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For the Caffeine Obsessed, 15 New Coffee and Tea Items

You might be riding the Third Wave coffee and tea movement if you can discuss the aromatic nuances and mouthfeel of your preferred region of coffee bean or tea leaf,

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Pudding People Rejoice: New Kozy Shack Flavor!

Pudding people love Kozy Shack. While the most popular brand of grocery-store pudding, Jell-O, has an ingredient list containing artificial this and partially hydrogenated that, taking a peek at the

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Do You Take Your iPad in the Kitchen?

One of the best things about cooking from books or paper recipes is that you can mark up the recipe as you adapt it to your own tastes. Maybe you

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Ridiculously Good Candy Canes

I am something of a candy cane addict, so much so that when I was a child I had a strategic method of stealing canes from the Christmas tree so

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The Dogfish Head of Hard Cider

What Sam Calagione is to beer—maverick, experimenter, innovator—Joe Heron is becoming to hard cider. His two-year-old cider company, Crispin, makes traditional ciders (under both Crispin and Fox Barrel brands), but

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Snooth App: Find Wine on Your Phone

The wine-rating-and-buying site Snooth released an iPhone app recently, allowing wine enthusiasts to search for wine, find nearby stores, and compare prices. It’s fun to play around with, but the

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Weird New Cotton Candy Maker

Am I the only one who remembers those puffed-up round mint candies they used to sell at drugstores? It looked like they took a regular Starlight Mint and, um, did

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Unnerving Knife Refrigerator Magnet

ThinkGeek, lately praised by us for its Star Trek pizza cutter, continues its headlong march into kitchen drollery with the Knife Fridge Magnet, which totally looks like you stuck a

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How to Make Fancy Chocolate

OK, that headline is a total red herring. If you’re looking to make your own fancy chocolate, with tempering and pretty toppings, well, Google can probably help with that. But

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Star Trek Pizza Cutter

ThinkGeek, source of many clever and/or deeply nerd-influenced tchotchkes, presents the Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter, which cuts pizza while looking exactly like the NCC-1701, no doubt boldly, etc. etc.

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Fatty Nut Snack I Can’t Stop Eating

I love snacking on nuts. People complain, “But nuts are so fatty!” Yeah, I guess so. But then, so is your $6 crappuccino frothamocha, and I don’t mock you over

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Food52’s High-Tech Food Crisis Help Line

We are really digging food52’s latest website addition, foodpickle, a real-time food help line. Just send questions to @foodpickle on Twitter, and you get back responses from a community of

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Betty Draper’s Favorite Coffee Cup

So they wouldn’t really have had cups like these back in Mad Men times, because in the early ’60s, coffee came in tiny little eight-ounce cups that were, by law,

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Pregnancy Water Salvation

Pregnant women have to drink so much water that it just gets boring. You’re looking for anything—anything!—to jazz water up. My friend puts a dash of Peychaud’s bitters in homemade

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A Free Pass into the Cool Kids’ Cocktail Club

There are so many talented bartenders on the West Coast that I’m surprised it took this long for someone to capitalize on them and make a book. But Ted Munat

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A Hideous Apron with an Unpleasant Surprise

The stock-in-trade at the Etsy shop of the, um, aptly named Leapinchubb is aprons. Specifically, aprons fitted with faux phalluses (phalli?) that are disturbingly real-looking, covered up with a tea

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The Tiniest (Functional) Corkscrew in the World

British company True Utility makes stuff like heavy-duty LED flashlights and mini multipurpose tools that clip on your key ring. Now, they claim they make the world’s smallest fully functional

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5 Cookbooks for Dweebs and Nerds

Put on your pocket protectors, tape your glasses back together, and pretend you’re still a virgin. Cooking for Geeks, a new cookbook by Jeff Potter, is probably the best science-meets-the-kitchen

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Mutant Serving Utensils

What would happen if a utilitarian stainless-steel serving spoon, fancy heirloom silver, and a couple of hand tools were hybridized into one mutant serving utensil? I’ll tell you what: a

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A Coffee Table Book for Food Voyeurs

A fascinating book just showed up at CHOW HQ called What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. The big coffee table photo book profiles 80 people’s eating habits

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Buy a San Francisco Chef for Charity

If you ever wanted to brew at San Francisco’s Magnolia, work at Chez Panisse for a day, or be invited to taste-test at the next Delfina restaurant project before it

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