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5 Top Picks for Best Designed Kitchen Tools

Whatever the time of year, we love our holidays. When they’re upon us, our thoughts naturally turn to the traditional meals that take center stage. Whoever is doing the cooking, well-designed kitchen tools can make all the difference.

The truth is, not all kitchen tools are made equal. It’s not always about price either, but it is about design. So, here’s a round-up of my top 5 kitchen tools designed to make someone’s kitchen duty a whole lot smoother.

1. Magnetic Measuring Spoons

Magnetic Measuring Spoons

These measuring spoons made the cut not only because they stay together in the drawer. Each spoon has three outstanding design features: an oval side to fit into narrow spice jars, a round side for measuring liquids and all have a flat base for resting on the counter without spilling the contents. Genius.  Prepworks by Progressive Magnetic Measuring Spoons, Stainless Steel – Set of 5

2. The Garject Garlic Press

The Garject Garlic Press

Photo Credit: Dreamfarm

The Garject takes the concept of the self-cleaning garlic press two steps further with its ability to press unpeeled garlic, as well as a built-in lever to eject the peel. It also comes in several colors.  Dreamfarm Garject – Self-Cleaning Garlic Press with Peel Eject (Red)

3. The CO2  Wine Bottle Opener

CO2 Propelled Wine Bottle Opener

Photo Credit: Cork Pops

CO2 is carbon dioxide, the same stuff we exhale with every breath and apparently, it also makes opening wine bottles really easy. This bottle opener is designed with two small blades on the inside that you turn around the top of the bottle to slice the foil off the top. The needle then pokes through the cork. Then, you push the top to add a blast of pressurized CO2 into the bottle. This makes the cork pop out. Amazing.  Cork Pops CO2 Propelled Wine Bottle Opener, Giovanni Collection

4.The All-Clad Immersion Blender 

All-Clad Immersion Blender

Aside from wattage and function controls, the basic design for immersion blenders has remained essentially unchanged. The money feature in this design is the longer shaft that works with deeper pots and bowls. Less mess is always best.  All-Clad KZ750D Stainless Steel Immersion Blender with Detachable Shaft and Variable Speed Control Dial, 600-Watts, Silver

5. The Williams-Sonoma Ultimate Carving Board

The Williams-Sonoma Ultimate Carving Board

Photo Credit: Williams-Sonoma

With a price tag that’s over $200, this one’s a bit pricey, not gonna lie. But when you can take the roast beast straight from the oven to the carving board without even having to lift it off the roasting rack, that’s impressive.  Made of American black walnut with a custom-fitted stainless steel rack. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.com.

Cooking and feeding others is a noble act. Show some love for the cook in your life, especially if that cook is you!

 

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Tartan Plaid Potted Cyclamen

Using Fall Fashion’s Trendy Plaids at Home

Though plaids and checks are pretty standard for fall and the holidays, there’s just something about about the cool air and brightly colored leaves that makes us reach for the cozy and familiar.

This year, checks, tartans and plaids dominated the fall / winter fashion runways – in everything from plaids at Stella McCartney, to buffalo checks at Dior.  It has been said, as fashion goes, so goes the rest of the world. In keeping with that sentiment, here’s a round-up of some easy ways to incorporate this year’s top fashion trend for fall and winter into your home.

The Bedroom

Ever since watching the first “Home Alone” movie many years ago, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of styling the bedroom for the holidays. What better way than with a cozy flannel tartan plaid duvet cover and shams?

Land’s End Velvet Flannel Plaid Duvet Cover and Shams in classic tartan plaid ($109 – $169)

Land's End Velvet Flannel Plaid Duvet and Shams

Photo Credit: Land’s End

The Dining Room

There’s nothing quite like a festive table to set the right tone for a holiday meal. Spiking your dinner table’s holiday factor by ditching the formal silverware in favor of some plaid-etched flatware is a safe bet.

Plaid-Etched Flatware

Tartan-Etched Flatwear

Photo Credit: Houzz

If you’re looking to make a statement with your holiday table not only this year but for years to come, consider investing plaid dinnerware.  Bright and cheerful, yet easy, plaid plates are the set it and forget it option that will work hard from Thanksgiving all the way to New Year’s Eve.

Lenox Winter Greetings Plaid 5 Piece Place Setting

Lenox Plaid Plates

Photo Credit: Lenox

The Tree

Because it’s just not Christmas without ornaments…

Waterford Green Plaid Heart Ornament

Waterford Plaid Heart Ornament

Photo Credit: Waterford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Kasler Mackenzie Plaid Ornaments – Set of 12 $89

Suzanne Kasler Mackenzie Plaid Ornaments

Photo Credit: Ballard Designs

Taking the Chill Off

Coming in from the cold is even better when you get to sip your favorite hot beverage in a plaid monogrammed mug.

Pottery Barn Plaid Alphabet Mugs $8 each

Plaid Alphabet Mugs

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn

 

 

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