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Electric Raclette Grill for a Sophisticated Super Bowl Party

There’s more to a Super Bowl party than chicken wings and Fritos. How about placing this electric raclette grill on your table and encourage people to discuss the game while preparing their grilled goodies?

Trudeau 1200 Watt Aluminum Rockin' Grill Party Grill Set, Set of 19-Pieces

Raclettes are the sister to Swiss Fondue pots. Instead of creating a melted cheese sauce you place individual chunks of cheese in the grill to melt. These are eaten with bread, potatoes, and various cured meats and such.

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Top 10 Christmas Gifts for the International Foodie

Does the foodie in your life eat food from around the world? Perhaps she’d like one of these gadgets in the kitchen

1. Spanish Paella Pan and Ingredients

Paella is the national dish of Spain. It’s a complex dish of rice, safron, seafood, chicken, rabbit, and other meats. Each region has their own specialty and there’s always a party when the paella pan comes out. This gift set includes a paella pan as well as a selection of Spanish ingredients to start the paella party.

Paella Gift Set with Spanish Delicacies

2. Sushi Kit

This sushi kit has everything you need to make and eat sushi, That is everything but the actual rice, nori, and fish. It has the wooden bowl for prepping the rice, the rolling mat, and service set.

Sushi Making Set

Sushi making also requires a good set of knives for precision cutting. This set of sushi knives are hand made in Japan, yet still affordable.
5 PC. SUSHI KNIVES, pro sushi carbon vanadium stainless steel, hand made in carrying case

3. Indian Thali Set

Meals in India are often served as a series of small dishes. These are served on platters with different containers or compartments. This thali server has an intricate pattern and several dishes to elegantly serve a meal.

Oxidized Stainless Steel Puja Thali with 5 Lamps and 1 Bowl for Arati

4. Party Size Brick Pizza Oven

This pizza oven is great for parties and families that can never agree on toppings. It’s got an earthenware dome with multiple openings that let each person create their own personal sized pizza and watch it bake. Think of it as an Italian fondue pot.

Wimmeley PD601 PizzaDome Portable Italian Brick Pizza Oven

5. German Spetzle Maker

Spetzle is a small dumpling-like noodle that is very popular in Germany. This tool works great for making spetzle, but can also be used for mashed potatoes, apple sauce, and other similar foods where you want a smooth consistency without lumps.

Kuchenprofi Potato Ricer/Spaetzle Press in 18/10 Stainless Steel

6. Electric Arepas Maker

An arepa is a dish made of corn and is popular in both Colombia and Venezuela. It is similar to the the Salvadoran pupusa. This arepa maker by Oster allows you to cook 6 of these at the same time. Epicurious.com has a great recipe for Columbian Arepas:

These tasty cornmeal cakes can be found grilled, baked, or fried in several Latin American countries. We love this Colombian version—the outside fries up crisp and golden, while the cheesy middle stays wonderfully moist. They can be eaten as a side dish or paired with hot chocolate for an afternoon snack.

Read the full recipe: Columbian Arepas – Epicurious.com

Oster 4798 Electric Family-Size 6-Cup Arepamaker

7. Persian Electric Samovar Tea Service

This electric samovar serves tea the Persian way. There are two pots, the one on top holds a concentrated tea, while the one below holds hot water. Pour some of the concentrated tea into your cup and then dilute it to your satisfaction.

Teasam Electric Samovar Teapot 4.5 Liters Cobalt Porcelain Handle

8. Polish Pierogi

Poland, like France, is a country where people really know food. One can stop at a wayside inn in the country or at a modest restaurant in a working-class city neighborhood and be served a meal worth remembering. This pierogi tray is sturdy and makes 6 of the dumplings at a time. You can also use it for making potstickers and other similar dumplings.

CucinaPro 135-03 Pierogi Tray

9. Turkish Coffee Set

Turkish coffee is strong. Real strong. It’s so strong, the grinds have their own psychic powers. This set includes the coffee pot and two cups. Just remember, don’t drink that last sip.

Turkish Coffee Set for Two

10. Stainless Steel Chinese Hot Pot

Many of the items on this list encourage family-style dining. This Chinese hot pot is no exception.

In the winter season, when chilly temperatures and frigid winds prevail over the land, people like to eat food that instantly warms their bodies and lifts their spirits. For that, the hot pot is a delicious and hearty choice. Families or groups of friends sit around a table and eat from a steaming pot in the middle, cooking and drinking and chatting. Eating hot pot is not a passive activity: diners must select morsels of prepared raw food from plates scattered around the table, place them in the pot, wait for them to cook, fish them out of the soup, dip them in the preferred sauce, and then eat them hot, fresh, and tender. They can also ladle up the broth from the pot and drink it.
Chinese Hot Pot – Chinatown Connection

Chinese Stainless Steel Hotpot

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Great Gifts for the Baby Boomer Chef

Let’s face it. At a certain age, things become just a wee bit more difficult. The following gifts will make cooking and baking more enjoyable for the chef with a bit of patina around the edges. These are helpful items without screaming “institutional”.

1. OXO’s Angled Measuring Cups

Imagine you are measuring a cup of hot water. You pour the water into a measuring cup and then lift the cup to your eyes to see if it hits the right mark. This gives inaccurate readings due to the cup not being level. So then you put it onto the counter and bend down to see the marks.

OXO removes the bending and guesswork of measuring with these ingenious cups. There’s a angled ledge within the cups. To measure, you simply pour in your liquid and look straight down into the cup. It’s accurate and very easy to use.

OXO Good Grips Angled Measuring Cup, Set of 3

2. Rabbit Wine Opener

The Rabbit wine opener takes the effort out of uncorking a bottle of wine. It’s simple to use and makes anyone as graceful as a sommelier. This candy apple red version also looks great in the bar.

Metrokane Vertical Rabbit Lever Style Corkscrew with Foil Cutter, Candy Apple Red

3. Vibrating Kitchen Timer

The kitchen can be a noisy environment, especially when there are multiple dishes on the stove at the same time. This easy to use timer lets you know it’s time to take the cake out of the oven with a vibration as well as an auditory alarm. It features large buttons and one-handed operation. You can also set it to remind you about the roast in the oven, the beans on the stove, and the pie-crust in the freezer.

American Innovative Klip Vibe Kitchen Dual Timer/Clock/Stopwatch, Charcoal

This kitchen timer by General Tools also provides a flashing light alarm.

General Tools TI150 3-in-1 Timer for the Visually and Hearing Impaired

4. Remote Grill Thermometer

Avoid repetitive trips to the patio to check the barbq with this remote temperature probe. Simple insert the probe into the meat on your grill and carry the remote with you.

Choose from eight entree programs including beef, lamb, veal, hamburger, pork, turkey, chicken, and fish, along with four doneness selections, which include rare, medium rare, medium, and well done. Two verbal and three audio alert options indicate the status of food–almost ready, ready, and overcooked. After reaching the selected temperature, an audio alarm will sound.

Oregon Scientific AW131 Grill Right Wireless Talking Oven/Barbeque Thermometer

5. Black and Decker Jar Opener

Opening jars can literally be a pain for those with arthritis and stiff joints. This bottle opener by Black and Decker looks good on the counter and makes opening most jars a piece of cake.

Black and Decker Lids Off Jar Opener

6. Salt and Pepper Grinders

OXO is known for extremely well designed items that are easy to use. These grinders are no exception. This review says it best.

My sister turned me onto OXO kitchenware a few years back. She has issues gripping utensils. I liked them for their construction, how well they work and easy clean up. I saw these mills and loved the look and the quality materials they are made of. They are solidly constructed yet still light enough not to cause issues for those that OXO items were designed.

Both mills have adjustments on the collar above the see-through storage portion. There are little “ears” that allow selection of one of five various settings for “fine” through coarse granules to exit the mill.
I wouldn’t call any of the dispensed salt or pepper “fine” but that’s perfectly okay for me and my family. Please consider other options if you like “pepper dust” as these puppies just won’t grind that fine.

As others have noted, the mills set “upright” with the ceramic teeth facing the sky. It seems a little point, but how often have you lifted your old pepper mill to find flecks on the counter or table top? Filling and actual turning of the base portion to dispense either the pepper or salt is effortless.
Bruce Porter – Amazon.com

OXO Good Grips Salt and Pepper Grinder Set

7. Collapsible Step Stool

Every kitchen should have a step stool. I’m over 6 feet tall and I use this stool all the time to reach the deepest sections of the upper cabinets. It’s sturdy and very easy to fold up for storage. Just push the red button and lift up on the handle and it collapses for storage next to the fridge. It has non-slip feet and can hold a big bubba like me.

Polder 90401-91H 2-Step Mini-Stool

8. GelPro Floor Mat for the Kitchen

It’s not easy to stand in the kitchen for long periods of time. Especially when making a big batch of strawberry preserves and you have to stir the pot for 30+ minutes. This thick, cushioned floor mat takes the stress off your angles and makes extended kitchen chores much nicer. You can get it in various colors and sizes.

GelPro Basketweave Mat, 20 by 36 Inches, Truffle

9. KittyKaddy Pet Feeder

Pets make a home. The KittyKaddy makes it easier to give cats fresh water and food. There’s a long handle that prevents bending over to reach the bowls. The K9Kaddy is for dogs and there’s even a cat litter box with a tall handle.

Kittykaddy Double Pet Feeder

10. Audible Alarm To Know When to Say When

Avoid burns from overfilling coffee and team mugs with this audible alarm. It sits on the side of your mug, glass, or pot and lets you know when you’ve poured in enough liquid. It’s easy to use and great for those with vision problems.

Loud Liquid Level Indicator with 9 Volt Battery

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Use this food mill to make perfect gnocchi

This OXO food mill is a great addition to your kitchen’s tool set.

Oxo 1071478 Good Grips Food Mill

It’s a multitasker, so you can use it for more than just gnocchi. It’s great for making baby food as well.

  • Food mill includes 3 stainless-steel discs for preparing foods of fine, medium, and coarse textures
  • Stainless-steel inner bowl accommodates hot foods and prevents staining
  • Simple release button for easy disc exchange and disassemble
  • Non-slip legs, handle, and cranking knob; folds for easy storage
  • 11-inch diameter; 2.3-quart capacity; all parts are dishwasher-safe

Here’s a special from the Food Network on the perfect Gnocchi

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Spanish garlic keeper keeps your garlic fresh and pretty

Keep your garlic fresher longer in this hand-painted garlic keeper from Spain.

Garlic Keeper, handmade in Spain

The holes allow air to circulate to keep your garlic fresh. You’ll need a bunch of it for this recipe of chicken with 40 garlic cloves by the Amateur Gourmet.

But, you see, more than just cooking I love to cook for other people. The last time I had a regular audience–Lauren in Atlanta–I was still very much an amateur and tasting my food was a risky endeavor. Lately, though, I’ve gotten quite good. The balance has tipped in my favor and most of the dishes I attempt these days come out quite well. So it’s exciting to share that with others and Diana is a prime candidate. She’s very game and, more importantly, she eats meat. No one I know eats meat. Diana is a revelation.

“Should I bring anything?” she asked when we spoke on Sunday.

“Maybe some wine,” I requested.

“Sure,” she said. “White or red?”

“A dry white,” I said. “We’ll use it to cook our Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic.”

I settled upon this recipe after flipping the Gourmet cookbook open to the poultry section and reading that recipe title. It reminded me of the same recipe in the Barefoot Contessa‘s cookbook and in the battle of whose cuisine reigns supreme in my affections between Barefoot Contessa and Ruth Reichl, Barefoot wins, hands down.
(visit the blog for the complete recipe and story)
The Oscar Post: Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, Saveur Magazine’s Apple Cobbler (with vanilla ice cream, of course) and Dazzling New YouTube Technology – Amateur Gourmet

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It’s time to start canning your summer vegetables

Canning vegetables and making jam are  time-old summer traditions. Gather bunches of berries, clean, mash, and cook them with sugar until they boil and look like liquid candy. Then pour the hot jam into jars and process them in a hot water bath.

This process requires a few tools to do effectively. You’ll need a wide mouth funnel, a big pot for processing the jars, and something to pull the jars out of the water. You could do this with stuff around the kitchen or buy a nice canning kit like this:

Fagor 9 Piece Pressure Canning Set

This all-in-one kit includes the tools, instructions and recipes necessary in order to begin pressure cooking and canning at home. Set Includes Duo 10 quart 18/10 stainless steel Pressure Cooker/Canner, Home Canning Cookbook with recipes, Pressure Cooking Booklet with recipes, Canning Rack, Stainless Steel Funnel, Stainless Steel Ladle, Jar Lifter, Jar Wrench, Bubble Freer, Magnetic Lid Lifter, Instructional DVD and User’s Manual.

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