MetroKitchen Team Visits Frankfurt for Ambiente!

Every year Frankfurt, Germany turns into the world’s largest housewares store as a result of a week long trade show of everything that can possibly used in a home. It’s called Ambiente.

This year, we decided it was time for some of us at MetroKitchen to attend this enormous show so we could bring you a world-wide view of what’s new for the home kitchen. We’re always looking for the newest and best in cookware, knives and small appliances to share with our customers.

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Nambe Serving Ware Review

Nambe BowlI’m always looking for something interesting and fun to add interest to the table setting of casual dinner parties. I’ve found it in Nambe!   What’s a Nambe you ask?

  • Nambe is cookware
  • Nambe is serving ware
  • Nambe is silver (in color) but never needs to be polished (yay!).
  • Nambe can be heated in the oven or popped into the freezer and then into the oven.

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New Smart Small Appliances from Emeril

Emeril LagasseEmeril is one of my favorite chefs.  His food and recipes are great.  I also like Emeril because he’s always inventing fun new items for kitchen and cooking fantics.

What better time to check out new items than the start of what we like to call “the eating season!”   These 6 new Emerilware small appliances can also make great gifts for the foodies on your list.  Here’s a quick look at each one:

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A Pheast for the eyes in Philly

Claes Oldenburg Sculpture Towers Between PA Academy of Fine Arts BuildingsPhiladelphia has lots of great treats for the eyes, from 18th century homes to amazing outdoor sculpture to, of course, the Liberty Bell.  Now there’s a new whimsical outdoor sculpture towering just north of Philadelphia’s “wedding cake” city hall.

This  51 feet high paint brush sculpture and paint “glop” was created by Claes Oldenburg and celebrates the opening of a wonderful outdoor civic space, Lenfest Plaza, that used to be part of a city street.   This new outdoor landmark, called the Torch,  is well worth a look – in person or on line.  It’s located directly across from the convention center and in between the two PA Academy of Fine Arts buildings.

The PA Academy of Fine Arts is the nation’s first museum and first fine arts school.  Rich history and a contemporary view of the world make it a wonderful place to enjoy American art from Thomas Eakins and Benjamin West to today…now marked by a Torch!

The CEO of MetroKitchen is a national Trustee of this wonderful history-filled institution.  We support a variety of PA Academy of Fine Arts fund raising events, including an especially fun wine auction in November!

Our Winged Visitor Sees MetroKitchen’s Heart

A visiting hummingbird rescued by MetroKitchenAt, we do our best to take care of our customers every day.  Occasionally, we also take care of living creatures who will never be customers!

Last Friday, we found a hummingbird in the warehouse.   Several of our employees tried to capture it to take it outside.  Romane noticed it was having some trouble flying.  Then Lee realized it had picked up a tiny dust ball.  Since hummingbirds are so light, even the smallest extra weight makes it difficult for them to fly.

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The Clam That Didn’t Get Away..

bowl of steamed clams
The escaping clam

Linguine with clams is one of my favorite dinners.  But, I only enjoyed it at restaurants.  I’ve always been a bit leery of actually dealing with the clams on my own.   Now, I’m happy to say frequently prepare my favorite linguini with clams recipe at home.  The clams aren’t difficult to handle at all.   The last time I made it a very aggressive clam took me by surprise.  This clam tried to get away!!

Fortunately I was able to keep the clam in check (or more accurately said in steam) and we had a wonderful dinner.

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Baking for the Holidays

Peanut Butter SquaresHolidays make me feel like a Keebler Elf.  I just love to bake and love baking with quality bakeware.  I really like to watch people enjoy my cookies, especially at Christmas.  And, as a side bonus, when I bake cookies, I never eat them.    Great way to control calories during the eating season!   I eat everyone’s cookies, but not my own.  Probably  because of all of the broken cookies I “test!”

An absolute essential in my cookie baking are easy to clean pans that don’t warp (you know that popping sound you sometimes hear when a pan is not thick enough to handle 350 degrees or more needed for tasty cookies?)   I don’t want to have to worry about pans burning cookies or turning out cookies that aren’t quite done.  I count on my cookie sheets to be consistent.  Of the many brands I’ve tried over 30 years (been baking since I was a kid), I have 3 favorites.  I like each brand for different reasons.   Here’s what I think:

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MetroKitchen Celebrates the Holidays with Turducken

Turkey with Roasting Pan & LiftersAt MetroKitchen, we decided to celebrate a bit early this year.  Our 2011 holiday party was the result of a Turducken. Last week we had a few customers call us about roasting pans.  That led us to a discussion about turduckens, which led to the party.   Few had experienced this New Orleans delight, so it seemed like a great excuse for a party.  After 5 hours of baking and basting, the “birds” were ready to slice and serve.  Take a look:

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MetroKitchen Welcomes Wellness Mats

Wellness Anti-Fatigue Kitchen MatCalled an anti-fatigue mat, the Wellness Mat lives up to its name.

A friend who does lots of catering says that her feet and back used to kill her after 4 or 5 hours of standing.  And she’s only 30!  Now, with a Wellness mat, she’s happy (and her husband is very happy because she complains less)    I was also amazed to learn that this made in the USA kitchen product actually helps with posture.  A variety of medical professionals recommend the Wellness Mat to help minimize the stress we put on our bodies when standing for long periods of time.

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