From the windows at Lord & Taylor, Fifth Avenue, New York – 2011

THE COFFEE BEAN AND TEA LEAF (CBTL) Kaldi S04 Single Cup Brewer, Gold/Silver
( is the latest entry into the tight market of single serve coffee machines. I have tested many of them and I am truly in love with my new CBTL! I struggled so with the Tassimo which required cleaning constantly or my kitchen and I were covered in coffee grinds! This fabulous CBTL machine is the easiest one to use. The capsules go in, do their work, and then fall into a holder to be tossed. If you like hot milk with it, CBTL LM-145P Milk Frother, White ( is an easy way to heat and whip milk for a lovely cappuccino or latte. If someone in your family loves tea, they have the option to make a single serving of brewed tea! The capsules come in an endless variety including Italian Espresso, French Brew, Viennese Brew, Premium Decaf Espresso, House Decaf Brew, Chai Tea, English Breakfast Tea, Moroccan Mint Tea, and Tropical Passion Tea. This fabulous machine will make any coffee or tea lover very happy. And…just think of all the savings. Instead of going out for coffee, you can make designer espresso drinks in the comfort of your own home.

( is an amazingly easy way to deep fry your turkey without worrying about your family’s health! The machine works outside on a patio near a source for gas. This wonderful device cooks turkeys up to 16 pounds without any oil or splattering messes. Those who have cooked with a traditional deep turkey fryer know the issues of safety, mess, and cleanup that make you only want to do it once a year. With this Big Easy Infrared cooker, your family will have the same juicy bird without the hassle. I brined my bird first with excellent results! And, this unit is versatile too, since you can also cook large cuts of meat like ribs and roasts with wonderful results. The Big Easy Turkey Fryer is a perfect gift for this time of year.

EAT N’ PLAY Lunch Box Black & Yellow
( is a fun but practical gift for kids age 4-8. I test drove it out on my 4-year old granddaughter Georgia and my 8-year old grandson Lucas, who ate it up. PLEASE forgive the pun. There are games, activities, and even mini-restaurant reviews. The kit comes in a case that is easy to tote to a restaurant for fun outings.

Another great kids-oriented gift this season is the SUNBEAM MINI-CUPCAKE MAKER ( If you are having a bunch of folks for the holidays try this easy baker. You can whip up cupcakes with your kids or grandkids safely. I baked seven cupcakes in just 5-8 minutes! The best part is that you use less energy than oven baking and it is a cinch to clean.

If grownup foodies want to play, they can buy FOODIE FIGHT REMATCH; A Trivia Game for Serious Food Lovers ( This is a game of trivial pursuit about kitchen science, food history, food culture, shopping smarts, cooking vocabulary, ingredients, and even gardening. It is the perfect gift for your foodie friends this holiday season.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The photo above was taken at Lord & Taylor’s windows on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Famous for their Christmas windows, the panoramic views they portray are always a delight to New Yorkers and tourists from around the world. If you’re visiting New York, be sure to stop by and visit them.

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