exclusive Interview with Jack Donaghy About Microwaves
If you’re a fan of NBC’s dearly departed hit series 30 Rock, then you’re probably also a fan of the completely entertaining, completely memorable, if not completely lovable, Jack Donaghy. I know I am, and I have to confess that it’s not often that I snag such an exclusive, elusive interviewee as the mostly fictional character played by Alec Baldwin.
Mar 9, 2016