Gense shakers, or Luci tea infusers?
by Meghan Kavanaugh
| November 14, 2011
GET THIS ...
subscribing to all the right cooking magazines. We're practicing
all the recipes. We're even memorizing all of Mom's wise words of
advice on dinner parties. ("Remember, keep wooden spoons away from
the stovetop. A good host ignites appetites, not kitchen fires!")
But it'll take time to truly hone our culinary craft. So while
we're still working to transform into Top Chefs, at least we can
look like Design Stars with this stylish set of Gense
shakers ($55) from Abodeon
(1731 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, 617.497.0137). We love the
sleek simplicity of the 1950s Swedish design, a trio of
stainless-steel cones that remind us of shiny little trophies
honoring our classy kitchens. (Except when we're using them to
salvage a particularly lackluster attempt at dinner, in which case
they feel more like dunce caps.) There's one super-cute shaker for
salt, one for pepper, and one for sugar. Just remember which gets
filled with what. Mom would not want dinner guests getting coffee
that tastes like seawater.
OR THAT ...
we crazy, or do these colorful Luci
tea infusers ($12.95 each) sort of look like pieces from
an old Clue board game? We can't vouch that they'll help solve
any murder mysteries (and really, our dinner parties are rarely that
tragic anyway). But they should still come in handy for
hosts. Just add loose tea to the stainless-steel base, twist on the
ceramic top, and drop one into a cup or a teapot. Once the steeping
is complete, set the efficient little doodad on its accompanying tea
tray to capture any errant drips. One glance at the trio of vibrant
hues - stark white, bright green, and butter yellow - and we
could totally imagine Mrs. White, Mr. Green, and Colonel Mustard
eyeballing one another while they sip from their teacups (pinkies up,
of course!) in the conservatory. But we'd rather see them used
during teatime at our place, where the most colorful guest is usually
Earl Grey. Find them at the ICA Store
(100 Northern Avenue, Boston, 617.478.3104).