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Three Kitchen Gift Ideas

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

If you are looking to gift some kitchen items this year, I have some suggestions for you. These are three things I use in my kitchen all the time and any of them would be a great gift for someone who liked to cook. I’m thinking of doing a series of mini guides every Sunday for the next month. Sounds fun! Level of commitment TBA.

Kitchen Gift Idea

Lodge Cast Iron Grill Pan ($33) These come in a few sizes. I have the square. I am angling for a griddle one of these days. I’ve had 3 grill pans (a random from target, a le cruset and this one) and the Lodge is the winner hands down. Cleans up great, maintains high heat, gives outdoor-look grill marks and stands up to hard wear. I am not easy on my pans. (Made in the USA)

 Keep Cup Travel Cups ($10-19.95) Love, love, love these. I found these cups during my epic search to find a decent, reusable coffee cup that wasn’t made in china. I found them on fab, but you can order directly from their website. You can design your own color combinations which is totally fun or choose from the available color combos. We have four of these cups now, plus the four plus I have purchased as gifts. They don’t leak, keep your drink hot but not so molten that it never cools off and, perhaps most critically, they don’t drip when I drink out of them. I hate that coffee drip mid-chest from a shoddy cup. They are also designed to be barista standard to help get your usual drink made the same exact way. (Made in Australia)

Look  Cookware fry pans ($65 and up) This is in a tie with my Lodge grill pan for my favorite pan. My husband got this for me as a gift when we were first married and after near daily use it is just now starting to show some wear. It is a high heat pan and can go from stove to oven, which makes it perfect for frittatas. They can be a bit hard to find (amazon has some sizes/pan types. Ours is from Sur la Table and it looked like Crate and Barrel had a few) but well worth seeking out. (Made in Iceland)

 

I made this post intentionally without affiliate links. I really like these products and want to share. I know the holiday season can be crazy with gift guides that are really just an affiliate link extravaganza or ads with questionable disclosure and I thought I would try and share 3 gift ideas every Sunday with no ulterior motive. Well, I won’t be sharing anything made in china. If that is an ulterior motive, I’ll take it.

China Project – 10 days in

Friday, September 10th, 2010

The funny result – that I wasn’t expecting – of not buying anything made in china for a month is that I no longer want to buy anything. It is annoying and too much effort and I am always disappointed. I got Target coupons in the mail and didn’t care. I get catalogs in the mail and don’t look at them because it is too hard to figure out where things were made. Everything just says imported. Even my beloved CB2. Speaking of which, not sure if I am horrified or amused that the wall art I got for my birthday is also in the Jersey Shore Miami house.

As an unexpected bonus, I am inspired to put together Spencer’s Halloween costume myself. I think I figured out how to do it mostly out of things we already own and I am going to try and buy as little as possible, or get things that can still be worn after the holiday.

Needless Things

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

One of the side benefits of not buying anything made in china for a month seems to be keeping me from buying crap I don’t need. I saw super cute mugs at Starbucks the other day. Love them, but they were made in china. Do I need them? No. Would I have bought them if I wasn’t doing the project? Maybe. It surely will keep me from buying random stuff in Target. We were there the other day and there was a lawn sprinkler on clearance for like $8. Do we need it? No. Would it be handy to have – someday? Yes. Did we buy it? No. Would we have purchased it normally? Totally. It was a bargain. On a sad note, the project may keep me from buying fun Fall shoes. I normally buy a pair of flats from Target every season, with the plan to wear the hell out of them for 3 months and toss them when they wear out. I haven’t checked yet, but I’m thinking that is not going to happen. I have plenty of shoes. I will survive.

First Mistake: Del Monte Pears

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

I’m trying to go a month with out buying anything made in China and today (day 3), I made my first mistake. Rushing through the grocery store, I was trying to find things that were on sale. I was in an aisle that I don’t normally frequent that happened to have the fruit cups. These are something I don’t normally buy, because of the excess packaging and high sugar content, but pears were on sale and I thought Spencer might like them for a change of pace. So I grabbed them, tossed them in my cart and went on my way. I didn’t check to see if it was a Chinese made product because I assumed that Del Monte used American fruit. When I got home, I happened to look at the packaging and saw “Product of China.” Dammit. Lesson learned: I am going to need to be much more vigilant and check everything.

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