The holidays are in full swing and that means everyone is on their last minute lookout for this year’s best gift items! We asked our staff what they would choose as an awesome holiday gift item, and here’s what they came up with…
Angie, Sales Associate:
Bona Vita BV3825B 1-Liter Electric Gooseneck Stainless Kettle
“Energy efficient and extremely fast results make this little beauty a wonderful gift idea! Its addition to our kitchen has made my tea consumption increase and improved the quality of our hand-drip coffee, thanks to the precision of the gooseneck spout.”
Liana, Sales Associate:
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Heavy Duty Reversible Cast Iron Griddle with Moat
“The best gift I bought myself all year! This is my first piece of cast iron cookware. The day I bought it, I brought it home and cooked bacon and pancakes on the flat side for brunch, and then flipped it over and grilled strip steaks for dinner. I love how it sears my meats and chars my vegetables, and allows me to make an entire meal on one surface.”
This recipe features Pure Ginger Extract, from Fante’s Natural Flavors Brand. Made with only pure ginger oil, alcohol and water, it has a clean, fresh, ginger root flavor. Can be used for baking, syrups, beverages and ice cream. One teaspoon is sufficient to flavor your typical cake or cookie recipe. Try adding it to iced tea, beer and cranberry juice.
Our talented staff baker Vanessa used our natural Ginger Extract to create this flavorful recipe.
Professional cooks know the importance of having high quality tools in their kitchen, the most important of which are knives. However they’ll tell you that having good knives is just the first step. Often overlooked is the equal importance of sharpening and properly maintaining your knives.
To quote from a memoir of the same title by Kathleen Flinn, “the sharper your knife, the less you cry”. Using a dull knife crushes the onions while cutting them and draws out more of the tear causing oils, making you cry more than if you had used a sharp knife. Of course, you could just use onion goggles to solve that particular problem, but I digress.
In addition to crying a little less while chopping onions, a sharp knife is much safer to use than a dull knife. For example, a fingertip cut by a sharp knife heals faster than a jagged gouge from a dull knife. Statistics show that far more kitchen knife injuries are caused by a dull knife. Dull knives require the use of more pressure to cut. Because the edge of the blade will not easily penetrate the food, there is a chance the knife will lose traction and slip, potentially landing in the cook’s (or an unsuspecting bystander’s) unfortunate foot. Using a sharp knife helps the cook to maintain control, requires less pressure and will ultimately be safer and more efficient than a dull knife. Continue reading