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Scoop plates and bumpers make it easier to eat

Most people choose their dinner ware for the colors, patterns, and shapes. It’s an aesthetic decision. We want something that looks good when we eat.

For others, the right dish may not have a colorful pattern. Instead, it features a special lip that makes it easier to pick up food with the spoon. Scoop plates and bumpers give people with Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s Disease, and other disabilities that affect motor skills the ability to eat independently.

Scoop plates have one section of the rim that ‘s elevated to give you a surface to “scoop” against with a utensil, making food easier to pick up. Food bumpers are translucent strips of plastic that can be used to give any plate similar scooping capability.

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Scoop Plate

This is your standard scoop plate. It features a tall edge that curves inward and a non-skid bottom. One reviewer explains the independence this plate provides “For anyone who has a special needs child these plates are awesome! My granddaughter can eat on her own now and enjoy the freedom and success thanks to this plate.
Parson's Scoop Plates

Plate Bumper

For those who like to dine out, the plate bumper attaches to a standard plate and offers similar scooping functionality. This curved plastic edge provides a vertical surface for the spoon to scoop against.

Plate Guard Clear Large

While the scoop plate and plate bumper are pretty simple devices; they allow people to eat independently. Sometimes the simplest designs make the largest impact.

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Skin your melons with this sadistic, yet highly efficient tool

This reminds me of some bad horror film where the sexy actress is slowly pulled into some kind of wood chipping machine.

PerfectPeeler Melon Peeler, Manual

This melon peeler may look pretty innocent, but look at how fast you can work your way through a pack of cheerleaders (honeydews).

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This raclette grill brings Switzerland to your party

Raclette heatersMost people are familiar with fondue. It’s a great party meal with people sitting around a table dipping goodies into a pot of melted cheese.

But do you know about a raclette?

Raclettes are the lesser known sister to the fondue pot. Instead of dipping goodies into melted cheese, you have a grill that melts the cheese and you combine it with bread, potatoes, meats, cornichons, and more.

Swissmar KF-77081 8-Person Stelvio Raclette Party Grill with Granite Stone

My friends Jean-Pierre and Philippe introduced me to the raclette dinner party. They’d start by serving a green salad with a light dressing while the raclette grill heated up. We’d then start placing a chunk of tasty cheese in one of the grill’s pans and wait for it to melt. You’ll find yourself eating and talking and laughing for hours as you plow through pounds of cheese and stuff.

You’ll find raclette in Swiss fondue restaurants. However, they use a series of irons that melt the cheese and it is served to your table.

If you can’t decide between raclette and fondue, try this combination grill.

Wimmeley RAFO801 3-in-1 8-Person Raclette Party Grill with Fondue Pot

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English as a second language for restaurant workers

I lived in Paris for two years and know how difficult it is to work in a country without a full grasp of the language. This is especially true when your job is filled with local expressions and terminology.

This book/cd, English for Restaurant Workers, is for those that are new to the United States and work in a restaurant. It’s also good for the new Americans that want a better grasp of cooking terminology in general.
English for Restaurant Workers, Second Edition (with Audio CD and Answer Key)

This book may not teach you how to say “Kiss My Grits” or explain “Scattered, Smothered & Covered “, but it does provide a basic reference to restaurant work such as equipment used, cooking methods, booze, different meats and vegetables, etc.

Peugeot Pepper Mills

In the world of Pepper Mills, there are two types to look at. There’s Peugeot’s line of quality pepper mills and then there’s everyone else.

Sure you can find something that grinds pepper for under $20 bucks. But there’s nothing like a Peugeot for the solid heft, smooth grinding, and satisfaction for owning a quality tool. Let’s look at some of their coolest pepper mills

The Italian Restaurant Goliath

This is the one you see in restaurants that is over three feet long. It lets you grind pepper for everyone at the table from a single spot. It’s not only convenient, it looks super cool in your kitchen… if you can find a place for it to fit.
Peugeot 42 inch Paris Classic Pepper Mill

Racing inspired salt and pepper mills

This set reflects Peugeot’s automotive racing heritage. It’s covered with braided steel for extra verve.
Peugeot Tresses Stainless Steel Salt/Pepper Mill Set

Electric Pepper Mill

Do you need an electric pepper mill? Do you need a pepper mill with a light? Oh yes, you do! These are wonderful.

I remember the first time I used one. My friends in Paris were showing off this Christmas gift from one to the other. The light really helps you see how much pepper is being deposited in dark rooms. This is important as it is so fun to use that you may find yourself eating pepper with a side of pasta.

Peugeot Zeli Electric Pepper Mill

The Whole Pepper Shebang

Why stop with a pepper mill? Get this traveling set of pepper and salt mills with corkscrew. It’s all rechargeable, looks cool as hell, and comes with its own suitcase.

Peugeot Elis Rechargeable Electric Set: Pepper Mill, Salt Mill and Corkscrew

Peugeot Pepper History

This is from Amazon

PEUGEOT: France, since 1810. Peugeot mills are renowned by chefs and gourmet cooks the word over for the consistent grind results they produce, their incredible resilience and proven reliability. Compromise is not a word that fits into the Peugeot vocabulary. For each spice, there is one – and only one – Peugeot grinding mechanism: peppercorns; coarse dry salt; chilies; herbs and spices; wet salts; and nutmeg. Add the coffee mechanism, which started it all, and there are seven unique Peugeot mechanisms. Each is designed to derive the most flavor and greatest aroma from its complementary spice.

Aesthetically pleasing, Peugeot mills deliver the height of quality, durability, reliability and innovation; making these mills the ones to which all others are compared. The high quality beech wood used in Peugeot mills is grown, harvested, dried, shaped and finished in France.

For Paris Classic mills, the grind is adjusted by turning the top nut: turn it clockwise (tighten) for a finer grind; counter-clockwise (loosen) for a coarser grind. This mill is equipped with Peugeot’s legendary pepper grinding mechanism. Made of case-hardened steel, it has received additional treatment against wear and corrosion. Its double-row of helix-shaped claws grab and crack each peppercorn, before drawing it down to the teeth for the perfect grind.
Peugeot Paris Classic Pepper Mill

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