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Issue Date: Fall 2006

Food Finds

Seasoning on a stick…

(plus more of our favorite new gadgets!)

Photography by Barney Taxel


Double Duty

Prevent hollandaise and chocolate sauces from scorching with this porcelain double boiler, which delivers heat slowly and gently. The shiny stainless-steel saucepan can also be used solo. All-Clad Porcelain Double Boiler, $170 at Macy’s, Dillard’s and Bed Bath & Beyond

Basting Beauty

This year’s turkey will be more flavorful than ever thanks to this cleverly designed baster with two interchangeable heads: one for showering sauce on the meat and another to inject it inside. Cuisipro Dual Baster, $12.99 at Sur La Table and

Rock ’n’ Rolling

For little chefs who like to help out in the kitchen, a silicone rolling pin built for small hands is the perfect gift. It’s great for rolling out anything from cookie dough to clay and comes in every color of the rainbow. Sil-Pin Jr., $10 at Le Gourmet Chef at the Aurora Premium Outlets

Store It Right

Leftovers deserve loving care too. These storage containers form an airtight vacuum seal sans pumps or bags — just press down on the lid to keep food fresh up to 40 percent longer. FreshVac Plus containers, $5-$35 at Target stores; FreshVac

Pro, $35-$50 for a set of three at Sur la Table in Woodmere

Brownies and Blossoms

Chicago-based Solomon’s has women pinned. For the utmost in elegant and extravagant presentation, their Gourmet Essence keepsake box comes with scrumptious sweets and three fresh orchids in a glass vase. Solomon’s Cookies, boxes of 12 to 30, $18.95-$49.95;

with flowers, $89.95;

Stick with Flavor

Seasoning is as simple as skewering with these sticks infused with six flavors, including Indian mango curry, Thai coconut lime and citrus rosemary. And they aren’t just for grilling — loaded skewers can be baked or roasted in the oven. Seasoned Skewers, $7.99 for a pack of 10 at Wild Oats and Williams-Sonoma


One-Cup Wonders

One-cup beverage systems are the new, speedy way to make hot drinks. But the handy inserts — called K-Cups or T DISCs — can cost 20 percent to 50 percent more than regular coffee. We’ve compared the new Tassimo Hot Beverage System and the Keurig  Platinum B70 to help you find the best brew for your buck.

Keurig Platinum B70

Tassimo Hot Beverage System


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