In my house, however much pasta you make, you must eat! (This, I believe, is the unofficial slogan of Italy.) But because I never correctly estimate a proper portion of noodles (particularly long ones like spaghetti, fettuccine, etc.), and always air on the side of more, I end up eating a lot more than I really originally intended. That’s why this “I Could Eat A Horse” pasta measuring tool, which portions out child, adult, and family-sized amounts of dried pasta, is so genius. I’ll never end up eating a family-sized portion of pasta again. Unless I want to, that is. [$16.90, Reykjavik Corner Store]
For me, the most annoying part of cooking in my tiny kitchen are all the scraps that get in the way. Chop one cucumber and my counter is practically overtaken. Forget about an entire salad. Good news! There’s a kitchen appliance for your scrap issues. The Scrap Trap provides extra prep space by trapping your kitchen scrapings, peelings, skins, shells and bones. Just brush the unwanted bits into the clip-on bin with the scraper brush and dump them directly into the trash. Or into your composting heap if you’re green like that. A very happy way to collect your cooking scraps.
A kitschy kitchen is what I aspire to. Dinner conversation will cease to be dull with this pencil salt and pepper mill, perfect for the literary set. You got an “A” in English, but now you will earn top marks in seasoning. This shaker set will give even your most lowbrow dinners an air of sophistication. Just twist the eraser, season liberally and let the witty banter ensue.
Your spoons only deserve the best, even when they’re dirty. Keep your counters clean and your cooking accoutrements sitting pretty with this stiletto spoon rest. Best part is, these heels are stainless steel. So when you’re done stirring your sauce or mixing your batter, just throw this pump in the dishwasher.
The great thing about shopping for a foodie is that there is always some new gadget, gizmo, or simple tool that makes cooking easier. If she’s the type of chick who loves to bake her own bread, make sausage from scratch, and doesn’t think cheese should be anything but freshly grated, here are 10 gifts that will bring a smile to her flour-dusted face.
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- Buy small appliances such as toasters, microwaves, and can openers that can be mounted underneath cabinets.
- Swap a knife blick for a magnetic strip on the wall.
- Instead of storing utensils in a canister, install a stainless steel rod with matching S hooks on the backsplash and hang utensils out of the way but still within arm’s reach. Read more…
Nobody has filing cabinets anymore. I mean, well, most people don’t! Who has papers, after all, when everything’s stored conveniently on hard drives? But that doesn’t mean you should throw your bulky home filing systems away just yet. They can be handily re-purposed as raw surfaces for the kitchen or living room. Shown here, a filing cabinet with the addition of a cutting board on top, and a towel rack drilled into the side, turns into a great kitchen cutting and storage surface. [Apartment Therapy]
Forget about those big wood platters — cutting boards don’t have to be boring! You’ll want to proudly display this brightly animated board in your kitchen like it’s a piece of foodie art. Chopping vegetables has never been so adorable. Now, just don’t get freaked out by bacon, coffee, and grapefruit with faces on it!
We know you’re cookin’ up something this Valentine’s Day and with these heart-shaped mixing bowls, you can make sure you do something in the kitchen, too! The pink, white and red set from Target might evoke the colors of February 14, but they’ll look funky-cute as you bake all year round. Plus, they fit inside one another like nesting dolls, so they won’t take up tons of space. Now, who wants a cupcake?