Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

Although New York City is one of the greatest places on Earth to have home-delivered cuisine, the plethora of green markets, Whole Foods stores, Fresh Direct delivery, and now even a Trader Joe’s renders it a veritable chef’s paradise. Metro moms, especially those with newborns, are more apt to whip something up in the kitchen, especially when midnight and 4a.m. feedings make ordering in impractical in the city that never sleeps. Here’s some fresh products designed to make the new mom or dad’s life in the kitchen easier.

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If you didn’t have a food processor before baby arrived, you’ll want one after your bundle is born. Babies and toddlers prefer food smooth, rich and creamy and The Magic Bullet is, in a word, perfect. It’s small enough not to be cumbersome in city quarters, but it does the work of a food processor twice its size. Thoughtfully blueprinted with a variety of useful screw-on additions and two sizes of blades, the 14-piece Magic Bullet is great for fruit smoothies, soups, dressings, gazpacho, protein shakes, and mulching all manner of food for toothless tots. It’s also incredibly fun because it’s so portable and user-friendly. It can replace your blender, coffee grinder, knives, food processor and juicer. Find it at www.everythingkkitchens.com and www.amazon.com, as well as department stores and selected drugstores.

Coffee. Bleary-eyed and frazzled (um…in a happy way), most sleep-deprived new moms need it, want it, and can’t move without it. Mr. Coffee’s Home Cafe single server machine saves the day. There is a lot of flexibility with this machine: you can make cappuccino, a single cup of coffee, tea with the attached strainer, and can even control how much coffee is disbursed. The machine uses pods, but has an attachable strainer if you prefer loose coffee. The temperature is always right, and the coffee is truly a godsend. Find it at www.mrcoffee.com.

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Le Creuset is to cookware as Tiffany’s is to jewelry, and this high-quality brand consistently outdoes itself. Le Creuset’s Apple Pie Server triples as a serving dish, cooking dish or storage plate and comes in bright red or granny smith apple green. Le Creuset also has petite, appetizer-size apple and pumpkin casserole servers in orange and sunny yellow for presenting food at festive occasions. Kids will love eating from this sturdy, colorful dishware (complete with lids). Check out cast iron frying pans in colors that brighten your kitchen, heavy-duty oven mitts,, mini cocottes, ingenius corkscrews, stock pots, tea pots, cooling rounds, whisks, cheery silicone spatulas, roasters, buffet casserole dishes in deep blue, woks, trivets, and so much more at www.lecreuset.com. This site provides more than enough eye candy for home chefs and kitchen fanatics. Kids may also enjoy Le Creuset’s extensive selection of silicone cookware and bakeware – especially the bright blue baking sheets.

Little hands will have no trouble helping out in the kitchen with a bright red Fiesta Sil-Pin Jr. rolling pin. These rolling pins are build to last, and rendered in miniature with exciting colors for budding bakers who like rolling dough. Visit www.fiestaproducts.com to see everything else in store, and don’t be surprised if you fall in love with it all.

Originally published April 2006
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