Category Archives: Cook – Recipes from Friends

Perfect Eggs for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Eggs: That incredible little oval food that serves as the perfect ingredient for so many meals from breakfast to dinner, and from desserts to snack time. 

They’re nutritious, offering our diets a variety of vitamins, protein, and healthy fats. They’re also pretty darn versatile. HIC – Harold Import Company offers a collection of kitchen gadgets to help you prepare eggs any way you’d like to.

HIC’s Bamboo Egg Cup Set is for serving and enjoying soft-boiled and hard-boiled eggs while still in the shell. Made from 100-percent natural bamboo, the footed design provides optimal stability.  Each measure 2.25 x 2.68-inches.

Cooking the perfect egg couldn’t be easier with HIC Kitchen’s Perfect Egg. This handy gadget features a color-changing indicator that uses heat to sense cooking times for perfectly cooked soft, medium, and hard-boiled eggs. Heat safe to 212-degrees Fahrenheit, the unit’s gradient scale (soft, medium and hard-boiled) cooks single eggs or a dozen with the same perfect texture and yolk consistency. Simply place in the cooking water with the eggs and the color heat sensor changes from red to white while eggs cook.

HIC Kitchen’s Non-Stick Egg Rings shape perfectly round fried or poached eggs for delicious breakfast sandwiches. Made from non-stick carbon steel, each measures 3.75” in diameter. Also great for preparing other breakfast foods such as eggs benedict, buttermilk pancakes, or crepes.

HIC Kitchen Deluxe Egg Slicer is the perfect choice for slicing and dicing hard-boiled eggs. Made from zinc alloy with stainless steel wires, the slicer creates perfectly even slices. Ideal for use as a mushroom or strawberry slicer, too.

Head on over to HICKitchen.com for more great kitchen tools and gadgets.

A Clean Kitchen

Of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen needs cleaning every day. And, with our extensive array of home cleaning products, HIC — Harold Import Company helps turn the drudgery of cleaning the kitchen into a simple and effective task. If you’re looking for home cleaning products to clean up countertops and sinks, refresh coffee makers and floors, scrub your pans and make your wine glasses sparkle, we’ve just what you need. 

Scrub off baked-on-grime, with or without dish soap, using the Beyond Gourmet Okra Scrubber. Made from 100% all-natural okra fiber, the scrubbers is scratch-free safe for use on delicate surfaces and nonstick cookware. Assembled and packaged in the USA. Rinse clean and allow to air dry between uses.

HIC Vegetable Scrubber and Dish Brush is made from natural Tampico bristles and wooden handle, that won’t scratch surfaces. Ideal for use on dishes, pots, pans, bakeware and even household chores.  Also handy for cleaning dirt from produce. The shorter handle allows for a secure grip for vigorous scrubbing tasks. Safe for use on nonstick cookware. The scrubber measures 2.5 X 2.5″.

HIC Kitchen Natural Bristle Vegetable and Dish Brush with Handle is perfect for cleaning fresh produce, scrubbing dishes, and so much more. Made from Tampico bristles and a wooden handle, the brush wont scratch surfaces while thoroughly cleaning. Measures 10.5″ long.

Maintaining a clean coffee grinder ensures you’ll enjoy flavorful coffee when you need it. HIC Kitchen’s Coffee Grinder Brush is made from nylon bristles with a natural wood handle. The durable and flexible brush allows you to easily clean both blade and burr-style grinders, removing finely ground coffee dust that may lead to clogging. 

Beyond Gourmet’s Nature-Fresh Cleaning Cloths (set of 3) are specially designed to clean any surface. The reusable cloths, measuring 9.5 x 11-inches each, rinse 99.9-percent germ free in tap water. Their natural bacteria-fighting qualities prevent cloths from turning sour or holding onto odors. Proudly made in Maine (USA) from sustainably sourced natural wood fibers, the reusable cloths are compostable, strong, and durable. Each cloth replaces more than 40 rolls of paper towels to help reduce waste.

It may be a dirty job, but with HIC —Harold Import Company’s kitchen cleaning products, you’ll be taking this daily task with style and ease. Let us help you efficiently clean the most-used rooms in the house. Visit HICKitchen.com today!

Back to Basics

With all the cooking we’ve been doing – stuck home during the pandemic, and with the holidays in full swing, HIC – Harold Import Company is here to keep things running smoothly (and stress-free) in your kitchen. And to do that, you need to stock your kitchen with  quality basic – and essential – kitchen tools.

Get a jump on stocking your kitchen with the basic gadgets, each designed with form and function in mind, so your new year in the kitchen will be off to a great start. Here are a few suggestions . . .

Stir things up (because that’s what we do in the kitchen), with a quality collection of wooden spoons. HIC’s Wooden Spoon is available in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from 8” to 18. Each are lightweight, yet strong and safe for use on metal and nonstick cookware. Made from FSC-certified beechwood, local to the Czech Republic, maintain bu hand-washing, and occasionally coating with mineral oil. 

Everyone loves garlic, and a sturdy, well-designed garlic press makes it  easy to enjoy! HIC’s Rockwell Garlic Press is made from strong and durable stainless steel, the press easily crushes garlic, extruding minced garlic. Designed for left- or right-handed use, so anyone can add depth of flavor to dishes for delectable results.

Potatoes, carrots, apples and more: A peeler makes kitchen prep quick and easy. With HIC Kitchen’s Swiss Pro Peeler, you’ll definitely save valuable time during food preparation. Made from surgical steel, with a polypropylene handle, the peeler won’t dull or rust and never needs sharpening. it’s contoured grip keeps hands safe and reduces fatigue.

Blending, whisking, mixing and aerating when cooking and baking requires a properly shaped whisk. Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Piano Whisk features flexible, lightweight wires that incorporate more air for fluffy batters, smoother sauces and lighter dough. Made of 18/8 stainless steel, the whisk is fully sealed for safer food preparation. 

Is it time to replace your measuring cup set, or do you simply feel the need to add a second set to your collection for times when one set is in the dishwasher? Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Measuring Cup Set is made of stainless steel, allowing not only for wet or dry measuring, but for gently melting butter, scalding milk and warming water and other liquids. Measurements are clearly engraved on the cup hand, and the set of 4 includes standard kitchen measurements. 

Head on over to HaroldImport.com for more inspiration for your kitchen.

Start a New Tradition: Pasta Making with Fante’s

Holidays are always the perfect backdrop to build family traditions. This year especially, with so many of us celebrating close to home with our immediate families, why not start the tradition of pasta making at home? It’s easier than you think – and even easier with the wide collection of pasta making essentials from HIC. Here, we take a trip to Philadelphia, where the Fante’s family continues to keep the tradition of pasta making alive.

Fante’s Grandma Rina’s Round Ravioli Stamp easily cuts and seals pasta dough for authentic homemade ravioli made with meat, vegetable, or cheese filling.  Simply roll out the pasta dough, prepare ravioli filling, spoon filling onto dough and press down firmly with the stamp, which makes 2-inch round ravioli. The classic fluted edges create authentic pasta shapes, and the comfort-grip handle lets you create enough for a feast without hand strain. The stamps make great cookie cutters, too.

Fante’s Cousin Allora’s Garganelli Maker is designed to aid you in easily rolling pasta dough into tube-shaped noodles with deep outer ridges, which help the sauce cling to pasta. To use, simply place a square of dough onto the board with points at top and bottom, like a diamond. Curl the bottom point around the dowel and roll upward together with a medium pressure to seal the seams and emboss the ridges.

Fante’s Mamma Rina’s Corzetti Stamp creates a decorative floral Fiore Della Vita design on dough. Made in Italy from pearwood, the stamp is ideal for pasta and other firmer dough, such as dough used for making springerle cookie. The design area measures 2′ x 2′, stamp measures 2′ tall. 

Fante’s Cousin Arturo’s Pasta Pin scores dough for making Fettucelle pasta the authentic way.  Made in Italy from natural beechwood, the easy-to-use pin scores 10 half-inch-wide noodles at one time. When you’re not making pasta, use it for ribbon cookies, and other classic Italian recipes. 

Fante’s Cousin s Bartolomeo’s Rotary Cheese Grater finely grates hard and semi-hard cheeses, almonds and other nuts, breadcrumbs, and baking chocolate. Made of 18/8 stainless steel and BPA-free plastic, the spring-loaded cover holds items against the drum with gentle pressure for consistent results. Compact and portable for quick and easy use on pasta and casseroles, baked goods, dessert recipes, hot chocolate, coffee beverages, and frozen drinks.

For over 100 years, Fante’s Kitchen Shop and the extended Fante’s family have lived, worked, cooked and eaten in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Italian Market. Fante’s Kitchen Shop is a world-famous kitchen supply store with a large selection of food preparation equipment and culinary supplies. As a third-generation, family-run business dealing in gourmet kitchen supplies ourselves, HIC, Harold Import Co. has formed a winning partnership with Fante’s based on a shared goal: bringing quality Italian cooking supplies to the people at the best prices possible.

For more great products from Fante’s, visit HIC‑Harold Import Company.

Fante’s Kitchens’ experience has naturally developed into the creation of a signature line of Italian Cookware: Fante’s made by HIC, Harold Import Co.

Roasting Essentials for a Flavorful Season

The menu has been planned, the shopping is complete, and now it is time to get cooking. Whether it is a turkey, a beef roast, leg of lamb or a delicious glazed ham, having the proper roasting equipment on hand will make the process go much more smoothly. And, the results will so much more enjoyable!

Roasting Rack

If you are of the school that believes a roasting requires that air circulate around the food for proper browning, then a roasting rack is needed (or, a spit). They sit in the pan and hold the meat away from the bottom of the pan, allowing the air to circulate, and the fat to drip away. Make sure the rack is well constructed and sturdy enough to hold the meat. It should allow for at least 2” clearance from the top of the oven. Roasting racks come in different styles: V rack (adjustable or non-adjustable), flat rack, and vertical poultry roasters.

HIC has them all – including the HIC Pro V Roasting Rack that is made from heavyweight chrome wire and is durable and oven safe to 500-degrees Fahrenheit. The V-shape securely cradles food and elevates it above fat and juices, allowing for better heat circulation, even baking, faster cooking, and all-over browning. The reinforced handles make transfer into and out of a roasting pan easy. It measures 15-inches x 11-inches x 4-inches. Hand wash in warm, soapy water.

Lifters

Have you ever grabbed a long wooden spoon, placed it into the tail end, balanced the bird with a spoon on the other end, and then carefully, carefully transferred the turkey from roaster to carving platter? Not an easy task. One great way to move the bird (or roast) from pan to platter is to use a turkey lifter. They come in different styles – ours resemble a set of forks (which are used to pierce the skin).  This holiday season, don’t opt for the oven mitt/wooden spoon transfer, get yourself an ‘official’ turkey lifter.

HIC Roasting Turkey Lifters (set of 2) safely maneuver a whole turkey and other meats from roasting pans to serving platter or cutting board keeping them intact. Made from chrome-plated steel with a PVC coated handle, the sturdy and durable lifters securely lift large turkeys and other meats (up to 20-pounds). The non-slip comfort grip keeps hands safely away from heat.

Basters

Bulb basters get their most use during Thanksgiving, but they’re great for use all year round, for so many different types of roasts. Acting like a big eye dropper, they suction up the fat and liquid from the roasting pan and pour them over the meat to keep it moist while adding flavor, and creating a glaze during cooking time. 

HIC Roasting Turkey Baster is just what you need for cooking and roasting foods to a golden brown outside and maintaining a moist and juicy inside. Made from FDA-approved silicone and plastic, the baster is heat-resistant to 210-degrees Fahrenheit and has a 1.5-fluid-ounce capacity. Easy-read increments (ounces and milliliters) for precise measuring.

Lacing Kits

We all feel compelled to truss, but do we really know why? Trussing the roast into a more uniform shape helps to ensure even cooking. And trussing a turkey into a compact shape not only helps it cook evenly, just as important is when the twine is removed, the turkey will still hold its shape for easier carving. Grab some kitchen twine, or reusable trussing tools, and get tying.

HIC’s Turkey Lacer Kit is for lacing turkey and other stuffed poultry, meats, fish, chops, wild game, and more. The kit includes 6-each reusable stainless-steel pins and single-use 100-percent cotton butchers twine for a secure hold while roasting. Lace a turkey, chicken or Braciole to securely hold in stuffing during roasting. Also great for stuffed rabbit, pheasant, crab stuffed flounder, and more. Food safe and oven safe, the butcher’s twine is disposable. Hand wash reusable pins in warm, soapy water.

Measuring Temperature

The success of your efforts in the kitchen depends on the food reaching and maintaining the proper temperature. Finger poking isn’t always the best way to determine if a meat is properly cooked, so an instant-read thermometer is perfect for all your roasting needs. A digital version, with its small sensors located in the tip, are extremely accurate at measuring a wide range of temperatures. 

HIC Roasting s Folding Digital Meat Thermometer instantly reads internal temperature. Featuring a stainless steel stem, the thermometer comes with 7 preset doneness levels plus 1 user setting. The target temperature alert beep is handy, and the adjustable angles for allow for easy access during use.

Get Slicing

Whether it’s a roast or poultry, HIC is ready to help you serve up success.

Cutlery-Pro s Chef’s Granton Roaster Knife makes for easier meat slicing without shredding, causing friction against the blade, or sticking to the blade. Made from German carbon steel that stays sharp longer, the knife features a perfectly ground edge for superior performance. The ergonomic handle is designed for added comfort with a safety guard to protect fingers. The blade is easily re-sharpened if it ever becomes dull from use. Dishwasher safe 

Be sure to head on over to our website for the best quality cooking tools at the best possible prices to keep you cooking all year round.

Candy Time with HIC

As Halloween approaches (and more holidays are the horizon), sweet treats are on our minds. Make the celebration a bit more special by making your own chocolates. Our silicone molds come in various shapes, and because they are freezer, microwave and oven safe, you can us them to create delicious confections, baked goods, and even ice!

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Triple Chocolate Bar Mold is exactly what you need to make three delicious chocolate bars. Make, white, dark or milk – and add some nuts or crushed Oreos for truly special results. The tray measures 8.66″ x 6.3″; fFinished bars each measure 5.5″ x 1.25″ x .25″.

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Silicone Cordial Cup Chocolate Mold is perfect for homemade peanut butter cups, or any filled chocolates. The mold creates 18 cordial shapes, so in addition to making chocolate, you can create butter or spreads in the molds. Each cordial measures 1” X 1” X 0.75” deep. Safe for use in freezer and oven (-67-degrees Fahrenheit to 460-degrees Fahrenheit), microwave and dishwasher.

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HIC also features a wide variety of silicone ice tray molds, which are perfect for baking and candy making. All are made from silicone that is FDA approved, and safe for freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher.

The HIC Kitchen Mermaid Ice Tray, makes 6 tail-shaped confections, each measuring 2″ X 7/8″.

HIC Kitchen Unicorn Ice Tray, makes 10 unicorn shaped treats — perfect for candy, brownies, juice, and even crafting.

HIC Kitchen Duck Ice Tray will make 12 goodies in a cute duck shape.

Head on over to HIC — Harold Import Company website for all your cooking and baking needs. You can’t have a kitchen without HIC.

The Kitchen Thermometer

Using a thermometer in the kitchen is the most reliable way to ensure maximum food safety and the best results. Unfortunately, most home chefs only think about using a thermometer when the holidays come around – when checking the internal temperature of the turkey or holiday roast, or when preparing their homemade holiday candies. But the thermometer has so many uses throughout the kitchen, from ensuring your meat reaches a safe temperature for consumption, to measuring temperature inside the oven for maximum baking results, that the kitchen thermometer is something that should be used all year round. 

HIC – Harold Import Company offers a range of thermometers to suit your needs from analog to digital, and from candy, to meat, to appliance thermometers.

Our all-purpose thermometer is designed with a large face for easy reading.

A good all-purpose thermometer, available in either analog or digital versions, provides a range of temperatures allowing you to use if for measuring temperature when baking or cooking meat and poultry. HIC Kitchen’s Instant Read Large Face Analog Thermometer features a large shatterproof face, easy calibration, and antimicrobial sheath with a safe temperature guide. The probe is made from stainless steel, and is designed to instantly read temperatures from  20-220-degrees Fahrenheit. 

A Candy Thermometer, also known as a deep-fry thermometer,  is used to measure the stage of cooking a sugar solution. Because it is essential that the user keep a constant eye on the temperature, our version features large digits for easy reading. The HIC Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer easily clips to the pan for hands-free use, and reads temperatures from 100 to 390-degrees Fahrenheit, making it perfect for deep frying doughnuts, French fries, fish, chicken, candy making, jelly, and more.

HIC Kitchen’s Folding Digital Meat Thermometer features an LCD display with 5-second response time, so you’ll know internal temperature instantly in either Fahrenheit or Celsius. The unit allows for adjustable angles for easier access and use, and is customizable in 7 languages, with 7 preset doneness levels plus 1 user setting, along with a target temperature alert beep. 

HIC Kitchen’s Oven Thermometer accurately reads, and helps regulate, oven temperatures to ensure precision in cooking and proper food safety. Made from stainless steel, the large 2.5-inch easy-read face measures from 100 to 600-degrees Fahrenheit and can hang or stand for easy placement in ovens, charcoal or gas grills, BBQ smokers, and rotisseries. Measures in Fahrenheit and Celsius.

HIC – Harold Import Company offers a wide variety of timers – from pop-up disposable timers to digital instant-read thermometers. Visit our website to view the assortment of thermometers for your individual needs.

Fall Season Baking: Donuts

We love donuts all year round, but when Fall season arrives, we really kick things into gear. That’s because apple cider donuts are all the rage, and our Mrs. Anderson’s Donut Baking Pan make preparing them so easy. The cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple cider are definitely fall flavors all wrapped up in a sweet donut. Enjoy our Apple Cider Donut recipe featuring the autumn-inspired flavors you’re craving.

  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups apple cider, reduced to 3/4 cup
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch salt

For Topping

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray, or brush with melted butter.

Pour apple cider in saucepan and simmer on low-medium for 15-20 minutes, or until the cider reduces to 3/4 cup. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a separate bowl, mix the melted butter and sugars together. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. Add buttermilk and apple cider, combine until smooth. Stir in the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated — do not over mix, otherwise donuts will be tough.

Spoon batter into doughnut wells. (Or, spoon into pastry bag not fitted with a tip, snip end and squeeze into doughnut wells.)

Bake 14-15 minutes, or until tops are firm and doughnut springs back slightly. Allow doughnuts to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove and place on wire rack.

While they are cooling, prepare topping.

In a small bowl, melt butter in microwave and set aside.

In another bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar.

When they are still warm to the touch, dip the top of the doughnut in the melted butter, then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture.

Mrs. Anderson’s 6-Cup Donut Baking Pan is for making homemade doughnuts with quick food release and easy cleanup. Made of professional-quality carbon steel with a premium quick-release, non-stick coating for uniform baking. Makes 6 donuts, and is heat safe to 480-degrees F.

Home Brewing with HIC

Whether you’re looking to survive a pandemic, or just reinvigorate your at-home morning brew ritual, there are a variety of ways to brew at home. Read on to see what HIC – Harold Import Company has to offer.

A classic way to prepare coffee, our Ilsa Neapolitan Coffee Maker (6 cup) brings this traditional method of brewing, right to your home. Simply add water to the base, add ground coffee beans to the basket and place unit on stovetop burner. When the water boils, turn off the heat and flip the pot upside down, holding both handles securely. Using gravity, the hot water is pulled through the filter. The process results in an intense, round taste to the cup.

HIC s Pour-Over Coffee Maker produces consistent, rich quality and distinctly flavorful results. The high-heat borosilicate glass carafe comes with bamboo handle and stainless steel collar. The reusable coffee filter, with fine-mesh liner, allows flavorful coffee oil to infuse the brew, while trapping sediment. Water levels marked on the carafe ensure a precise coffee-to-water ratio. The set includes borosilicate glass carafe, reusable stainless steel coffee filter and handy coffee measure.

Aerolatte’s Porcellana Espresso Coffee Maker is for brewing on all stove tops, except induction, and serving a perfect cup of espresso. Made from fine porcelain and aluminum for proper heat transfer, the unique split design separates pot from the base for easy serving. Simply add water to boiling chamber, spoon coffee into the filter, secure closed and place over low flame to brew.

HIC’s 9-Cup Percolator makes fresh authentically perked coffee on the stovetop without the use of electricity. Made from 18/8 stainless steel, water levels are clearly marked inside for easy measuring. To prepare coffee, measure in cold water, place basket and stem inside, measure in ground coffee, cover and bring to a boil. Perk until desired strength is achieved.

From cover makers to cups, HIC offers a range of kitchen tools and accessories for brewing at home. Head on over to our website to see all that we have available.

Dress the Table with Whiteware All Year Long

Dress up your table with whiteware from HIC–Harold Import Company.

It doesn’t matter if it’s after Labor Day, white is still in fashion, especially on the table. White tableware a perfect complement to the table all year round. Whether it is a soufflé or pork tenderloin, our porcelain whiteware comes in a variety of shapes and sizes allowing you to prepare just about anything you would like. Go all white, or add some whiteware as an accent to your collection – it transitions beautifully from casual to formal settings, and is a durable choice throughout the year.

Our oven-to-table porcelain whiteware features a heavy glaze that is scratch resistant. The durability and versatility takes these items from the fridge or freezer to the microwave or conventional oven, without risking cracks.

HIC’s Souffle Ramekins are for baking and serving appetizers, casseroles, entrees, desserts and single-serving recipes – even serving condiments. Available in several sizes.

HIC’s Round Quiche Dish is for making quiche, appetizers, casseroles, entrees, desserts and other family favorite recipes. Specially designed for oven and broiler (to 500-degrees Fahrenheit), the beautifully fluted edges bake decorative quiche. This classic design is ideal for everyday use and entertaining. And, it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

HIC’s Lasagna Pan transitions beautifully from oven to table. This durable and versatile baking dish is perfect for lasagna, cakes, casseroles and quiche, roasting and serving veggies, and more. The generous depth supports layered recipes, and the easy-hold handles provide a comfortable grip and secure transfer in and out of the oven. 

This beautiful whiteware Kitchen Platter is the perfect choice for serving everything from breakfast croissants to veggies to desserts. Measuring 9.5 x 14”, the porcelain plate is durable for use through the years. 

Our classic French Onion Soup Crocks are specially designed for baking, broiling, serving and enjoying French onion soup and other favorites. The sturdy handle is designed for secure maneuvering in and out of the oven or broiler. Perfect for individual portions of chowder, chili, sew, mac and cheese, pot pie, pudding and more! The set includes 4 (14-ounce) soup crocks with matching lids.

Head on over to our website to view our expansive collection of whiteware.

Fortune Cookie Fun!

Ahh, the fortune cookie! This crisp and slightly sugary cookie has been delighting Chinese restaurant goers for nearly a century. Several theories abound as where the fortune cookie originated — some say the Japanese, others California — but without a doubt, they were popularized in the US in the early 1900s, and from that time on, these amusing and clever treats took off. Today, they are ubiquitous in Chinese restaurants throughout the country.

If you ever find yourself wandering the streets of San Francisco, you can pop into the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company, where since 1962 they have been making custom fortune cookies by hand. While there, you can even try your hand at forming the cookies.

But, if you can’t make it to San Francisco, why not make your own fortune cookies right in your own kitchen with Helen Chen’s Fortune Cookie Maker. With our fun set, you can bake and create homemade fortune cookies with personalized fortunes, fun sentiments or quotes. The set includes everything you need to bake and form the cookies.

What’s included:

  • Nonstick silicone baking mat for quick food release and even heat transfer. The mat features permanent guidelines to remove any guesswork when forming full size and mini cookies.
  • Fortune cookie form 
  • Cookie holder with 4 cooling cups 
  • Complete instructions and a recipe
  • Helen Chen’s Fortune Cookie Maker Kit is compact and easy to store. 
  • Silicone baking mat is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Hand wash cookie holder in warm, soapy water.

To make the cookies:

  • Spread the batter on the mat and bake. 
  • Working quickly, add the fortune and fold the cookie in half.
  • Drape the cookie’s folded edge over the forming bar and bend it into shape.
  • Place the formed cookie, pointed ends down, into the cooling cup.

* Because the baked cookies set quickly as they cool, working in small batches is ideal.

The process is fun for the entire family, and is perfect for using as party favors, place cards at birthdays, graduations, engagements, weddings, or for everyday mealtime fun. Find out more about our Helen Chen’s Fortune Cookie Maker Set, here.

Enjoying the Best of Berry Season

Berry season is peaking and there are so many ways to enjoy these nutritious and delicious fruits. Transform the naturally sweet and healthy berries into delicious snacks, desserts and even dinners, with HIC. Here are a few tools to make the most of berries this season.

HIC’s Collapsible Silicone Colander  has a 1.5-quart capacity and is ideal for draining, rinsing and washing produce. The footed base allows it to sit securely in the sink while rinsing.  The collapsible design makes for easy, space-saving storage.

HIC Kitchen’s Berry Fresh Produce Box is ideal for washing, draining, and storing berries to stay fresh longer in the fridge. It is available in two sizes, 1 liter in red, and half pint in blue. The boxes feature a perforated lid and vented box bottom, which drains washed produce and circulates fresh air. The textured insert elevates produce above liquids for longer freshness

Quickly and easily cut uniform slices of fruits using The World’s Greatest Handy Dandy Slicer.  The spring-loaded action allows for easy, repetitive slicing, and can be used for a variety of soft foods, including veggies and hard-boiled eggs.

HIC’s Strawberry Slicer is a cute and compact tool used to quickly cut uniform slices that look and taste great. Made with stainless steel and ABS plastic.

Mrs. Anderson’s Easy-As-Pie Pie Plate is a beautiful ceramic pie plate with wide, scalloped rim for secure handling in and out of the oven. The scratch-free glaze is durable and resists staining, odors and cracking, and the pie plate is sized perfectly to work with Mrs. Anderson’s 10-inch Pie Crust Shield.

For more great products to store, prepare and serve the bounty of the season, visit wwwHaroldImport.com.

June 15th is National Lobster Day: Get Cracking with HIC

There’s nothing like the summer and lobster combination, especially in New England!

Whether it’s grilled lobster, lobster pasta, lobster rolls, or a delicious salad, tie on a bib and get cracking with HIC. We’ve a collection of the tools you need to properly enjoy lobster on National Lobster Day, June 15th, and throughout this summer. Here are a few essentials to get you through the season.

Please Pass the Butter!

The Maine Man Butter Warmer is perfect for dipping your lobster. Made of ceramic, the durable warmer is an essential for anyone who loves lobster!

Get Every Bit of Meat

Maine Man Seafood Shears are a great tool to access the meat in the tail as well as to extract the meat from the knuckle or legs. 

Easily reach every bit of meat with the Seafood Picks (#71000). The rounded scoop separates the meat from the shell, and the prongs easily remove it. Then, once it’s out, use for dipping the fresh cooked meat in butter.

Lobster Cracker

With its sawtooth edge, the Lobster Cracker (#71006) easily cracks open seafood shells of various sizes. The spring-action hinge makes for quick cracking, and the silicone soft-touch grip is slip free. 

From the Pot

Tongs are a helpful tool to help remove lobster from the pot. To do so, carefully clasp the lobster at the center of the body and lift out of pot. Hold over the pot to drain excess water. Use a kitchen towel, and using other hand, place under the lobster’s body and transport.

Our Cutlery Pro Tongs, 16”, feature a silicone handle for securely gripping, lifting, turning, and draining cooking liquids from foods. Made from stainless steel, the tong’s scalloped grips ensures safe transfer.

Stay Clean

Maine Man Seafood’s Lobster Bibs keep clothes clean while eating messy foods like lobster.

Check out our Maine Man Seafood essentials for enjoying all kinds of seafood this summer from lobster to crab and beyond.

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Kids in the Kitchen

Kids and the kitchen go hand in hand. Not only does it create interest in food and cooking, but it cultivates a habit that will last a lifetime. The benefits of bringing your children into the kitchen are far reaching, including boosting their confidence and self-esteem, improving their comprehension and reading skills, all the while building math skills. AND, you also get to spend quality time together!

See all that Mrs. Anderson’s Baking has to offer, and starting cultivating that habit with your children.

The Mrs. Anderson’s Kids Baking Set (22048) includes all the perfectly sized essentials needed for budding chefs to bake at home. The 14-piece set is made from high-quality professional materials, including LFGB and FDA-approved silicone, BPA-free polypropylene, and stainless steel. This colorful set includes rolling pin, 6 muffin cups, fluted pan, 2 spatulas, 3 cookie cutters and a stainless steel mini whisk. All tools are dishwasher safe.

Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Animal Cookie Cutter Set (93273) features four animals, a bear, unicorn, dinosaur, and llama, for a fun new twist on traditional animal cookie shapes. The spring-action handle easily embosses the design onto the dough then releases the cutouts.

For a traditional animal cracker/cookie, try the Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Animal Cracker Cookie Set (#93249). Enjoy making giraffes, lions, zebras and elephants with your little one, for a fun trip to the zoo. The set of four cutters comes packaged with a shortbread recipe.

You may have seen the recent social media post from Chrissy Teigen, as her son enjoys making cookies with this set. She is heard saying ” Honestly, this is one of the coolest cookie cutter sets I’ve ever seen.”

Bite-sized brownies are easily baked in the Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Brownie Pan (43877). The European-grade silicone is strong, flexible and durable, maintaining its original shape and nonstick qualities through more uses. Use it to make 24 bite-sized brownies, cupcakes, gelatins, candies and more. Safe for use in the freezer, microwave and oven (to 500 degrees Fahrenheit). Dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

When you introduce your children to the kitchen, you’ll quickly build their interest in food and cooking. Spend time together in the kitchen with Mrs. Anderson’s Baking. 

Visit HIC, Harold Import Co. for more inspiration.

The Perfect Burger with HIC

The official start of grilling season is upon us. To ensure you are ready to prepare one of the top grilling favorites, the burger, HIC, Harold Import Co. has just the right tools.

Break out the grills and learn how best to prepare your patties, and your fries, for a perfect meal.

Here are a few tips for great tasting burgers.

  • You want your burgers juicy, so don’t go too lean. Choose your standard ground beef with 20% fat.
  • Add flavorings – onions, garlic, herbs and spices, but hold off on the salt at this point, as it will draw out the moisture.
  • Bind it together with an egg and some breadcrumbs.
  • Shape it using the HIC Burger Press.
  • Chill the burgers for an hour or more. This will help them keep their shape when cooking.
  • Plop them on the grill, and cook to your desired doneness. You can sprinkle them with salt while cooking – and, don’t forget to add cheese!

Check out these essential tools to create a

delicious burger feast with HIC. 

Our quarter pound burger press helps you quickly form burger patties that are uniform in thickness so they cook evenly throughout, AND they’re perfectly sized for your buns. So versatile, the HIC Burger Press can be used for any type of patties – beef, turkey, chicken, sausage or veggie. They are also great to use when preparing quinoa cakes and even individual hash browns!

For the perfect French fries, the HIC French Fry Potato Cutter cuts uniformly sized pieces so they cook evenly.  The cutter is designed to give you the ability to make thick cut or shoestring fried potatoes (or julienned veggies).

You can then serve them up in HIC’s French Fry Basket. They’re just the right size for individual portions, served up as if you’re in a restaurant.

Round out your barbecue with delicious corn on the cob. HIC’s Corn Dishes are perfect for serving buttery sweet corn on the cob. The deeply curved shape cradles the cob, keeping them from rolling away, while containing butter. Perfect for effortless indoor and outdoor entertaining.

For more grilling inspiration this barbecue season, visit HIC, Harold Import Co.

Support Culinary Futures

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For more than a decade, the Chicago Culinary Futures Event has brought together countless housewares industry professionals in Chicago for the annual Inspired Home show, to support the cause of providing underserved youth the opportunity to prepare for college and careers in culinary arts, and beyond. From 2008 – 2019, the housewares industry support has ensured Chicago-area students were awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships.

With the unfortunate cancellation of this year’s Chicago Culinary Futures Event, which was to benefit the Hospitality Scholars Foundation, Inc. of Chicago (HSF), we are asking for your continued support.

Three Ways to Support Culinary Futures

1. Donate To Culinary Futures in Support of HSF

In 2020, HIC continues to support the Culinary Futures program through a new partnership with Chicago-based the Hospitality Scholars Foundation (HSF), a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit that empowers Chicagoland Youth to reach their fullest potential in education and career success, focusing on the areas of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management.
With the cancellation of our major 2020 fundraiser, we ask the industry to continue it’s legacy of giving.

Donate directly to the Culinary Futures Benefit HERE.

Or, you can text to donate. Simply, Text 44-321 with the following message CFHSF20

2. Participate in the Culinary Futures Online Auction

The event may have been cancelled, but our Chicagoland HSF youth still need your support! We hope we can count on you.
That’s why our amazing Culinary Futures Silent Auction is now online! Bidders will have the opportunity to bid on all items that were available for our event’s Silent Auction from March 30, 2020 to April 13, 2020. Items are local, and can be shipped.

Start Bidding today, and support the youth of Chicagoland! Bid HERE.

 

3. Support Millie’s Camp Summer Program

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Not only does HIC help raise money at the popular Culinary Futures events, HIC’s support for these students continues throughout the year. In the summer of 2019, HIC joined together with HSF for the first annual Millie’s Camp, a camp created to inspire underserved youth to learn about culinary arts and hospitality management. Twenty-five students from throughout the Chicagoland public school system participated. You can support our 2020 efforts below.Not only does HIC help raise money at the popular Culinary Futures events, HIC’s support for these students continues throughout the year. In the summer of 2019, HIC joined together with HSF for the first annual Millie’s Camp, a camp created to inspire underserved youth to learn about culinary arts and hospitality management. Twenty-five students from throughout the Chicagoland public school system participated. You can support our 2020 efforts HERE.

Tuesday’s Tool: The Tortilla Press

 

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Cinco de Mayo is almost here! It’s time to start planning a delicious Mexican-inspired meal that will impress your family and friends.

HIC’s Tortilla Press is specially designed for creating 6.25-inch homemade tortillas and other artisan flat breads of the perfect thickness every time.  Made from heavyweight aluminum for durability, the sturdy handle provides for effortless leverage when making     tortillas.

If you’ve never made your own tortillas, you don’t know how easy it is to do. (Five simple steps!)

  1. Prepare your dough recipe or use ready-made dough.
  2. For best results, line both sides of the press with plastic wrap, wax paper, or parchment paper to prevent dough from sticking to the press.
  3. Roll a small amount of dough into a ball and place it in the center of the press. Flatten the dough slightly by hand then close the press.
  4. Fold the handle over the press and apply a firm pressure to create griddle-ready rounds.
  5. Gently remove the plastic wrap from the flattened dough and cook according to recipe.

The press is handy for making a variety of flatbreads, including Caribbean roti, focaccia, moo shoo pancakes, mini pie or tart shells, and more.

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You can purchase the HIC Tortilla Press here.

Stainless Steel Straws

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Here in the U.S. it is estimated that we use nearly 500 million plastic strays each day. That is enough plastic straws to wrap around the earth almost 9 times every year!

Plastic straws and stirrers are listed as one of the top 10 marine plastic debris, contaminating our water and our marine life as well as so much more as it is carried up the food chain.

Change the tide of pollution and look for ways to cut back on plastic pollution this Earth Day. Using stainless steel reusable straws are one of the many ways you can make an impact.

HIC’s 18/8 Stainless Steel Drinking Straws add a splash of style to everyday beverages, smoothies, shakes, party drinks and cocktails. More economical and environmentally friendly than using traditional disposable straws, these straws are ideal for use at home or on the go.

They have a polished finish for a great look and are angled to make drinking from them easier. The reusable straws won’t rust, corrode, break, stain, absorb or transfer food flavors or odors.

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The set includes four 18/8 stainless steel straws and a nylon-bristle cleaning brush, perfectly sized to fit inside the straws.

Wash in warm, soapy water and scrub the interior with the cleaning brush, then rinse well. They are also dishwasher safe.

You can purchase them here.