I was invited to a bloggers’ breakfast at The Cook’s Warehouse in Ansley Mall in Midtown Atlanta on Sunday, December 7 where they showcased the hottest culinary and epicurean items for the holidays. The year is still all about cocktailing and wine accessories to high-tech grilling and the picks we’re sharing won’t disappoint and will help in your last minute holiday shopping. 

Whisky Wedge Packaging and Product 2Whiskey Wedge by Corkcicle is the perfect new slant on whiskey sipping. It’s the artful way to perfectly chill, but not water down your favorite spirits. The silicone form and glass are packaged together. The silicone form fits perfectly in the glass, fill glass with water, freeze and remove form and now you have a perfect wedge of low-melting ice in your glass. Pour your favorite spirit and enjoy! SRP $14.99

Carry-On Cocktail Kit says gone are the days of boring in-flight drinks. The Carry-On Cocktail Kit provides everything you need to mix two proper old fashioned cocktails at 30,000 feet. Simply carry on your kit (don’t worry, it will make it through security just fine), order a mini-bottle of bourbon, and use the custom combination bar spoon/muddler to mix in the included cane sugar and small-batch bitters. SRP $19.99

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Vinnebago ImageVinnebago is the ideal way to keep beverages perfectly chilled or hot while on the go. It’s innovative and new technology incorporates three layers of insulation while its beautiful design makes a very sleek and stylish presentation for your wine or cocktails at a picnic, beach or while tailgating. Hot beverages stay hot for 12 hours while cold beverages stay cold for 25 hours. Available in white or black. SRP $29.99

The Coravin 1000 Wine Access System was made for the serious wine enthusiast because it allows you to access, pour, and enjoy your favorite wines by the glass whenever you would like, without pulling the cork. Unlike preservation systems, which require the cork to be pulled and allow oxygen to enter the bottle, Coravin leaves the cork in place to continue protecting the wine, allowing you to pour from same bottle weeks or months later. Coravin uses Argon gas to protect the remaining wine from oxidation. Argon is an inert gas which does not react with the wine or affect the taste. Elegantly designed and engineered with precision to deliver consistent quality that will allow you to pour and enjoy your favorite wines. My personal top pick for the season. SRP $299.99

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HOST – Freeze Cooling Wine Glasses

Take the worry out of entertaining with these versatile and reusable wine glasses. HOST’s proprietary freezer gel is precisely engineered to keep your beverage perfectly cold. After just two hours in the freezer, your cooling wine glass is ready to do the hard work for you.

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  • The Freeze is perfect for all wines
  • A frozen glass will keep your drink between 43-53 degrees Fahrenheit. A refrigerated glass will keep your drink between 58-62 degrees Fahrenheit
  • BPA-free PETG plastic
  • Hand wash recommended

$24.99 retail –set of two

Towel and Aprons by Cat Studio

It’s a dish towel, a tea towel, a hand towel, a bar towel or a guest towel with geographic and landmarks in our state and city. Other state and cities including the North Pole available online at www.catstudio.com. Packaged in organdy pouch, 100% cotton. Machine wash cold and line dry. Measures 20″ x 29.” SRP $19.99 for the towels and $31.99 for the aprons

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20140521-_00_0289_Scoop_02SpreadTHAT! and ScoopTHAT!

Revolutionary technology uses the heat from your hand to make spreading and scooping easy. Spread cold butter, chocolate or cream cheese without waiting. Scoop ice cream 25% faster than other ice cream scoops and quick non-stick release. Environmentally safe and beautiful design. $19.99 each

Wusthof 200th Anniversary 8-inch Chef’s Knife

In celebration of Wusthof’s 200th Anniversary and for a limited time only the Wusthof 8-inch Chef’s Knife is priced at $89.95 vs. $129. It’s classic Wusthof with a precision-forged blade from a single blank of high-carbon steel and includes a triple-riveted ergonomic handle. Made in Solingen, Germany and has a lifetime warranty. A must for any kitchen or the budding new chef.

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SiftStir by the Everyday Gourmet

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This unique whisk and sifter combination is brilliantly design by The Everyday Gourmet chef with sturdy, strong wires that are tough enough to whisk heavy wet ingredients such as pudding, batters, sauces and even stiff dough. Then slip the custom-designed mesh cylinder over the whisk and it becomes a sifter that allows you to sift dry ingredients as easily as whisking them. Uniformly combine dry ingredients with the ease and convenience of using a whisk. SRP $15.99

RSVP Chef’s Duster by The Everyday Gourmet

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RSVP’s new Chef’s Duster is the baker’s answer to all your sifting, blending and dusting needs. Blending cinnamon and sugar is a breeze. Dusting your cookies, cakes, waffles, French toast, pancakes, crepes is simple with the Chef’s Duster. Use it to sift and blend as well. It is made of durable 18/8 stainless steel which is dishwasher safe. It comes with a plastic cover to keep things from overflowing. You will enjoy the ergonomic handle as well as the ease of use. A gentle squeeze of the handle and the magic begins.

  • Dust confectioner’s sugar, cinnamon, or cocoa
  • Sift flour or cornmeal
  • Blend cinnamon sugar or spice rubs
  • Stainless steel and dishwasher safe

SRP $19.99

 

Joseph Joseph Garlic Rocker

Joseph-Joseph-Rocker-Garlic-CrusherBy using downward pressure and a ‘rocking’ motion, this stylish tool breaks up garlic cloves quickly and easily, forcing the pieces up through the mesh of holes in its base. The crushed pieces are then held in the curved design, allowing them to be spooned or scraped conveniently into a pan or bowl. Additional cloves can also be crushed at this stage before emptying. Rocker is easy to clean under running water but is also dishwasher safe. SRP Black or green $9.99, stainless $14.99

Blendtec Blenders

Blendtec blenders are built to the highest commercial standards, making them the cleanest, safest, and most powerful blenders you can buy. Whatever your goal: health and fitness, weight loss, athletic performance or culinary mastery, the Blendtec blenders make it easier to achieve. Features include a smart touch-screen interface, plunger-free, easy-clean jar, uniquely blunt safety blade, hardened-metal drive socket, quiet and ultra high-speed motor. Made in the USA. SRP Designer 725 – $649.99, Designer 675 – $549.99 and Classic 575 – $379.99

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Lotus Grill is the lightweight, smokeless, table barbecue that’s perfect for tailgating, boating, camping and more. Its powder-coated exterior stays cool during cooking so the grill can be easily moved. Built-in fan runs on four AA batteries and can be adjusted by an LED-lit switch. On/Off switch also works as adjustable heat control. Grease drippings are captured in inner bowl away from charcoal preventing smoke and flames. SRP Lotus Grill $249.99 and Lotus Grill XL $349.99

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Beautiful Briny Sea Sugars

bbs_sugars_smallIntroducing exciting and inspired flavored sugars from Beautiful Briny Sea including Mexican Chocolate Sugar, Beautiful Dreamer (French Rose) Sugar and Orange Chili Sugar (spicy!)

  • Each 16 oz. container comes packed with delicately blended organic cane sugar, a wooden scoop, and Out of the Box Suggested Uses on the label.
  • Locally crafted in Atlanta in great looking containers that make perfect gifts
  • Use in baking, rimming drinks, in vinaigrette, seasoning meats and vegetables – the possibilities are endless!
  • These new sugars are the perfect addition to our assortment of Beautiful Briny Sea’s small-batch culinary sea salts such as Truffle, Rosemary, Lavender and a crowd favorite — Unicorn Salt.

SRP $17.99 each

Darex Work Sharp Knife Sharpening by Ken Onion is expertly designed so that you can sharpen knives at home like a professional. It includes an adjustable sharpening guide to produce precise edge bevels from 15° to 30°. Premium flexible abrasive belts to deliver a strong, long-lasting razor-sharp edge. A variable speed motor to handle every sharpening task, from grinding to honing. SRP $129.99

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Delonghi Magnifica XS

delonghiThe Mercedes Benz of coffee makers.

  • Automatic shut-off
  • Flavor saving coffee bean container tap
  • Coffee-grounds container capacity indicator: 14 cups/72h
  • Removable water reservoir (1.8L/60.8oz) with empty water indicator
  • Rinse and de-calcification auto programs
  • Water filter
  • Cup holder
  • Programmable water hardness.
  • Removable drip tray with level indicator
  • Rapid Cappuccino
  • Power supply switch for zero consumption
  • Energy savings function
  • Stand-by function
  • Thermoblock technology brews the espresso at the ideal and constant temperature

Reg. SRP $2,900.00 on sale for $1,499.99

MiniMax by Big Green Egg®

The all new MiniMax Big Green Egg is proof that great things come in small packages — and this Egg is the first to arrive with its own transportation in the form of a sturdy, easy- to-grip carrier. While MiniMax is perfect for camping, poolside and tailgating at the ballgame, it is just at home at award-winning restaurants around the world where top chefs love exploring the Egg’s versatility and discovering the amazing flavors produced in such a compact and high-performance package. MiniMax is built to perform and is ready to travel to where

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ver your culinary interests take you.

Opening the MiniMax dome reveals a stainless-steel cooking grid measuring 13 inches in diameter for a whopping 133 square inches of cooking area, all within a convenient and compact 19.5 inch height.

And, of course, MiniMax is constructed from the same ultra high-quality ceramics as the other six Egg sizes, and comes with the same best-in-class limited lifetime warranty.

Specifications:

  • Grid Diameter: 13 in.
  • Cooking Area: 133 sq. in.
  • Height: 19.5 in.

The MiniMax Egg can cook:

  • 12-pound turkey
  • 4 burgers
  • 1 chicken vertically
  • 2 steaks
  • 1 rack of ribs

SRP $597.99

JK Adams Concave Cutting Boards

Keeps your juice where you want it. The unique, gentle, four-way curve keeps your meat resting in its own delicious juices. Concave boards range in sizes between 12” x 12” & 20” X 14.” SRP between $36.99 and $86.99

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Trudeau Laguiole 6-piece Steak Knife set in a box

Laguiole, pronounced “Laϊole” is a village in France renowned for its artisanal hand-finished cutlery and corkscrews. Inspired by this region of the world, the Trudeau Laguiole collection has preserved the craftsmanship in its manufacturing process.  Most of the metal is forged, then finished and assembled by hand. The black horn or Pakka Wood accents add the finishing touch to this high-quality product. SRP $99.99

  • TDU LagiouleFeatures elegant, precision blades that are hand finished by master craftsmen
  • Ergonomic, hand-finished handles are triple riveted and crafted of natural wood or horn
  • Thick gauge, serrated blades
  • Full tang
  • Forged, premium stainless-steel blades for durability and optimal performance
  • Hand wash
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Imported

garlic_cone_010_lowGarlic Cone

GarlicCone is a new kitchen utensil that makes peeling garlic quick and easy. Where did the idea for GarlicCone come from? Inventor Herman Rasmuson had to peel vast amounts of garlic. He quickly realized it was incredibly time consuming and complicated and started looking for a more convenient solution. The new GarlicCone is the result of his quest to make garlic peeling quick and easy. Pop one or a couple of garlic cloves inside the environmentally friendly, silicone-like, soft plastic cone and by rubbing it between your palms, the peel is removed. To handle different sized cloves GarlicCone is cleverly cone shaped and comes in six different colors. SRP $6.99

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Each ceramic stake is specially designed to release just the right amount of water into the soil via a recycled wine or plastic bottle, making your gardening endeavors a little bit greener. As your plants absorb moisture from the soil, the stakes will automatically release water directly into the soil, rather than on the surface, ensuring that root systems receive an adequate drink. It’s a great gift for both wine lovers and gardening enthusiasts alike. SRP $9.99

September is National Biscuit Month which spotlights a Southern food icon and the tradition of biscuit making for any meal, not just breakfast.

In honor of National Biscuit Month, White Lily® flour encourages bakers to “Save the Biscuit” by learning, teaching and sharing with others the joy of making biscuits. There is no substitute for a scratch-made biscuit, and it’s a tradition worth preserving.

I remember my grandmother always had her hot-out-of-the-oven biscuits on her dinner table and it wouldn’t be dinner without the sorghum syrup can on the table for my grandfather to enjoy.

Looking for a twist on the iconic biscuit? Country Ham and Cheese Biscuits are an easy variation on the classic.

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Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
2 cups White Lily Enriched Bleached Self-Rising Flour
1/4 cup Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening or 1/4 stick Crisco Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening
1 cup finely chopped cooked country ham
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter, melted

  1. HEAT oven to 450 degrees F. Spray baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. PLACE flour in large bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is the size of peas.
  3. ADD ham, cheese and sour cream. Gradually add milk, stirring only enough to moisten flour and hold dough together.
  4. TURN dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead gently two or three strokes. Gently pat or roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-inch biscuit cutter, leaving as little dough between cuts as possible. Gather remaining dough; re-roll one time. Cut as described above. Discard scraps.
  5. PLACE on prepared baking sheet 1 inch apart for crisp sides or almost touching for soft sides.
  6. BAKE 8 to 10 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Brush tops with melted butter. Serve hot.

Makes 12 servings

Visit www.whitelily.com for more recipes and baking tips.

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The Southern Cake Book

With Labor Day behind us and fall ahead of us my mind is thinking about fall fashions, maybe a new pair of fall boots (hum, cowboy and something high-style with a kick-ass heel?), fall dinners at home, college football, holiday celebrations and all my friends and family that have fall birthdays. So one of the newest cookbooks The Southern Cake Book by our friends at Southern Living gets my approval at the most perfect time.

The Southern Cake Book

The Southern Cake Book features over 150 recipes for every type of cake from sheet cakes and cupcakes to decadent cheesecakes and the even more elaborate layer cakes that would make any Southerner proud to prepare. Now you might remember that I grew up around some of the best Southern cooks so while I thumbed through this cookbook I felt like I was going down memory lane. As I turned each page I’m looking for my favorites and they are all there: the classic Southern Pound Cake from Heaven; the quintessential Celebration Hummingbird Cake brimming with bananas, pineapple, and pecans, first printed in Southern Living in 1978 and still its most-requested recipe of all time; Mama Dip’s Carrot Cake from North Carolina’s own Mildred “Mama Dip” Council; the Peanut-Cola Cake — we Southerners just call it “Coke-Cola” cake (that’s versus the correct way of pronouncing it as Coca-Cola cake) but I’m sure the publishers didn’t want any trouble with copyright infringement — along with the tangy Lemon Coconut Cake, Key Lime Icebox Cake and a rich three-layer Birthday Cake frosted with luscious milk chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Southern Living The Southern Cake Book, published by Oxmoor House and edited by Allison E. Cox. S.R.P. $22.95 makes it a must for any Southern kitchen but also the perfect hostess and holiday gift. Consider wrapping the cookbook with a beautiful antique silver cake server for a uniquely special gift.

P.S. And in case you didn’t know (Duh), Coca-Cola and Coke are registered trademarks of The Coca-Cola Company.

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Basil Squeeze

This recipe for a Basil Squeeze made with Covington Sweet Potato Vodka and St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur was created by Anna Honeycutt, the Bull Durham Bar manager, at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, N.C., but I also asked her to provide me with the just-as-refreshing nonalcoholic version. I’ve prepared the nonalcoholic version many times this summer for my husband Tim, friends, family and myself. It’s the perfect summer drink to beat the August heat. 

Basil Squeeze

Basil Squeeze (with alcohol)

1 ½ oz. Covington Sweet Potato Vodka

¾ oz. St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

3 basil leaves

Lemon wedge

1 oz. lemon juice

2 oz. club soda or San Pellegrino

Muddle lemon wedge and two basil leaves in a Collins glass with vodka and St. Germain. Add lemon juice, fill with ice and shake. Top with more ice (if necessary, based on glass size) and club soda or San Pellegrino. Garnish with a basil leaf, lemon wedge and straw. Enjoy.

Basil Squeeze (nonalcoholic)

3 basil leaves

Lemon wedge

3 oz. lemon juice

1.5 oz. agave (or simple syrup)

2 oz. club soda or San Pellegrino

Muddle lemon wedge and two basil leaves in a Collins glass. Add lemon juice and agave then fill with ice and shake. Top with more ice (if necessary, based on glass size) and club soda or San Pellegrino. Garnish with a basil leaf, lemon wedge and straw. Enjoy.

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.