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First Kitchen

If you're just starting out (or want to help some who is), here are the basics to help get started.

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  1. Pepe

    AdHoc Chili Mill

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    Why It's Cool: It cuts (not grinds) dried chilies into tiny pieces to add a hit of flavor to any dish

    The “Pepe” Chili Mill from AdHoc features the unique SchneidWerk® cutting mechanism - a special stainless steel blade that cuts your choice of dried chilis against sharply etched teeth - so that you can enjoy the more intense, “fresh” flavor of real chilis, even when dried, instead of merely crushing long-dried pepper flakes onto your dish! Freshly cut = more flavor!

    And the Voyage offers the same features and benefits, in a sleek compact highly-portable design … so you can have your own chilis conveniently available wherever you are … in your picnic basket, at your favorite restaurant, on your popcorn at the movies, etc. … yes, we know folks who love their chilis anytime, anywhere! And the Voyage from AdHoc makes it possible.

    It’s all that simple: put the dried chilies of your choice into the storage portion of these Cool Tools - either the acrylic chili-shaped top of the Pepe or the simple smaller, more portable container of the Voyage - and turn the top. The unique SchneidWerk® cutting mechanism is the heart of these Cool Tools. You can cut the chilies into the removable base to measure before adding to your dish, or you can remove the base and cut the chilies directly onto your plate or dish. Then replace the base - it acts as a cover - to avoid making a mess on your table or countertop.

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  2. AdHoc DuoMill Pure

    AdHoc DuoMill Pure

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    $49.99

    Why It's Cool: Both salt and pepper in one tower with 2 adjustable ceramic mills; great functionality and beautiful too!

    Salt and Pepper: essential ingredients in almost every recipe, and therefore in every kitchen and on every tabletop! And there are so many ways to ‘deliver’ these ingredients to your food … we offer electric (Piper’s primary faves!) and manual (Kennedy’s personal preferences!) But the good ones have a few things in common:

    • rapid, consistent and evenly distributed throughput,
    • adjustable grinders for individualized preferences,
    • comfortable ease of use, and
    • no messy “leave-behind” on your countertop or tabletop.

    Over these 5+ years of searching worldwide for truly Cool Tools, we’ve learned a lot, our requirements have become stricter, and the possible field of acceptable choices has narrowed. But this product truly is one of the best! And it’s from one of the first companies we worked with when we started our business!

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  3. Camerons Tortilla Warmer

    Camerons Tortilla Warmer

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    $10.00

    Why It's Cool: Warms tortillas in the microwave in 45 seconds...keeps them warm and soft for an hour

    With the recent rush away from glutens, we have been looking for appetizing alternatives to wrap our food for easy eating.  We love a nice warm corn tortilla; our favorite filling is Carnitas topped with Pico de Gallo and other traditional accompaniments, but there are so many choices: both traditional and adventurous. This does, however, present a couple of challenges. First, how do you warm the tortillas? And then how do you keep them warm, especially for a crowd? Many approaches to these issues have been less than satisfactory, until now.

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  4. Capabunga Cheese Vault

    Capabunga Cheese Vault

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    $28.99

    Why It's Cool: Convenient effective way to store cheese that keeps it handy and protected

    Cheese is one of our favorite “food groups” … and we love cheese in all forms … except spoiled. But we invariably buy more than we consume, so the eternal corollary question is about storage: how do you best store the remaining pieces before they spoil? There are many considerations here. Since most of it comes from the store wrapped in plastic wrap, that should be an appropriate technique … but it isn’t! And we’ve tried every other variation: zip-lock bags, vacuum-sealed bags, parchment paper, wax paper, and more. But cheese needs to breathe to avoid spoilage and none of these approaches allow that to happen, as nature requires! We sell the Formaticum Cheese Wraps, in sheets and in bags, but even this two-layered paper can be difficult to use in some circumstances and not easy to organize neatly in your refrigerator. What to do?

    Enter … The Cheese Vault, from our friends at Capabunga!

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  5. Charles Viancin Cabbage Colander - Large

    Charles Viancin Cabbage Colander

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    Why It's Cool: Drains great, rolls up for easy storage (and looks cool)

    Colanders are a necessity in every kitchen … and the use of the plural form is intentional! But they take up so much storage space! The old-style metal versions, and even some of the newer versions in plastic or silicone, are just “too big” to go easily from sink or counter to the refrigerator, and they don’t stack conveniently, unless you have all the same models, and that almost never happens! And even the newest collapsible silicone models aren’t always the slimmest tools in your kitchen!

    And all they do is simply “be a colander” … they only serve a single purpose and don’t always do that well. Does your model have holes in the bottom only? Or do the holes go all the way up the sides? Does it drain efficiently? Or does water collect in the bottom, even though it was supposed to drain out? Does it do its primary job well? And can you do anything else with it? And how much space does it take up?

    Finally, we have a colander that answers all these questions, and more, in all the ways you would hope for … and of course it’s from Charles Viancin, whose designs are Inspired by Nature™ … this new design is no exception to his high standards of beauty and functionality.

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  6. Charles Viancin Citrus Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Citrus 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 a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin has launched another new and innovative design: this new Citrus design has the cool zing to fresh citrus, with the same great functionality!

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  7. Charles Viancin Clover Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Clover Silicone Lids and Bottle Stoppers

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Almost every Charles Viancin Design evokes a wonderful season or holiday … and so we’re excited to bring you the Clover … a symbol for St. Patrick’s Day, especially as it is celebrated here in the US. We have 4 products in this design - two for food and two for drinks: a seemingly appropriate 50/50 division for this holiday. These are lovely and effective tools, and make great gifts!

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  8. Charles Viancin Crystal Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Crystal 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 a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin has launched another new and innovative design: this new Crystal design is the first silicone lid with Charles Viancin style coupled with the ability to see through lid to your contents inside.

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order our Bundle of all the Crystal lids at a savings!

    Money saving bundle:

    • Crystal Bundle: 1 large 11", 1 medium 9", 1 medium-small 8" and 2 XSmall Drink Covers 4.5" (~$47 value) = $44.99
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  9. Charles Viancin Dahlia Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Dahlia 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 a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin's launched another new and innovative design: this new Dahlia design has mavelous detail on the petals!

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order our Bundle of all the dahlia items at a savings!

    Money saving bundle:

    • Dahlia Bundle: 1 Oblong, 1 large, 1 medium, 2 x-small pink, 2 x-small blue, and a set of Glass Markers (~$62 value) = $56.99
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  10. Charles Viancin Double Boiler Insert

    Charles Viancin Double Boiler Insert

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    $9.99

    Why It's Cool: Easy to store, easy to empty, can be used in microwave, oven or on stovetop

    There are certain times when you really need a double boiler--any time when what you’re cooking is too delicate for direct heat. Melting chocolate or butter are only two examples; my super easy zabaglione from my single days (for each person use 1 egg yolk, ½ egg shell full of sugar, and ½ egg shell full of marsala, and whisk for a long time--until doubled in volume--in a double boiler over simmering water; serve over fresh strawberries) is another.

    The function of a double boiler is necessary in any well-equipped kitchen, but the downsides are that it takes up a lot of space, it can be used only on a cooktop and the shape usually makes it difficult to get all of whatever you’re cooking in it, out of it … even with the best spatula skills. Well, not anymore….

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  11. Charles Viancin Fruit Stand Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Fruit Stand 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 a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin has launched another new and innovative design: this new Fruit Stand design has a different fruit for each size, each with great detail

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order our Bundle of all the Fruit Stand items at a savings!

    Money saving bundle:

    • Fruit Stand Bundle: 1 large 11" Raspberry, 1 medium 9" Strawberry, 1 medium-small 8" Blackberry and 1 Small 6" Blueberry (~$40 value) = $38.99
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    Charles Viancin Grape 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 a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin's launched another new and innovative design: this new Grape design has mavelous detail on the leave section, and grapes to grab!

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order our Bundle of all the grape items at a savings!

    Money saving bundle:

    • Grape Bundle: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, 2 x-small, 1 wine stopper, and a set of Glass Markers (~$53.50 value) = $49.99
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  13. Charles VIancin Poppy Collection

    Charles Viancin Poppy 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 a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Bold and beautiful: those are the only words to describe Charles VIancin's Poppy Collection. Gorgeous fire engine red with a black center...these certainly won't get lost in your refregerator and they'll make a great statement if you're taking a dish to a pot luck gathering.

    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 (~$44 value) = $39.99
    • Bundle 2: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 2 x-small (~$44 value) = $39.99
    • Oblong Big Bundle: 1 10"x14" Oblong, 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, 1 small, 2 x-small, and 1 wine stopper (~$73 value) = $68.99
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  14. Sea Collection

    Charles Viancin Sea Collection 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 a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    We do love the creativity that Charles Viancin exhibits in his new designs every year. (And, yes, unlike Betty Crocker, Charles VIancin is a real person... a very handsome tall Frenchman who is inspired by nature!) But when we saw this year's designs at the show in January, we were literally blown away. With the Sea Collection Charles has gone from recreating the beauty of nature to capturing its intangible qualities as well. Whether you have a house at the beach (or you're visiting someone who does: these make great gifts!) or just want to bring the calm beauty of the sea into your home, this collection is truly, mind-blowingly beautiful!

    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) = $43.99
    • Bundle 2: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 2 x-small (~$46 value) = $43.99
    • Big Bundle: 1 large (Coral), 1 medium (Sea Shell), 1 medium/small (Starfish), 1 small (anemone), and 2 x-small (~$55 value) = $51.99
    • And you can add a beautiful Seashore Towel from Michel Designs for just $8.49 when you buy any of the Sea Collection Bundles.
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  15. Charles Viancin Silicone Coasters

    Charles Viancin Silicone Coasters

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    $3.75

    Why It's Cool: Protects your furniture from glass marks and drips, designed not to stick to your glass, prevents sliding if used between your glass and a tray... and they're beautiful!

    Coasters are an interesting subject. What, exactly, are they supposed to do? Are they supposed to be absorbent, like the bar napkin that always accompanies your drink? Are they also intended to be protective (which bar napkins surely are not!) against liquids and watermarks on your furniture or countertop? If so, then how protective? Is merely lifting the glass off the surface enough? Or should they also contain, or absorb, the condensation from the glass? And finally, in the midst of all these functional questions lies the question of beauty … should the functional winners be merely plain and simple? Or does beauty deserve extra credit in your selection criteria?

    We think that it does, and that’s why we’re so excited about these Silicone Coasters from Charles Viancin.

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  16. Sea Collection

    Charles Viancin Silicone Glass Covers (XSmall Lids) - Set of 2

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    $9.99

    Why It's Cool: Keeps the heat in and the bugs out

    OK, it’s a beautiful afternoon, you’re enjoying the outdoors with a lovely glass of wine, and all of a sudden you notice that a fruit fly is doing the backstroke in your wine glass--ugh!

    Unfortunately, bugs are a fact of outdoor life, but they don’t have to be a source of protein in your drink. These small adorable silicone lids from Charles Viancin in a bunch of different designs are perfect for keeping the bugs out of your glass or (in the case of coffee or tea) the heat in your cup. At 4 ½” in diameter, they fit just about any wine glass, highball or cocktail glass, cup or mug, and look good while they’re doing it.

    And they also make great covers for cups of soup at your table--try a different cover on each bowl for a charming and whimsical table setting!

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  17. Charles Viancin Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin 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 a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    I’m pretty much a disaster when it comes to plastic wrap; it seems to stick to everything except the bowl I'm trying to cover.  And the green side of me hates to use it once and throw it away. If you're like me, you'll love these Charles Viancin Lids.

    Can't decide which design you like best? Join the crowd! Order one of the Mixed Bouquet Bundles, select the design for the large lid, and we'll choose the designs for the other sizes to give you a mixed bouquet of lids!

    Money saving bundles available in one design or in a Mixed Bouquet:

    • Bundle 1: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 1 small ($44 value) = $39.99
    • Bundle 2: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 2 x-small ($44 value) = $39.99
    • Big Bundle: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, 1 small, 2 x-small, and 1 wine stopper ($55 value) = $49.99

    Make your choice in the drop-down menu below ...

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  18. Charles Viancin Silicone Measuring Cups

    Charles Viancin Silicone Measuring Cups

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    $8.00

    Why It's Cool: Space-saving, flexible and eye-catching measuring cups that are easy to use.

    Measuring ingredients is just a necessary fact of life in the kitchen and there are a lot of different measuring vessels that you can use. What you want in a good measuring vessel is something that is easy to hold, easy to read, easy to pour, easy to clean, and accurate. That’s a minimum set of requirements.

    Added functionality might include: metric measurements (for those wonderful European recipes), space saving design (so it takes up very little storage space, which is always at a premium), and an easy release interior (so that whatever you’re measuring falls easily into your mixing bowl, pot or pan).

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  19. Charles Viancin Silicone Snowflake Lids

    Charles Viancin Silicone Snowflake Lids

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    Why It's Cool: Use instead of plastic wrap for a better seal and greener kitchen...and it's a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    I’m pretty much a disaster when it comes to plastic wrap; it seems to stick to everything except the bowl I'm trying to cover.  And the green side of me hates to use it once and throw it away. If you're like me, you'll love these Charles Viancin Lids.

    The Snowflake design is the essence of winter in beautiful blue and white, with each lid in a different, but coordinating color.

    Money saving bundles:

    • Bundle 1: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 1 small ($44 value) = $39.99
    • Bundle 2: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, and 2 x-small ($44 value) = $39.99
    • Big Bundle: 1 large, 1 medium, 1 medium/small, 1 small, 2 x-small, and 1 wine stopper ($55 value) = $49.99

    Make your choice in the drop-down menu below ...

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  20. Charles Viancin Tomato Silicone Lids

    Charles Viancin Tomato 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 a universal lid on the stove or in the oven or microwave.

    Charles Viancin has launched another new and innovative design: this new Tomato design just screams summer and makes our mouths water for the real things!

    Can't decide which size you like best? Join the crowd! Order our Bundle of all the Tomato lids at a savings!

    Money saving bundle:

    • Tomato Bundle: 1 large 11", 1 medium 9", 1 medium-small 8", 1 small 6" and 2 XSmall Drink Covers 4.5" (~$56 value) = $53.99
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