Friday, June 26, 2009
Pacific Merchants Brings Mason Cash Back to U.S. Shores
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The items are made in Portugal, as stated in the article, but many of them have the mark "England" impressed in the clay. That is deceitful and, some may say, fraudulent. Whatever happened to international agreements on marking with the country of origin?
Friday, June 19, 2009
This week we received a new shipment of the sensational Ravi - the wine chiller that will ensure you drink your favorite red at cellar temperature rather than typical room temperature of 70+. The Ravi will reduce the temperature by between 10 and 20 degrees in an instant. This Canadian (yes, that's right!) invention has been tested world wide and Wine Spectator said " Serving temperature can be achieved in a few seconds for a red wine. A few seconds longer, and your white wine is ready for the guests".
And the great news is that the price is now only $39.99.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
In the world of kitchenware, many of the old things I remember as a child have been superseded by new inventions that make the job of cooking and baking easier than it used to be. We now have digital scales, high tech food processors, rice cookers with “fuzzy logic” (whatever that means) and products made from, amongst other things, materials like silicone and titanium which had never even been heard of back then. The very world of cooking seems to revolve around the microwave, instead of the stove. I remember we would make toast when I was a kid using a big brass fork in front of the coal fire. We didn’t have a toaster, even though they have been around longer than even I have. More seasonally, we would roast chestnuts in front of the fire, too.
But then there are a few things I recall we had during my days at home which either have come back into use or are, at least, still around. I used to enjoy helping mum bake and one of my treats was to clean the last remnants of the cake batter off the hand mixer we had. And I mean a hand mixer, not a handheld electric mixer, but one which you turned a handle. Progressive came out with a revival of those last year, much to my delight and we have sold them pretty well. My good friends at Typhoon have enjoyed some success during the last several years with old style scales.
This reminds me of a story. If I can digress a little, at church the other week, a young child asked me the time. I showed her the watch on my wrist and she looked at me rather puzzled, until her parent came to her rescue pointing out that she could only read the time digitally. Do we need to do a class in store, teaching people how to read the weight on a non-digital scale
And then there seems to be a revival here for the good old pressure cooker. In our house, my mum would always use her Prestige pressure cooker to prepare Sunday lunch, cook steamed puddings and to prepare a
Most people know how much I love my knives and, in that regard, nothing changes much. At the end of the day, there isn’t much you can’t do with a good old Wusthof 8” Cook’s Knife – probably Classic, as we are talking about nostalgia here. But I do like another of Progressive’s newer introductions – the potato cutter. This makes me nostalgic because we had something just like it when I was young to enable us to make chips (note: I mean the English version – not what they call chips where I live these days). This well made item beats a good knife any day.
So what I wonder is, having read during the last few weeks of the plight of the pottery industry in England, whether there will be revival of nostalgia for china tableware? I pray that there will, for the sake of the industry and the people of