Pudding people love Kozy Shack. While the most popular brand of grocery-store pudding, Jell-O, has an ingredient list containing artificial this and partially hydrogenated that, taking a peek at the back of the Kozy Shack package is mighty reassuring: sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, mostly stuff you'd find in your own kitchen. They all taste great too, better than any cornstarch-glooped thing I've mixed up myself. READ MORE
One of the best things about cooking from books or paper recipes is that you can mark up the recipe as you adapt it to your own tastes. Maybe you replace half the oil in the muffins with applesauce, or you put an extra two cloves of garlic in, or dear God, it's only half a teaspoon of salt, not two tablespoons. Whatever you change, you want to remember it, and one glaring flaw of most of the electronic recipe apps out there is that they don't allow it. READ MORE
I am something of a candy cane addict, so much so that when I was a child I had a strategic method of stealing canes from the Christmas tree so that my family wouldn't notice for as long as possible (the trick is to keep all the canes spaced out evenly). I'm such a junkie that I'll eat any candy cane, even those tiny ones in plastic that you buy 100 for $3. But the canes from TruSweets are the most delicious I've ever had. READ MORE
What Sam Calagione is to beer—maverick, experimenter, innovator—Joe Heron is becoming to hard cider. His two-year-old cider company, Crispin, makes traditional ciders (under both Crispin and Fox Barrel brands), but its Artisanal Reserve line and special releases are something truly unique. "Our job is to convince people it's not sweet beer, it's not something to drink because you don't like beer. We're saying, 'No, you like beer, try this,'" Heron says. READ MORE
The wine-rating-and-buying site Snooth released an iPhone app recently, allowing wine enthusiasts to search for wine, find nearby stores, and compare prices. It's fun to play around with, but the idiosyncrasies of wine searches online are not yet solved. And I still don't know what goes with artichokes. READ MORE
Am I the only one who remembers those puffed-up round mint candies they used to sell at drugstores? It looked like they took a regular Starlight Mint and, um, did something to it, turning it into a crunchy-crumbly little mint ball? Anyhoo, haven't been able to find them in 30 years or more, which is why I got superexcited over this image of the Nostalgia Electrics Hard Candy and Sugar Free Cotton Candy Maker, which clearly emphasizes that you can take Starlight Mints (or whatever hard candy you happen to like) and turn them into spun-sugar floss. Yay!
Sugar-free candy can apparently also be used. I don't want to think too much about that though.
ThinkGeek, lately praised by us for its Star Trek pizza cutter, continues its headlong march into kitchen drollery with the Knife Fridge Magnet, which totally looks like you stuck a knife into your fridge, without the damage, ruined knives, or family members standing around in mute horror. Not entirely sure what's thoughtful or geeky about sticking faux cutlery onto fridges, but the overall effect is pretty great.
Why not leave it sticking threateningly out of your grocery lists? "Buy peanut butter, pancake mix, Tampax, and bread OR YOU DIE!"
Knife Fridge Magnet, $9.99
ThinkGeek, source of many clever and/or deeply nerd-influenced tchotchkes, presents the Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter, which cuts pizza while looking exactly like the NCC-1701, no doubt boldly, etc. etc.Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter, $24.99
I love snacking on nuts. People complain, "But nuts are so fatty!" Yeah, I guess so. But then, so is your $6 crappuccino frothamocha, and I don't mock you over that, do I? Wait, I just did. Anyhoo, why not go for broke and snack not just on fatty nuts, but on fatty nuts frosted with sweet, sweet honey and tangy orange essence? Oh, are these ever good. The almonds are ultrafresh and crunchy, lightly roasted so they offer nice chewy resistance to the tooth. The honey flavor is fresh and buttery, not cloying; the orange has the delicate bouquet of orange blossoms. Heaven. READ MORE