We just saw this item and we’re think of carrying it. It’s called the Handle Hands and it has won a bunch of design awards. It’s a rigid, silicone-lined grip that clamps and locks onto a pan handle. You just squeeze to lock it on, then push the buttons at each end to release it. It can all be done with one hand. The Handle Hands can be left on a pan while you cook. It also is really handy for pulling out a hot oven rack. It would probably sell in the $9.95 – $12.95 range.
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Asparagus Potato Soup with Sausage
Lunchtime in the office doesn’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t mean you have to settle for leftovers. With a little creativity and a few tools you can whip up just about anything….
- 1/3 cup of diced onion
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/4 pound of asparagus
- 1/4 pound of potatoes (I use fingerlings but any waxy potato ought to work)
- 1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas, drained
- 1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock (plus more in case the soup needs to be thinned)
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 chicken sausage
- Juice from half a lemon
- Salt and pepper
- Add the onion to the Steam Case, without the tray, and drizzle with olive oil. Close up the Steam Case and give it a good shake to coat the onions. Set your microwave to 800 watts and cook for 2 and half minutes.
- Slice the sausage lengthwise and broil it in the toaster oven, skin side up, until warmed through and skin is crisp.
- Remove the Steam Case from the microwave and pour the now suateed onions into the carafe of your Vitamix (or in to a work bowl if using an immersion blender). Peel and smash two cloves of garlic and place at the bottom of the Lekue Steam Case. Place the tray over the top of the garlic and then fill with about 1/2 cup of water. Slice up your potato into smaller pieces and add them to the Steam Case. Close up and throw it in the microwave at 1000 watts for 6 minutes.
- In the meantime, trim your asparagus into 1″ pieces. When the potatoes are done, carefully remove the steam case (contents will be hot) and add the asparagus on top of the potatoes. Return to microwave and cook an additional 4 minutes at 1000 watts. When done, carefully remove the Steam Case and, leaving the lid closed, pour the excess water out into the sink by holding the handles and turning in on its side. The water coming out will be boiling hot! Be very careful.
- Open the Steam Case and remove 2 or 3 asparagus tops and set aside. Combine the rest of the contents of the Steam Case, including the garlic, to the onions in the Vitamix carafe or work bowl. Add the chickpeas, stock, butter, salt and pepper and blend, on high, until smooth and steam starts to escape out the lid (Of course you could use your Vitamix’s Soup Function if using a preprogrammed model.) Add more stock if the finished product is thicker than you like.
- Remove the sausage from the toaster oven and cut each half into thin slices. Stir the slices into the finished soup. To plate pour the finished soup into a bowl, dollop with a little sour cream and the reserved asparagus tops. Drizzle the bowl with a little lemon juice and hit it with a touch of fresh ground pepper.
Start to finish: less than 20 minutes.
Calling all Fiesta fans…coming sometime this summer is a brand-new color called Poppy. As you can see, it’s a beautiful red-orange, slotting in between current Fiesta colors of Tangerine and Scarlet. Look for it at Kaboodle soon.
An alert Kitchen Kaboodle buyer, attending the big International Housewares Show in Chicago,noticed this on a restaurant menu. It’s not just Oregon wines and beers that are getting recognized these days. Click on the image to enlarge it.
Four lucky Kaboodle Insiders won the February gift box, and very nice set of Henckels stainless-steel kitchen tools and utensils. Let’s hear it for Allison C., Len N., Sheryl W., and Theresa L.!
All you have to do to have a chance of winning yourself is first become a Kaboodle Insider, then open your weekly Kaboodle Hot Sheet email. That’s it. Open your email and you’re automatically entered into that month’s drawing.
This old building, next door to our office and warehouse, was demolished on Tuesday, March 3rd. It was, at one time, a very nice, restored old structure, the former home of Molly McGuires tavern, and something of an industrial NW Portland landmark. (Go here to read the interesting history of the Molly McGuires secret society in this country and in Ireland). When the recent recession hit, this building sat empty for years, became a shelter for people on the street, then caught fire one cold winter night. Too far gone to be rebuilt, it has sat derelict and abandoned until, with a recent new owner, it has been finally taken down.
Sadie and Justin are at it again, showing wedding couples how the personal Kaboodle touch can make a gift registry fun and hassle-free. This time they’re at the Rocked event at The Nines hotel in downtown Portland.
We’ve been anointed by Le Creuset with the title of Preferred Dealer. Big deal, you might say. But, wait! It’s not just an empty title. What it means is that we get things first, new things from Le Creuset, such as new colors, new products, and even exclusive things. And that means – ta dah! – you get them first. And with our everyday low prices on Le Creuset, it’s a good thing all the way around.
This is a kamado. What is a kamado? Well, let’s go to Wikipedia, which says a kamado is traditional Japanese wood or charcoal fired earthen vessel used as a stove or oven. The kamado has been popularized in this country under the name Big Green Egg. This is my particular kamado at my home. I love it. With it, I can do everything from slow-cook a pork shoulder at 200 degrees, grill burgers at 500 degrees, crisp a pizza, bake bread, roast a chicken, everything I can do in an oven, under a broiler or on a stove.
By opening and closing the air intake at the bottom, and the outlet at the top, I can precisely control the temperature, which is visible on the large dial thermometer on the front. The kamado uses lump charcoal, not briquets, and has a large capacity, so I’m not always filling it up. I can use wood chips to add flavor if I want.
We’re looking for your opinions, because we’re considering selling these. The kamado in the picture would sell for around $900 (don’t hold us to that!), so it ain’t cheap. There are both smaller and larger models, too. What do you think? Couldn’t care less? Moderately interesting? Want one now? Let us know!
Come see Justin and Sadie this weekend at the Rocked! bridal show at The Nines. They’ll be there from noon until five, giving out fortune cookies, swag and information on the Kaboodle gift registry program, along with Portland’s finest wedding providers.