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FOOD
January 7, 2010
Choice kettle This Chef'sChoice cordless electric glass kettle model 679 boils water in seconds using less energy than a stove top. It's also designed for right- or left-handed use, and the cord stores neatly in the base. Rustic ceramics These hand-formed, Italian-made ceramic baking dishes have a rustic edge. Safe in the freezer, microwave, and dishwasher, they look great on the table, too. Available in blue, red, and yellow.
FOOD
November 17, 2011
Finally, a gravy boat that can hold its own with the finest of china or the most modern of dishware. Part of the poetic Sleepy Hollow collection, the latest from celebrated nature-loving designer Michael Aram. - Ashley Primis   Michael Aram Sleepy Hollow Gravy Boat, $149, at Bloomingdale's, King of Prussia and Willow Grove Park malls, bloomingdales.com .
FOOD
August 18, 2011
This palm-sized peeler has three rotating blades, so with a flick of your wrist, you can julienne carrots or create fancy zucchini ribbons that would make a culinary school instructor proud.   - Ashley Primis Joseph Joseph Rotary Peeler, $12 at Sur La Table, the Promenade, 500 Route 73 S., Marlton, 856-797-0098, and King of Prussia Mall, 484-612-0040, josephjoseph.com.
NEWS
April 26, 2012
Want to try your hand at mushroom cultivation? The promise is that this hardwood log will produce a crop of organic shiitakes every two months for three years. Shiitake Mushroom Log, $29.95 at Williams Sonoma in King of Prussia or at www.williamsonoma.com . — Maureen Fitzgerald
NEWS
April 19, 2012
Cute as a button, this new portable food warmer from Crock-Pot guarantees a hot lunch by slowly, gently reheating last night's leftovers. Keep the base on your desk for daily use, and tote the spill-proof inner lining to and from home, or grab the whole pot for al fresco dining. Crock-Pot LunchCrock food warmer, $24.99, at Wal-Mart or crockpot.com . — Ashley Primis
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | Craig LaBan
Inspired now to host your own Brew-vitational? Jeff Alworth's Beer Tasting Tool Kit has all the gear and literature you need (down to brown paper bags and twine, in case you don't have any lying around) to conduct a proper blind tasting. In case you don't already know the lingo, the kit also comes with a handy "how to" booklet with a glossary, standards for different styles, and detailed scoring charts to note your every sip, swallow, and aftertaste. Beer Tasting Tool Kit by Jeff Alworth (Chronicle Books)
BUSINESS
February 27, 1987 | By GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
The federal government today brings the consumer price index out of the days of hi-fi and into the era of the compact disc. The Department of Labor spent two years and $43 million in an attempt to change the way economists measure the consumer price index, the nation's cost- of-living barometer. The new formula was used for the first time today. The theoretical "market basket" has been updated to include VCRs, smoke detectors, personal computers and other consumer cost "weights" that the government hopes will provide a more accurate gauge of inflation and price levels.
NEWS
April 12, 2012 | Choose one .
A lot of chips come across a food writer's desk, but it's the rare bag we can't keep our hands out of. Don't let the fact that they are made from organic brown rice and full of protein fool you. These black-pepper chips are crunchy, satisfying, and, thanks to a good dose of white and black pepper, the perfect partner for mild dips or boring turkey sandwiches. Lundberg Family Farms Organic Cracked Black Pepper Rice Chips, $3.29 at Whole Foods Market, lundberg.com. - Ashley Primis Frigid fruit Local health food markets, such as Essene in Queen Village, have long served up a frozen banana custard that is literally just that: a soft serve-like sweet with one ingredient, frozen bananas.
NEWS
June 28, 2012
Williams-Sonoma is tapping into our obsession with everything earthy, healthy, and DIY by launching a new brand called Agrarian. The products — from chicken coops to heirloom seeds to vintage garden tools — are available online and at select stores including the one in King of Prussia. We can't think of a better way to spend a summer Sunday than with this cheese-making kit.   Ricotta & mozzarella cheese kit from Agrarian at Williams-Sonoma, $25.95, williams-sonoma.com.
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FOOD
January 29, 2016
Sweet new slice of Chinatown The matcha mousse cake from À La Mousse is not your typical Chinatown dessert. Baker and owner Anna Chen, wife of Jack Chen, who owns Sakura-Mandarin next door, took over Audabon in the fall to bake Western-style desserts with an Asian twist. For this elegant, layered mousse cake, she uses the powdered green tea known as matcha to give the creamy filling its leafy green color. The minimal use of sugar in the dessert allows for the distinctive tea flavor of the matcha to shine through on the finish.
FOOD
January 22, 2016
Patti cakes Patti LaBelle's latest hit? Her sweet potato pie, which became a viral sensation after a fan uploaded a video of himself enjoying the dessert and singing his satisfaction. Now, the local superstar is back with a second, and third, helping: vanilla Bundt cake with vanilla icing, and a three-layer caramel cake with buttercream filling and caramel glaze. Both are manufactured for mass appeal but manage to hit the high notes. - Samantha Melamed Patti LaBelle Premium Caramel Cake, $13.94 at Walmart.
FOOD
January 15, 2016 | Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Classic Caesar, vegan style It's Caesar-salad dressing, minus the egg and anchovy. Vegan Commissary's version gets its flavor from organic soy-based mayonnaise, capers, white-wine vinegar, and extra-virgin olive oil, plus homemade "parmesan cheese" made from seeds and nutritional yeast. Available at Commissary Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Owner Steve Laurence hopes to be wholesaling soon. Vegan Commissary Caesar Dressing, $7 for a 16-ounce bottle A snack that does you good This is one wholesome NuDY Bar: The name stands for Nutritionally Dense and Yummy.
FOOD
January 8, 2016 | Staff Writers
Have bitters, will travel For the traveler who demands a proper cocktail, this unique goodie box from the Bitter Truth holds five tiny vials of essential bitters, from pithy orange (think martini) to celery (Bloody Mary) and "Old Time" (Manhattan), to ensure those drinks on the road taste just right. Flying bartenders will be glad to know the set is designed to comply with rules for carry-on luggage, so even airplane drinks can get a lift. Comes with a recipe book for inspiration.
FOOD
January 1, 2016 | Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bloody delicious  The most complicated thing on the menu at Brick & Mortar may be the Bloody Mary, made from general manager Len Wood's own personal recipe. The 22 secret ingredients include 15 spices, including ginger and turmeric, three hot sauces, soy sauce, horseradish, and fresh juice from celery, roasted red peppers, lemons and limes. It's available by the bottle at the restaurant, and will keep for three weeks or longer, according to Wood, who advises mixing it with Irish whiskey.
FOOD
December 25, 2015
A Sensible Snack To satisfy hunger pangs without reaching for yet another Christmas cookie, stop by Saxby's and pick up a two-ounce pack of sustenance from York, Pa.: Nuts About Granola . We like the Plain Jane peanut butter variety, made with whole oats, peanuts and honey. - Samantha Melamed Nuts About Granola , $3 Saxby's Coffee, 4000 Locust St., Philadelphia, 215-222-8400, Saxbyscoffee.com . Fresh Idea Keep your leftover pies, cakes, and cookies longer with this vacuum-sealed container that doubles as a cake plate and carrier.
FOOD
December 18, 2015
For your best cheese . . . or your best cheese-loving friend Gift a foodie friend - or yourself - with a stylish accompaniment to your favorite cheeses: a set of sleek knives and a cutting board in warm copper and wood tones. - Samantha Melamed Beck Cheese Board and Three Copper Cheese Knives Set, $49.95 at Crate & Barrel, at the Cherry Hill Mall and King of Prussia Mall, and at  crateandbarrel.com   A mix of tastes and textures West Chester chocolatier Éclat's latest offering is pretty enough to give as a gift.
FOOD
December 4, 2015 | Samantha Melamed, Inquirer staff
Pretty sweet Philadelphia chocolatier John & Kira's has a new winter offering that will work for just about any holiday gift situation: Their Winter Forest Trio is a mixed box of nine truffles with mint, hazelnut-almond praline and dark-chocolate ganache, with snow-flecked blue-and-white chocolate shells. - Samantha Melamed John & Kira's Winter Forest Trio, $29.95 through John & Kira's: 800-747-4808, johnandkiras.com , or at the Rittenhouse Square farmers' market, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Handmade for your holiday table Bonnie Kaye Whitfield, an artist working in Philadelphia, sets a stylish table with these bold, botanically inspired placemats and napkins, screen-printed by hand on linen.
FOOD
November 26, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
The six De Luca family siblings have no plans to add locations of Villa di Roma, their classic Italian Market "red gravy" institution. But now you can take home a taste of their inimitable red sauces in a jar. Brother Basil De Luca, Villa's sauce and meatball master, spent two days at a food plant in Maryland to ensure the manufactured version is as close as possible to what he makes every day. And he succeeded. I tried the "classic sauce" beside the slightly more expensive fresh version also sold from the fridge for takeout, and it was a very good replica.
FOOD
November 20, 2015 | Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff
Magnificent Maple If you're looking to pick up pies or baked goods for your Thanksgiving feast, it's worth checking out the offerings at the Little Bird Cafe in Queen Village, the new bakery from pastry chef Jessica Nolen, wife of Jeremy, the team behind Brahaus Schmitz and Whetsone Tavern. From classic apple pie and brownies to her specialties of lemon meringue cheesecake and apple strudel, she offers a large variety of sweets as well as savories. We especially loved her maple custard pie, with a rich and creamy maple filling we couldn't stop eating.
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