the right tool makes the difference

Favorite new products for everyday life.

I was enjoying a chilled Rosé with ASE subscriber and chic hostess, Anne H. two nights ago when she showed me her new favorite gadget –  the premium CorkPops Legacy opener which has a built-in foil cutter. It is the easiest wine opener I have ever seen.  I bought one yesterday and used it last night.  I slid the needle easily through the cork and pressed the button on top.  Fueled by low-pressure inert gas in a cartridge, the cork slid right out. One cartridge will open 60 to 80 bottles of wine.

right tool Cork Pop

The Original Cork Pop, Available in nine colors. $16.25




Premium Cork Pops 12240 Legacy Wine Bottle Opener with 3 Refill Cartridges 13238.   $28.95




right tool oscillating floor mop

I know that it is hard to get excited about a mop, but ASE reader Johnny T. is so enthusiastic about this Oscillating Floor Mop that he has gives them as presents.  Because the mop has an oscillating motor powered by a rechargeable battery, it scrubs the hardwood or tile floor six times per second – that sure beats old fashioned elbow grease.  The reusable cleaning pads go through the washing machine about 100 times. 7 LBS.   Oscillating Floor Mop, $199.

yeti makes the right tools and coffe cups

I am sure that you are all familiar with the success of Yeti insulated ‘Tumblers’ in several sizes. I am also a fan of the detachable handles which are now available.  I have the one by Yeti, but there are lots of other brands competing. The same handle fits both the 20-ounce Rambler Tumbler and the 30 Ounce.  This is just the handle.  You still need to buy the Yeti Tumblers.  One Yeti handle which will fit to 20 ounce or 30-ounce Rambler Tumbler.  $9.99.





The Yeti 30 oz. Rambler Tumbler comes in 17 colors. $34.99.






The Yeti 20 oz. Rambler comes in 17 colors.  $29.99




We’ve told you about these insulated, stemless white cups by Yeti.  The lids are sold separately.  They are unbreakable and dishwasher safe.  We use them for white wine at night, and coffee in the morning.  There is no handle available for these, but you won’t need one.  Lots of colors.  Yeti Insulated Wine (and Coffee) Cups. $49.99 for two.    Yeti Wine Cup Lid. $12.99 each

Veggie Chop is the right tool

I was given this small hand-powered VeggiChop (thank you Whitney and Mac) and I use it all the time for making pesto, salsa and lots of little chopping jobs – from herbs and fruits to nuts.  Place ingredients into the clear bowl, put on lid and pull the cord to make the four sharp blades spin.  This is perfect for small jobs when my Cuisinart would be overkill.  There is a storage lid for storage in the fridge.  Bowl, blades and lid are dishwasher safe on the top shelf. Comes in three colors: Arugula, Cherry and Black. 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.2 inches.  VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper.  $20.00– $24.50.


These Cork Coasters protect my table from heat and absorb moisture from cold glasses.  They are unobtrusive and functional – just what I want.  They hold up reasonably well and are easily replaced if damaged.  The choice between rounded edges and straight is entirely one of style.  I have the rounded ones.

Noe & Malu Coasters are 4x 4” thick and have flat edges.  Pack of 12. $10.00

Noe & Malu Coasters are 4” x 4” thick and have rounded edges.  Pack of 12. $12.99

The right tool for leaf blowing

An ASE subscriber was raving to me about how much she likes her new leaf blower. This is not some backyard farmer who revels in yard work. She grabs the blower and whoosh – her patio and all the outdoor furniture is clean.  Whoosh, the edges of flower beds and planters are tidy. Whoosh, the back steps are free of leaves.  This blower gets rave reviews from users – with the exception that battery life can be short.  This is not a problem for me as I only plan to use it for short jobs.  The Dewalt Brushless Blower. $164.24. It is also available at Home Depot.

ASE subscriber George H. highly recommends the CM Scrubber, which claims to be the ‘world’s best cast iron pan cleaner’.  George H. agrees that it is.  It is a 7” x 7” square piece of stainless steel chainmail.  This scrubber is appropriate for all cookware cleaning.  It is lightweight, rustproof, and can go in the dishwasher.  $10.69.


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