Featured Products

Featured Products

We are constantly on the look-out for new cooking products that make cooking and entertaining more enjoyable, efficient and fun. From our trips to markets several times a year, we have new merchandise, which we will keep you updated about right here!

Angry-Mama microwave cleaner available at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School

The Angry-Mama microwave cleaner available at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School

 

ANGRY-MAMA MICROWAVE CLEANER
Have you ever heated up an uncovered – but microwave-safe! – dish of refried beans in the old zapper? I knew better. But I was in a hurry. Not only that but I forgot to stop what I was doing and clean it up right then. Wished I’d had an Angry-Mama Microwave Cleaner the next day back then. NewMetro Design’s little help-mate is a natural powerhouse: Add water and vinegar and – if you’d like – a bit of scent (we use lemon) to Angry-Mama and run it through a 7-minute cycle and the old zapper wipes clean in a breeze. A clean scented breeze!
 

Trudeau Herb Mill at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School

TRUDEAU HERB MILL
We’re using more and more herbs in our cooking and there are a number of reasons. The biggest reason is no doubt flavor from natural sources instead of the laboratory as many food manufacturers and restaurants are finding out. Lately we’ve seen an increase in articles about the health benefits of herbs such as the Arizona Republic’s Karen Fernau recent article. A real handy herb “assistant” is Trudeau’s Adagio Green Herb Mill, a 7 1/2″ little tower of strength. It has larger ceramic grinding mechanism designed for dry herbs and spices. Perfect for seasoning your favorite meals. As a bonus it comes filled and ready to use with a blend of Herbes de Provence.
Microplane Spiral Cutter available at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking school MICROPLANE SPIRAL CUTTER
In classic French cuisine one of the duties of the garde manger (keeper of the food) – and still a site to behold at our resort Sunday brunches – are beautifully worked vegetables, fruits – and those cool ice sculptures. Microplane has designed a handy garde manger tool to prepare fresh vegetables for your salads, wok dishes and hors-d’oeuvre platters called a Spiral Cutter that produces handsome and easier-to-eat spirals of carrots, zucchini, cucumbers & daikon radishes. (All these have become very popular as satisfying “sphaghetti” for gluten-feee meals.) There are two sizes in each Spiral Cutter: large for zucchini and smaller for carrots. The blades surgical grade steel.
Staybowlizer available at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School

Staybowlizer available at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School
Staybowlizer available at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School
A MARRIAGE MADE IN KITCHEN HEAVEN
The Staybowlizer is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that!” tools. We’ve all struggled with heating chocolate in a double boiler or mixing and/or whisking anything at all on a counter. If you use the Staybowlizer with the wider side facing down, you can evenly press your bowl down on the Staybowlizer to create a suction-lock! (3rd photo) No more bowl-dances-with-counter. It is a mixing bowl’s dream! The Staybowlizer is constructed using a BPA-free FDA standard food-safe silicone compound which is NSF-certified & heat-resistant to 260°C / 500°F making it suitable for use in the oven, microwave and dishwasher.
Garlic Tools at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School

GARLIC TOOLS
Take the easy road to peeled garlic and keep your garlic moist while roasting with these garlic tools. 1) The Messermeister Pro-Touch Jumbo Garlic Press presents a convenient alternative to mincing garlic with a knife. It presses 2-4 garlic cloves at once for efficiency. The lever mechanism and large, soft-grip handle requires minimal effort to press the pulp and juice through the sieve, and the built-in cleaning tool makes it easy to clean out the garlic skin. Comes in black with a die cast aluminum tool head. 2) A silicone ZAK Garlic Peeler handles large and small cloves and separates the clove and skin as you roll it on the counter. 5″ long & dishwasher safe.3) The Progressive Terra Cotta Garlic Roaster: 5 inch diameter and has an easy grab handle and vented lid with a glazed interior for easy cleaning. Remember to soak the lid in water. You’ll want to handwash the terra cotta roaster.
Bowls for mise en place at Sweet Basil Gourmetware & Cooking School

TOOLS FOR MISE EN PLACE

“Mise en place” (as we describe in our Blog: “Bring Out Your Inner Felix“) is “setting in place” the ingredients and tools you will use in a recipe. Sweet Basil has some handy tools for this. Clear glass Kavalierglass SIMAX clear glass bowls are made of laboratory-quality glass. We have them in various sizes. NORPRO silicone Mini Pinch Bowls hold 1.75oz and are heat resistant (to 500 degrees) and dishwasher safe. (They are called “Pinch Bowls” because you can “pinch” the bowl and pour from these silicone bowls.)
Kuchenprofi Skimmer & Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base TIME…WHO HAS IT?
In The Arizona Republic Food & Dining there was a wonderful article about making chicken stock from scratch & 2 recipes: one for stock and one for an Asian soup. (Go here for an online copy.) It is by Sara Moulton of Gourmet & FoodTV fame. I got a kick out of it because she mentions one of my “essential” gadgets – a skimmer – which really helps when your making stock. If you can find some time – maybe a few hours on a weekend – you should. But if you can’t, we carry Better Than Bouillon’s top notch Chicken Base. If you do find the time – we carry a variety of skimmers like my favorite, a stainess steel beauty from Kuchenprofi. (It’s great for pasta, too.)
PepperPlantGarlic DEEP…RICH FLAVORS
If you are like a dear friend of ours – whom we fondly call “Asbestos Mouth” – or your idea of heaven is the fiery sauce at Los “Sorry we do not provide a mild sauce….” Dos Molinos or if you react like Count Dracula to garlic, stop reading now. On the other hand, if you like a thick sauce with deep, rich pepper and garlic flavors you should try Pepper Plants Chunky Garlic Hot Pepper Sauce made in the Garlic Capital of the World – Gilroy, California. It is just a smidge or two past mild. A little goes along way and it is great in dips, in mayo for sanwiches – and anywhere else you are looking for a flavor boost. WARNING: It is addicitve.
Howe-Hearts A GREAT WAY TO SAY “I LOVE YOU!” ANYTIME
Pottery maven Lisa Howe is a Sweet Basil favorite and her little Heart Bowls are little clay gems – especially at Valentine’s Day. They are available in 7 lustrous glazes and are @ 4″ wide and 2″ deep. They’re perfect by themselves or as “packaging” for gifts from fine chocolates to jewelry. And they make great jewelry or change caddies on the dresser or for salsas & dips when entertaining.
” For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it.” – Ivan Panintorage.
viancinCabbageColander CHARLES VIANCIN SILICONE “CABBAGE” COLANDER STEAMER
Unique design allows for the colander to be used as a steamer. Attached handles allow for safe & easy transportation of food. Microwave safe silicone material allows for quick cooking, steaming & reheating. Flexible silicone material rolls up for easy storage.
 FreshForceLemonJuicer FRESH-FORCE LEMON JUICER  Makes short, easy work of pressing juice from halved lemons and limes. Unlike other juicers, this has an extra gear mechanism increasing juicing power and minimizing hand strain. Easy-to-squeeze handle makes it comfortable to use; basket makes it easy to catch pulp and pits. The lemon-colored finish makes the tool easy to spot in drawers. Dishwasher safe for easy clean up.
 SlowJuicer SLOW JUICER
The Slow Juicer extracts juice from fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, wheatgrass and even soybean and almonds. The Auger, key component of the juicer, is made from GE Ultem, a durable, high-quality, easy-to-clean material. Uses only 150 watts of power; ETL approved in US and Canada. The unit comes with a pulp collector, a juice collector, a cleaning brush, user’s manual and recipe booklet. 5-year warranty on all parts including the motor.