Saturday Special (Bowl Scraper)

When you’re trying to build your kitchen arsenal up, it can be difficult to decide what is really important.  You browse your local kitchen store and are blinded by all the shiny gadgets, expensive tools, and gorgeous napkins.  Sighing, you believe that without a hefty grant, your kitchen might just have to be mediocre.  You resolve to eat more take out as not to showcase your lack of kitchen gadgetry.

bowl scraper

Fear not!  One of the greatest additions to your drawers is the simple, inexpensive bowl scraper!  Most run for under $1 and can be used to make lines in pastry cream, clean bowls, and just about anything else.  I have a feeling one of these will come in handy during the holidays.

It’s not an item I recommend shopping online for, as I had some difficulties.  However, the one pictured above is here.  Next time you’re at any kitchen supply shop or supermarket, I can almost guarantee you’ll find one!




Saturday Special

Sometimes when I am scrolling through Pinterest, browsing a local culinary shop, or reading about all the new restaurants via Bon Appetit, I get a little giddy.  My guess is, since you’re reading a food blog, that you do, too.  I know you share my love of all things new in the food world, so every Saturday I’m giving you a little treat.  A spotlight on a restaurant I’m drooling over, a recipe I’m dying to try, or a cool new tool that I wish was nestled next to my stand mixer.  So, without further ado, today’s Saturday Special is:

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Photo courtesy of Serious Eats, Brad Thomas Parsons

Photo courtesy of Serious Eats, Brad Thomas Parsons

After hearing about Jeni and here handmade creamy goods, I was hooked.  Starting in Ohio, and now with locations in Tennessee and Chicago, the ice cream is made in small batches, with an attention to detail.  Constantly developing new flavors, like Brambleberry crisp and Riesling poached pear sorbet, making a trip to a scoop shop almost seems like a necessity to life.  Now that I am back in Chicago, I plan to run to the one on Southport and devour my share of heavenly yumminess.