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Thanksgiving

Here are some Cool Tools to help make Thanksgiving dinner easier to prepare.

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  1. Charles Viancin Banana Leaf Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Banana Leaf Silicone Lids

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    $15.00

    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's oven safe

    When Kennedy and I started Colbrook Kitchen, we each found a tool that to us epitomized the concept of a Cool Tool: high design, high functionality and unique--something that in all our years of prowling cookware shops, we had never seen. For Kennedy, it was the Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker, and for me it was the Charles Viancin Lily Pad Lids. And it seems that you all agree, because these are our two best selling Cool Tools.

    A few months ago, when I was making a strata that needed to sit in the refrigerator overnight in a rectangular glass dish, I wondered why the Charles Viancin silicone lids couldn’t be made in squares and rectangles to cover the glass dishes that we all use. So I emailed Charles and asked. I wish I could take credit for turning this idea into a product, but in fact, as great minds run along the same paths, he had already thought of this.

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    Earn 30 Cooks' Club Points
  2. Charles Viancin Suction Glass Markers

    Charles Viancin Suction Glass Markers

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    $5.50

    Why It's Cool: Glass Markers work with stemless or stemmed wine glasses and cocktail glasses, and they stick until you choose to remove them

    How many times are you at a party where you lose half a glass of wine because you put it down and then you have no idea which glass is yours! And if you’re the host, you are constantly providing more glasses for those guests who can’t recognize which glass is theirs.

    There are lots of glass markers on the market, but we've been on the hunt for glass markers that work for stemless as well as stemmed wine glasses, and even for cocktail glasses. We also wanted ones that looked good and were easy to use. Not a lot to ask for, but surprisingly not easy to find. Well, we've finally found one we truly love!...

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    Earn 10 Cooks' Club Points
  3. Charles Viancin Winterberry Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Winterberry Silicone Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's oven safe

    Charles Viancin's designs just keep getting better: this new Winterberry design is a knock-out of holly leaves and berries in glorious detail, and is perfect for a holiday treat for yourself or as a holiday gift for friends and family!

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order one of our Bundles, and get a nice assortment at a savings!

    Money saving bundles:

    • Bundle 1: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 1 small (~$46 value) = $44
    • Bundle 2: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 2 x-small (~$46 value) = $44
    • Big Bundle: 1 10"x13" Rectangle, 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, 1 small, 2 x-small, and 1 wine stopper (~$79 value) = $76 (Qualifies for Free Shipping)
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    Earn 15 Cooks' Club Points
  4. Chef'n SleekStor Pinch + Pour Prep Bowls

    Chef'n SleekStor Pinch + Pour Prep Bowls

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    $15.00

    Why It's Cool: Nest for storage, pour out contents neatly (Squeeze to create spout)

    When you’re preparing a recipe, getting your ingredients prepped and ready ahead of time lets you cook, or at least look, like a chef rock star. The ingredients that are prepared and ready for your dish are your mise en place (see Cool Tip at left.)

    So what makes a good prep bowl? It needs to be the right size for the ingredient, it helps if it has its own measurements, it should nest so that it doesn’t take up a lot of storage space, it should be able to aim your ingredients toward the bowl or pan, and it should be pretty, because, hey, cooking should be fun, and something that looks good and maybe a little whimsical, just makes it that much better.

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    Earn 15 Cooks' Club Points
  5. Chef’n FreshForce Basting Brush

    Chef’n FreshForce Basting Brush

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    $15.00

    Why It's Cool: Holds sauce like a champ, silicone “bristles” clean up easily in dishwasher

    One of the keys to good grilled food is the layers of flavor you get when use first a dry rub of various herbs and spices (the combinations are endless) and then a mop of some sauce that provides more flavor to the protein, and then can caramelize into a delicious crust.

    We love silicone basting brushes, whether it’s for spreading oil in a pan or smearing sauce on meat, fowl or fish. Silicone withstands heat, doesn’t lose bristles into your sauce or pan, and cleans up like a dream. But sometimes a silicone brush has even more to offer...

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  6. Cuisipro Convertible Dual Roasting Rack

    Cuisipro Convertible Dual Roasting Rack

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    $28.00

    Why It's Cool: Takes up no more room than a traditional roasting rack, but converts to a vertical roaster for 2 chickens

    Why use a roasting rack? The main reason is to elevate the food above the fray--or in this case, above the fats that drain out of it while it’s cooking. The second is to allow the air to circulate to achieve more even cooking and a better result. Both of these are good reasons to use a rack. But how do you choose which one to use?

    We've all heard about “beer can” chicken, with the concept being that you set the chicken upright with some metal thing (you should excuse the expression) up the chicken's butt. Why would you do this, other than the fact that it's amusing to see the chicken sitting at attention in the roasting pan?

    In fact, sitting a chicken up vertically is a great way to roast a chicken. You get the maximum amount of crispy skin, and the meat stays moist and tender. But the potential side-effects of beer can paint inside your chicken should be avoided, and most vertical roasters (which is what this class of tools is called) are unitaskers that take up a lot of room in your cabinets. That is ...until now.

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    Earn 28 Cooks' Club Points
  7. Cuisipro Fat Separator

    Cuisipro Fat Separator

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    Regular Price: $35.00

    Special Price: $29.96

    Why It's Cool: Spacious area on top to catch solids; cooking liquid released from the bottom so easier to separate the fat from the good stuff

    The Search is over!

    Yes, we found the perfect fat separator. Now we realize that a fat separator may not be the holy grail, but this is a category of tool that we’ve looked at for a long time. Either to remove the fat from a perfect chicken soup, or to start to build a great gravy or sauce. The old fat separators had a spout that started at the bottom of the container so that it could pour the good juices from under the layer of fat, but there was always a layer of fat left in the spout that you had to deal with. Then there were a group of separators that had a plug in the spout, but that was either awkward, or didn’t work, or both. Then someone thought to take the juices from the bottom of the container under the fat, and the first generation was pretty good, but not perfect. But now ...perfect has arrived....

    Note: We have a special price on this until the end of 2014!

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    Earn 60 Cooks' Club Points
  8. Fox Run Brands QuickMix

    Fox Run Brands QuickMix

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    $10.00

    Why It's Cool: Great for beating one or two eggs or mixing cornstarch and water

    So how can an inexpensive piece of plastic be a Cool Tool?  I have to tell you...I love this thing.  It’s called a QuickMix, and that’s exactly what is does.  I use it at least 4 or 5 times a week, and if it’s in the dishwasher that hasn’t been run yet, I take it out and wash it by hand so I can use it immediately.  You may well ask “what does it do? ...And how does it work?”

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    Earn 5 Cooks' Club Points
  9. Gefu "Cubico" Chopper

    Gefu "Cubico" Chopper

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    $40.00

    Why It's Cool: Chops easily without crushing

    We like tools that perform their tasks well. And there is a category of kitchen tools - some might call them “gadgets” but we don’t allow that word in our vocabulary - that substitute for knives: tools that do the slicing, chopping, dicing, and mincing easier, efficiently, cleaner, faster, safer …. You know: something that will allow you to avoid the primal fear of holding a single razor-sharp blade in your hand …. And we offer several: mandolines, choppers, and others, each with its own variation on being a tool for that danger-avoidance theme.

    So how does yet-another fear-avoiding excuse for a knife become a Cool Tool?

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    Earn 40 Cooks' Club Points
  10. Gefu Food Mill

    Gefu Food Mill

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    $99.00

    Why It's Cool: 2 design features that make this more efficient: arm that sweeps the food off the bottom of the mill and blade that moves food into processing area

    Even with all the high tech and electronic innovations in the kitchen, the food mill continues to be one of the great kitchen multi-taskers. It’s part sieve and part food processor and wholly perfect for separating soft foods from their skins, stems and seeds. We wouldn’t think of using anything else to make applesauce, and it works brilliantly on tomato or any fruit puree, mashed potatoes, and dozens of other fruits and vegetables, even sweet potatoes. And it’s perfect for making your own baby food (we’re told!). Whenever you need to grind or puree something with a skin or other nasty bits, a food mill will do the separating for you, while it smushes up your food into a smooth or slightly textured puree. And without the aeration motion of a food processor, your purees will be denser and more consistent.

    So now that we know that a food mill is (still) useful, what makes a food mill a really Cool Tool? There are a couple of things we look for, and we found that the Food Mill from the clever folks at Gefu has it all! See how it meets our rather demanding criteria...

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    Earn 100 Cooks' Club Points
  11. Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

    Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

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    $20.00

    Why It's Cool: Rolls out dough to a precise thickness using the 4 different sized discs on each side

    In rolling out pastry, it’s not always easy to know exactly how thick - or thin - you’ve got it, and bad guesstimates can have serious consequences. And how many times have we ended up with a pie crust that was just a little bit smaller in diameter than the pan we planned to put it in? Yep …as in most situations, in or out of the kitchen, the problems come in the details of execution.  And in these circumstances you need the right tool - the right rolling pin - to resolve those problems.

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    Earn 20 Cooks' Club Points
  12. Mastrad Glass Markers

    Mastrad Glass Markers

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    $7.50

    Why It's Cool: Identifies guests' glasses, can be used on stemmed and stemless glasses

    As one of our customers said so eloquently in her review:

    How many times are you at a party where you lose half a glass of wine because you put it down and then you have no idea which glass is yours! Never have to worry about that again with these handy (and so pretty) glass markers! It is like jewelry for your glasses that are functional too!!! You wouldn't believe how many compliments something so simple can get you!

    And during the holiday season, this becomes almost a necessity!

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    Earn 7 Cooks' Club Points
  13. Mastrad/Orka Terry-lined Silicone Oven Mitts

    Mastrad/Orka Terry-lined Silicone Oven Mitts

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    $32.00

    Why It's Cool:

    Note:  Cooks' Illlustrated just named the Orka Plus Glove as 'Highly Recommended" ... we couldn't agree more!

    Pot holders are an essential tool in the kitchen. Over the years, we’ve used lots of models. First there was that old handwoven summer camp project I gave my mother and she couldn’t throw away – or ever use, maybe, which is why it survived to live in my kitchen at one point. Later there were the asbestos-clad quilted squares that never really bent or formed adequately to allow a good grip. Then there were oven mitts, in asbestos and more recently in silicone, but those also had serious design limitations – mostly stiffness -- that limited their functionality.

    Enter the new generation OrkaPlus® Oven Mitts from Mastrad.

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    Earn 64 Cooks' Club Points
  14. Maverick Voice Alert Remote Thermometer

    Maverick Voice Alert Remote Thermometer

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    $30.00

    Why It's Cool: Saves your meat or poultry by alerting you when it's cooked to the right temperature

    Sometimes, even when you’ve weighed your ingredients and timed your results, “your results at home may vary”!  Every oven is different, and every food has its own best cooking time.  When you’re cooking a piece of meat, poultry or even fish, internal temperature is the surest way to make sure that your food is done to your liking.  Instant read thermometers can be good for this (there are some of these that we really like, but that’s for another newsletter), but if you really want to know the exact minute when your dish reaches the internal temperature you’ve targeted, there is nothing better than a probe leave-in thermometer with an alert.  It takes the guesswork out of picking the moment of perfect doneness (which is a surprisingly narrow bandwidth) and will more than pay for itself by protecting your food from being over-cooked.

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    Earn 30 Cooks' Club Points
  15. Norpro Commercial Potato Ricer

    Norpro Commercial Potato Ricer

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    $44.00

    Why It's Cool: Makes the smoothest mashed potatoes (and other purees) with no lumps

    Winter is here!  No more fresh veggies from the garden, most Farmers’ Markets are closed, and hearty food re-takes its place at the table. And it’s the Holiday Season: Thanksgiving quickly gives way to Christmas and Chanukkah, where traditional menus always include lots of tubers and root vegetables, as well as apple sauce and its various cousins and accompaniments.  

    Enter the Ricer!  And it’s not just for potatoes: setting aside all those intra-family arguments about mashed potatoes, ‘mash’, or sweet potatoes - with or without marshmallows - everybody wants something in this ‘family’ of carbohydrates!  I try to be ecumenical about these issues, but my common standard is smoothness: I want these dishes to be smooth blends of all the flavors.  And I need a Ricer to achieve that.

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    Earn 44 Cooks' Club Points
  16. Norpro Silicone Pastry Mat

    Norpro Silicone Pastry Mat

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    $12.00

    Why It's Cool: Sticks to the counter but releases your food

    The “baking season” is upon us: cookies, pies, and everything in between …. And one of the most difficult parts of making a pie has been getting the crust “right” - right thickness, right size. We’ve covered the options for thickness, with two styles of rolling pins. But the benefits of all that technique will be lost, if you don’t get the right size, or if you can’t get the rolled-out crust from the rolling surface to the pie pan. Yes - we have a solution!

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    Earn 12 Cooks' Club Points
  17. Nuance Basting Brush

    Nuance Basting Brush

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    Regular Price: $19.95

    Special Price: $10.00

    Why It's Cool: Silicone bristles can handle any heat up to 572°F, handle is ergonomatically shaped, and it's beautiful!

    Remember back awhile ago we promised that we would have a silicone basting brush on the site? Well we’ve been looking around and testing various brushes for both great appearance and great functionality, and trying to find good value as well. Now, do we have a deal for you...

    A silicone brush is something we can’t do without--we use it to spread oil in a pan so that we use less, to spread melted butter on a hot griddle to make blinis or pancakes (because it’s silicone, the bristles don’t melt on a hot surface), to spread sauce or marinade on meat or fish before we cook it.  In short, it’s an indispensible Tool for any kitchen.

    One of our favorite manufacturers, the Danish company Nuance (think the Wine Finer and the beautiful Mortar and Pestle), offered us a deal, so we were able to pick up these brushes at a very good price--and we’re passing that on to you. But quantities are limited, so don’t wait!

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    Earn 20 Cooks' Club Points
  18. Nuance Rolling Pin

    Nuance Rolling Pin

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    Regular Price: $40.00

    Special Price: $25.00

    Why It's Cool: Beautiful and the taper allows for more control

    A rolling pin is useful...but who knew it could also be knock-out beautiful!

    There are essentially three basic designs for rolling pins: [1] the “American Style” - the classic 2.5”+/- diameter round shape, with a dowel-like handle through the middle, made of hardwood or sometimes marble; [2] the “French” or “European” style: a tapered design without handles, in 2 variations: [a] tapered only on the ends, or [b] fully-tapered from the center to the ends; and [3] the “Italian” or “macaroni stick” design, with a small, uniform diameter and no handles. The main reasons you use any rolling pin are to roll out dough, and to roll it out to a uniform thickness - or “thinness” as is usually the case. As we have learned, the choices of which design you prefer, and which design you may prefer for different uses, are highly personal and individualized, based on how, and how often, you use a rolling pin. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, and you’ll want to experiment to learn which you prefer.

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    Earn 25 Cooks' Club Points
  19. Oggi Handled Expandible Trivet

    Oggi Handled Expandible Trivet

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    $20.00

    Why It's Cool: Sleek design, easy to serve and pass your hottest casserole.

    Does this sound familiar? You’ve made a beautiful casserole for company, but how do you serve it? If it’s hot (and it probably should be), do you don oven mitts and try to keep a grip on it as you pass it around? Or do you designate someone as “Mom” to serve as everyone passes their plates? Neither of these is a very elegant solution.

    On one of our trips to France, in a town in the Dordogne, we went to a small cookware store and found a wonderful expandable stainless steel trivet with handles that would take almost any size casserole dish to the table safely and elegantly, and also make it easy to pass the casserole around the table to serve.

    When we started this business we hunted for an equivalent to offer to you, because it has become a treasured and very useful part of our kitchen. Finally, this last January we found one and have been putting it through its paces...and we can truly say that the new one has everything we were looking for ….

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  20. Tovolo Dripless Baster

    Tovolo Easy Reach Dripless Baster

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    $20.00

    Why It's Cool: Valve prevents baster from dripping; tip sits off the counter to keep it clean

    I always thought basters were pretty much the same--no opportunity for great design. You know: just squeeze the bulb, pick up some of the liquid in the pan, try to lift the nozzle quickly enough that it doesn’t spurt all over the counter, and then squeeze out the relatively minimal amount you’ve picked up. That had been my experience. So, I was blown away by this Easy Reach Baster by Tovolo.

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