Our Favorite Finds from the December 2018 Issue
From fun tote bags to clever casserole carriers and beyond, here are the kitchen tools, cookware and just plain fun stuff featured in Taste of Home's December 2018 issue.
4-Sided Copper Box Grater
Copper’s super on-trend right now, and it’s quickly making its way back into the kitchen. This copper box grater ($8) grates and slices cheese, veggies, spices and more with ease, and includes an acacia wood handle and silicone base to keep it from slipping.
Fancy Panz Portable Casserole Serveware
This handy casserole carrier protects potluck goodies on the go. Fancy Panz Portable Casserole Serveware ($20) keeps casseroles from getting crushed en route, and when it’s time to serve, just pop out the clear plastic lid so guests can dig in to their delight.
And if you’re looking for anything to serve it in, these 35 Tried-and-True 13×9 Casseroles would perk up any potlucker.
Que Collapsible Water Bottle
Make hydration on-the-go easier than ever with this genius collapsable water bottle. The 20-ounce bottle ($26) has a unique spiral design to help it easily collapse down, so once you’ve quenched your thirst, you can tuck it into your bag without adding bulk.
Bando Grapefruit Cooler Bag
Tote drinks to the beach or stash your workout gear in style with this sweet insulated cooler bag ($32). Even on an overcast day, you can’t help but feel sunny just looking at it.
Fresh-ground spices take tonight’s dinner to the next level. And this pretty-in-pink spice grinder ($35) makes creating your own blends a breeze. Try using it with these 10 essential spices every cook should have.
Le Petit Chef Complete Box Set
For pint-sized chefs who are just getting started in the kitchen, this three-piece kids’ knifeware set ($49) is the perfect bet. The sized-right chef’s knife and peeler are fit right into small hands, and the handy finger guards ensure they stay safe as they slice.
Get children excited about cooking with these easy recipes that kids can help make.
5-Quart Ceramic Bowl
Give your favorite stand mixer a chic companion with this sturdy KitchenAid patterned ceramic bowl ($110). Aside from being just plain pretty, the bowl is freezer, microwave, dishwasher and oven -safe. Not to mention, it’s pretty handy for whipping up some of these 100 amazing contest-winning desserts.
Cedar Grilling Wraps
These cedar grilling wraps ($14) make infusing meats and veggies with smoky, cedar-y flavor a whole lot easier than using planks. You can use them on the grill or in the oven, so give them in a try when you make these Cedar Plank Stuffed Portobellos.
Walnut Wood Ladle
Better Than Everything Bagel Spice
Made with sea salt, black pepper, garlic, onion, rosemary, smoked sea salt, brown mustard seed, dill seed and fennel seed, this irresistible spice blend ($8) tastes just like an everything bagel! Sprinkle it on anything from grilled meat to roasted veggies to eggs and fresh-baked bread.
With notes of warm citrus, fresh roses and a splash of chardonnay, this lovely Wax Cabin candle ($20) smells just like your favorite weekend get-together with the girls.
Stovetop Popcorn Popper
This matte black popcorn popper ($30) is the perfect gift for your binge-watching buddy who knows there’s no better movie-night snack than fresh popcorn made on the stovetop.
Never had it the old-fashioned way? Here’s how to make popcorn on the stovetop.
This versatile manual coffeemaker ($140) brews up three styles of coffee with a simple snap of hardware. It’s perfect for java junkies who constantly switch between a smooth mug of French press and a cold brew on a hot day.
Brew up a fresh pot, then use it to make any of these coffee-kissed desserts.
Monin Gourmet Flavoring Collection
Speaking of coffee, if you like yours with a boost of flavor, this gourmet flavored syrup set will amp up your cup of joe any way you like! With flavors like amaretto, toasted hazelnut, Irish cream and caramel, it’s stocked with gourmet classics to give your coffee some kick.
Corral your cookbook or magazine collection in this oversized mango wood basket. It’s also great for bundling up blankets, rounding up toys or keeping odds and ends from spilling all over the house.
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Slow Feed Dog Bowl
The built-in ceramic bone in this sleek dog bowl ($32) doesn’t just look cute—it promotes slower eating. That’s a great thing for Fido’s digestion!
Let’s Make Some Great Placemat Art
Keep kids (and fidgety adults) busy at the dinner table with these fun activity-filled placemats ($14) that double as doodle pads. But before you give the go-ahead to start creating, fill ’em up with any of these 100 kid-approved meals.
Hand-Dipped Serving Spoons
6.5-Inch Cast-Iron Skillet
Triple Rivet Collection 2-Piece Knife Set
This set with a 5.5″ utility knife and a 3.5″ paring knife ($15) makes the perfect do-it-all duo. Use the utility knife to cut through a big, juicy steak, and the paring knife to segment citrus for a showstopping salad.
Heirloom Blush B&B Dinner Plate
Give your table a touch of blush with these simply chic dinner plates ($58). The twice-fired premium china is perfect for elegant dinner parties, but simple enough to mix and match with everyday dishware.
Hand Knit Organic Cotton Scrub Cloths
These simple hand-knit cotton scrub cloths ($15 for 3) let you scrub deep without scratching counters, leather, stainless steal or even textured walls.
General Store Milk Shake Glasses
Throw an ice cream social and give it an adorably retro feel with these vintage-style milk shake glasses ($20 for 4). From ice cream sundaes to Strawberry-Cream Floats, anything seems even sweeter in these nostalgic glasses.
Goldtouch Nonstick Mini Loaf Pans
Make little loaves for gifting—or just for you—with these marvelous mini loaf pans ($29 for 4). They’re designed to promote even baking and browning of quick breads and mini cakes, plus they release baked goods with ease and clean up in seconds.
Placemat Spezzato—Quarso Rosa
This two-toned placemat ($14) is made of waxed paper, which is both water and stain resistant. It’s an easy way to add just a touch of femininity to your table setting.
Small Ceramic Bowl
These beautiful ceramic pinch bowls ($25) work in the kitchen or as storage for small items around the house. They’re the perfect size for holding measured ingredients as you prep your meal.
Cherry & Walnut End Grain Board
Handmade in Arizona, this stunning end-grain cutting board ($150) is more than just a looker. The end-grain style helps hides knife marks between the wood fibers, keeping the board looking new for longer then long-grain cutting boards.
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