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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
June 19, 2015
Improving the Hot Dog As meat preferences shift toward the free-range, the grass-fed, the hormone-free and local, the backyard BBQ must evolve, too. Enter the "Frankford'er" remix of the old hot dog, an all-natural beef and pork frank courtesy of the whole-animal butchers over at Fishtown's Kensington Quarters on (you guessed it) Frankford Avenue. No nitrates means these poached (unsmoked) links are gray, slightly firmer than industrial dogs, and with a shorter - three-day - shelf life.
FOOD
June 12, 2015
Fresh as daisies Freshen up your back-porch suppers with this bright and cheery daisy dinnerware. Illustrated for Crate and Barrel by artist Jane Dixon, they are easy care and durable, just exactly what you want for outdoor summer dining. Made of 100-percent melamine, they are BPA-free, food-safe, and top-rack dishwasher-safe. - Maureen Fitzgerald Daisy Melamine Dinnerware: Dinner plate, 10.5-inch diameter, $5.95; salad plate, 9-inch diameter, $4.95; bowl, 6.25-inch diameter, $4.95; at Crate and Barrel stores and at www.crateandbarrel.com . Best of New York bites If your summer daydreams involve a weekend getaway to New York, here's something to chew on: Food writer and Eater.com restaurant critic Robert Sietsema's New York in a Dozen Dishes, a collection of food essays that meander from Harlem to Bushwick in search of the city's defining flavors, chronicling his favorite spots for things as diverse as pastrami, clam chowder, and pho. Each chapter includes a recipe and list of eateries, so you can relive Sietsema's culinary adventures on your own time.
FOOD
June 5, 2015
Fruit-forward pops When we were kids, Popsicles came in flavors like "red" and "purple. " Now, in many offerings there's actual fruit involved, not just food dyes. Among them is Fruttare, a line of fruit-based ice pops and fruit-and-milk bars. We liked the mango bars, a 60-calorie snack that tastes like mango - not "orange. " - S.M. Fruttare mango ice bars, $4.29 at Acme, ShopRite, and Target stores.   Preserve your greens Keep your farmers' market bounty fresh longer by storing it a container designed to trap ethylene, a gas released by ripening fruits and vegetables that accelerates spoiling.
FOOD
May 29, 2015 | Carina Flaherty, The Inquirer
Growlers-to-go in style With Philly Beer Week starting and Father's Day just around the corner, here are some handsome and locally made tote bags to suit those on-the-go hops adventures. Brace & Bit from Oaklyn, N.J., handcrafts these bike-messenger-style bags from sturdy waxed canvas in blue or brown, with natural-cotton handles and a check-pattern padded lining with a divider to hold either one big growler of brew or two large format bottles. Single bottle bags are also available.
FOOD
July 26, 2013
Party platter These trays, handcrafted by furniture designer David Rasmussen, are both elegant and funky, made of classic black walnut with just a touch of color around the edges. So they can serve up fancy hors d'oeuvres as well as a pile of hot dogs. Each tray is sold separately, so mix and match. - Michelle Dembo Wud Walnut Platter, 18 by 12 inches, $49.95, at cb2.com   Rolled and ready Buttery, smoky Scottish-style salmon is rolled with cream cheese mixed with chives and a hint of lemon to create these pinwheels.
FOOD
July 12, 2013
Masala in a minute If you're yearning for a quick, easy meal that isn't tasteless and artificial, these precooked pouches of goodness are the ticket. These Indian-inspired entrees contain no preservatives, no MSG and are GMO-free, kosher, and vegetarian. More than 80 percent of the energy used in production comes from renewable sources. Heat and serve, or try a recipe on the website, like madras lentil chili or channa masala wontons. - Michelle Dembo Tasty Bite entrees, $3.29 per 10-ounce pouch, at Whole Foods or ShopRite, or tastybite.com   Summer picnic plates Trade up from paper for your outdoor dining this summer with these festive melamine plates.
FOOD
June 27, 2013
Star spangled serveware Dish out your favorite patriotic treats on the Fourth of July with this star-shaped two-tiered stand. Made of galvanized metal, it works on the picnic table as well as in the dining room. Use it to serve ice cream sundae toppings or summer snacks and hors d'oeuvres. In honor of Independence Day, pledge your allegience to a patriotic table with this festive stand. - Michelle Dembo Galvanized metal star stand, $69, at Pottery Barn stores or online at potterybarn.com.
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