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The Croswell Red Phone for Retro Rings

There was a time when we’d hang out by the toaster oven, twisting the cord of a phone that hung on the kitchen wall. We’d stick our fingers in holes an slide the dial as we mimicked Lily Tomlin’s “one ringy dingy, two ringy dingy’s, …”

retro Crosley 302 Red Wall Phone (CR55-RE)

This phone can bring you back to those days. However, they’ve replaced the dial with convenient push buttons to make your ringy dingy’s just a wee bit less tactile. It’ll still look great on the kitchen wall.

The Crosley 302 Phone returns to the wall in this Henry Dreyfuss tribute. Dreyfuss, considered a brilliant industrial designer, worked with Bell Telephone Laboratories designing telephones that were sensitive to consumers’ desire to suit a variety of home environments. Well known for the 302 style Desk Phone, he later shifted his design efforts to include this wall unit allowing consumers to walk with the phone while cradling it on their shoulder. This unified and balanced form replaced the awkward and ungainly shapes of earlier models. Would you believe Dreyfuss actually used measurements from over 2000 faces to determine the distance between the average mouth and ear? The Crosley 302 Wall Phone features the nostalgic rotary dial but actually functions with push button technology. No more waiting for that rotary dial to make its excruciating slow rotation.

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Fun kitchen toys for the little chefs in your house

These toys are great for the budding chefs in your home. Mix and match the ingredients, ovens, and tools to create the ultimate kid cuisine.

This Educo workspace is the perfect wood role-playing kitchen for one or more chefs. Included is a see-through door, cupboard or “refrigerator”, cook top, sink and utensil rack. Possible entries include fired eggs, pizza, and many other culinary delights. This 30-piece set includes vegetables, bread, pots, pans, utensils, and salt and pepper.

Educo My Creative Cookery Club

Breakfast time

You’ll need this toaster for breakfast.

Plan Toy Toaster Oven

Here’s the complete English breakfast menu

Plan Toys Plan Toy Breakfast Menu

Tea Time

Toy Tea serving Set

Teatime toy tea bags for children by Haba

Groceries to play with

Plan Toy Food and Beverage Set

children's toy icecream treats

Haba Soft Petit Fours Set of 9 Dessert Toys

children's toy Ravioli set by biofino

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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.
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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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Super red timer keeps your kitchen tickin’

It’s big. It’s red. It’s magnetic.

One thing’s for sure, you won’t lose this kitchen timer in the junk drawer. You’ll find it right there on the fridge, holding court over a hodge podge of postcards, recipes, photographs, and drawings.

Fox Run Retro Kitchen Timer with Magnet, Red

What more do you need to know about this kitchen timer? Just get it and see red every day.

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You’ll be killing it in the kitchen with this bloody evidence knife

Fred and Friends will help you make killer food with this bloodied chef’s knife.
Fred and Friends Evidence Knife

It will be the star of your CSI Kitchen.

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Julia Child makes Primordial Soup

Is there anything Julia could not do in the kitchen?

This video was featured in the Smithsonian‘s National Air and Space Museum’s Life in the Universe gallery.

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