A fun gift for Valentine’s Day is the Mr. Coffee Café Latte (Amazon.com).  With one simple touch, the latte machine brews the coffee while heating and frothing the milk.  I tested out the machine with both milk and soy lattes and was very pleased with both varieties.  The lattes were foamy, rich, and delicious.  The accompanying recipe pamphlet has some delicious ideas including chocolate, coconut cream, gingerbread, and peppermint lattes.  For those who prefer tea, there are wonderful ideas for green tea, chai, and even Irish latte.

Toss away your measuring spoons while cooking with the new Quirky Portion Cooking Spoon with Measuring Tools (Amazon.com).  The hollow clear plastic handle doubles as a measuring cup up to 1/4 cup.  The silicone spoon part has lines for measuring smaller quantities indicating half teaspoon, teaspoon, and tablespoon measurements.

Speaking of measurements, Cheat Sheet Apron-personalized (thesmartbaker.com/categories/Aprons/Measurement-Conversion/), is an innovative handy measurement tool tied right to a clever cook! The aprons come in a variety of colors, are fun to use, and easy to clean.  No more leafing through books or getting sticky fingerprints on your keyboard or Ipad.  Just look down at your apron to find how many ounces are in 2/3 of a cup or how to substitute a loaf pan for a square one.  And for that special someone, select a red one for Valentine’s Day and personalize it with a monogram.

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