Just for Fun

Back To The Roots Organic Self-Watering Tomato Planter - January 12, 2017

Details: $29.99 per planter
Availability: Nationwide and online
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Easily grow tomatoes indoors with the new Organic Self-Watering Tomato Planter. It uses an ancient North African self-watering technique using a microporous, unglazed low-fired container that’s buried in the soil next to the tomato plant that automatically releases water when the surrounding soil gets dry. Just top off the pot with water once a week and don’t about watering your indoor tomato plants.

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Bicycle Craft Beer Playing Cards - June 7, 2016

Details: $3.99 per deck
Availability: Nationwide and online
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A just for summer fun, Bicycle Craft Beer Playing Cards that feature fifty-three US breweries profiled on the face of each card, printed on premium made-in-the-USA card stock.

 

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Melt Chocolate Body Fondue - January 30, 2016

Details: $18 per 7.5-ounce jar
Availability: Online
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Booty Parlor introduced Melt Chocolate Body Fondue, chocolate paint made especially for the body. Paint and use the brush to create body art you can eat!

Be an artist with chocolate paint and use the body as your canvas.

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Cocktail Caviar - December 24, 2015

Varieties: Raspberry, lychee, blueberry & wildflower, autumn apple, strawberry
Details: $25 per 375-milliliter jar
Availability: Online
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Holl and Kamp introduced Cocktail Caviar, “pop-able” pearls of spirits  just in time for the holidays. They come in five different flavors. Each pearl is filled with flavored vodka.

For a festive look this season, add them to your glass of wine, champagne or other alcoholic beverages for surprise pop! Also fun to garnish food or desserts.

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Vivajennz Beverage Purse - October 22, 2015

Varieties: Different colored prints called Charlene, Emily, Dayton, Kathy, Shannon, Heather
Details: $50 to $70; refillable bladder, $10
Availability: Online, select retailers
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Now here’s an unusual purse! Vivajennz insulated purse allows you to take a beverage anywhere without a hassle. It features a reusable, BPA- free, three-liter insulated beverage bladder that dispenses the liquid from a spigot under a hidden flap. Simple place a boxed wine or pour in with your favorite drink, attach the spout and place in the purse for easy transport and enjoyment. Good for picnics, pools, beaches or even a girls night out.

A percentage of each purchase is donated to autism research.

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Back to the Roots Garden-in-a-Can - August 28, 2015

Varieties: Basil, cilantro
Details: $5.99 per 3.69 x 3.69 x 4.44-can, online - $11.99 per 2-cans + shipping
Availability: Target, online
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Grow organic cilantro and/or basil in your kitchen all year round with Back to the Roots just introduced Garden-in-a-Can.

Each can includes seeds nutrient-rich soil with natural organic waste, which aids in moisture retention.

 

 

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Drop Connected Kitchen Scale & Drop Kitchen iPad App - May 3, 2015

Details: $99 per scale, free iPad app
Availability: Apple stores, online
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Drop Kitchen iPad App provides interactive recipes while connected through Bluetooth to the Drop Connected Kitchen Scale to yield accurate measurements.

You place a bowl on the scale, drop in an ingredient, weigh the ingredient and move to the next step.

The app features one-bowl recipes, tare (re-scaling of quantities) and suggested substitute ingredients.

 

 

- bonnie: It’s an interesting concept, but not fully ready for prime time. The company need lots more tweaking to make Drop really useful. Check back next year.

 

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Silpat Macaron Essentials Kit - December 6, 2014

Details: $49.99
Availability: At Chef Payard bakeries and the BiteoftheBest.com shop
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For those who enjoy both baking and eating macarons, Silpat has a kit for you to make them at home. The French-made Silpat Macaron Essentials Kit includes: a Siplat macron mat, 12-inch piping bag, two plastic piping tips, three 3/4-ounce food coloring gels (red, green, yellow), candy thermometer, pastry brush, dough scraper and a USB drive of recipes from pastry chef Francois Payard.

 

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Stonewall Kitchen Spicy Mexican Chocolate Sauce - October 4, 2014

Details: $6.95 a 11.75-oz. glass jar
Availability: Online and in stores nationwide
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A blend of sweet and spicy, Stonewall Kitchen’s Spicy Mexican Chocolate Sauce is rich chocolate infused with cayenne pepper. Serve it over ice cream or cake or enjoy eating straight out of the jar.

Two tablespoons contains 150 calories, 5 grams saturated fat (of 8 grams total) and 13 grams sugar.

 

 

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Frieda’s Stokes Purple Sweet Potato - February 3, 2014

Details: $1.99
Availability: Nationwide
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The Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes is a new variety with purple-hued skin and deep purple flesh, high in antioxidants.  The dense flesh of this potato takes a bit longer to cook than most other sweet potatoes, specifically about  1.5 to 2 hours at 350 degrees.

Each 4-ounce serving of  has 130 calories, 4 grams sugar and 2 grams protein.

 

 

 

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Frieda’s Organic Finger Limes - January 18, 2014

Availability: Nationwide
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The Organic Finger Limes are specialty limes that have a similar taste to lemon and lime.  The cylinder shaped limes have an inner flesh that is bubble-like.

Each teaspoon serving has 20 calories.

 

 

bonnie: Cut in half and squeeze to find lime juice pearls  that pop with flavor in this citrus, originally from Australia.  I used the the caviar-like bubbles recently to add an unexpected crunch of tart, lemony-lime flavor to the Moscow Mules cocktail that I served.

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Belle Chevre DIY Goat Cheese Kits - January 9, 2013

Varieties: Original, Kid Box, Honey Box
Details: $27.95 for the Original and the Kid Box; $29.95 for the Honey Box
Availability: Grocery stores nationwide, gift shops, and www.bellechevre.com
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Award-winning cheesemaker, Belle Chevre, introduced three do-it yourself cheese making kits: Original Box, the Honey Box, and the Kid Box. Each kit contains a cheese towel, citric acid, foodsafe pocket thermometer, cheese salt, gift-ready and storage container and a complete set of instructions and recipes.

The Honey Box includes a 3 oz. Savannah Bees Cheese Honey and instructions to recreate Belle Chevre’s honey breakfast cheese. The Kid Box comes with specialized instructions and one of the several different just-for-kids’ surprises.  Milk not included.

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Kitchen Laptop Stand - February 11, 2011

What it is: A plastic laptop stand, protecting from spills and splatter
Details: $36.95
Availability: Available online, and through our shop
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Kitchen laptop stand protects your laptop in the kitchen from food splatter. Enjoy watching your online cooking videos or online recipes from your laptop safely in the kitchen. The Kitchen Laptop Stand retails for $36.95 and is available online, or through our shop

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Chef’n StemGem - May 12, 2010

What it is: A strawberry/tomato huller
Details: $7.99 per 1.5-oz package
Availability: Available in Williams-Sonoma stores nationwide
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The StemGem is a strawberry huller designed to remove strawberry stems without damaging the fruit. Also works great for tomatoes. The StemGem is available in Willams-Sonoma stores nationwide and retails for $7.99.

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ÜberBarTools - March 24, 2010

What it is: High-quality bar tools
Details: Prices for products range from $1.25 to $395.00
Availability: Products are available online through the company website
Categories: Kitchen Counter & More
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Australian based ÜberBarTools has entered the U.S. market with its extensive line of high quality bar tools for bar professionals, mixologists, chefs, as well as home enthusiasts.
The ÜberBarTools line consists of 11 bar tools which include The ProFlow speed pourer, The ProJig multi measure jigger, ProCheck pour test kit for bartender training as well as other bar essentials All products are made with superior, state of the art materials, are easy to use, and built to last.

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Knife and Fork Lift - August 7, 2009

What it is: A combination of utensils and dumbbells
Details: $19.95 per pair + Shipping
Availability: Available exclusively online starting August 2009
Categories: Kitchen Counter & More
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The Knife And Fork Lift is a combination of utensils and dumbbells that provides a way to exercise while you’re eating! A great gift reminder to exercise restraint at the dinner table. The set is available in a 1.5-lb weight and sold exclusively online.

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