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Archive for Kitchenware/Tabletop

tFATHER’S DAY GIFT: Bialetti Espresso Maker

The Bialetti Mini Espresso: It’s neat, petite
and produces great espresso. Photo courtesy


We’ve been enjoying our Bialetti Mini Express espresso maker every day for the last six months. So if you’re looking for a great gift for an espresso-loving dad, check it out.

A no-mess capsule machine with a modest footprint—7.5″ wide x 10.5″ deep—it fits easily onto the kitchen counter. At $149.95 on, it’s much more affordable than other options.

We like the different espresso blends, and decaf is one of the choices (great for that midnight latte!). We also like that:

  • It’s easy to brew as short or tall an espresso as you want (we always like a double). The cup platform easily holds an eight-ounce-size American cup.
  • The water reservoir is on the side. It’s so much more convenient than the typical reservoir-in-the-back design, which requires pulling the machine away from the wall to check the level and refill the water.

    It’s a gift that keeps on giving every day, at breakfast, after dinner and for a cappuccino or latte in between.



    FOOD FUN: Homage To The Square

    As a student, we loved the “Homage To The Suare” paintings of Josef Albers, who created more than a thousand squares-within-squares over a 25-year period.

    When we saw this photo of a dish from Daniel restaurant in New York City, we thought: square food, square plates.

    You’ll be the opposite of a square when you present guests or family with fun squared food. While our list below is dinner fare, you can easily square off breakfast and lunch.

    Cutting certain foods into squares can produce a lot of trimmings, but it’s easy to use them in omelets, salads, hors d’oeuvre and snacks.


    A dinner plate from Daniel. Photo courtesy Thomas Schauer Photography.

    You can square up rice, vegetables, and other foods with:

  • A square egg mold
  • A square cookie cutter or other square cutter
    These square glass dinner plates from Libbey are inexpensive; or you can spring for these square white porcelain plates.


    A composite of some “Homage To The
    Square” paintings. Photo courtesy




  • Beef, lamb, pork loin
  • Casserole
  • Grilled fish steak
  • Grilled tofu
  • Lasagne
  • Moussaka
  • Polenta with mushroom ragout
  • Quiche (bake it in a square pan)

  • Corn bread
  • Diced vegetables
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rice or grains
  • Stuffing or other dressing
  • Vegetable pudding: carrot, corn, potato, zucchini, etc.

  • Brownies and bars
  • Flan or other custard (bake it in a square pan)
  • Ice cream (sliced from a rectangular quart)
  • Loaf cake
  • Melon
    What would you add to this list?



    PRODUCT: Keurig Vue Custom Brewing System

    The tag line of the Keurig Vue single-cup custom brewing system is “Brew Stronger. Brew Bigger. Brew Hotter.”

    We’d like to add: Brew Sustainably. The Vue cups (an improvement on K-cups) are made from recyclable #5 plastic (polypropylene). While it doesn’t matter to some people, we strive to do our small part to help the environment. Finally, with Keurig Vue, we can enjoy a K-cup-type system with the improved Vue cups.

    We’re excited about this appliance for other reasons, too, including the total control it gives you to customize your brew exactly as you wish:

  • Hot enough for you? The Keurig Vue lets you decide how hot you want your beverage. We like ours hotter than other single-cup systems and conventional coffee makers deliver.

    A great addition to the kitchen, a great gift. Photo courtesy Keurig.


  • Cold enough for you? You can brew iced coffee or iced tea directly from the machine into your glass. Terrific!
  • Large enough for you? The intuitive, color LCD touchscreen lets you customize brew sizes from 4 to 18 ounces, to accommodate everything from espresso cups to travel mugs.

    Vue cups: Take your pick! Photo courtesy Keurig.

  • Strong enough for you? Touch the screen to produce a more robust cup.
  • Looking for a great Father’s Day gift? Keurig Vue gets our vote.

    Keurig makes the biggest-selling line of single-cup brewing machines, and the capsules (K-cups and Vue cups) used to make coffee, tea and hot chocolate. As is common knowledge, it’s more costly to brew a single cup of coffee than a carafe of it; but with no hassle or mess, and perfect coffee every time, Americans have more than embraced single-serve.

    In fact, single-serve coffee is one of the fastest-growing segments of coffee sales worldwide. For busy people, no fuss or mess is a valued tradeoff for economy.

    Head over to to browse the options. Hopefully, there’s a Keurig Vue in your future.



    PRODUCT: Drink Covers

    Keep the bugs from your drinks. Photo courtesy Charles Viancin.


    Here’s a solution for keeping insects from your drinks: drink covers from Charles Viancin.

    The cold drink lid is solid; the hot drink lid has mesh inserts that allow steam to escape. They’re $7.95 for a set of two at

    The Sunflower Lid is available in five diameters from 4″ through 11-3/8″, so matching lids can protect bowls of food. The dishwasher safe, freezer-safe, BPA-free silicone seals airtight on all smooth rims for reheating (up to 500°F) and storing.

    They’re a sustainable solution to foil and plastic wrap, and s nice gift to bring to the host of an outdoor party.



    MOTHER’S DAY: Wellness Kitchen Mats

    If your mother (wife, daughter, etc.) spends a lot of time standing on a hard kitchen floor, improve her life instantly with a Welllness Mat.

    Every person who’s stood on our Wellness Mat and has purchased one. (No, we’re not commissioned salespeople, although we did receive one as a gift.)

    The revolutionary anti-fatigue floor mats are ergonomically engineered and medically proven to provide unsurpassed comfort, safety, relief, and support while you stand, wherever you stand.

    There are plain and decorator versions, in colors to suit every decor. See the choices on


    Find the instant-comfort mat in the color and design of your choice at

    We can guarantee that for a mom who spends a lot of time at the stove, kitchen counter or sink, this will be the most appreciated Mother’s Day gift of all. What could be better than unmatched comfort?

    For people who are in tip-top shape, it’s a pillowy yet supportive standing surface that feels like heaven on your feet (and it’s puncture-resistant if you cook in heels). Those who have a few aches can say goodbye to back, knee, and foot pain.



    PRODUCT: Best Frying Pan For Eggs

    Two happy eggs in The Egg Expert, GreenPan
    USA’s perfectly sized pan. Photo by Elvira
    Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.


    If you have a kitchen with limited storage space, you’re constrained in the number of pots and pans you can keep.

    As petite as it is (five inches in diameter), we would never have thought to buy The Egg Expert, a pan whose unique selling proposition is that it can fry two eggs perfectly.

    But when tried this little sweetheart sent to us by the folks from GreenPan USA, we fell in love: It’s the perfect pan for making fried eggs—at least, if you want your eggs to come out perfectly round and pretty.

    The ceramic coating (Thermolon) in superb searing and creating crispy surfaces.

    The heat distributes evenly, it browns food beautifully. The only caveat: The handle does warm up, so you may need a pot holder.

    And it cleaned up more easily than any cookware we’ve ever used. After a dozen sets of eggs were fried, the pan still looks brand-new.

    The Egg Expert is currently an exclusive item at At only $9.99 (special pricing), how can you not buy one for everybody on your Mother’s Day and Father’s Day lists?

    In addition to its cooking prowess, GreenPan environmentally responsible cookware.

  • The products are cadmium- and lead-free.
  • There is 60% less carbon dioxide emitted during the curing phase of production of its Thermolon coating (a ceramic coating with excellent non-stick properties), compared to traditional coating.
  • Thermolon has an extra safety feature: If you overheat your pan, even up to 450°F, no toxic fumes will be released and the coating will not blister or peel. The coating is healthy, safe and does not contain any toxic chemicals or persistent pollutants.
  • The products incorporate previously used materials: upcycled stainless steel for the handles and upcycled aluminium for the cookware bodies (here‘s the difference between upcycled and recycled).
    Discover the whole line at

    GreenPan products are available at retailers nationwide (store locator).



    PRODUCT: Waffle Pancakes Griddle

    Fusion food of a different sort: waffle
    pancakes. Photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma.


    Pancakes or waffles: Can’t decide? This innovative griddle from Nordic Ware makes it simple to prepare delectable waffled pancakes—pancakes textured like waffles—in a jiffy.

    The innovative cast-aluminum nonstick griddle produces seven 3″ diameter, crispy golden cakes with deep pockets for syrup or toppings. We also used them to make dessert pancakes, topped with a scoop of ice cream, sliced bananas and chocolate sauce (fun and delicious).

    The riveted cast stainless steel handle stays cool; the nonstick finish ensures easy release and quick cleanup.

    Made in USA, the pan is currently a Williams-Sonoma exclusive, at retail stores or online.

    It’s yours for $39.95.



    Pancakes are generally soft and spongy, while waffles are crispy. Historically, waffle batter has more fat than pancake batter; the extra fat contributes to the crisping.

    Most mixes we see today state that they can be used for pancakes or waffles. If waffles made from such mixes don’t turn out crispy enough for you, try a waffles-only batter, or make it from scratch.

    Check out our review of the best pancake mixes.

    Check out our Pancake & Waffle Glossary for all the different types of pancakes and waffles.



    TIP OF THE DAY: Food Chillers To Keep Party Food Cold

    A Tilt “chilling sphere” plopped into a bowl of
    guacamole. Photo courtesy Soiree Home.


    We recently received a pitch for “an iceless and flavorless stainless steel chilling sphere,” which “helps maintain a lasting chill for a variety of drinks and party dips without compromise.”

    The “compromise” is that perishable foods (those that are stored in the fridge) get warm as they sit out. If you’re concerned with food safety or simply want a dish to be chilled, you need to do something to fight the natural chemistry of things.

    The USDA advises that perishable foods should not sit at room temperature for more than two hours. Internal [food] temperatures higher than 40°F provide enable bacteria to multiply.

    The gel-filled stainless “chilling sphere” in the photo, called Tilt, “preserves the full flavor and texture of cold dips while preventing uneven chilling with ice and watery messes.” It is also “an enticing option for those who want to chill their drinks without diluting it [sic] with ice.”


    Sorry, but who wants a foreign object in the middle of the guacamole? And what’s wrong with the chilling solutions that already exist?

    Whether it’s for an extensive buffet or simply a bowl of dip next to the chips on the coffee table, here are some tried and true options to keep party food chilled.

    1. KEEP THE FOOD IN THE FRIDGE UNTIL YOU’RE READY TO SERVE IT. Resist setting out perishables in advance of the first guests.

    2. USE SMALLER BOWLS OR TRAYS. Instead of one large bowl of dip, for example, use a smaller bowl and refill from the fridge container as necessary (or keep a backup bowl in the fridge, ready to switch out). Do the same with platters/trays. Ideally, use stainless steel bowls which retain the cold longer, and keep them in the freezer until you’re ready to fill them and set them out.

    3. USE ICE-NESTED BOWLS OR TRAYS. An easy chilling solution is to nest the bowl or tray with the food in a larger bowl or tray, filled with an inch or two of ice. When the ice melts, replace it. Crushed ice melts more quickly but makes nesting easier than ice cubes. To contain the melted water on a try, you can put the ice in Ziploc-type bags. Or, instead of loose ice or a bag of ice, you can use ice cube trays (filled with ice cubes, of course), and replace them when melted with backup ice cube trays from the freezer.


    If you entertain frequently, invest in acrylic chilling containers, like the one in the photo. It is also available in a two-compartment chiller, a four-compartment chiller and a five-compartment chiller that’s especially good for condiments.

    A stylish option we like has a stainless steel bowl that sits atop an ice-filled container. You may be able to create someting similar from dishes you already have. Here’s the platter chiller version.

    For outdoor events, there’s an inflatable buffet that we’ve written about previously. Like a hollowed-out pool float, you blow it up, fill the hollow with ice and nest the food on it.

    Try any of these solutions and party on!


    A lovely gift for your favorite party hosts. Photo courtesy Prodyne.


    If you really want a Tilt chilling sphere, head to



    VALENTINE’S DAY: Heart-Shaped Egg Molds

    Eggs of love. Photo courtesy Gifts and
    Gadgets | Amazon.


    How cute are these? Turn eggs into Valentine hearts or everyday love food, with Eggspress Heart Shaped Boiled Egg Molds.

    Use the heart-shaped, hard-cooked eggs (inaccurately called hard-boiled eggs—see hard-cooked eggs versus hard-boiled eggs):

  • At breakfast or snack time, on toast
  • At lunch, on a sliced egg sandwich
  • At lunch or dinner, on a salad
  • As a garnish or side at any meal, topped with flavored mayonnaise (including bacon mayonnaise), relish, chutney, etc.
    How would you use them?

    A set of two heart shaped molds is $9.95.



    See our egg-cellent Egg Glossary for the different types of eggs.



    TIP OF THE DAY: Sistema Microwave Plastic Containers

    The soup gets hot, the bowl stays cool.
    Above: soup mug and noodle bowl. Photo by
    Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.


    We don’t have a huge amount of storage space, so we resist buying things that have single-purpose uses.

    In the kitchen, that restriction covers numerous gadgets and appliances. For example, we’d love a rice cooker to prepare healthy grains more easily; rice cookers can also be used to steam other foods. But we have more than one steaming solution already. So if we’re not going to use a rice cooker several times a week (as with the toaster, microwave, coffee maker and food processor), we can’t justify squeezing it in.

    Along the same lines, we resisted special plastic microwave dishes, opting to use our everyday dishes, which can be microwaved. But conventional plates and mugs can get overly hot-to-the-touch.

    One day, we were given a Sistema microwavable plastic mug at a trade show. We heated soup in it and—epiphany—the plastic remained cool to the touch while the soup got super hot. It was a solution worth making space for.


    We went on to purchase a Sistema noodle bowl and a covered plate to store and heat leftovers.

    Unlike ceramic, porcelain or other plastic containers—Tupperware or take-out containers—Sistema pieces, made of virgin polypropylene, do not get hot in the microwave.


    Sistema products are BPA free, microwave safe, freezer safe and dishwasher safe.

    The soup mug is $8.00 on Amazon; the noodle bowl is $8.49. The microwavable plate, $11.00, can double as a steamer.

    The products are available nationally; we just picked up a second mug at Bed, Bath & Beyond.


    Sistema Plastics makes “dedicated microwave cooking products to make life easier.” We concur!

    Designed and made in New Zealand, the line includes steamers that make it easy to steam meals, covered plates to store and reheat leftovers, the soup mug that is perfect for soup or hot drinks, and a larger noodle bowl for ramen, pasta, or in our case, matzoh ball soup.

    See the whole line at


    Spill-proof lids make the soup easily portable. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.




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