There’s a color explosion going on in the kitchen as everything from refrigerators to spatula heads is showing up in a splash of vivid hues. Fitout “It started in the last couple of years,” said Pam Milner, manager of Williams-Sonoma. “If they (shoppers) are in the market for color, they have a lot of choices out there.” For those pondering what to purchase the cook in their lives, here are a few “bright” ideas that caught my eye.
If remodeling the kitchen is on your Christmas list, look no further than Elmira’s Northstar ’50s retro refrigerators and ranges. Their functional features should satisfy even the most particular cooks, and the nostalgic look will add whimsy to the room. The appliances, available in nine colors, including mint green, candy red and robin’s-egg blue, are covered in an automotive enamel finish and sell for $3,000 and up. Also available are custom-color orders, including a Volunteer shade of orange that can be seen at Friedmans Appliances, 141 N. Peters Road.
The days of hiding small appliances under the counter are over. In fact, more countertop may be called for as appliances come into their own. “Icons in the kitchen” is how Milner refers to small appliances worthy of display on the countertop.
An example is the KitchenAid mixer. Once considered “grandma’s mixer,” the 5-quart Artisan model ($249.99) is one of this year’s hot items. It’s being sold in 22 colors, including a light pink version created especially for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s Cook for the Cure campaign.
KitchenAid’s Pro Line series is also getting a lot of attention. It includes a food processor, coffee maker, espresso maker, blender, waffle baker, frozen-dessert maker, two- and four-slice toasters, and a Burr coffee mill. They are available in a variety of colors, including pearl metallic, black and red.
Cuisinart has gotten into the color mix by offering many of its appliances in red, black, white and brushed stainless steel. The Grind & Brew Thermal 10-cup automatic coffeemaker ($149.99) should be a hit this season. A programmable feature automatically grinds coffee beans just before brewing — something a “caf-fiend” will find particularly appealing.
For many cooks, choosing the right cookware is like an artist picking the right brush. The end result just wouldn’t be the same without their favorite pot or pan. Popular this holiday season are Calphalon cookware and All Clad cookware, but if you’re looking for color along with quality, Le Creuset cookware is a great option.
The enameled cast-iron cookware is stylish enough to go from the stove to the table and is suitable for use on all heat sources, including ceramic tops. The cookware is available in a variety of colors, including Dijon, cherry, blue, red, jade, white and flame, Le Creuset’s signature color.
In the bakeware department, Kitchen Zone’s nonstick silicone products seem to be an interesting change from the norm, and feature a flexible, lightweight construction. Great for those who have trouble with heavy objects.
Cooks love to show off their culinary skills in a visual way. Peggy Karr’s fused-glass giftware creates a beautiful table presentation. Her creations are available in bowls, trays and plates, with more than 60 patterns and 10 shapes and sizes.
To keep bread warm, the Eucalyptus Stoneware basket ($31.50) is an option. Simply warm in the oven or microwave and the stoneware will contain the heat, keeping the bread warm during mealtime. The piece is available in a number of colors, including green, red and blue.
Gibson’s 12-piece, multicolored cups and saucers ($23.99 for a set) give a colorful flavor to a cup of tea. For the cook who likes to sip while stirring, do it in style with a hand-painted martini glass ($55) or margarita glass ($49) by With a Twist and SisterDesign, respectively.
Kitchen gadgets make great stocking stuffers. Microplane’s sharper cutting tools designed for zesting and grating are popular this year, as well as the silicone spatulas now showing off their stylish side in red, yellow and clear heads. William Bounds Ltd. mini-mushroom salt and pepper mills ($20) are a spicy addition to any stocking, along with Hot Spot’s silicone potholders, available in a number of colors.