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October Must Haves For the Kitchen

Oct 1 2012 - 5:09am

Fall's crisp and cozy weather has us increasingly craving leisurely downtime. We're looking forward to low-fuss entertaining and snuggling up with a good cookbook by the fireplace, among other things. Keep reading to find out what new tools and treats we find indispensable for autumnal pursuits in the kitchen.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Brisk days and shorter days call for rich and warming beers like this seasonal offering from Samuel Adams [1] ($16 for 12). This malty brew is tailor-made for early Fall alfresco dining, tailgating, or a casual Oktoberfest-themed dinner party.

— Nicole Perry, assistant editor

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

The eagerly anticipated cookbook [2] ($21), released Oct. 30 by the Smitten Kitchen [3] blogger Deb Perelman, has plenty of new content to feast your eyes on. Even if you follow the site, this book is made up of about 90 percent unseen recipes [4], all developed and photographed by the Smitten cook herself, for you to fall in love with.

— Anna Monette Roberts, assistant editor

Williams-Sonoma Pumpkin Spice Cookie Mix

Everyone deserves to splurge on expensive baked goods every once and a while. The decadent pumpkin spice cookie mix [5] ($18) consists of the highest quality ingredients, and it shows. Open the box and prepare to inhale the most exceptional blend of pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin spices. It just takes eggs and butter to whip up a batch of these giant, chewy cookies.


Jet-Puffed Vanilla Mallow Bits

Lovers of the marshmallow bits in Lucky Charms will swoon for these tiny dehydrated marshmallows ($3) that taste near identical to the childhood treat. They may be intended for baking and sprinkling atop hot cocoa (both admirable uses), but if you're anything like us, you'll mainline them straight from the jar.

— NP

Herriott Grace Cutting Board

I admired the handcrafted beauty of Herriott Grace's elegant-rustic serveware pieces even before hearing their backstory. My interest piqued after learning that the company is truly artisanal, made up of a father-daughter team [6]. While I want the whole collection, first up on my order list is this beautiful cutting board [7] ($175), perfect for serving cheeses paired with Fall fruits like pear [8] and figs.

— NP

Kliner Clip-Top Jars

October is easily my favorite month for farmers market trips. It's prime harvest season, and nearly all of my favorite swing-season treats like tomatoes and apples are on offer. The only downside is it's easy to get carried away and come home toting far more produce than can be consumed. This Fall, I've decided to stock up on well-designed canning jars [9] ($25 to $35) to preserve the season's bounty [10].

— NP

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