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In The Kitchen: OXO Good Grips Sleek Pepper Mill

October 3rd, 2019 Comments off

OXO Good Grips Sleek Pepper Mill

OXO Good Grips Sleek Pepper Mill


I like to cook, but I am not an overly fussy chef. I have a collection of regular dishes I make, occasionally experiment with new recipes, and often make do with tools that are less than optimal. So was the case with our pepper grinder. I had purchased a cheap wooden one years ago but it never worked very well. There was no way to adjust the grind. It often had trouble feeding in the peppercorns and was too much effort to use, so I fell back on ground paper for my cooking. I knew freshly ground pepper was always best. but replacing this grinder was just one of those things that we never “got around to.” Until a few weeks ago.

My wife discovered we had a gift card from Bed, Bath, and Beyond that, we had never used. While we were out running other errands, we figured we might as well replace this pepper grinder. They had a good variety of grinders, at various price points, but I needed up choosing this Oxo grinder. I have had a great experience with Oxo kitchen tools in the past and this grinder is no exception.
It works! It works well! It has an adjustable grinder setting that works. Fine ground for our bowl of popcorn and coarse for steak or a crockpot pot roast. The pepper grinds out the top of the grinder, instead of the bottom like the old one. This keeps the counter cleaner and prevents any moisture from getting to the pepper should there be a stove side liquid spill.

Yep. Simple. Straightforward. Robust. Just what I wanted. Could I have gone fancier and more expensive or cheaper and barely an improvement? Sure, but like Momma Bear’s bed, this one is “just right!”


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Ikea Time…again via My Instagram

March 24th, 2018 Comments off

Perfect Stamped or Rolling Pin Cookies via Savoring Time in the Kitchen

April 16th, 2017 Comments off
While the rolling pin mentioned in the article is custom made, there are a host of stamping rolling pins that can be used with the included recipes, including a few available on Amazon which I have linked below. I have a few individual cookie stamps, but using a rolling pin to stamp an entire set sounds like a great idea. — Douglas
I do not excel at cookie decorating.  It’s time consuming and, normally, I’m not a fan of icing on cookies anyway.  Cookie stamps or rollers are the perfect alternative to having a ‘cute’ cookie but one that doesn’t takes a lot of time to decorate! The problem with stamped or pressed cookies is often the design isn’t clear because the cookies either spread out or rise too much and the cookie design disappears.  

This past month, I received a special surprise from my very long-time and dear friend, Monique of La Table de Nana.  It was a beautiful, wooden rolling pin engraving with the name of my blog.  You can visit Monique’s post here to find out more about the artist and the lovely variety of engraved rolling pins.  They are the perfect gift for a friend or family member who enjoys baking!

More cookies stamps

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An interesting link found among my daily reading

Scenes from an art store [Photo]

January 11th, 2017 Comments off