Ice Cream Scoop
My husband, oldest son, and I love fresh grapefruit, and this cutter from Pampered Chef makes the job easy. With its Darth Maul-style action on both ends, the curved side works around the perimeter of the halved fruit while the double blade separates the segments. I couldn’t find it on the company’s website, so it may no longer be available.
Four-Tablespoon Liquid Measuring Cup
Where has this been all my life? I stumbled upon this little Oxo measuring cup when I was looking for another kitchen gadget. It’s perfect for oil, vinegar, cooking sherry, or any other small portion of liquid that I ordinarily slopped over a measuring spoon.
Tea Mug with Infuser
This mug, which I use exclusively for tea, was a Christmas gift from my husband. It is the 10 Minute Novelist version, available through Zazzle. Along with the mug, I received a variety of herbal loose teas, which lasted me through the cold, cold winter.
Lever Action Corkscrew
When my husband and I saw these types of openers on wedding registries for a hundred bucks, we laughed. Spending that much on a corkscrew is unimaginable to us. Our cheap opener, however, often left its corkscrew caught in the cork or, worse yet, broke the cork into little pieces that then fell into our wine. When we saw this one for ten dollars, we snapped it up, and so far, so good. No stuck cork screws, no broken corks. (Why does its design remind me of a deep sea creature? I half-expect to see it featured on an Octonauts episode: “The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Cork Screw.”)
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