Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Whether for Valentine’s Day or for a frosty school night, concocting meals in the kitchen is more fun when the tools are first-rate. Here’s a roundup of shiny new things for the metro kitchen that will make a chef’s heart melt.

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Terracotta cookware imparts a traditional feel to family recipes, and Piral’s 1870 Collection and Nuove Collezione travels from picturesque Albisola, Italy to its true destination: your dinner table. This cookware is natural, organic, hand finished, and features fine artisan quality. What’s more, it can be used on open flames, in the oven or freezer, in the microwave and is dishwasher safe. Lightweight and sporting a brilliant sheen, you’ll have to concede that cookware can be high art. Visit www.piral.it or www.terraallegraimports.com* and feast your eyes on the 18cm red saucepan – perfect for holidays!

* Simply enter the special four digit promo code “2008″ at check out and 25% will be automatically discounted from the purchase price for a limited time.

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Invite chef Todd English into your kitchen via his eco-friendly GreenPan, the first nonstick cookware product with Thermolon that’s completely PTFE/PFOA-free. Green-manufactured, it heats evenly up to 850 degrees (no more hot spots!), it can perform at high temperatures without releasing harmful fumes, it doesn’t flake, and is dishwasher safe. Your family and the environment surely deserve the new GreenPan line. Find it at www.alternativeconsumer.com, www.hsn.com or kitchen-dining.hsn.com

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Breville USA offers an array of the latest cool, hi-tech kitchen products, including its 1.6 liter Ikon Electric Kettle. The iconic Ikon boils two cups of water in two minutes flat, and its classic design will prompt you to want to showcase it. Made of brushed stainless steel, it’s a kitchen staple you’ll appreciate for years. Visit www.brevilleusa.com and order one for yourself.

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BuiltNY created a zoo animal series lunchbox that not only captivates the imagination of every child, but adults now collect them too. It’s easy to see why. The Munchler is both whimsical and practical, designed in part by award-winning children’s book illustrator Stephen Savage. Made from polypropylene, tested lead and food safe, this adorable Munchler saves hundreds of bags over the course of a year and childhood. Visit www.builtny.com. While you’re there, check out the modern wine ratchet from BuiltNY, forgoes bells and whistles, and brings back the fun of opening a bottle with a celebratory “pop.” Simply ratchet down, spin the cork, pull and pop – it’s that easy.

Orka introduced a smart new soap that will put an end to garlic and onion smells at long last: Deos stainless steel soap. Chop fresh garlic and a mound of onions with impunity, knowing Deos has your hands covered in post-preparation. Sleek, compact and shiny, Deos is not only useful but also imparts an ultra-modern touch to your kitchen. Order it at www.amazon.com.

Keep your family beautiful, from the inside out. Health is beauty and Nordic Fish Pills from Nordic Naturals offer EPA and DHA, which are Omega-3 fatty acids from fish. These key components of cellular membranes help the tissues of our bodies to function properly. Considering that so much of our fish supply is sullied with toxins, these contaminant-free, tested fish oils present an opportunity to get the nutrients your family needs to thrive. A bonus: radiant, youthful skin and less hair loss. Find them at www.nordicnaturals.com and your local health food store.

Hint water adds a dash of verve in the form of natural, unsweetened flavor to nature’s original thirst quencher: water. No calories, sweeteners or preservative can be found in Hint, rendering the tag line “Drink Water, Not Sugar” appropriate. Parents everywhere have to love this! Order them by the dozens at www.drinkhint.com/home.

Unsweetened water and fish oil supplements, wine and tea, food cooked in an eco-friendly green pan and terracotta cookware…it’s possible for you to radiate good health throughout the year.

Originally published February 2008
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