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J.A. Henckels Mezzaluna Makes Mincing Magic

There are lots of methods for cutting up herbs and nuts. You could grab one of those slap-chopping-mushing devices that feature a cup with blades that slam down when you hit the lid. You could pull out your food processor. You could use a good old knife and chopping board. Or you could do it in style with a mezzaluna.

J.A. Henckels 2-Piece Mezzaluna Set

This two-piece mezzaluna by J.A. Henckels will help you mince herbs and nuts cleanly and safely. The curved, double-bladed stainless-steel knife slices and chops as it rocks gently in the bowl of the hardwood cutting board. A two-band brushed-stainless-steel handle gives the super-sharp knife a sure grip and a stylish, contemporary look. Measuring 8 inches square and 1-1/2 inches thick, the wooden board features four rubber feet screwed into the bottom, so it won’t slide around on the table or counter.

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Porsche knives are on the cutting edge

Most people know Porsche for their cars. But did you know they also design products for various companies? These products are loved for attention to detail and revolutionary shapes and ergonomics. This knife is a good example of creating a knife that is exceptionally sharp and comfortable. It also has a distinct Porsche look.

Chroma Type 301 Designed By F.A. Porsche 10 Inch Chef Knife

Cutting with a Chroma Type 301 knife is like driving a Porsche, and for good reason. Designed by Ferdinand A. Porsche (the designer of the Porsche 911) with input from renowned Austrian chef Jörg Wörther, Chroma Type 301 cutlery excels in both performance and looks. Sleek and sexy, each knife looks like one seamless piece, but the blade and handle are actually different types of steel. The blade is crafted of superfine Japanese 301 steel and hand-sharpened into an acutely sharp angle for precision cutting. The handle is made of durable 18/10 stainless steel, triangular in profile and flat-topped for leverage, a totally unique and ergonomic design. Announcing the transition spot between handle and blade is a metal “pearl” that lets the fingers know their position, in place of a bolster. The comfort and control, not to mention the spectacular visual appeal, of a Chroma Type 301 knife have made ardent converts of many chefs worldwide.

Ann Bieri

If you like the type 301, you’ll also be tempted to get the other knives in this set.

Paring Knife

This Chroma Type 301 paring knife features a sharply pointed 3-1/4-inch blade, ideal for peeling fruit, sculpting veggie garnishes, and removing blemishes from potatoes, pears, and avocadoes. Weighty for its size and well-balanced, this knife comes in handy for all sorts of kitchen uses, and will bring you years of pleasure.

Chroma 3-1/4-Inch Paring Knife

Carving fork and knife

Chroma by F. A. Porsche Type 301 Carving Fork and 8-Inch Chef's Knife

The complete knife set

Get the most popular knifes in one package and save some money at the same time. You get 7 knives plus the block. Amazon currently has this at 35% off.

Chroma Type 7-Piece Knife Set with Block

Here’s a short and noisy video that shows you how thin these knives can cut a tomato.

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Riedel bottle and carafe cleaning beads

I worked at McDonalds like every other pimply teenager. At night we were supposed to clean the coffee pots. I say supposed to because like every other pimply teenager we liked to cut corners on things like cleanliness. Don’t even get me started on the 50 gallon iced tea thing… *shudder*.

When we did get around to cleaning the glass pots we used a bunch of ice cubes and salt. Sometimes the simplest things do the best job.

Those days are in the past. Our coffee pots are now designer lead crystal carafes. The salty ice just won’t cut it any more. Luckily Riedel has created a set of small stainless steel balls that will clean your carafe when combined with plain water.

Riedel Bottle Cleaner Beads 1.75-Inch, Black Container with Lid

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most innovative, and Riedel’s bottle cleaner beads are a case in point. These small, smooth stainless steel balls submerge in water where they sink to the bottle’s hard-to-reach corners and bottom. When the bottle is gently agitated, the balls create fiction against the hard surfaces, knocking off unwanted residue and providing an even, streak-free cleaning. No more risking cutting hands or accidental breaks! These beads work perfectly in narrow-necked bottles, vases, or any irregularly shaped glass piece.

When not in use, they store in a handsome and convenient black plastic jar with a screw-off lid and the words “Bottle Cleaner” in crisp, white lettering. This handy item makes a great add-on gift with glassware and decanters.
Kara Karll

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10 Great Gifts for Your Designer Friends

Sleek lines, bright colors, designer names, and expensive prices. These gifts are perfect for the design fan on your shopping list.

1. Egg cup by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi

Renowned Alessi designer, Stefano Giovannoni, is known for applying new, fun designs to otherwise mundane, everyday household items. He created the Cico egg cup in 2009, to wide applause from egg eaters everywhere, old and young. The all-in-one boiled egg server holds eggs in the head, with the hat serving as a salt shaker, and the spoon just waiting to dig in.

A di Alessi Cico Eggcup, Blue

2. Colorful stainless steel vegetable peelers

These stainless steel peelers  feature oversized and ergonomic  handles that won’t slip when wet. This colorful trio set features a green straight peeler, a red serrated peeler and an orange julienne peeler.

The  swivel peeler features a double stainless steel blade that swivels and conforms to all shapes of fruit and vegetables. It is best used for vegetables such as potatoes and carrots. The  serrated peeler is best used for soft flesh fruits and vegetables such as peaches, tomatoes, peppers and mangoes. The julienne peeler is best used on vegetables to create matchstick cuts.

Messermeister Peeler Trio Set

3. Bento box lunch set

Embrace the bento way of on-the-go lunching with this Bento System 2.0 set. It is designed to help you pack nutritious, environmentally friendly lunches for school, work, and travel. This set includes an outer container that carries 4 inner containers (2 large, 2 small) with 2 seal-able lids, a dip container, and stainless steel fork and spoon. This bad boy is made in the United States.

Laptop Lunch Bento Set 2.0, Black And Magenta

4. Handblown martini glasses by Sagaform

These hand blown martini glasses feature colorful bases and look fabulous at the cocktail parties.

Sagaform Hand Blown Martini Glasses, Set of 4

5. Calibowl’s Colorful Mixing Bowls

You’d think a mixing bowl is a mixing bowl. But a designer in California has integrated some surfing magic into this design. The Calibowls have a thick lip, with a curve that pushes food back onto the utensil to avoid splattering your shirt or counter. It’s available in several different colors.

Calibowl Big Sur Stack Set of 3 Plastic Mixing Bowls, Green

6. The Iconic Juicy Salif by Philippe Starck

No self-respecting designer would have a kitchen without this iconic citrus juicer. Philippe Starck designed this for Alessi in 1990. While it may be tempting to place the Juicy Salif on a pedestal, it also works surprisingly well.

Alessi PSJS Juicy Salif Citrus Squeezer

7. Pantone Colored Coffee Mugs

These mugs feature the Pantone colors designers use every day. They are authentic Pantone colors and feature the official Pantone over-pricing.

Pantone Mug Set of 10

8. Sleek iScale

This sleek kitchen scale looks a bit like an iPad. It looks great in the kitchen and provides accurate weight measurements for baking. It includes 4 high precision GFX latest generation sensors to deliver superior accuracy and the fastest response times for the quick paced chef.

Ozeri Touch II Professional Digital Kitchen Scale, Tempered Glass in Elegant Black

9. MOMA-worthy Can Opener

This can opener from West Bend is a great example of thoughtful design. It’s sleek, eye catching form hides subtle details that make it shine. The cord is completely retractable with a cover, the magnet that holds the can can be stowed when not in use to avoid grabbing any nearby metal objects, it removes the lid without leaving sharp edges, and the blades are replaceable to keep this guy working for decades. Perhaps you’ll see this in the Museum of Modern Art in the near future.
West Bend 77202 Electric Can Opener

10. Alvar Aalto inspired serving dish

Iittala’s 13.5-inch Aalto Clear Glass Serving Tray is a new piece of art inspired by the late Alvar Aalto.

ittala Aalto 13.5-inch Serving Tray, Clear
You can see the inspiration from this collection of Aalto’s glass vases:
 vases designed for the Karhula-Iittala Glass Design Competition by Alvar Aalto

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10 Christmas gifts for the green thumb

While the ground may be cold, the garden may be dormant, the gardener’s imagination is fertile. These Christmas gifts will have the green thumb in your home happier than a chipmunk chucking wood

1. Garden inspired silicon trivet

Andreas 8-Inch Silicone Trivet, Organic Fruit

Andreas silicone trivets are made by encapsulating fabric within highly heat resistant silicone. These durable trivets are designed to protect your kitchen counters, dining room tables and other surface areas from heat – up to 600-degree-Fahrenheit!

2. Organic wheatgrass kit

The Wheatgrass Growing Kit w/ the heavy duty Hurricane Manual Juicer is everything you need to grow healthy thick-bladed wheatgrass. Perfect for growing grasses even in small kitchens or apartments. Each kit comes with simple easy to follow growing and harvesting instructions that will have you juicing healthy super-nutritious juice within ten days!

Organic Wheatgrass Growing Kit w/ Hurricane Stainless Steel Wheat Grass Juicer- Everything to Grow & Juice Wheatgrass

3. Organic farmer‘s apron

You can’t get any more tree hugger than this organic apron. It’s made of recycled cotton.

Ritz 100-Percent Recycled Adult Apron, Tree Hugger

4. Kitchen sized compost container

Oggi’s Stainless Steel Counter Composter with Charcoal Filter converts leftover food into nutritious soil for the garden. The counter compost pail is made of stainless steel. It has a replaceable two-part odor filter built into the lid and it features a convenient carry handle.

Oggi Stainless Steel Counter Composter with Charcoal Filter

5. The Bible for Organic Gardeners and Chefs

This highly detailed book provides all of the information needed for an organic kitchen. While it covers all types of ingredients: meat, fish, vegetable, fruits, nuts…., vegetables and fruits are the center of attention.

The Organic Cook's Bible

6. Magnificent Tomatoes

This beautiful book follows the tomato from garden to the table. It’s sure to draw a gasp of joy when unwrapped. You’ll find advice for growing as well as superb recipes, all illustrated with lush photography.

The Heirloom Tomato: From Garden to Table: Recipes, Portraits, and History of the World's Most Beautiful Fruit

7. Playtime for the Young Gardeners

This fun play set encourages kids to play in the garden. However, they can handle these heirloom tomatoes without bruising them. The toys can even be peeled.
Mompie, has given a nice review of the toys

These are hard plastic, not soft as the heading states. Having said that, my two year old has hardly stopped playing with it in the last few weeks and even my seven year old boy will play along. You can play the obvious shopping and cooking games but you can also learn colors, practice counting, group according to categories and many other creative ideas.
Mompie – Amazon.com

Garden Fresh Fruits and Veggies play set

8. Personalized Gardener’s Coffee Mug

Gardeners, like the recipient, know the best dirt. Order this early so it can be customized.

Gardeners Know The Best Dirt Coffee Mug

9. Snippers for Garden Fresh Herbs

Scissors make it much easier to cut fresh herbs. This is especially true with dill, basil, and chives. These scissors will be used often in fresh herb kitchens.

Zyliss Herb Snippers

10. Garden Inspired Serving Knife

This decorative serving knife is perfect for serving cake during a garden side tea party. It even comes gift wrapped.

Portmeirion Botanic Garden Cake Server (Gift-boxed)

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Minimalist Knife Magnets Safely Store Your Cutlery

There are lots of knife blocks out there. They can be fun, wood, metal, and very tacky. But the best knife block may not be a block at all.

Eva Solo Knife Magnets Set of 4

The Eva Solo knife magnets set mounts to the wall of your kitchen to keep your knives out of the edge-dulling drawers. They also look sleek and fabulous. It’s made of stainless-steel in Denmark.

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