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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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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German Advent Calendars

by Kitchenworks16. November 2014 14:04

 

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Cast Iron Cobbler

by Kitchenworks29. October 2014 11:23

   This cobbler is the real dealAfter moving to the South and discovering a wonderful talent for baking, one of our favorite Kitchenworkers introduced us to this amazing cast iron berry cobbler. 

   This is not a boxed dessert from aisle 3 that requires a cup of oil and an egg. This the dessert that your grandmother would have pulled from the oven on a crisp fall afternoon and served with homemade ice cream. Trust us, when you taste this sweet bubbly creation with it's golden brown biscuit topping, you'll be a believer.

4 T   butter, divided
8 cups

  berries, rinsed and drained  

(We love a mix of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries!)

1 cup   sugar, divided
1/4 cup   brown sugar
3 T   cornstarch
2 cups
  biscuit flour
1/2 t   salt
2T   vegetable shortening
3/4 cup

  heavy cream 

  1.  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Melt 1 T butter in a 10" cast iron skillet.

In another bowl, combine fruit, 3/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Mix and pour into skillet.

Sift flour, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt into bowl. Cut butter and shortening into mixture. Add cream and mix until just combined.

Knead on a floured surface until dough comes together. Roll out dough to 3/4" thickness. Cut biscuits and place on top of fruit. Sprinkle biscuits with sugar (and maybe a little cinnamon!)

Bake 45-55 minutes until biscuits are cooked through and golden brown.

 

You still don't have a cast iron skillet? We can fix that! Check out our selection of Lodge Cast Iron Cookware. Beautifully pre-seasoned and made in America for over 100 years!

 

 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

by Kitchenworks14. October 2014 12:52

 October is a popular month in our store. Halloween goodies come out of hibernation. The linens section transforms into a beautiful cornucopia of deep reds, burnt oranges, and sage greens. And, our bakeware finally gets the attention it deserves!

 One of our favorite fall traditions is enjoying the first batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. Spicy, pumpkiny, chocolatey, and best right out of the oven, they pair wonderfully with a steaming cup of tea. Here's our tried and true recipe that we are thrilled to share:

 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 T. Pumpkin Pie Spice*
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1 t. salt
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin (or try mashed sweet potato!)
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup
milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

 

 

 

Thoroughly mix flour, sugar, pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, butter, and milk until well blended. Stir chocolate chips and nuts (optional) into egg mixture. Pour egg mixture over dry ingredients and fold until just moistened. Scoop batter into greased or paper-lined muffin pans.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until center is puffy and springy to the touch.

*1 T. Pumpkin Pie Spice = 2 t. cinnamon + 1/2 t. nutmeg + 1/2 t ground cloves 

 

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Staff Picks: Joanna

by Gia4. October 2013 12:16

Joanna is a New England native with an eye for design and a soft spot for a great deal. Come check out her fabulous window displays at our University Mall location!

Name: Joanna

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

Steamers, Lobster (with lots of melted butter for dipping) and fresh sweet corn on the cob; all to be shared with close family and dear friends.

What are your three favorite meals to prepare?

  • Party Appetizers
  • Sunday Dinners
  • Baking on a Snow Day

What are your favorite restaurants?

  • Crook's Corner (Chapel Hill, NC) - Shrimp & Grits on the patio: heaven!
  • Antonia's (Hillsborough, NC) - Perfect place for a leisurely Sunday afternoon brunch.
  • The Silver Shores Shanty (Falmouth Height, Cape Cod, MA) - Best fried clams on the cape!
  • Allen & Son BBQ (Pittsboro, NC) - Always good and tasty. They never dissappoint!

What are your top 5 essential cooking tools?

What are your top 5 essential kitchen tools?

What 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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Staff Picks: Martha

by Gia19. September 2013 11:08

We're kicking off our birthday week with our first staff picks post by our fearless leader - Martha! Click here to see all of Martha's favorite products.

Click here to see all of our staff favorites - on sale for our birthday month!

Name:

Martha

What are your favorite meals to prepare?

  • Sundried Tomato and Cayenne Pepper Angel Hair Pasta with Herbed Lemon Mustard Grilled Chicken
  • Colerain (Eastern NC) Barbeque Chicken with Homemade Vinegar Slaw and Corbread
  • Chicken Marbella - from Silver Palate Cookbook
  • Pickled Shrimp with Onions on Crackers
  • Psari Plaki - Greek Baked Fish with Fresh Tomatoes, Onions, Lemon Juice and Dill

What are your favorite restaurants?

What are your essential cooking tools?

What are your essential kitchen tools?

What 5 products would you like to receive as gifts?

After 40+ years in the business, I have all of the small kitchen tools I could want, so here's a wishlist:

  • A Butcherblock Countertop
  • A Screen Porch - to be able to eat outside without mosquitos
  • A Double Set of Ovens
  • A Case of Veuve Clicquot Champagne
  • Champagne Glasses - exactly like my Govino plastic ones but in elegant glass.

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