Gear & Gadgets

A Peachy Trick in Kitchen Tools: Teeth

Never mind the nirvana of freshly picked peaches. I’ve discovered a new tool that takes all my garden girl kitchen gadgets to task! Yes, the perfume of peaches is intoxicating and the rosy-glow skin makes everything seem peachy-keen. And yet it’s that same fuzzy skin that keeps me from enjoying every dripping ounce of my fresh harvest. When I peel peaches […]

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What to Do With 54 Pounds of Blackberries?

We have a joke at our farm, specifically describing my husband’s excitement for anything outdoors, his work ethic, and his hunger to grow: “Why do, when you can overdo?” Staring at my inky-purple stained fingertips as I type, it’s evident this applies to our ever-expanding blackberry patch. I’m just about outdone. I’ve been picking more than any Peter and his peck […]

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The Asian Grocery—More Than Just Esoteric Food

Given that lately my interests in food have gravitated more towards the East, I find myself at the Asian market quite frequently these days. And not just for those one or two hard-to-find ingredients (Gyoza skins, sweet glutenous rice flour, water spinach, Thai chilis  etc.) necessary for the authentic execution of a dish. And, yes, I get lost in the […]

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My New Favorite Cooking Gadget

This is a screenshot from my new favorite cooking tool, the iGrill2, which is scheduled to be released at the end of May. It has the ability to report up to 4 temperatures on your phone in a graph form. If you are a nerd (like me), you’ll love this. The top graph shows the temperature of my smoker, while the bottom shows the […]

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5 on Friday: Fab Florals

Get fresh with flowers that brighten a room, lift your mood, and tempt your taste buds. | by April Hardwick Bold Blossom Villeroy & Boch’s bread-and-butter plate is a guaranteed sensation on your spring tablescape. $13, villeroy-boch.com Edible Arrangement Handcrafted chocolate wildflowers filled with rose tea ganache or boozy rum-pecan caramel. $29/box of 9, johnandkiras.com Cheery Containers Stackable bowls that nest when not in use. […]

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Bonavita’s Winning Coffee Combo

I would hardly consider myself a coffee aficionado. I can’t even consider myself a real coffee snob… if I need caffeine, I’m going to very seriously consider drinking the burnt sludge at the bottom of the pot brewed 3 hours ago. It is what it is. But for the most part I stick with my French press: I like my coffee […]

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Great Gifts: 3 One-Pot Wonders

Whether you like oven, stove, or counter, these pots rule. SLOW FOODS RULE Put your new slow cooker to the test–see our entire collection of slow-cooker favorites, including slow-cooker desserts.

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Product Spotlight: Aquafarm

We previously told you how we loved Back To the Root’s Mushroom kit, allowing you to grow edible mushrooms in your own home. The startup’s newest product, Aquafarm, a self-sustaining aquaponic garden, takes growing food in your home a step further. Fresh herbs and lettuces with no watering or fertilizing, plus a pet fish? Yes Please! Aquafarm is basically a […]

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A Few of Our Favorite (Free) Apps for Healthy Eating

When it comes to eating healthy, it’s nice to have a little help. These apps are easy to use and will help keep you on track with a healthy lifestyle. Plus, they’re free. MyFitnessPal (Apple & Android): Editor Scott Mowbray raves about this one all the time. This app helps you monitor how much you’re eating and how much you’re working out. […]

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Five on Friday: Quirky and Cute Kitchen Tools

Each Friday, we share five things that are getting buzz around the Cooking Light offices—from what we’re reading around the Web, to what’s hot on Instagram, or even our latest favorite ingredient. I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for a clever gadget. My Pinterest boards are littered with all manner of colorful, silly, and, admittedly, occasionally impractical items. But where’s the fun in […]

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