Mother Daughter Aprons: Mother’s Day Gift Idea

May 2nd, 2012

There is a school of thought that says women hate kitchen-ey gifts on special occasions. That school has obviously never seen these vintage-styled mom and daughter aprons from “Aprons 2 Tie 4” which I declare to be a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Mother & daughter aprons

Mother & daughter aprons

So sweet and smart, if you wear one, the cupcakes will practically bake themselves. The handmade aprons come in a variety of vintage-inspired prints and colors – full bib style or flirty half aprons. Gorgeous. Matching mom and me sets from $33 at


Buying Chef Knives and Kitchen Tools

May 23rd, 2010

Buying chef knives and other kitchen tools is no small task.

But, if you believe, as I do, that everyone is more attractive to the opposite sex when equipped to zest a lemon, cook a steak and write on a cake, then you’ll want to figure these things out.  Most of us have a so-called cooking knife that would turn a chef’s hair white. And don’t get me started on the stuff growing on your ten-year-old nylon cutting board. In the name of food, love and safety, here is the expert low-down on buying chef knives and setting up a respectable kitchen.


Kitchen Junk Book by Mary Randolph Carter

May 18th, 2010

I like trash as much as the next girl.

And kitchen junk, like poxy pastel Tupperware, rusted baking tins and tatty old aprons turns my crank quite a lot.

That’s why I love the book Kitchen Junk, by American junk queen Mary Randolph Carter (Penguin Group, Viking Studio, 1999). The third book in Carter’s “junk trilogy” – proceeded by American Junk and Garden Junk – shows how, in the right hands, piles of crap can be works of art. Sometimes functional ones. Just because I can’t do it, doesn’t mean I don’t believe.

Read on for an interview with the irrepressible Mary Randoph Carter and a book review.

Kitchen Junk by Mary Randolph Carter

Kitchen Junk by Mary Randolph Carter