Take your cooking to the next level while simplifying your spice rack at the same time. The twin-chamber of the Y-Grinder ($30) allows you to dispense two seasonings from the same unit, saving you space, while its adjustable grinder allows you to go from coarse to fine grain with ease.
They say a watched pot never boils, but with the Boil Buoy ($10), you'll never again have to worry about your gaze stopping the process. This nifty kitchen helper floats in your pot of water, and when the action starts, you'll get a audible alert from the stainless steel chime, letting you know it's time to add your food — which frees you up to do other things, like work on another part of the meal, or simply watch some more football.
Part kitchen staple, part conversation piece, the Bodum New Kenya Tea Press ($30) takes your tea brewing experience to the next level. It starts with a borosilicate glass teapot, which is wrapped in a curved, black plastic frame, continues with a plastic handle, filter, and lid, and is finished off by the stainless steel plunger to stop the action. Just fill with near-boiling water, drop in your favorite loose leaf blend, and watch as the plain H2O becomes a tasty, body-warming tea.
Start your mornings with gusto — sorry, couldn't resist — with the Krups Dolce Gusto Circolo ($150). This museum-worthy single serve beverage machine serves up coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and specialty drinks in a hurry and without fuss, thanks to a 15 bar pump pressure system, a 32-ounce removable water tank, a magnetic capsule holder, and LED lighting to keep you from crashing your cup into the side of the machine in those early morning hours. Available in raging red or way-more-likely-to-match-your-kitchen titanium.
Give your steak knives a presentation worthy of your cooking with the Tilt Knife Block ($60). Handmade from solid walnut with a Canadian Maple inlay for a splash of contrast, the block holds up to six knives at an angle, and features a natural beeswax and orange oil finish for added color. Looks best in clean, modern kitchens, but isn't so extreme that it can't fit in to more traditional settings.