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What The Heck Is Smettanick?

Joseph Joseph Worktop Saver, USA Gastronomy Map

The Joseph Joseph Worktop Saver, USA Gastronomy Map is “made in the United Kingdom by Joseph Joseph, masters of form and function,” according to the product description. It goes on to say that what you are seeing is a “12-inch by 16-inch worktop saver; made of toughened glass; heat resistant to 536-degree F.”

What it doesn’t say is what the heck Smettanick is.

There you see it, up at the top of Montana: Smettanick. Turns out, this caught the eye of many back in 2011.

According to a nifty little write up in the Seattle Weekly about this very design (by a British designer), Smettanick is a Russian sour-cream cake whose preferred spelling is “smetannik.” (Check out a recipe for smetannik here.) As for its popularity in Montana? Only Montanans know. However, the map is not a total loss: the inclusion of “ultimate buffets” in Nevada is not much of a head-scratcher, although it’s probably a good guess that Nevadans eat more than pine nuts and casino buffets.

October 2, 2013   1 Comment

Joseph Joseph Elevate Carousel Set

Joseph Joseph Elevate Carousel Set

The Joseph Joseph Elevate Carousel Set solves two problems for the price of one. And that’s not even considering the amount of kitchen tools this one set contains. Called ‘Elevate’ for a reason, the utensils feature weighted handles, allowing for tools to be rested on the counter without the business end coming into contact with the surface.

Then after all the cooking is done and the utensils are cleaned, the set gives a place to store its components. Included along with the spaghetti server, slotted spoon, ladle, slotted turner, solid spoon and flexible turner is a rotating base allowing for the tools to always be within reach. Of course, by solving two questions another one arises, and that one would be: ‘Where did all the counter space go?’

May 11, 2011   No Comments

Spin The Peeler

Joseph Joseph 3-in-1 Design Rotary Peeler

Different peelers are designed to do different things. Some are designed for soft-skinned fruits and vegetables like kiwis and tomatoes, while others are meant for tougher produce like carrots and potatoes. A third option is the julienne peeler, used to create matchstick-like thin strips. With three different blades for three different uses, the Joseph Joseph 3-in-1 Design Rotary Peeler provides all of the above in one compact design. With a twist of the dial, the convenient peeler switches to the desired blade, and is appropriate for both righties and lefties. After use, it unclips from its protective case and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

August 31, 2010   No Comments

Snapshots of spaghetti

Joseph Joseph Spaghetti Measure

Looking very much like a camera iris diaphragm, the Joseph Joseph Spaghetti Measure doesn’t measure f-stops, but spaghetti servings instead. The kitchen gadget answers the age-old question of how much spaghetti to make by providing a simple guide. Determine 1-4 servings simply by placing uncooked spaghetti through the aperture and moving the lever accordingly. Finally, another reason to think of cameras and spaghetti in the same thought without involving a baby, a bowl and a whole lotta mess.

Oh, what the hay, just one.

January 30, 2010   No Comments