Our go-to Wedding gifts of 2017

by Kitchenworks24. April 2017 12:45

Wedding season is here again! Let us help you find the perfect gift to celebrate the happy couple. Below are our favorite go-to wedding gift ideas. Check them out online or come and see us in person!

 

Handcrafted Cherry wood salad tongs


These 11" salad tongs are handcrafted from unstained Cherry wood in Louisville, KY, USA. Constructed with solid brass hinge fittings and finished with a food-safe mineral oil. A beautiful addition to any kitchen!

$17.95. View online

  

 

The possibilities are endless with this set of 3 Cuisinart mixing bowls. Constructed of 18/10 stainless steel, the bowls are both dishwasher and freezer-safe; hand-washing is recommended for the plastic lids. 1.5 quarts, 3 quarts, and 1.25 gallons.

Only available in-store. $22.95.

 

 

Epicurean's wood fiber cutting boards always make beautiful gifts. Being that we're in Chapel Hill, we're especially partial to this North Carolina specialty board! Dual-sided, dishwasher safe, and American-made, this cutting or serving board is one of our favorites.

NC only in-store. $25.95. View online selection

 

 

Escali's Primo Digital Scale is the only kitchen scale we carry - and with good reason. The simple 2-button control panel is easy to use and is sealed to protect against spills. It has an 11 lb capacity, and measures in ounces, pounds, and grams.

$29.95. View online

 

 

 

 

Still one of our favorite gadgets, the Oxo Tabletop Spiralizer is a unique and versatile gift for anyone! See our in-depth review here. 3 blades and storage case included.

Only available in-store. $44.95.

 

 

 

 

For the person who has everything! All Clad's Stainless Steel Measuring Cups are a beautiful addition to any kitchen. Styled like miniature All Clad saucepans, the heavy 18/10 stainless cups come in 1/4-, 1/3-, 1/2-, 2/3- and 1-cup sizes.

Only available in-store. $50.00.

 

 

 

The Oxo Chef's Mandoline Slicer is the best of the best in mandolines. An adjustable dial switches the blade between thin, thick, julienne or french fry slices. Flip the blade over for a crinkle cut!

$69.99. View online

 

 

 

 

The Donvier 1 qt Ice Cream Maker features the patented Chillfast cylinder which freezes ice cream, sorbet, and more with minimal effort. Healthy homemade ice cream has never been easier!

$79.95. View online

 

 

 

 

 

If a trip to Italy isn't in the cards, enjoy handmade pasta right at home with the Atlas 150 Marcato Pasta Machine. Made in Italy, this pasta maker is iconic. Comes equipped to make 3 styles of pasta, with additional attachments available. Bon appetit!

$89.99. View online

 

 

 

Prices and availability are current as of April 2017.

OXO Spiralizers

by Kitchenworks4. July 2016 13:58

OXO was a little late to the spiralizer game. Other options had been available for quite some time, but OXO's patience and research resulted in two of the most efficient spiralizers on the market.

 

Tabletop Spiralizer

The tabletop version is roughly the size of a loaf of bread and can spin through a sweet potato in no time flat. Three included blades mean endless options for healthy veggie additions.

 

Simply flip the gray lever on the side and the entire unit is secured onto a smooth surface by a large suction pad. Select your blade of choice and pop it into the base- either spaghetti, fettuccine, or ribbon cut. 

 

Slice the end off your veggie and center it on the spiky grip and you're ready to create beautiful noodles, curly fries, or stir fry.

After just one use, it was clear that the OXO tabletop spiralizer is the most intuitive and efficient full-size option that we have seen. We were so impressed that we gave one to our entire staff!

 

 

Handheld Spiralizer

The smaller frame OXO handheld spiralizer is perfect for garnishing salads or adding hidden veggies into your favorite dishes.

 

Like many other handheld options, the mechanism operates much like a pencil sharpener. Simply slice the end off your veggie of choice, center it onto the blade, and twist away. 

As you get closer to the blade, grab your spiky finger guard and continue twisting to get every available bit of veggie. 

This handheld option from OXO has easily become our favorite because it quickly produces noodles with a beautiful round shape. We find the flat cutting section to be significantly easier to clean than conical versions and as usual, the OXO ergonomics are well designed.

 

Overall, OXO has produced the best spiralizer options that we have found. Every morning when we use them to create demos for our customers, we are reminded of why we recommend them so highly.

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Le Souk Ceramique

by Kitchenworks26. June 2016 15:35

Handcrafted in the coastal town of Nabeul in north-eastern Tunisia, Le Souk Ceramique continues the time-honored Tunisian tradition of exquisite hand-painted pottery.

 

 

 

Employing local artisans at salaries well above industry standards, Le Souk Ceramique opened it's studio in 1997.

Each pattern contains over 33 different shapes including large serving platters, mugs, bowls, pitchers, plates, utensil crocks, and cookable Tagines.

Every pattern is fully hand-painted by a team of artists. No stencils, graphics, or decals- just skill and a steady hand.

 We have proudly sold Le Souk Ceramique's beautiful creations at our Chapel Hill location since 2002.

 

 

 

 

All photos property of Le Souk Ceramique.

 

 

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Popsicle Season

by Kitchenworks15. June 2016 15:45

Popsicle season is here again! Here's a peek at some of our favorite popsicle molds this summer:

Bug Pops

Six fun molds divided into 3 sets of 2- perfect for smaller batches of pops for little hands. One of the most popular sets!

 

 

Twin Pops

Classic double pops pull apart for easy sharing! One set of 4 double pops.

 

Star Pops

Set of 5 star shaped pops- perfectly patriotic for summer!

Groovy Pops

Larger grooved pops are popular for grownup frozen treats! Set of 6 molds.

Rocket Pops

Nostalgic rocket pops are popular with kids of all ages! Set of 6 pops.

Jewel Pops

The perfect substitute for sugary candy, these small pops are the size of a large lollipop and fit on your finger! Set of 6 jewel pops. 

 

 

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Gifts for Dad

by Kitchenworks13. June 2016 13:51

Father's Day is fast approaching and we have some perfect suggestions to celebrate the family man in your life!

Whisky Stones®

Handcrafted of Vermont soapstone, these 7/8" cubes live in the freezer until it's time for your favorite chilled beverage. Keep your whiskey or wine chilled to perfection without dilution. 9 stones per set, storage bag included.

ScoopTHAT! II

This is not your mother's ice cream scoop. Utilizing specialized heat transfer technology, this hotshot cuts through frozen treats by transferring the heat from your hand into the beveled thermo-ring edge. That means perfect scoops every time with zero struggle. And unlike that anti-freeze antique in the drawer, the ScoopTHAT! is dishwasher safe. In-store only.

rivsalt Himalayan Salt w/Grater

Salt is finally back on the menu. After years of being seen as an unnecessary addition to our diet, we have (thankfully!) circled back around to a mindset of moderation. The salt world has exploded with new and previously unheard of styles of salt from Hawaiian to Peruvian, with the most popular being Pink Himalayan. Mined in the Punjab region of Pakistan from a mine discovered by the troops of Alexander the Great, this unique set will quickly become your favorite addition to the dinner table. In-store only.

  

Porcelain Grilling Grid

This innocent looking pan is the unsung hero of grilled vegetables. Don't waste your time skewering one more kabob or flipping another clunky grill basket. Quickly and easily stir-fry your veggies to grilled perfection. Multiple sizes available.

Epicurean Cutting Board

Constructed of stacked layers of pressed wood fiber, these NSF certified boards offer the look, feel, and knife-friendly qualities of a wooden cutting board, while remaining dishwasher safe. Multiple sizes and styles available.

 

Oxo Travel Mug

Nothing will ruin your day faster than misplaced trust in a travel mug. We can personally attest to the leak-proof guarantee of this simple stainless steel sipper. (One may have been tossed into the backseat while fully loaded with hot coffee.) Push button seal means quick, one-handed access to your everyday hot or cold favorite.

 

 

Brooklyn Brewing Beer Kit 

Brewing beer is an ancient science requiring specialized equipment and ingredients. Unfortunately this means that many of us are hesitant to attempt this time-honored tradition. This all-inclusive brewing kit from Brooklyn Brewing provides everything needed to craft a perfect batch of your favorite brew- No guesswork required. Multiple styles available. In-store only.

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6 Ways to Spring Forward Your Coffee Habits

by Kitchenworks10. March 2015 08:22

As we lose an hour of sleep from Daylight Savings this week, you may want a stronger cup of joe to keep some spring in your step! Luckily there are a variety of ways to get your coffee fix -- here are the perks of each: 



Ever craved espresso but balk at losing counterspace to a giant machine? Bialetti has your answer: Made in Italy, this is the original manual stovetop espresso maker. An excellent option for folks who love the craft of espresso, Bialetti’s products allow you to fine tune your brew just how you like it. It’s fast, easy, and available in sizes from 1 to 12 cups.

 

 

If you believe vintage never truly goes out of style, a percolator may be up your alley. First introduced in the early 20th century, percolators maintained popularity until the early 1970’s when electric coffeemakers first hit the market. They’re still common among camping and outdoors enthusiasts for their simplicity and usability without electricity. 

 

 

Pourovers offer a lot of control, both in the strength of the coffee you brew and the temperature of the water used, and produce a cup of joe similar in consistency and flavor to an electric coffeemaker. Like the title suggests, this method entails pouring hot water over your coffee grounds via a reusable filter cone. Filter cones come in ceramic and plastic, as well as an array of sizes.  


Chemex 8 Cup Glass Coffeemaker

 

The most widely known style of pourover is the Chemex, which have spiked in popularity recently. While pourover filter cones vary in filtration, Chemex touts an optimized flow rate to maximize flavor and quality. A Chemex also offers similar user control as standard pourovers, just with fewer moving parts! 


  

Bonjour 3 Cup French Press

 

Another option for manual coffee brewing is the French press. Slightly more involved than a pourover, a French press requires more maintenance in both use and cleanup; however, many feel the quality of coffee you’ll get more than makes up for it! Operating without a filter, french presses allow the natural oils in your coffee beans to produce a richer brew.  New to the French press? This blog post offers a great step-by-step guide to get you started.

 

 

Finally, the most conventional of options, the electric coffeemaker. This mechanized system removes almost all preparation from your plate, some even allowing you to set your machine in sync with your morning alarm. Some folks feel electric coffeemakers offer a limited depth of flavor in comparison to other brewing methods, but it’ll certainly still get the job done.

 

 

One wonderful thing about coffee is that no two cups are the same: in both preparation and the beans themselves, there’s enough variation for everyone to find their style.

 

Join us on Pinterest for more coffee tidbits, recipes, and more!

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Sticking it out

by Gia26. January 2014 10:01

I've never been very good at New Years Resolutions. Apparently, I'm in good company. Only 8% of resolution-makers hold out. We're here today to talk about sticking it out.

The top 5 New Years resolutions are to:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Stay Fit and Healthy

Look familiar? Fear not! We have the perfect sanctuary for you to achieve your goals:

Your Kitchen!

You probably already know that home-cooked meals are healthier and cheaper than meals cooked outside of the home. Still throwing around some lame excuse for not cooking at home? Let's go through these huh?

I can't cook.

At a certain point in your life you couldn't read or type or speak more than 6 intelligible words. But, you learned. No one is born with the ability to slow-braise a perfect pork shoulder. As long as you're willing to eat your failures (or stock a few emergency frozen burritos) you can learn to cook anything.

  • Ask: your butcher, your grocer, your mom, your best friend. Everyone has an opinion on how to cook something and most people love to talk about food. Its also a great way to pick up cute chicks in the pasta aisle.

  • Use the internet: you can access the entirety of human knowledge from a screen in your pocket. Stop scrolling through top-10 lists and look up something of value. Youtube is chock full of how-to videos, and there are probably more cooking blogs than chefs in the world at this point. Benefit from someone else's mistakes.

  • Call Kitchenworks. Didn't think you could do that huh? Loving food is pretty much a pre-requisite for working here and we've helped customers through many a kitchen nightmare. Chances are, we have a good idea why your biscuits taste like glue

I don't have the right equipment.

You don't need fancy equipment to cook for yourself. When you find yourself coveting that new gadget on tv, remember that your ancestors got by with little more than a skillet and a stick and we're still passing down those recipes. 

All you need are:

I don't have time

Let's return to our ancestors, shall we? On average, they had more children, less electricity/running water, and far more diseases. You have time, you're just not spending it wisely. Here are some things that might help:

  • Plan your meals. You'll save time and money by pre-answering the much-resented 'what's for dinner' conversation. Go through your cookbooks or browse your grocery store serials for inspiration.

  • Involve the kids – picky eaters are much more likely to eat something that they had a hand in choosing and preparing.
  • Prep ahead of time. Only using half an onion for that breakfast omelet? Chop all of it anyway and save the rest for the sauce you're making for dinner. Having tacos for lunch? Cook all of the ground beef in the package and save the remainder for tomorrow's sloppy joes.

Happy Birthday to Us!

by Gia26. October 2013 13:45

On October 5th, we celebrated our 29th birthday! We had giveaways, promos, sweet treats and demos from professional food producer Debbie Debetino! Check out the festivities below. 

 

 Our Chapel Hill storefront, all decked out for the occasion.

 

 

Our birthday cake, courtesy of Sugarland Bakery in Chapel Hill.

 

 

Our awesome prize wall!

 

 

Swivel peeler test kitchen

 

 

Apple Corer/Slicer test kitchen

 

 

Corn tools test kitchen

 

 

Our sweet salespeople work the crowd.

 

 

Come and get it!

 

 

Our Lucky Winners!

Staff Picks: Gia

by Gia19. September 2013 14:59

Gia is our Web Store Manager. She is a proud Yankee with an insatiable sweet tooth and a weak spot for cute dogs with funny girls. Check out her favorites below!

Name: Gia

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

My grandmother's Penne with Sauce, Breaded Chicken Cutlets and Eggplant Parmesan + my mother's Roasted Cauliflower and a fresh Mixed Salad with 18-year aged Balsamic Vinegar and fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Aged Parmesan Cheese and Crusty Sourdough Bread.

What are your favorite meals to prepare?

What are your favorite restaurants?

This was like choosing my favorite child...I went a little overboard...

What are your essential cooking tools?

What are your essential kitchen tools?

What 5 products would you like to receive as gifts?

Staff Picks: Sara

by Gia19. September 2013 13:54

Sara is a newlywed, tabla-playing, martial arts practicing, all-around renaissance woman who staffs the floor with limitless humor. Check out her favorite products below!

Name: Sara

If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

Chicken Tikka Masala

What are your favorite meals to prepare?

  • French Toast
  • Kebobs
  • Homemade Bread
  • Guacamole

What are your 3 favorite restaurants?

What are your essential cooking tools?

What 5 products would you like to receive as gifts?

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