September 16th, 2016
After salt, pepper is said to be the most frequently used spice in the world. Depending on the pepper it can either add depth of flavor or heat to any dish. The two most commonly used peppercorns are white and black. Before we get into discussing the difference between white and black pepper, we should talk about why you should grind your pepper instead of buying it pre-ground.
Grinding your own spices in general instead of using their pre-ground counterpart is always a good idea; however we realize that sometimes they come with a higher price tag. Pepper is freshest and will provide the boldest flavor right after grinding, so be sure to only grind what you need.
Black Peppercorns: This is your go-to pepper, and grinding it on your own will give you the strongest flavor. Black peppercorns are commonly used to add flavor to stews, red meats, seafood, soups, poultry, wild-game, salads and more.
White Peppercorns: Have a milder flavor as opposed to black peppercorns, and work great in dishes you want to add an earthly flavor to. Most commonly, you will find white pepper used in Asian, Indian and Mexican recipes. White peppercorns blend great into white dishes, such as chicken chili’s and mashed potatoes.
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Dual-Action Salt and Pepper Grinder
Gourmet Pepper Mill
Gravity Pepper Grinder
September 2nd, 2016
Within recent years owls have been in and out of the spotlight, but lately they are perched in every store and are being featured on anything from jewelry, to clothing, kitchen accessories and more. So that brought us to the question of, why are these birds such a hoot? Throughout history cultures have viewed owls and owl sightings differently. Some view owls as being a sign of good fortune or a reminder to rely on personal wisdom, while some believe they are messengers of doom and destruction. Currently, the inspiration portrayed behind the owl trend is the magic, mystery, wisdom and power that comes with them, which is probably why we can all get on-board with these nocturnal creatures.
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Floral Owls Small Salt and Pepper Shakers
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Floral Owl Ceramic Spoon Rest
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August 26th, 2016
Regardless of your culinary skills, every cook needs a well-stocked spice cabinet. When you walk down the spice aisle at your local grocery store, it almost becomes overwhelming with how many options are available. We wanted to make it easy for you and have compiled a spice checklist of the 11 most commonly used spices in cooking and/or baking to help you get your spice rack properly stocked.
Bay Leaves: Great in soups, stews and marinades. Just be sure to remove before serving.
Black Peppercorns: Adds extra flavor to any dish.
Cayenne Pepper: Works well in Cajun and Indian recipes for an extra kick.
Chili Powder: Perfect for Mexican and Southern dishes.
Cinnamon (ground): Used often in baking.
Cloves (ground): Commonly used in baking around the holidays.
Cumin (ground): Popular in curries and used to make Indian and Middle Eastern dishes.
Kosher salt: Great in just about everything from cooking to baking.
Nutmeg: Commonly used in the fall and winter.
Oregano (dried): Perfect for Cajun, Mediterranean, Italian and South American Cooking.
Paprika: Used to garnish deviled eggs and potato salads or in soups, on poultry and more.
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Counter Top Spice Organizer
Endurance Stainless Spice Measuring Spoons
July 29th, 2016
Getting your kids in the kitchen at a young age can be a tasty and educational experience. Children will develop reading and math skills as they read directions and learn to properly measure ingredients. Not to mention, if your child is a picky eater the exploration of new foods may make them more willing to try something different. This test tube spice rack and beaker measuring set would be a lot of fun for a child, and gives you the opportunity to make cooking a science experiment.
Here are five ways to get started cooking with your kids:
1. Plan your way to fun. Invite your child to pick a recipe they would like to try. Have them find all the ingredients, so they are part of the entire recipe preparation.
2. Always supervise. This is very important; while you want to get your kids involved they should not be running an oven or stove on their own. Also, be sure to remove sharp objects from their reach to prevent kitchen mishaps.
3. Practice math skills. Have your child count and help measure the ingredients to start building math skills at a young age.
4. Introduce new foods. If you have a picky eater who doesn’t like eating fruit you could find a fun recipe for fruit pizza, and create a funny face using the fruit.
5. Keep it simple. If you are cooking with a preschooler don’t try and find an elaborate recipe, you can make simple sandwiches and then cut them with cookie cutters into fun shapes.
February 27th, 2016
Every once in a while I find something so spectacular and unique, it just has to be shared! And this is one of those times.
During my research, I came across this beautiful olive wood pepper mill.
A pepper mill allows you to grind peppercorns by hand for a fresh, spicy addition to your meals. There are many different styles, models and makes, but there are a few things you should be on the look out for when purchasing a new pepper mill. They are:
- Sturdiness: You want to find a grinder that has a strong build with an easy-to-grip body. Constructed from premium solid olive wood, this grinder is designed to be long-lasting and survive the busy environment of any home kitchen. The simple, sleek body is easy to grip and features a stainless steel median for grasping.
- Simplicity: Decide what kind of use is best for you. A simple twist-to-grind manual design may work for some, but others may require an electric design that reduces stress on joints or aching arthritis. This standard grinder is perfect for general use.
- Durable mechanism: The inside mechanism is the most important part of the grinder. You want to make sure you are getting a grinder that features quality mechanisms that will not rust or corrode. This olive wood grinder features ceramic mechanisms, the best you can get because ceramic is resistant to wear like rust or corrosion.
- Consistency: Your pepper mill needs to produce the same consistent quality every time you use it, too. This olive wood grinder is designed with an adjustable dial that allows you to set the mechanisms at your preferred coarseness. That way, peppercorns will grind exactly the way you want then to every time!
This beautiful olive wood pepper mill is just as much of a decorative accent piece as it is an efficient kitchen gadget. Olive wood is known for it’s strength, but also for it’s natural variations in color and grain that together produce completely unique and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Olive wood will darken over time, creating a rich color. To best preserve the beauty of this unique wood, rub the outside with food-safe mineral oil on occasion. The oil will restore it’s color while preserving it’s quality.