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What The Heck Is Smettanick?

Joseph Joseph Worktop Saver, USA Gastronomy Map

The Joseph Joseph Worktop Saver, USA Gastronomy Map is “made in the United Kingdom by Joseph Joseph, masters of form and function,” according to the product description. It goes on to say that what you are seeing is a “12-inch by 16-inch worktop saver; made of toughened glass; heat resistant to 536-degree F.”

What it doesn’t say is what the heck Smettanick is.

There you see it, up at the top of Montana: Smettanick. Turns out, this caught the eye of many back in 2011.

According to a nifty little write up in the Seattle Weekly about this very design (by a British designer), Smettanick is a Russian sour-cream cake whose preferred spelling is “smetannik.” (Check out a recipe for smetannik here.) As for its popularity in Montana? Only Montanans know. However, the map is not a total loss: the inclusion of “ultimate buffets” in Nevada is not much of a head-scratcher, although it’s probably a good guess that Nevadans eat more than pine nuts and casino buffets.

October 2, 2013   No Comments

Egg Run Holder

Egg Run Holder from Williams-Sonoma

Did you know that eggs come from chickens (mostly) and not just cardboard packaging? Yeah, me neither. But apparently, those little devils are laid and then collected, eventually coming to market. And here all this time I thought they were produced in the Cadbury factory!

Of course I am being facetious, but it does go to show how easy it is to forget where our food comes from — along with all the little associated accessories. For example check out this Egg Run Holder offered up at the major retailer Williams-Sonoma.

Bring your eggs from coop to counter and keep them in date order with this handy egg run. Simply add freshly laid eggs to the top of the run and remove from the bottom when ready to use.

Now if they can only create a spiral refrigerator to wrap around the egg accessory. Because eggs have to be refrigerated, right? Wait, what is that I hear? Fresh eggs are different? The chickens don’t go into refrigerators to lay eggs? Jeesh, that’s a lot to take in — I hope I don’t learn where bacon comes from next!

August 23, 2013   No Comments

Chefspecs: See Clearly In The Kitchen

Chefspecs Reading Glasses With Case

Clearly, it is important to see be able to see clearly in the kitchen when handling hot objects and sharp implements. For a start there are the Chefspecs Reading Glasses With Case. The cheaters come in a range of magnification, from +1.25 to +3.00, and make it easy to read recipes, deal with gadgets or just look stylish while cooking.

The reading glasses come with a magnetic case that can be attached to the fridge for easy access. That little spoon logo on the side of the glasses is pretty sharp too. And speaking of clearly, the glasses come with an anti-fog cleaning gel and cloth.

July 11, 2013   No Comments

Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Makers Vs. Zipzicles Zip Bags

Norpro 431 4-Piece Silicone Ice Pop Maker Set

Here comes the heat, what’s going to beat it? Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Makers or Zipzicles, The ONLY Zip-Top Ice-Pop Mold?

Fight!
(Delicious fight)

Above, the Norpro 431 4-Piece Silicone Ice Pop Maker Set costs about 10 bucks and comes in a set of four. Clearly reusable, the silicone molds come with little caps to seal in juice, yogurt or whatever (“juices, purees, yogurt, soda, ice cream, pudding, applesauce, gelatin, fruit, berries, candies, chocolate, carmel, whipped cream and sprinkles”) as it freezes. Fill, seal, freeze and enjoy as they say.

Zipzicles - The ONLY Zip-Top Ice-Pop Mold!

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June 10, 2013   No Comments

Duck Duck Kitchen Timer

Alessi Duck Electronic Kitchen Timer

Which one of these is not like the other? The question, of course, is a trick: they are both like each other. But don’t worry, if you get the Alessi Duck Electronic Kitchen Timer mixed up with the real thing, the duck will let you know!

April 30, 2013   No Comments

Chef’n FreshForce Orange Juicer

Chef'n FreshForce Orange Juicer

Rooting around the kitchen junk drawer looking for the wrong tool for the right job is a habit that isn’t too difficult to break; hearing “don’t force it” can eventually sink the message home. Especially when “forcing it” results in a few too many messy situations.

Staring at the lemon and lime squeezer one too many times can lead one’s thoughts to what else it can be used for. Well, the Chef’n FreshForce Orange Juicer is here to say, “don’t force it.” The clever contraption picks up where the smaller citrus squeezer leaves off. With a larger hopper, the kitchen gadget is designed to handle juicing sliced oranges. Oh, and according to the product description it is “great for lemons, limes and small grapefruits too.”

April 16, 2013   No Comments



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