kinda genius: rinse&chop cutting board

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In today’s modern world, I’m not happy unless everything in my life multitasks. My computer is also a TV, my phone is also a web browser, and now my chopping board can double as a strainer! Made by Joseph Joseph and borrowing on origami techniques, the Rinse&Chop cutting board morphs into a strainer to simplify your salads and stir-fries. It’s ringed in rubber to make it non-slip and is dishwasher safe. And at $15, it’s also way cheaper than an iPhone. — Katie D.

Stay tuned for more innovative products from Joseph Joseph, coming up!

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bonus friday recipe from a reader: pizza cake!

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We love when readers send us cool stuff out of the blue! Abby Stavig got in touch with us this week to share the fab cake she made for her daughter’s birthday. Abby says:

My daughter recently turned two and we had her birthday at Chuck E Cheese so I thought a pizza cake would fit the theme nicely! I had decided I was going to try to make her cake myself this year as a challenge, so I set out to find inspiration. Your site and many others all had great examples of DIY cakes, and I wanted to share my success with you.

I purchased a 16″ round cake pan from Michael’s Crafts and asked my local pizza joint to donate a box and they were happy to oblige. It was SUPER easy to make, and I think it turned out great! Hope you enjoy taking a look!

Abby, we did! Happy birthday to your little one and congrats on a great-looking cake. Readers, you can get Abby’s how-to after the jump, and see more photos right here. Happy Friday! (more…)

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real life test kitchen: pea and black pepper risotto

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Spring is right around the corner — this weekend, finally! And even if it doesn’t really look or feel like Spring where you are, you can EAT like it’s Spring. That’s why I love this risotto. It’s loaded with sweet peas (that just happen to be frozen) that act as the perfect counterpoint to a healthy dose of black pepper and parmesan, not to mention that creamy, comforting Arborio rice. I know that some people may think risotto is complicated or difficult to make, but it’s just the opposite. This risotto takes at most 30 minutes from start to finish, with ingredients most of us already have on hand, and doesn’t require constant stirring. It’s the perfect dish to eat on the Equinox, or alongside your Easter ham, or heck — skip the corned beef tonight and have risotto instead! — Megan B. Click for risotto! (more…)

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a little green for st. patrick’s day: fiddlehead ferns

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I’ll admit it, when something is exclusive, I’m intrigued. When something is limited edition, you bet I want it. So when I learned of the elusive fiddlehead fern with its super short season, I knew I had to have them. The fiddlehead fern is actually the unfurled frond of the Ostrich Fern. They’re in limited supply for about three weeks in late April/early May. If you do find some, here’s a great way cook them up that really showcases their flavor:

First, remove any bits of the papery husk still attached to the fronds. Then — if you’re a nervous eater — you’ll want to boil or steam the heck out of them to avoid the slight chance of a GI problem that some health officials have worried people about. If you’re like me, you’ll risk the stomach upset for a flavorful, lightly cooked fiddlehead that tastes of spring. Simply toss them in a skillet with some butter, a drizzle of olive oil, and some salt and pepper. Delicious. — Erica P.

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liberty of london for target + transferware

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I love the idea of pairing a few old transferware serving pieces and plates with Target’s new Liberty of London Dining collection. Not only would the mix of materials and patterns be fun, it would also be a great way to stretch your dollars. Ruby Lane, Tias.com, and eBay have plenty of listings for great antique transferware in pinks, blacks, and pastels. The problem is actually finding the Liberty of London collection in stores! To date, I’ve made two trips but the Target closest to me only has bedding and apparel in stock — some, like this dinner plate, are only available online. Having better luck? If so, what do you plan on doing with your new plates and bowls? Do they live up to the hype? — Sarah L.

Liberty of London is selling out of Target stores fast, but lucky for you, we’re giving away a whole set of goodies to Shelterrific Facebook fans! Click for the details!

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