Cooking Chopstick – “Taste N Cook” by Joyce Chen

cooking chopsticksCooking chopsticks are something that once you use them you aren’t sure how you got along with out them in the past. Now I have to warn you up front, you should be already proficient with regular chopsticks before stepping up to the stove with a pair of these. But if you can pull it off it will be worth it.

From Joyce Chen comes the  “Taste N Cook” 13-Inch burnished bamboo chopsticks. These aren’t exactly dishwasher safe but will last a very long time with the occasional food oil treatment to keep them from drying out. The tiny fork and spoon ends re-enforce the old adage that you need to taste your food while cooking. They are a little short for working with large pot meals but are perfect for frying and smaller dishes. Really good for  Shabu Shabu and other soups of that style.

Joyce Chen – Taste N Cook Bamboo Chopsticks


Mikasa Cocoa Blossom Flatware

mikasa flatwareI really like the design of the handles on this flatware set, they look to be substantial and lovely. Not your normal plain flat stamped handle on cheap cutlery.

This is a full setting for 12 people with teaspoon, soup spoon, salad forks, dinner fork, dinner knife. A serving set of sugar spoon, butter knife, large tablespoon, slotted tablespoon and meat fork are included. Made of dishwasher safe 18/10 stainless steel that comes with a limited 25 year warranty (you don’t see that very often). I would consider this a well priced replacement set for the embarrassing cheap set currently sitting in your cutlery drawer.

Mikasa Cocoa Blossom 18/10 65-Piece Flatware Set


The best Ice Cream Scoop from OXO

ice cream scoop

I cannot tell you how many times I’ve bent and destroyed a perfectly good kitchen spoon while trying to scoop ice cream. Then there are the cheap plastic ice cream scoops that have snapped apart in my hands leaving shards of plastic in my precious ice cream. Then the so-called easy serve scoops that have those little levers that are supposed to force out the ball of ice cream. That broke too.

None of them work and leave me screaming about ice cream (see what I did there?).

The best ice cream scoop from OXO is solid stainless steel and has a slightly pointed tip to dig into that hard ice cream. It has a non-slip grip that works for the left and right handed people in the family. Leave it in clean hot water for a while and that solid piece of stainless will warm up to do an even better job on really sub-zero ice cream.

OXO Good Grips Solid Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop


Excercise Cutlery

exercise cutlery

The folks over at have a great article about exercise cutlery that is basically dumbbells  attached to your fork, knife and spoon.  Their picture caught my eye because of the Full English Breakfast.

The knife and fork are 1kg and the desert spoon is 2kg because you need the extra work out when eating all that sugar I guess.

It’s a silly idea, not very practical and a little expense for a unique handmade product. But if someone you know is a fitness buff (or should be) it would be a great gift.

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