Friday, September 29, 2006

Spider Bowl

I love stylish things for Halloween! We don't have children so there is no need for the supercute or commercial in our decorating. I think this bowl is so simple and pretty you could almost use it year 'round, after all, once you put something in it, the spider disappears. It's available at Crate & Barrel for $14.95, although when we were just at one of their stores, they didn't have much in the way of Halloween stuff in stock yet. Maybe this weekend.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Cupcake Baggies

I swear I like and will post things that are not cupcake related, but aren't these cute? They are pricy ($5 for 20 sandwich bags) but would be fun thing to put in the lunch box or even to use as a goodie bag for a child's party.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ice Cream Sandwich Press

This is the first gadget in a long time that my husband and I have seen at the store and felt that we must have it. Who would think it would be an ice cream sandwich press?The shapes are just too cute (targeted at kids, I assume) and I love that it makes small sized sandwiches instead of big long ones. Basically, one end is a cookie cutter that you use to cut out a soft (brownie-type, I
would think) cookie and that you place on one side of the open tube, sealing it shut. The other side is sort of a press to smoosh the ice cream and other cookie into a solid mass. You can then eat them right away or freeze them for a number of days. I can't wait to try out cookie and ice cream combinations!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Halloween Cookie Cutters

I love cookie cutters. So many recipes are for drop cookies these days. They are quicker to make, but I love the fun of cutting out shapes. I haven't ever made cookies for Halloween, but this year I plan to change that. I am hard at work at a recipe for chocolate roll out cookies so I can finally use my bat cookie cutter. I don't need, but I love, this assortment. It has every Halloween shape you could think of and comes in a cute bucket. I, personally, have a whole large drawer full off cookie cutters and cookie decorating items (right next to my cupcake drawer) but if I didn't, I'd want a cute place to put them.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Party Invitations

Williams Sonoma has some seriously cute party invitations to choose from on their website. I, of course, am partially fond of the cupcake variety but I also love the cake, pirate hat and the little purses (complete with chain!) invites. A kid would be very lucky indeed to get one of these in the mail. The main drawback? They are $30 for a pack of 8.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Collapsible Silicone Scoop Colander

Okay, collapsible kitchen items are now offically a trend. Are people that starved for space? In my experience people who have teensy, tiny kitchen generally eat out all the time anyway. Or at least they seem to in NYC. I have the same apprehensions about this colander I do about the other products, namely how it holds up over time, and ease of cleaning. At least this isn't something that you would need to use for precise measurements like the measuring cups were so it this got a little stretched out or something, you'd probably be okay. It also comes in a variety of colors so you can color coordinate with your kitchen. Frankly, if I was going to get something collapsible, I don't think it would be a colander. Frequently, I just leave whatever fruit or vegetable I washed in the colander in the colander and leave on the counter unless it is something I would refrigerate. So it wouldn't make sense to get a space saver colander because storage would rarely be a concern. Still, if space is a major issue or if you did not use a colander much, I could see how this item would be helpful. I sort of feel like that manfactuers are creating solutions for problems that don't exist, though.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Collapsible Measuring Cups

I am not sure how I feel about these measuring cups. They are made with a flexible silicone that allows you to pop the cup part in and store them flat. I like the idea of the convenient storage (I can barely close the drawers of my cabinets what with all the measuring cups) and how brightly colored they are but I wonder if they would end up getting sticky or would be difficult to clean. That kind of rubbery silicone is sometimes hard to clean. I also wonder if they might have a tendency to break after a lot of use. I am leary of the Flat Out! Collapsible Tupperware for this same reason. If space was a major concern, I would consider getting this but for right now, I think I will stick to my traditional, aqua Kitchenaid measuring cups.

Friday, September 15, 2006

existential Tupperware cinema

Tupperware is the clear star in this short.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Autumn Treats

I just made a super cute mini version of the Coconut & Lime recipe zine for the October Sampler. It features 3 original recipes for Autumn comfort food: Spiced Oatmeal Jam Bars, Apple Crumble and Macaroni & Cheese with Tomato & Spinach and a list of good baking apples. You can buy it here for only $1!

It also is also the first publication of my new venture: Cupcake Supernova, my new online shop featuring crafts and zines made by me. The site is under construction, but hopefully not for long!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Pumpkin Cupcake Tree

I was at Joann Fabrics this afternoon with my friend Shayne and we came across these super cute cupcake stands shaped like jack-o-lanterns. How perfect would it be for a Halloween party? It holds 19 cupcakes and looks pretty sturdy.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Getting Cozy with Koziol

It is no secret that I am a fan of all things cute, especially in the kitchen. I love fruit prints, anything colorful and most of all, functional things that look like other things like this totally adorable cake knife. Not only does it cut through cake like butter (despite having no sharp edges) it is in the shape of a dog. It goes with my mezzaluna that looks like a rocking horse, my man-shaped pizza cutter, my man shaped whisk, my bunny peppermill, my salt and pepper shakers, my paper towel holder, my pasta spoon that looks like a dragon, and our two dogs' dishes.

What I love about Koziol is that everything in addition to being exceptionally cute, it is also well made. The whisk fits well in your hand, the cake knife cuts wonderfully, the pizza cutter is deadly sharp. You just don't have to sacrifice function for the sake of kitsch when you buy from Koziol. Which is important to me, because hile I like things that are attractive, I also am serious about my cooking and accept only the best from of my tools.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Vegan Zine...

Now that I have quit the worst teaching job I have ever had- and let me tell you, the previous ones were no picnic either-to devote myself fully to finding a new job I have been spending my days completing online applications and trying to get to projects I've been putting off. Namely, I finally put together the vegan issue of the zine version of Coconut & Lime. I think it came out pretty well. The cupcake issue has received a lot of good feedback, and this issue has even more pages and recipes. Click here to order or see more.

And if you are in the Baltimore area and have any good leads that will help me secure gainful employment or if you know of any freelance editing/writing jobs out there, send me an email!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Guide to the Globe

I was tagged by Sara make a list of 5 foods you should eat before you die. I think "before you die" sounds a bit ominous so I am changing it to "5 foods every person should get to try in their lifetime". Same basic principle, but a little less Addams family. Like Sara, I am keeping it pretty local because 1. I am only including foods that I personally have eaten and 2. I want to.

1. Steamed Crabs-Baltimore is known for our spicy Old Bay-laden steamed crabs. Everyone should be given the chance to wrestle their own tiny pieces of meat out of a blue crab. I am also fond of soft crabs.

2. Rheb's-dark chocolate covered caramel-Another local favorite. Excellent caramels, excellent chocolate. Very fresh and available by mail order in the cooler months. No holiday is complete without a box of Rheb's.

3. Homemade chocolate chip cookies- It would just be a shame not to.

4. Homegrown tomatoes-There is nothing sadder than going through life only eating grocery store tomatoes.

5. A meal you cooked yourself-Because everyone should know how to cook.

Tag! You're it!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

How to make a Hershey bar bookmark

This tutorial combines all of my favorite things: crafts, chocolate and reading!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Etsy Bitsy Foodie

Did you know you can buy food items on etsy, the handmade goods site? I came across it while listing more issues of my cupcake zine for sale. Click "plants and edibles" and you can find everything from chocolate covered oreos to garlic spread ready to ship directly to you. Frankly, I'd be a little leery of eating something from a random person on etsy but I guess you could rely on feedback to insure safe snacking. Come to think of it though, if you were poisoned by a nefarious etsy baker, you couldn't leave feedback, could you? 'Cause you'd be dead! Just something to think about.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Candy USA!

While looking for something unrelated, I came across the National Confectioners Association website. I quite enjoyed it. It has recipes that feature candy as one of the ingredients and tips on how invent your own candy-using recipes. It also has resources for buying candy (some hard to find or local) online, a history of the Easter Bunny, how to plan a party (featuring lots of candy, natch) and lots of candy trivia. I also enjoyed the history of candy timeline. I have long been a fan of both the Popcorn Board and the Pickle Association (pickle stuffed meatloaf anyone?) but the confectioners blow them away.