Take Five Minutes (Cinqui Minuti) For Five Favorites

November is the month that signals the holidays are here. Food seems to be the central focus of the winter holidays. Well for a foodie like me, food is the focus of everyday life! This month’s five favorites include some interesting tools to make food prep fun and easy, plus a recommendation for a food series on Netflix. 

Pastry rolling pin. Well, this rolling pin takes making and decorating cookies to a new level. You can accomplish both steps in one roll. Who wouldn’t want to receive these beauties as a gift? Almost too pretty to eat.



Salt Fat Acid Heat. This favorite is a “twofer.” It’s a book and it’s a series on Netflix. Samin Nosrat is a delightfully down to earth chef that wrote a cookbook that should be in everyone’s kitchen. In her introduction, she states, “Anyone can cook anything and make it delicious.” And if you read her cookbook, that can be true. She takes the science of food and breaks it down to understandable elements. As a complement to her cookbook Samin also has a 4-part series on Netflix by the same title, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” where she travels to four countries to explore those elements. My favorite is her segment on Fat in Italy of course. A must see if you are a Netflix subscriber! 


Tart dish. Food 52 features many great products for foodies. I especially liked this tart dish for multiple uses. Here’s a short video of how Dorie Greenspan uses it. Oh yum. And it’s even pretty enough to put on the table!


Haley’s Corker. It’s an aerator, it’s a filter, it’s a pourer, it’s a re-corker, it’s a stopper, all it one! You don’t have to be a wine drinker to appreciate this corker. It’s great for any bottle that needs corking and pouring like liquors, coffee syrups, sodas, sparkling waters, cooking oils, and bottles of vinegar. You can even lay the bottle down on its side and it will stay sealed. Check out this short video.


Instant pot. I finally tried this kitchen appliance and I have to admit I like it. I have been very hesitant to add it to my cooking artillery but I’m being won over. My memory of pressure cooking devices left me with visions of chicken pieces splattered on the ceiling, but so far, this appliance has kept the food contents contained and nicely cooked.


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