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  • Hostess Twinkies Non-Stick Baking Pan


    You’re craving Twinkies, but you don’t remember them tasting quite so much like formaldehyde when you were a kid. This Twinkie kit lets you make homemade treats with buttery cake and real whipped cream. Because what the world really needs is a way to make Twinkies more delicious. (via Not Martha)

    $20 at Brylane Home | Buy

    | Posted 25 Aug, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Food Chopper


    Our friend Jason swears by this timesaver. Put an onion inside and whomp, whomp, you have a diced onion. Your omelets, sauces, and broths will be veggietastic henceforth.

    $29 at The Pampered Chef | Buy

    | Posted 23 Aug, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Cut-N-Seal


    This device seals in the peanut butter and jelly and makes an attractive, sofa-safe pocket sandwich for your kids. Way cooler than using the top of a glass.

    $9 at The Pampered Chef | Buy

    | Posted 23 Aug, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Numi Tea Flower Chest


    Tea that blooms. Each tea rosette can be brewed up to three times, and they look spectacular sea creatures in a glass teapot.

    $45 at Sur La Table | Buy

    | Posted 10 Aug, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Lisbon Lemon Olive Oil


    Yum! This is my new favorite host gift. It’s about the same as a cheap bottle of wine, but so much more unique and thoughtful. Plus, it’s lemony delicious – fantastic in mashed potatoes, pasta salads, or as a light dressing for veggies or white fish.

    $11 at Stonehouse | Buy

    (7.61 oz)

    | Posted 07 Aug, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Nine Piece Honey Sample Set


    (Via Daily Olive)

    $78 at Bee Raw | Buy

    (Plus $10 shipping.)

    | Posted 01 Aug, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Anchor Old Potrero 18th Century Style Rye


    A pet project of the Anchor Steam Brewery on San Francisco’s Potrero Hill, Old Poetrero Rye is their attempt to recreate the original American whiskey. Rye is nearly impossible to find in bars or liquor stores, so if you know a whiskey lover, this is a can’t-miss gift. Old Potrero is made in a small copper pot still at the distillery, and aged for a year in Oak barrels. There’s never enough to go around, so get yours while it’s in season and available.

    $61 at Beverages and More | Buy

    | Posted 25 Jul, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Play and Freeze Ice Cream Maker


    ON SALE All right already, people! I decided against posting this ice cream maker, but then I got a bazillion emails from people suggesting it. As I am a slave to popular opinion, here it is. You put the ingredients in, add ice, and then play with it like a ball. You can toss it, roll it, whatever. Makes a pint of ice cream in about twenty minutes.

    $30 at Amazon | Buy

    (Regularly $35.)

    | Posted 20 Jul, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Cool Jewels Ice Tray


    An ice tray that makes your cubes look like gems.

    $9 at Z Gallerie | Buy

    | Posted 10 Jul, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Collapsible Funnel


    A rubber funnel that folds up flat when you’re not using it.

    $24 at Scandinavian Details | Buy


    | Posted 06 Jul, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Ingenuitea


    My friend Heather cannot say enough about this teapot. The site has a very clear description of how it works: “When tea is ready, simply place it atop your cup. This will cause a valve at the bottom to release: crystal-clear tea flows down, while the mesh filter retains all the leaves.” Golf claps all around.

    $19 at Adagio Teas | Buy

    | Posted 05 Jul, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Laptop Lunch Bento Box Set


    A reader wrote in to say: “This is an awesome lunchbox for kids, my standby birthday gift! Compartment setup really encourages people to avoid pre-packaged foods in favor of more eco-friendly (and healthy) options. Everyone on the playground has been asking me about ours.” The site calls them American-style bento boxes and says they’re dishwasher safe. Sounds good to me.

    $37 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 28 Jun, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • SleekStor Collapsible Measuring Cups


    Neat! If you’re short on space, these useful silicone measuring cups smoosh into flat discs. You throw them in a drawer, and then pop them out into full sized cups when you’re ready to use them. They come in several colors and are dishwasher safe in your top rack.

    $20 at Chef Resource | Buy

    | Posted 10 May, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Twig Cream and Sugar Set


    It’s like animated Disney birds suddenly went into business making charming tableware!
    ?Guest posted by Evany Thomas

    $105 at Koo de Kir | Buy

    (Silver plate, 3")

    | Posted 04 May, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Club Recchiuti


    So all the “need”s have already turned to “have”s on the happy couple’s registry? Surprise them with a steady supply of treats from one of San Francisco’s best chocolatiers. Possibilities include rich sauces, unbelievable truffles, s’more kits, and more.
    ?Guest posted by Evany Thomas

    $90 at Recchiuti Confections | Buy

    (Price reflects a three-month membership. Six-, nine-, and twelve-month subscriptions are also available.)

    | Posted 02 May, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Ulu Knife


    The traditional Native Alaskan Inupiat Indian Ulu knife puts the cutting power right in the palm of your hand, letting you slice and dice with tender precision.
    ?Guest posted by Evany Thomas

    $150 at Shop SCAD | Buy

    | Posted 28 Apr, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Snacks on the Run Gift


    All the kids love a good snack. The twelve tins in Dean and Deluca’s box of treats includes dark chocolate orange peel, rum cordials, kona beans, milk chocolate caramels; German berries, chocolate mints, licorice and sanded fruit salad; smoked almonds, pistachios, cashews and mixed nuts.

    $75 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 28 Mar, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Yoga and Chocolate Chakra Box


    Ha! Chocolate to align your chakras. The premise is that you have seven chakras that put out different energies in your body. You’re supposed to eat each truffle while sitting in a particular yoga pose to stimulate the various energies. It’s a tour of your spirit. Or a box of really good chocolate with an inspirational book. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

    $36 at Vosages Chocolates | Buy

    | Posted 23 Mar, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Tuscan Pepper Mill


    Why is it so hard to find an attractive, functional pepper mill?

    $85 at Bergdorf Goodman | Buy

    ( 10" H)

    | Posted 20 Mar, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • So Smooth Bundle


    OK, I know you intended to prepare politically correct, highly nutritious, organically certified meals for the whole family, and then pop them in the blender for baby, but seriously. You’re tired. Homemade Baby delivers organic fruit and veggie baby food to your door. You go take a nap.

    $24 at Homemade Baby | Buy

    | Posted 20 Mar, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Mighty Leaf Tea Sampler


    Delicious! When I admitted to being a tea freak, a bunch of my readers (most notably, Elise) sent notes urging us to post about Mighty Leaf Teas. I feel silly to have forgotten about Mighty Leaf for so long, because they’re an old favorite. Mighty Leaf packs tasty, whole-leaf tea into convenient, silky tea bags. (Most other tea bags are filled with crushed, bitter leaf flakes that are practically undrinkable.) This sampler gives your favorite tea snob 108 moments of peace, and many of the teas are even better on second brewing. Includes: Breakfast Americana, Earl Gold, Vanilla Bean, Orange Jasmine, Marrakesh Mint, Green Tea Tropical, African Nectar, Chamomile Citrus, and Mint Melange. (If you want the tea, but don’t need the pretty box and menu, you can purchase a refill box for only $54.)

    $95 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 21 Feb, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • One Dozen Custom Fortune Cookies


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE Custom fortune cookies let you choose your fate. You get a dozen fortune cookies, each with a different fortune written by you. Present them as a package, or slip a few into your carryout order when your sweetie isn’t looking.

    $23 at Custom Fortune Cookies | Buy

    | Posted 25 Jan, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Organic Calming Chamomile Herbal Tea


    ON SALE Though I’m a tea fanatic, I’ve never much enjoyed herbal teas. This chamomile tea has made me a convert. When you open the tin, you’ll find a jumble of sweet-smelling, whole chamomile flowers that look lovely in your cup. It has a touch of lavender and jasmine that make it a bit spicier and more honeyed than an average chamomile tea, but the effects are just as soothing. The site suggests reusing brewed blossoms in your bath, which sounds just fine.

    $11 at The Healing Sun | Buy

    (Regularly $13. 1.9oz - makes approx. 40 cups)

    | Posted 17 Jan, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • White Monogrammed Candy and Cake Boxes


    Baking porn for the meticulous homemaker in your life.

    $27 at Williams-Sonoma | Buy

    ( For a set of eighteen, ten, or six, depending on box size.)

    | Posted 05 Jan, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Henckels Pro S 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless Steel Chef’s Knife


    This knife makes me purr. We received one as a wedding gift years ago, and it still makes me smile every time I pull it out of the drawer. Hold one in your hand, and you’ll see what I mean. Resist the temptation to lick it, though. That smarts.

    $90 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 20 Dec, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason

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