Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

Barking hot dog cooker

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 This year, I didn’t end up grilling hot dogs for the fourth of July and opted for a simple salad and grilled corn (vacation recovery fare). If I had had a Barking Hot Dog Cooker, I might have reconsidered. It’s not that I don’t love my grill, but the cuteness of this little gadget is hard to resist. The cooker steams up to six hot dogs ... Read More »

Backyard Bugs Cake Pan

I really don’t want to see bugs anywhere near one of my cake or cupcake creations. At least, I don’t want to see any live bugs near any of them. After seeing the adorable Backyard Bugs Cake Pan, I’m going to have relax my previously hard and fast rule because the bug-shaped cakelets are too cute to resist. The pan is made of heavy, nonstick cast ... Read More »

Wrench Ware

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and, even though you probably already sorted through a long list of ideas, I couldn’t resist throwing in one more. Wrench Ware is a hybrid between tools and tableware, featuring one place setting with a stainless steel wrench-handled knife, crescent-wrench spoon and ratchet fork. The utensils come packed in a mock tool kit, with shaped holders to secure each piece ... Read More »

Homemade ice cream options

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It may be harder to achieve the fudge ripples and caramel swirls of prepackaged ice creams, but homemade ice cream has its own set of advantages. Now, I’m not going to argue against the convenience factor of store bought ice cream, or the fact that many are of outstanding quality, but they can be pretty expensive, so one of the advantages of making it at home ... Read More »

Portable Lap Counter

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Admit it: at one time or another you have carried a tray or a bowl away from the kitchen and over to the couch so that you could watch TV while you prepped and peeled veggies, whipped egg whites or kneaded bread dough. There’s nothing wrong with that. It can be tough on the back when you’re standing up, leaning over a counter for hours on end ... Read More »

Father’s Day 07 Gift Ideas for foodie dads

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Fathers don’t seem to get the same pampering treatment that mothers enjoy on Mother’s Day, but dad still deserves a little something special for Father’s Day. Ties seem to be the standard fallback gift for Father’s Day, and while nice enough, you can do better. Like gadgets? Like drinks? The Piet Hein Drink Cooler is an ice ellipsoid (as opposed to an ice cube) made of stainless ... Read More »

Wilton Cake Caddy

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Imagine that you have made a cake or some cupcakes for a friend’s party. You spend hours baking and decorating only to realize that you need to pack up the cake and get it to the party in one piece. Transporting cakes can be a pain in the you-know-what. You have to worry about keeping the icing from getting smushed, keeping the cake from tipping over in the car ... Read More »

Foodie cutting boards

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 Neither plastic nor wood has been proven to be reliably more sanitary than the other material when it comes to cutting boards and because bacteria can reside on boards for many hours, many sources recommend using multiple cutting boards, designating each for an individual task to avoid the possibility of transferring bacteria from raw meats to veggies and other foods. A good scrub in hot soapy water or ... Read More »

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