I fell for the pitch from QVC who were selling oven gloves over Christmas. They are major additions to our kitchen. Thick but malleable they are just wonderful for slinging hot pots and dishes around. Bar b que too. Cheap as well, $20.
Jason Fox, executive chef of San Francisco's Commonwealth, grills meat on cedar paper—it gives the food a smoky, wood-grilled flavor. He recommends getting cedar paper online or at your local Asian grocery.
Great Gadgets for Shredding Scallions and Julienning Carrots
Grace Young, author and contributing editor at Saveur magazine, has found two gadgets that will keep you from wasting hours shredding scallions and julienning carrots. These tools will up your knife-skills game immensely.