For the musician at heart. Or the musician who cooks (and rocks!). If you don't cook, but you party, you can also use this guitar shaped cutting board for a serving platter. Picture cheese and crackers...
Get organized with a flatware or drawer organizer. Plenty of nooks and crannies to neatly cram all your stuff into the drawer and still find it. Wood or bamboo organizers start at about $15 at kitchen stores or online. Plastic ones are less, but not nearly as classy. Starting at $9.60 at Mary's Cupboard.
And if it won't all fit in the drawer, add a flatware caddy to the counter. Caddies are great for golf, but also for toting flatware, napkins and other "stuff" around the kitchen, to the table, or outside.
Various sizes and shapes, starting at $5.60 at Mary's Cupboard.
This French tea press makes fresh, delicious tea quickly and easily. Simply place your favorite loose tea into the center column, pour in boiling water, set the plunger at the top until your tea is the desired strength and then drop the plunger down to stop the brewing. Pour yourself a perfect cup of tea and enjoy. Tea bags can also be used. Glass teapot holds 32 fluid ounces. Dishwasher safe.
I spent three autumns picking grapes in the Bordeaux and Champagne regions of France in the 1970's. Saw hundreds of these for sale at vineyards and local markets. Did I ever buy one? Nope! But I always thought they were cool and figured it would be relatively easy to get one back home.
Fast forward about 30 years... Not so common in Tuscaloosa.
The ultimate recycled and natural cork screw, it's made from a polished cutting of weathered and twisted grape vine, and fits your hand nicely.
Peugeot Salt and Pepper Mills are the original. Peugeot invented the pepper mill in 1842, and the grinding mechanism has remained virtually unchanged. It has two rows of spiral teeth which crack peppercorns before grinding them.
Peugeot also pioneered the Salt Mill with specific design for non-corrosive stainless bits. Peugeot salt & pepper mills are reliable, don't go blunt when you use them, have an unlimited guarantee on their mechanism, and are made in France.
And yes, the salt and pepper Peugeot are related to the car Peugeot people. They were the second manufacturer of motor cars, after Mercedes.
About $30 - $40 each online for the Bistro Classic mills (pictured).
I used to have one of these -- a beautiful Perfex Pepper Mill. Left it behind in the divorce. I remember buying it. Was at a kitchen supply store looking for a run-of-the-mill wood pepper mill for about $10 and walked away with the $80 nickel plated cast aluminum model. It's only four inches high, but it feels solid in you hand, and it's attractive in a utilitarian sort of way.
It worked for the 15 years I used it, and it probably still works now, many years later.
Unlike the wooden pepper mill I have now, you don't have to unscrew it to refill it, just pull out the chute on the front and pour some peppercorns in.
$75 - $100 or more. Made in France by the same company for over 50 years.
Want to make cappuccinos and lattes at home? In addition to the coffee machine, you'll need a frothing pitcher.
This one from Krupps is stainless steel, polished, and holds 20 oz. of milk; enough for one or two coffees with plenty of room for the foam. The nice extended handle is big enough that you won't burn yourself in the process.
$13-20 in retail stores, $7.60 at Mary's Cupboard.