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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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.

Why Buy American

by Gia28. June 2013 15:49
 

It wouldn't be the 4th of July without at least one flag cake

(kraftrecipes.com

Every year, for the entire month of July, we empty all of the display windows at our Chapel Hill, NC location, fill them all with American-made products, and put them all on sale. It is one of our most popular sales and one that, as a locally-owned and operated small business, we hold very dear to our hearts.

This year, we've decided to take the sale nationwide and offer the same discount for American-made goods on our online store. For the entire month of July, we'll be discounting our American-made products and posting about the awesome American manufacturers we carry. So, we wanted to take a moment to talk about why you should buy American.

1. Protect yourself

The U.S. has something many countries lack: consumer, worker and environmental protection laws. The FDA, FTC, and EPA all exist to help protect Americans from manufacturing and trade practices that are exploitative and environmentally damaging. When you buy American-made products, you can assume that the product you are buying is not going to hurt you (or wasn't made in a way that exploited anyone else). And, if you do find that that product is defective or dangerous, you have options available to you that many people the in the rest of the world lack.

2. Protect your money

For much of the 20th century, America was considered the most creative country in the world. When you create something, you have a vested interest in its quality. Call it hubris, but we all like to know that our ideas are being treated with care and attention. That's why it is not enough for a product to be American-designed but foreign-made. We've been in operation for over 30 years and in that time, we've seen countless products take a sudden and drastic switch in quality, with the culprit pretty much always being a switch in manufacturing base. If you want a quality, long-lasting, product, then you should buy one from the people who invented it because they are interested in seeing it succeed. 

3. Protect your country

The oldest argument to buy American is still the truest: buying American-made goods supports American jobs. No matter how many restrictions or incentives politicians attempt to place on American companies, the free market will win: supply will follow demand. If you demand American-made goods, companies will keep their manufacturing bases in America, which provides American jobs and strengthens the entire American economy.

Obviously, we here at Kitchenworks take this very seriously. None of us would have jobs without the support of our local community. But, there are plenty more reasons to shop local, all of which contribute to making America the best country it could possibly be.

4. Protect the world

Poor quality (ie: highly disposable) goods, long transportation routes, and unscrupulous manufacturing practices all wreak havoc on our environment. Buying American-made goods means creating less waste, using less fossil fuels, and protecting our air, earth and water. 

Realist caveat:

We don't necessarily believe that ALL non-American goods are bad. Contrary to popular opinion, it is possible for quality goods to come out of China (eg: Bambu is a high-quality brand that is proudly made in China) and there are just some things you can't make in America (like German Steel knives). The movement of goods and resources across the world is what makes all of our economies possible, and without international trade, most of us wouldn't have very much access to spices, sugar, or salt (and how would your kitchen work then?). The onus is on the manufacturer to create quality goods without exploiting their workers, their consumers, or the world, and here at Kitchenworks, we believe in honoring those manufacturers whenever we can.

Tell us about some of your favorite American-made products in the comments.

 

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