Posts tagged ‘Bed Bath & Beyond’

April 17, 2013

OXO Salad Dressing Shaker

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I made a quick trip to Bed Bath & Beyond. Always dangerous. I find it impossible to walk out without a few extra things that weren’t on my list. I found this salad shaker in a big bin at the front of the store. I almost made it to the register free of impulse purchases, but I had to grab one of these OXO goodies, along with a big container of animal crackers for our horse, her favorite.

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I always make homemade salad dressing. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list on the bottled dressing at the grocery store? Homemade dressing takes no time to make. With this handy salad shaker, I made a big batch of my balsamic vinaigrette to keep in the refrigerator. It’s only a few ingredients: balsamic vinegar, good quality olive oil, garlic, honey, kosher salt & pepper – no chemicals or fillers needed.

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The salad shaker was $14.99. It comes with helpful measurements on the side, and a flip top spout, making it easy to shake and pour the dressing with no mess. Genius!

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For those of you who are unaware, Bed Bath & Beyond has begun adding glorious gourmet food departments to their stores. Currently only found in a few locations, with more to come. They carry everything from gourmet cheeses and charcuterie, to top quality oils and vinegars. A wide array of European chocolates, cookies, condiments, spices & baking necessities, as well as a nice gluten-free assortment. Craft beer and awesome wines in some locations, too. Full disclosure… my husband has been with Bed Bath for many years and gourmet food is one of his projects. I also do consulting work for BBB. Regardless, I would still be a loyal Bed Bath & Beyond customer without the connection. The store is addictive.

This Frankie’s Olive Oil is fantastic! A recent BBB food department purchase, Frankie’s Olive Oil is made by Brooklyn’s famous Frankie Spuntino. I’ve enjoyed the meatballs from his NYC location. Delish! If you happen upon one of these gourmet food departments, try this olive oil. If you’re interested in which BBB locations have food, just let me know. There’s good stuff for all my foodie friends to enjoy.

* My daughter has become a photography enthusiast and took the pictures for this post. Nice job! 

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September 5, 2012

Nespresso Citiz w/ Milk

There was one culinary trend that stayed with us from our vacation this summer in South Africa – coffee. It’s hard to find a regular American style cup of coffee anywhere. Your choices are instant coffee, French Press coffee or cappuccino/espresso. We found the French Press coffee very strong and instant wasn’t an option, but the cappuccino was fantastic! Alan’s brother had us over to his place for a cappuccino from his new Nespresso machine. It was so good that one of the first things we did when we got back to the States was order a machine for ourselves. Seriously… I think we ordered it the same day we got home.  We purchased our machine in red from Bed Bath & Beyond online. It’s not available now through BBB, but they do still have a number of other Nespresso machines to choose from. You can order the Citiz w/Milk from Nespresso directly.

South African Cappuccino

Nespresso offers a number of machines. Some don’t have a milk frother integrated in the machine, which Nespresso calls an Aeroccino. You’d need to buy a separate Aeroccino to froth/steam your milk for those machines. If you prefer espresso, you won’t even need this. We selected the Citiz w/ Milk machine because we wanted to make cappuccino and I didn’t want to purchase two separate appliances.

This Nespresso Citiz machine is super easy to use and easy to clean. The integrated Aeroccino can be used to both steam and froth milk and it cleans up easily. The machine’s high bars of pressure produce that perfect crema on top of every cup – just like the professionals. You have to use the Nespresso capsules, called Grand Crus, which can only be purchased from the Nespresso website or from one of their store locations. Not a big deal, but you do have to pay for shipping when ordering online. The machine comes with a sleeve of 16 assorted capsules to get you started. We tried a few until we found the coffee we liked best. On an intensity scale of 1-10, we like our espresso somewhere between an 8 and 10.

I should add, the machine looks great on our counter! At .60 per capsule, if you’re a Starbucks junkie, a home espresso machine might actually save you some money in the long run.

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