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Cool Tool Thursday

12 Jan

Today’s Kitchen Tool is:

The Soup and Cracker Mug

The Soup and Cracker Mug

The Soup and Cracker Mug

One of my favorite things to eat is soup, of any kind. And of course I love to eat crackers with my soup. These mugs are PERFECT for that !!!

Cool Tool Thursday

29 Dec

Today’s Kitchen Tool is:

The Beat it! Drumstick Chopsticks

The Beat it! Drumstick Chopsticks

The Beat it! Drumstick Chopsticks

Your mom told you not to play WITH your food, but she never told you anything about playing your food (like drums)!!!

Cool Tool Thursday

15 Dec

Today’s Kitchen Tool is:

The Stainless Steel Index Cutting Board

The Stainless Steel Index Cutting Board

The Stainless Steel Index Cutting Board

You can never be too organized in the kitchen… and you definitely don’t want to serve a hot plate of Salmonella to your guests!!!

Cool Tool Thursday

1 Dec

Today’s Kitchen Tool is:

El Tostador de Arepas | Tostiarepas | Arepa Toaster

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Yet another great Venezuelan cooking tool.  I have written about it before, but I thought this ingenious tool should be featured on a Cool Tool Thursday post as well.   The Tostiarepa was invented not too long ago, and it was a relief for all Venezuelan areperas (arepa makers), including my mom.  Arepas usually take a bit long if you make them using the original technique and the budare (another Cool Tool featured here).  However, this great new invention was created with the purpose of making arepas cook a lot faster and easier.  You might think that this tool is too specific, because it was literally created with only one purpose in mind.  However, for us Venezuelans who eat an Arepa at least once a day, this is an essential tool in the kitchen.

The first Tostiarepa were made out of aluminum and you still needed to use the stove to heat them up on one side, and then turn it and heat up the other side.  Latter, came the electrical Tostiarepa, which you only have to plug, fill, wait 7 minutes, and done!

A lot of companies that specialize in kitchen appliances make their own version of this arepa maker, arepa toaster, Tostiarepa, tosty arepa, tostador de arepas, or whatever you wish to call it.  Some of these brands include Brentwood, Bene Casa, Miallegro, Oster and of course Imusa.  And you can find these in stores like Amazon.com, Overstock.com, Sears and Target.  Some even have different sizes of Tostiarepas to make either 2, 4, or even 6 arepas at once.

Cool Tool Thursday

17 Nov

Today’s Kitchen Tool is:

The Takeout Menu Organizer

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This kitchen tool is great for those days when the only tool you want to use in the kitchen is the phone!   Instead of having a drawer full of takeout menu’s thrown about, get this neat organizer.   Not only save space and get an empty drawer to use for other kitchen tools, but conceal your laziness by hiding this organizer somewhere between your “other” cookbooks.   It even brings a notepad to take orders if you have a large group of people, and stickers to rate your meals.

Cool Tool Thursday

3 Nov

Today’s Kitchen Tool is:

La Tostonera

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One of those tools that you only use once, when making something in particular.   Unless you can find some other use for it.   However, this Venezuelan cooking tool or utensil is perfect for making Venezuelan Tostones.   All you have to do is place the plantain slices in the pre-cut whole inside the Tostonera, and it will flatten them to the famous Tostones shape without pressing too hard.   Also, it is very popular as a Mother’s Day gift.   I remember making one at school for her.   The school provided the wooden components and we assembled it, stained it and decorated it to give to our moms on Mother’s Day.

The Hispanic Houseware Brand IMUSA sells Tostoneras (Wood Plantain Press), and I have seen them at several Publix stores hanging in a display close to the plantains.   You can also find IMUSA Bamboo Tostonera at Macy’s on sale for $6.99.   At Kmart for $4.99.

Cool Tool Thursday

20 Oct

Today’s Kitchen Tool is:

The OCD Chef Cutting Board

 

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For those of us who think food not only has to taste good, but look good… or perfect… whichever.

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