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Go Al Dente With A Pasta Drying Rack

Eppicotispai Natural Beechwood Collapsable Pasta Drying Rack

Going through all the trouble to make your own pasta is only half the battle. Luckily, the other half requires little effort. Fresh pasta is great and all, but it can never be cooked al dente unless it was dried first. To help achieve that goal, one additional piece of equipment comes in handy. And again, it’s painless.

The Eppicotispai Natural Beechwood Collapsable Pasta Drying Rack is perfect for hanging fresh strands of pasta out to dry. The small beechwood accessory dries up to ten square feet of pasta at a time, and folds away for easy storage—which may or may not be a good thing depending on far back in the cupboard the rest of the pasta making gear is!

January 9, 2011   No Comments

Spice Up The Spice Rack With A Twist

Nambe Twist Spice Rack

Spice racks are a generally overlooked item in the kitchen. After all, no matter how good one looks it is what they hold that is infinitely more interesting. However, while you can’t cook with a spice rack, you still have to look at it.

The Nambe Twist Spice Rack puts a spin on the traditional by combining aesthetics and function in one piece of countertop kitchen gear. The rotating unit is comprised of acacia wood and a distinctive metal alloy familiar to Nambe products. Includes 16 bottles with thyme, curry powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, basil, onion powder, tarragon, bay leaf, parsley, rosemary, garlic powder, paprika, coriander, cumin, mustard and chili powder. Although at a price of two hundred bucks the box most likely was sitting around for some time; you may want to replenish some of those spices.

November 4, 2010   No Comments

Rack Up Some Fruit On The Grill

Fruit Grill Rack

Some grill accessories create inspiration simply by existing. Burgers and hotdogs may dominate the grilling landscape, but the proliferation of specialized grill racks means that those old standbys are going to have to give up some space on the grill. We’ve seen the Chile Pepper Grill Rack, we’ve seen the Chicken Rack, and now we have the Fruit Grill Rack to add to the arsenal.

Priced at only twelve bucks, the stainless-steel contraption provides an inexpensive way to secure round fruits and vegetables on the grill. Perfect for apples, peaches, pears or even tomatoes, the no-nonsense design eliminates the balancing act normally required when jostling round food about on the grill. Safely secured in one location there may even be enough room left over for the occasional hamburger and hotdog.

April 29, 2010   1 Comment

Eclipse Wine Rack begs to be stared at

Nambé Eclipse Wine Rack, designed by Neil Cohen.

Designed by Neil Cohen, the Nambé Eclipse Wine Rack is only for the brave. While I doubt staring at its curvy structure for too long will cause any permanent eyesight damage, your heart however, may be another matter.

I’m just not sure how comfortable I am with storing wine that is supported solely by the neck of the bottle. Good thing I don’t have any high-priced varietals hanging around to test just how sturdy it is. Or $200 in my 3-bottle wine rack budget for that matter. However, it certainly looks cool; just don’t stare at it for too long.

September 17, 2009   No Comments

Optimistic cooling rack will always be half empty

Expandable Cookie Cooling Rack

While I appreciate the enthusiasm of this Expandable Cookie Cooling Rack, I just don’t know if I actually see it being used to its full potential. Utilizing a space-saving design when not in use, the telescoping steel surface slides out to reveal two additional cooling racks. Starting at a measurement of 14-inches by 13.75-inches, with a height of 1.5-inches, the cooling rack may provide plenty of room to cool cookies and other baked goods, but chances are those additional racks will never get a chance to know the sweet delight of a sugary touch. At least around these parts, freshly baked cookies hot out of the oven simply don’t last that long.

August 19, 2009   No Comments

Meatball Baker makes life less greasy

Meatball Baker

Everybody loves a good meatball, but not everybody likes making them. For some, the thought of a frying pan filled with little sizzling spheres splattering in their own grease keeps meatballs off the menu. Luckily, there is another option. If you liked the Meatball Grill Basket, the Meatball Baker is right up your alley.

Basically a roasting pan with a special rack, the gadget keeps meatballs elevated, allowing for fat to drip away from the food. Featuring three rows that hold the meatballs in place, the nonstick carbon steel pan measures 10-inches by 13-inches with a depth of 2.5-inches. The insert itself is 9-inches by 11-inches and can be used for much more than meatballs.

With the rack and pan set having the ability to keep food raised above dripping grease, the opportunity to dig deeper (and greasier) into previously avoidable recipes is just too good to pass up. So dust off that old cookbook from a time when fat content didn’t matter and get to exploring!

August 5, 2009   No Comments