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Wooden Spoons
I've been cooking at my Mom's the past few weeks and find myself rummaging through her wooden spoon collection in search of the one pictured above. Yes, its bowl is broken,  but I like how it can simultaneously stir and scrape the sides of a pot. It's so useful, more than once I've considered taking a saw to one of my own. This blunt-sided spoon has been in my mother's kitchen for well over 35 years. Although it arrived symmetrical and unremarkable, a single, emotionally-charged incident transformed it into a conversation piece. And yes, it was my fault. I was very young and always getting into trouble. This innocent utensil just happened to be at hand when I did something that pushed my normally patient mother too far. While the details of my mischief have faded, the moment she lost her temper is very clear. I'd done something. Mom found out. My younger sister happened to be on hand and the three of us were in the kitchen when the spoon hit the counter. In her sternest, most authoritative voice, Mom emphasized each word with a slap of the spoon to the edge of the counter. "Don't. *whack* Ever. *whack* Do. *whack* That. *whack* AGAIN! *whack*!" On the final strike, it split. No one moved. There was a horrifying, all-enveloping silence as a fragment of wood flew across the kitchen.  When the projectile landed I waited for a fresh wave of fury, wondering if it were physically possible for someone to get any angrier than my mom already was.
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Ode to Blu Tack

I've already shown you my ugly duckling recipe binder with sheet protectors. This plain but practical system keeps my printouts and magazine clippings under control. But what about the hundreds of old-fashioned recipe cards I've collected over the decades? I keep promising myself I'll transfer...

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Umbra PortoChef Recipe Album

After my first Umbra disappointment, I was skeptical of their PortoChef Recipe Album. Promotional photos and reality don't often jibe in my world. I love the concept. Its 26 plastic sleeves wipe clean and hold computer printouts or magazine clippings, both of which I have in...

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Umbra Cooknook – Now you see it, now you don’t

I can't resist problem-solving products. Especially if they come in under $20 (tax included). So when Jennifer at Surroundings showed me Umbra's $15 Cooknook, an under-the-cabinet book holder, I had to try it. The picture to the left is how the manufacturer illustrates its use. Notice...

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SpiceStack – Why Didn’t I Think of This?

As a teen, I was convinced my mother was the weirdest parent on the planet. My girlfriends and I would try to outdo each other with stories of our mothers' embarrassing behaviour, like how they'd shop in curlers or forced us to wear bell bottoms...

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Move over KFC

What's for supper tonight? Digital Fried Chicken. Being a professional foodie isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Sure, I get to play in the kitchen, impress my hungry friends with the results and get paid for it. I can legitimately business expense cookbooks, food...

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