Leite’s Loves…Quotes Measuring Spoons

Quotes Measuring Spoons

I’m a no-nonsense person. I don’t like clutter and can’t stand cute, especially in the kitchen. Although I truly enjoy cooking, I think Peg Bracken could be a kindred spirit. That floral apron? Pass. Patterned paper towels? Mine are always only white. If forced to choose, I’ll take practical over pretty anytime. And yet you’ll find, hidden in a drawer like a scandalous secret, one of my all-time kitchen loves: a set of Quotes Measuring Spoons from Beehive Kitchenware Co.

Yes, they’re heart-shaped. Yes, the company’s product description says they’re “Made with love.” The artists who founded Beehive Kitchenware Co., Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd, are not afraid to be sentimental, even downright corny. They can get away with it, though, because they don’t seem to take themselves too seriously, still they turn out seriously well-crafted, beautiful items for kitchen and home.

The Quotes Measuring Spoons first caught my eye while I was shopping for a housewarming present, and they’ve since become my staple gift for such occasions. A set of four standard measuring spoons, they’re hand cast in lead-free pewter and have a surprising, satisfying heft. Yet the measures on the handles add just the right dose of levity: Who couldn’t use “a dash of humor” or “a spoonful of fun” while cooking? What Saint Phanourious cake couldn’t be improved by “a pinch of kindness” or “a heap of happiness”? (Actual increments are engraved on the backs of the spoons, of course.) It took me a while to warm up to the heart shape, but after giving enough away and growing steadily more envious, eventually I decided that if home is where the heart is, these spoons belonged in my kitchen. Who knows? Maybe someday I’ll work up to Beehive’s heart-shaped pancake spatula.

Quotes Measuring Spoons are available online at BeehiveKitchenware.com ($48.00). They are also sold at retail boutiques across the country, such as Cursive, in Grand Central Terminal’s Lexington Passage.

About Allison Parker

Allison Parker is the managing editor for Leite's Culinaria, as well as a developmental editor with more than 15 years' experience in literary and academic publishing. Sharpening pencils and knives side by side in the kitchen, she now fuses her editorial and writing life with an abiding love of things culinary.

  1. NANCY C says:

    How cute are these. What a great little idea and a perfect addition to any housewarming party.

    • Allison Parker says:

      Nancy, thanks for commenting. They are definitely fabulous for housewarmings, or even tucked in with some other kitchen items for a bridal shower or wedding gift. Or, forget giving them away—buy a set for yourself!

  2. Karen says:

    Absolutely, buy some for ourselves. Never give someone a gift unless you love it too, right?? How would we know if we didn’t try them out first!! And happily for me, there is a retail shop right here in my neighborhood….

    • Allison Parker says:

      Karen, glad to hear you’re in close proximity to these lovely spoons! I wholeheartedly agree with your gift-testing approach: one for you, one for me… Thanks for commenting.

  3. Lauralee Hensley says:

    I think you should warm up to that heart shaped spatula. Half the time when working with it you wouldn’t even see it. Why, because it would be under the food. So, it shouldn’t be an over-lasting impression on the brain once the eyes do see and process it as a heart shape. Besides, you make your food with love or for the ones you love right? I thought so. These are cute, but not over the top cutsie like little cows in aprons and frilly granny caps.

    • David Leite says:

      >>Frilly granny caps<< LOL.

      • Chef Pam Moore says:

        Okay, I thought the spoons were cute but the image of David Leite and frilly caps and then when I got to the cows in frilly caps—now I’m over the edge with a case of the MUCH needed giggles. This on a day with a grill cook with diarrhea of the mouth, vacant minded waitress and a cut finger, which is what i get for putting my finger into my knife roll without looking. Thanks for the laugh and all the great reads I enjoy them every day. Especially the 9/11 Windows on the World. David, thank you so much for sharing such a great and precious memory.

    • Allison Parker says:

      Yup, no frilly granny caps for me; nor cows in aprons! As for the heart-shaped spatula… maybe you’ve just given me the nudge I needed. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Meghan Finley says:

    This will just suit my kitchen with my tiny heart shaped ramekins!

    • Allison Parker says:

      OK, further confession: I do have two of those ramekins also, from Le Creuset—they were a wedding gift, and I’ve come to enjoy them, too.

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