A versatile and ancient tool, the Molcajete Mortar and Pestle from Williams-Sonoma ($49) is made from volcanic rock, making each piece unique. It’s a great tool for making guacamole, crushing spices, and can also be used as a serving bowl — plus it’s a great conversation piece for your kitchen, lending a great deal of authenticity to the guacamole you normally order from the local mexican place.
Good things come in pairs — Cake and Ice Cream, Vodka and Red Bull, and Eggs and Muffins. Now you can cook the latter pair with one machine: The Egg & Muffin Toaster from Back to Basics ($50, available in September). It features wide slots for toasting english muffins or bagels, a mini-griddle to cook your egg, and a removable crumb tray. Now if it could just squeeze our orange juice and brew our coffee in the four minutes it takes to make the egg and toast the muffins, it would be our one-stop breakfast buddy.
Fresh ice in summertime drinks is a necessity, but it can be a royal pain in the rear to deal with ice cube trays. The solution? The Ice Cube Cooler from eva solo ($76). Its black lid serves as the tray when you are freezing your cubes, then simply twist the top to have them fall into the serving bowl when they’re ready — oh, and the included tongs fit neatly in the center.