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We’ve been searching for this travel mug for years! It’s finally here in the 12oz version (the 16oz is coming soon it was backordered with the supplier)

Stainless Travel Mug with Carabiner 12oz

Stainless Travel Mug with Carabiner 12oz, $13.99

And this awesome Glass Salt Cellar:

Glass Salt Cellar w/Lid

Glass Salt Cellar w/Lid $12.99

These are so new to us that they’re not on our website yet, but if you live far away and want one, give us a call.

We’d like to welcome our newest addition to the Brooklyn Kitchen.

Moxie Ann, born 7/24/09 7lbs 12oz

Moxie Ann, born 7/24/09 7lbs 12oz

we just got a new book in: The Vegan Scoop by Wheeler Del Torro.

The Vegan Scoop

i was lucky enough to try some Wheeler’s Black Label vegan ice cream at the 2008 renegade craft fair in mccarren pool. it was great! i eat dairy ice cream occasionally (i’m not vegan. i’m a vegetarian with a vegan love interest, and i cook only vegan.) and i wouldn’t have guessed this stuff was nondairy. while there are some great commercially available vegan ice creams out there, a lot of them are noticeably ‘different’. but wheelers -will- fool your friends. and it was tasty! i only had chocolate, but it was a rich awesome dark chocolate. but despite rumors that Wheeler’s would be opening a shop in our own williamsburg*, so far as i know it’s still only available in boston, where they have an ice cream shop and recently expanded into a restaurant.

a few vegan ice cream cookbooks have just come out this year, which is great, since i only knew of one before that, Vice Cream. But i’ve definitely been highly anticipating Wheeler’s book. And now it’s finally here, and just in time for Ice Cream Month! I took my copy home monday. there are some super unusual flavors in here (in my experience anyway) like yam (not sweet potato. yam). i thought red bean at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory was unusual! there is also a wasabi ice cream. and shandy**. there’s regular stuff like rocky road and peanut butter too. and vanilla and chocolate.

the book sports a pretty thorough glossary of ingredients, broken up into several lists: basica (that is, sugars and thickeners), fruits/veggies, legumes and then spices. from thumbing through, it seems that all wheeler’s recipes involve a soymilk/soycreamer combo, but he encourages experimentation and includes a brief rundown of other non-dairy milks. my one complaint there would be that it’s hard to find non-dairy creamer that isn’t soy. i know there is something called ‘coconut cream’ (as opposed to coconut milk) but i don’t know if that would work. but i also know of a product called Mimicreme, which i’ve used for ice cream before, that is soy free and mainly cashews. i actually think it’s pretty awesome, and just found out you can get it at khim’s millenium market on driggs.

there are also quite a few recipes for things that aren’t ice cream, like fruit sushi and amaretto fudge. and one thing i do particularly like, as an information junkie of sorts, is the ‘tidbits’ of information about ingredients in the sidebar. not things you necessarily need to know, but great for those of us who like to know stuff. there are also quite a few recipes for things that aren’t ice cream with suggested flavor pairin including fruit sushi and amaretto fudge!

for the book club meeting tonight we read A Dilly of a Death, a pickle themed, texas-set murder mystery. so i’m making Wheeler’s Sweet Cucumber ice cream. it’s not pickles, but i don’t like pickles anyway. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

*while wheelers has yet to open an outlet in the big apple, 2 vegan ice cream parlors have opened in manhattan since last summer.  Stogo and Lulu’s.  both feature soy and non-soy vegan ice creams, but i can only attest to lulu’s: it’s great!  still though, williamsburg could use its own vegan ice cream parlor.  for now we’ll just have to settle for milkshakes from foodswings and the chicago soy dairy ice cream they serve at Vinnie’s and Penny Licks.

**from wikipedia: “Shandy is beer flavoured with ginger ale, ginger beer, lemonade, or other soft drink. The proportions of the two ingredients are adjusted to taste, normally half-and-half, although shandy that is sold canned or bottled is typically much weaker (about one part beer to ten parts lemonade).”

the ice cream is a ginger beer shandy. i had a can of lemonade shandy in scotland once. once.

Ever wish you could have a good shot of espresso when you’re nowhere near a cafe, or elecricity for that matter? The answer is the Handpresso.

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Haeger NatureStone

Haeger NaturalStone

We found this great American made stoneware at the Housewares show in Chicago.

Haeger has been manufacturing fine pottery in the US since 1871.

These Stoneware Pie Dishes are glazed on the exterior (Blue, Brown, and White) and Unglazed on the interior. This provides for a great crust and the even cooking you expect from stoneware.

The rectangular pan is a great roaster or lasagna pan, and the unglazed muffin/cupcake pan is awesome!

Heeheehee, the new Fred & Friends stuff just arrived (from Rhode Island, thank you very much) and there’s some great stuff here!

Check out the glass mini carton creamer, which looks even better for the table than a Ronnybrook bottle:

Fred Glass Half Pint

Fred Glass Half Pint

And how can any nerd party be complete without SPACE INVADER ICE CUBE TRAYS?!?!??!

Ice Invaders!

Ice Invaders!

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Say it with me, folks: Melaboo. It’s fun to say! It is also fun to look at. But the real fun part is that Melaboo tableware, made from a combination of melamine and bamboo, is biodegradable. This isn’t new for bamboo, but it’s new for products that look and perform like melamine! It’s easy to clean and light and shiny and comes in very pretty muted colors.

The colanders are my personal favorite. You can see them on the left, on top of the crate. They have that sturdy, classic enamelware shape, without the rusting issues. I’m partial to the green and the yellow.

Melaboo isn’t on our webstore yet, so you’ll have to come in to the store to check them out. It’s worth it. Really, they’re pretty and they’re pretty cool.

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