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Make ice spheroids for orbiting a chilled wine bottle

Ice Orb Icemaker

Why settle for boring old ice cubes when you can have ice spheroids? This Ice Orb Icemaker not only makes some cool looking ice, but can also act as a wine chiller too. To make the novel shaped spheroids, simply fill the silicon shell to the marked line, insert the inner bucket and place it in the freezer. The water is kept in spheroid formation until you later pop it free as ice.

The ice mold makes 21 spheroids of ice, but even better it doubles as an ice bucket. Perfect for chilling wine, the bucket is 5 inches tall with a diameter of 6 inches. It holds a good amount of 52 ice spheroids at a time, which means your bottle of wine with be chilling in style for as long as it lasts.

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February 25, 2009   No Comments

Chop salad right in the bowl — and more

Salad Chopper Bowl

Like many others, I find myself using appliances and tools for tasks that they are not designed for. Be it a screwdriver as a hammer or a fork as a knife, there are hidden uses lurking in all of our hand tools. Sometimes, they are not so hidden.

This Salad Chopper and Bowl from OXO looks to me like it has a second, more useful application. Sure the bowl is great, but I can’t really see myself chopping vegetables inside of it. Some pieces would end up too big, some too small, and all of them oddly shaped. Instead, I’ll choose to chop my salad the old-fashioned way, and serve with pizza strips that could only be cut from such an original salad pizza chopper.

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February 25, 2009   No Comments

Price alert: Every serving utensil you will ever need

Serving Set

Bed Bath & Beyond has a special deal right now for a Reed and Barton Arlington 17-Piece Serving Set. For $19.99 you can get practically every utensil you will ever need when it comes to serving.

Set includes a gravy ladle, all-purpose tong, berry spoon, pie server, lasagna server, master serving spoon, master serving fork, pasta server, soup ladle, ice tong, macaroni sever plus two each of the serving spoon, pierced serving spoon, and serving fork.

Dishwasher safe, the pieces are constructed of chrome stainless steel. Not every serving piece you need? A carving knife and carving fork are available with the 13-piece set, also $19.99.

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February 25, 2009   No Comments

It’s a pancake, it’s a waffle, it’s both!

Nordic Ware Waffled Pancake Pan

Is it a panffle, or would that be a waffcake? Either way it is a great idea! This Nordic Ware Waffled Pancake Pan from Williams-Sonoma helps undecided breakfast eaters by eliminating the choice between pancakes and waffles. Making important decisions first thing in the morning can be rather daunting, after all. Well, now you don’t have to decide: the two classic breakfast items are now available as one delicious dish.

Simply prepare your batter as if you were making a batch of pancakes and pour into the nonstick griddle. The cast aluminum pan heats evenly right on the stovetop, producing delicious 3-inch round waffles complete with deep pockets for tasty toppings. For creating a uniquely satisfying morning meal, this original take on breakfast is an easy choice to make.

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February 24, 2009   1 Comment

Rocket Grill takes cooking convenience to new heights

Sunbeam Rocket Grill

There are times when nothing will do but having food, now. These moments of low blood sugar usually end up with a bad decision being made. At least for the food-related mistakes that may happen in times of hunger there is hope. No longer do you have to suffer through a greasy fast-food meal or microwaved monstrosity simply because you don’t have the energy to make something good.
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February 23, 2009   No Comments

Flexible Grill Basket keeps the food out of the fire

Flexible Grill BasketGrill baskets are wonderful things. Designed not only to hold delicate fish (or meats) for grill cooking, but also perfect for keeping small vegetables in place. Nothing quite beats marinated fire-roasted vegetables served with a perfectly cooked piece of fish. Problem is, sometimes without the right equipment it can be difficult to keep the food from falling into the fire.

This Flexible Grill Basket is made from carbon steel and has a non-stick finish. The heavy-duty plastic handle makes flipping a breeze, while the flexible nature of the mesh allows for it to contour around your food. A sliding lock further helps to keep food from slipping out. When it’s all said and done, and your delicious meal is safely on your plate (or in your belly), cleaning up is simply a matter of popping the basket into the dishwasher.

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February 23, 2009   No Comments



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