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Archive for March 29, 2011

EASTER: Bunnyware Easter Dishes

Enhance your Easter table. Photo courtesy
Williams-Sonoma.

 

If only we weren’t saving up for a new stove, we’d get a few sets of these adorable Bunnyware glasses from Williams-Sonoma.

The vintage-inspired bunny portraits are by Parisian artist Marc Lacaze. Four glasses are $29.00.

While there are complete sets of Bunnyware dishes and serving pieces, you only need one holiday-themed item to dress up your table.

We particularly like the glasses because, filled with water or another beverage, they can stay on the table for the entire meal.

 

  

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PRODUCT: Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookies

Way back in 2005 we ran across SparX Cookies, a delightful chile-infused cookie line featuring Ancho Oatmeal Raisin, Cayenne Toffee Pecan, Chipotle Chocolate Chip, Chipotle Double Fudge and Jalapeño Peanut Butter flavors.

What a great idea. The cookies were so good, we couldn’t stop eating them. Unfortunately, the line seems to have vanished into thin air. The website doesn’t connect and we can’t track down the owner. But SparX remains a happy memory: sweet little cookies, each specially kissed with a matching chile. (If you have the 411 on SparX, please let us know.)

When we came across Chocopeño, “the world’s first jalapeño chocolate chip cookies,” we had high hopes. Alas for us, they weren’t the sweet, sizzling cookies from SparX. They were chocolate chip cookies with a strong vegetal kick of jalapeño.

We weren’t happy with that flavor profile, and gave the rest of the cookies to anyone who wanted to take them home.

Then it turns out that the home crowd—boyfriends and husbands—really liked Chocopeño.

 

Chocolate chip cookies with a jalapeño kick.
Photo by River Soma | THE NIBBLE

 

Who are we to argue? If you’re looking for something quirky, you can find Chocopeño online at Chocopeno.com.

See our Cookie Glossary for the different types of cookies.

See our Chile Glossary for the different types of chiles.

  

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TIP OF THE DAY: Portion-Control Dishes

Portion-control dishes have subtle markings
that say, “Stop here.” Photo courtesy
Measure Up Bowl.

 

Whether it’s a bowl of granola for breakfast or a glass of wine with dinner, we rarely notice exactly how many ounces we’re consuming. Anyone who has been to Weight Watchers knows that weighing and measuring is the way to have your cake and eat it, too.

Portion-control dishes make it easy to check your portions.

  • Wine-Trax offers an 11-ounce wine glass with frosted rings for measuring 4-, 6- and 8-ounce pours. The same company produces Snack Trax, a 2-cup glass bowl with measuring lines at 1/3, 2/3 and 1 cup and a plastic lid for conveniently packing snacks. Meal-Trax, a plate with divider lines, helps out where we need it the most: portion control on the dinner plate.
  • Measure Up Bowl, available in two sizes (shown in photo), is a ceramic variation of the same idea. These Microwaveable Ceramic Portion Control Bowls are similar, but their markings are more like those of measuring cups. (We vastly prefer the former for their subtle elegance.)With these products, you can get an accurate wine pour, keep an eye on your portion sizes and ensure that you’re not inadvertently eating six ounces of granola instead of three ounces.And of course, being able to measure your food in the same bowl you eat from means one less thing to wash.

    The portion-control dishes are so pleasant to use, they take away any resentment about measuring.

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