True story: when I was little, the worst trouble I ever got into was when I was caught stealing cookies from the cupboard. Itâ€™s that kind of dedication to my sweet tooth that makes me crazy about the Dunk Mug (and gave me the four cavities I have to get filled next month, yikes). Designed by my new idol Dominic Skinner, the Dunk Mug has a built in shelf for discreetly housing a small cookie stash. The cookie shelf (or â€œbiscuit shelf,â€ if youâ€™re as charmingly English as the site) should be turned away from you as you drink so that nothing falls into your lap as you sip your morning caffeine. Donâ€™t worry: there are both left-handed and right-handed mugs available since sugar junkies don’t discriminate! — Katie D.
How did I miss this incredible idea from Not Martha?! These tiny gingerbread houses are made to be perched on the edge of your mug of hot cocoa (or whatever you may be drinking). These are too cute to put away for a whole year, so I was thrilled to see Not Martha had success making these houses out of sugar cookie dough as well. While gingerbread screams holidays, sugar cookies are welcome in my house all year round. — Erica P.
Designed by skateboarding San Francisco native Joey Roth, the Sorapot is a marvel of form-meets-function. Itâ€™s made from stainless steel, Pyrex, and natural silicone, and is more a work of art than a simple drink dispenser. Thoroughly modern and thoroughly unfussy, the Sorapot is worthy of its $200 price tag (as well as the 20-minute video of its designer discussing its attributes on the Sorapot page). — Katie D.
After I posted a link to Saveur’s Tom and Jerry recipe, I couldn’t get it out of my head. It just seemed so elegant and warm for the holidays, especially as we were having Christmas breakfast with two friends, so I decided to give the recipe a whirl. I think the drinks turned out exactly right, but not without a lot of effort.
First, separating eggs: I don’t find this that difficult (I just do what my mom taught me, which is to plunk the yellow back and forth between the shell halves while the white drains into a bowl) but I did that classic thing where you accidentally drop the yellow into the white, and it breaks, and then you start over.
Second, reading comprehension: All my ingredients are measured out, add the two cups of rum to the batter….hmm, that’s not thickening as promised. Oh, you said two TABLESPOONS of rum? My mistake. Dump the batter, and start over with the egg separating thing… Read on, if you dare. (more…)
Just in time for the holiday party season comes the witty On the Rocks ice cube tray. I spotted them at Perpetual Kid, where they’re currently out of stock, but you can also find them at Amazon.com. The tray comes with several different colored swizzle sticks to ensure that you and your fellow revelers will be able to tell whose drink is whose (without those silly glass charms). — Katie D.