Author Archives: Cyndi Lavin

Gadget wars and top ten lists

Gadget wars and top ten lists

A “war” has been brewing (ha ha) between Katharine Shilcutt and Robb Walsh, two Houston food bloggers.  Katharine doesn’t think too much of many appliances and gadgets, while Robb shamelessly celebrates them.  Katharine wrote about the 10 Most Useless Kitchen … More »

Celebrating seed beads!

Celebrating seed beads!

I love to come back around to seed beads every so often, because for many people, the little darlings are what define “beading”.  Sure, there’s stringing, wire-wrapping, mixed media, and much more…and they are all wonderful.  But there’s something magical … More »

The Sili Sling

The Sili Sling

Score another for silicone!  The Sili Sling, despite its goofy name, looks like a terrific meat saver.  How many times have to attempted to lift a slow cooked turkey or roast out of the oven just to have to fall … More »

Herb mincer

Herb mincer

I love my knives, but some chopping chores can benefit from a specialty item.  This little Herb Mincer by Oxo makes chopping herbs into fun time.   It’s got a non-slip grip that allows you to zoom the stainless steel … More »

Shun knives

Shun knives

Warning: these are not inexpensive knives! We talked awhile back about the differences between Asian and Western style knives.  Most important to remember is that Japanese and other Asian techniques call for cutting the food without crushing it. Now Sur … More »