Silouette Wine GlassesValentine’s Day gifts such as sweet confections, a dozen roses or a sumptuous dinner are intended to delight one’s sense of taste and smell.

This holiday, the multi-sensory gift possibilities include a new type of wineglass designed to heighten the flavor of wine. So whether it’s a cabernet you’re having with those chocolates or a sauterne with your cupcakes, here’s a fine way to make the most of any wine.

The Silhouette wineglass has a notched rim – cut into the top side of the glass – which allows the bowl of the glass to wrap around the nose, providing a deeper appreciation of the wine’s bouquet. The notch also allows a generous flow of air into the glass, prompting the release of a wine’s characteristic aromas.

Since up to 90-percent of taste comes through smell, the innovative design allows the drinker to capture more of a wine’s true essence, enhancing the tasting experience. The 20-ounce bowl allows proper swirling which also aids in breaking open the wine’s aromas.

The glass is 24-percent lead crystal hand-crafted in The Czech Republic, a world center for high quality glassmaking. It’s a fine gift and a great experience – perfect for Valentine’s Day.

The Silhouette glass is $54 and available online at www.greatestwineglass.com. Tomzi International, Ltd. is the only manufacturer of Silhouette.

Review: Oxo Good Grips Pastry Scraper

Oxo Good Grips Pastry ScaperThis is one of those tools that we couldn’t find anything bad to say about. A pastry scraper is something that all kitchens should have in them, but the Oxo Good Grips Pastry Scraper has been created with more than just a little pastry work in mind.

This pastry scraper has a strong and sharp stainless steel blade that will sink through pastry dough without a second thought and can also be used for chopping up, or crushing, the other ingredients you need to add to your mixture. In many ways this can be one tool that helps prepare many aspects of a baking recipe.

The handle of this pastry scraper is also something a serious baker will appreciate. When you’re cooking it’s easy to lose your grip on kitchen tools and make a mess of the ingredients you are working with.

The Oxo Good Grips Pastry Scraper comes with a non-slip rubber handle to make this less likely. The handle is also wider than most, making it more comfortable to keep a tight grip on for extended baking projects or those who have a tough time with gripping handles.

What we like:

  • It has etched measurements along the blade so they don’t rub or wash off over time.
  • The sturdy handle will hold up to cutting thicker and harder things. It is also great to use for cleaning up and scraping the board clean.
  • At under $10, it’s an inexpensive and functional tool that will be able to serve a number of purposes in the kitchen. You’ll likely wonder how you did without it.
  • With an ergonomic handle design it is comfortable to use even for hands with arthritis or those that spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
  • It’s dishwasher safe, making cleanup easier.

This Sounds Like a Baking Aid I Could Definitely Use.
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Scanpan Nonstick Classic Cookware Set Cookware Set – 11Pc – Review

scanpan-nonstick-classic-cookware-setIf you are looking to stock your kitchen with a new cookware set you may have found what you are looking for with the Scanpan Nonstick Classic Cookware Set.

Included in this set are:

  • Dutch Oven with Lid – 6 Quart
  • Sauce Pan with Lid – 3 Quart
  • Sauce Pan with Lid – 2 Quart
  • Sauce Pan with Lid – 1 Quart
  • Sauté Pan with Lid – 10 Inch
  • Frying Pan – 10 Inch

Making these pans lightweight is their aluminum body. While many think aluminum made pots are not as sturdy as other options, in this case they are. These are part of what is called the Classic Ceramic Titanium line which means the aluminum in the pots was pressure cast and coated on the outside with a ceramic titanium coating which creates a solid surface that will not warp or weaken. They can also be used on any style of stove surface.

On the inside, these pots are all coated with a nonstick surface covering. Unlike many nonstick coverings, this compound is even able to stand up to the use of metal spoons and utensils in the pot. Their pots are so well known for their nonstick features they have been named “Best Nonstick Cookware” since the 80s by a number of publications.

What We Like

  • This is a very lightweight, yet fully functional, cook set. That makes them easy to move around the kitchen, even when full, as you prepare a meal.
  • While they are lightweight, these pots and pans are heavy duty and can handle a lot of work being put on them.
  • All coated with non-stick surfaces they are easy to clean after preparing a meal.
  • They provide even heating so your food comes out as you would expect.
  • When the pans are red hot, the handles have been created to stay cool to the touch.


Review: KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processors

Kitchenaid 12 cup processorIf you need to make quick work of some of the ingredients in a recipe, KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processors are the way to go.

And that’s just what this little number is, a 700-watt food processor. Double that strength with very sharp blades and a 12-cup bowl and you see the potential for how much you can chop, dice or puree in just moments.

Depending on what type of food you are putting into the machine, it comes with dual feed tubes and the option of chopping into the large bowl or the mini-bowl which holds four cups, perfect for making less of a mess on those smaller jobs.

In addition to slicing and chopping, this food processor is also a great tool for the baker in the family. It comes with a dough blade to perfectly mix and prepare batter for cooking.

What We Like

  • The variety in cutting capabilities from chopping to grating and everything in between.
  • Many of the parts are dishwasher safe to make for more simple clean up.
  • It comes with a toolbox to keep everything together and save a lot of time that could be used digging around in drawers looking for pieces.
  • It has the combination of sharp blades and a powerful engine to make fast work of any food that is put through the machine.

What We Don’t Like

  • It has a number of small pieces that all have to be in the right place in order for the machine to work. It can get frustrating if you only have one piece out of place and can’t operate it.
  • We would prefer variable speeds to the one ‘super power’ speed that it comes with.
  • There are a number of small places where food can get caught in the processing and take time to clean up.

Where Can I Buy KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processors?

Review: Krups FDD912 Expert Waffle Maker with Rotary System

412h8xdxyxl_sl500_aa280_.jpgWho doesn’t like fresh waffles in the morning? Many people who are traveling actually look forward to the continental breakfast if they have a make your own waffle machine. Why have to wait until you are on a trip to enjoy these fresh waffles. Now you can own the Krups FDD912 Expert Waffle Maker with Rotary System , which will let you have those same, fluffy waffles at home, any time you want.

This machine, which measures 16.3 x 9 x 9.7 inches, will make two Belgian waffles at a time.

The stainless steel construction offers a very sturdy device that not only cooks like the professional machines, but also is attractive to add to your kitchen.

If you pour too much batter in, it’s not a problem as it comes with a drip tray that will catch the batter that overflows from your over-zealous pouring.

What We Like

The removable plates on this waffle maker make clean up much easier than most. You can take them out, clean them and then reinstall them.

41mfcm3wadl_aa280_.jpgThe handle on the device folds down when not in use to take up less storage space in the kitchen.

It’s has a fast turnout with waffles ready in just over four minutes.

It is well built and sturdy. It will not be falling over on the counter with just a little hit.

There is an adjustable heat setting so you can make sure you get waffles cooked just the way you want them.

You can flip the cooking area to make more even waffles.

What We Don’t Like

Sometimes there is a gap between the removable plates when you put them back in. This can make cooking uneven.

There is no timer, so you have to keep an eye on the waffles as they cook.


Where Can I Buy the Krups FDD912 Expert Waffle Maker with Rotary System?