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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
FOOD
May 20, 2016
Cook from the Boardwalk and beyond Fast-forward from spring to summer with The Jersey Shore Cookbook , a compendium of dishes - like blueberry scones and spaghetti and crabs - from beloved fine-dining restaurants, seafood shacks, and pancake houses from Cape May to Asbury Park. With tempting photos and chef profiles, the collection by Jersey food blogger Deborah Smith is a Shore dining guide and cookbook in one. - Samantha Melamed The Jersey Shore Cookbook by Deborah Smith, Quirk Books, $22.95 Botanical bowls for summer For dining on the deck or by the pool, these lovely serving dishes look amazingly close to porcelain, yet are made of melamine, and thus are lightweight, shatter-resistant, and dishwasher safe.
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.
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FOOD
July 15, 2016
Supermarket snack aisles have lately become crowded with potato chips and other snacks inspired by that mixture of fried potatoes and seasonings that only Chickie's & Pete's can legally shill as "Crabfries. " We put three of these palate-decimating potato chip products to the test, and enlisted Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan for tasting notes: Herr's Chickie's & Pete's Famous Crabfries Seasoned Potato Chips It's a ridged chip with that familiar spicy-salty seasoning, plus a powdered dairy coating to call to mind the cheesy dipping sauce that accompanies Crabfries.
FOOD
July 8, 2016
That's a wrap Instead of using plastic wrap to cover bowls, store sandwiches, and wrap cheese - and then throwing it away - consider a reusable, natural alternative. Bee's Wrap is washable, made with beeswax and cloth. The warmth of your hands is enough to mold and seal it into place. - Samantha Melamed Bee's Wrap, $19 for a set of three 10-by-11-inch wraps at Kitchenette, 117 S. 12th St., Philadelphia, 215-829-4949 Pizza that goes against the grain If you're off gluten but still craving pizza, Smart Flour Foods' version, with a crisp crust made of amaranth, sorghum, and teff, might help you climb back from the brink of despair.
FOOD
July 1, 2016
Soda worth the extra cents There has been much ado about soda in the news lately. One bubbly beverage worth the extra 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax is the Philadelphia-brewed Press Gang Ginger Beer. It has the right amount of ginger, plus lime juice, vanilla, and, yes, cane sugar for sweetness. - Samantha Melamed Press Gang Ginger Beer, $3.99 for 11 ounces, at Fair Food Farmstand at the Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia, 215-386-5211. For your fresh fruit The farmers' market is the inspiration for many of the wares at Heirloom Home & Studio, the small ceramics studio run by Gregg and Jackie Moore of Glenside.
FOOD
May 20, 2016
Cook from the Boardwalk and beyond Fast-forward from spring to summer with The Jersey Shore Cookbook , a compendium of dishes - like blueberry scones and spaghetti and crabs - from beloved fine-dining restaurants, seafood shacks, and pancake houses from Cape May to Asbury Park. With tempting photos and chef profiles, the collection by Jersey food blogger Deborah Smith is a Shore dining guide and cookbook in one. - Samantha Melamed The Jersey Shore Cookbook by Deborah Smith, Quirk Books, $22.95 Botanical bowls for summer For dining on the deck or by the pool, these lovely serving dishes look amazingly close to porcelain, yet are made of melamine, and thus are lightweight, shatter-resistant, and dishwasher safe.
FOOD
March 17, 2016
All a barkeep needs If you're new to home bartending, you may not want a drawer full of tools. Try just one: this Swiss Army knife approach to bartending that includes a jigger, zester, muddler, and bottle opener all in one oak-clad utensil. -Samantha Melamad Bartender's Multi-Tool, $32 at Occasionette, 1825 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, 215-465-1704, occasionette.com Bet you can't eat just one Potato chips got a little more interesting with the new Kettle Brand variety cooked in avocado oil and available in flavors including Chili Lime, Hawaiian Barbecue with ginger, and Himalayan Salt.
FOOD
March 11, 2016
A broth without additives In an entrepreneurship class at Penn State's business school, David Sirott and Donnie Weissberg collaborated on a project to make and sell an all-natural, no-salt-added, superfood vegetable broth. Now, Sirott, of Graduate Hospital, and Weissberg, of New York, have launched the business. Their Wild IS! broth, made with kale, spinach, celeriac, basil, and green tea powder extract, is a mild-tasting base for your vegetable soups. Available in local Whole Foods stores (see wild-is.com for a list)
FOOD
February 5, 2016
Grow herbs in a jar If you like the idea of aquaponics but aren't quite ready to turn your basement into a fish farm, you can start small with AquaJar. An ecosystem in a mason jar, it's designed to be a fish habitat you can also use to grow fresh herbs year-round on your windowsill. (It comes with a caveat: The product is designed by a Newark, Del., start-up that just finished a successful crowdfunding push on Kickstarter. But it's new to distribution, so expect it could take several weeks to arrive.)
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.
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