The Art of Gathering

When all the right people, and ingredients, kitchen tools, and food come together, we call this The Art of Gathering.

Gather the ingredients.

Gather the cooking tools.

Gather together friends and family.

Gather for delicious food, piquant time, savory memories, and robust laughter.

Who would have guessed that over 30 years ago when we sold our first 6 kitchen tools, that so many of them (now over 700) would find their way into kitchen stores nation-wide, internationally, and eventually take up residence in so many kitchen cabinets, counters and drawers? We certainly hoped so.

Time flies for certain and here we are sharing our story (and kitchen products) online, in a new way, hoping to inspire, educate and bring a smile or chuckle to a gentle simmer. All of us at RSVP International enjoy delicious food, yummy drinks and especially gathering with great company. We want to share with you how we accomplish it and where it’s gathered from.

Salute!

11.10.17 - By Nona Raybern

From Our Family to Yours: Thanksgiving Recipes from RSVP International

Thanksgiving Recipes

If you’re having some issues putting together a menu for Thanksgiving, have no fear! RSVP International is here to share our favorite Thanksgiving recipes. From appetizers to the main course to dessert, we’ve got you covered. appetizers Figs with Bacon and Chile From our Customer Service Manager, Ivy: “I started making this one when I […]

11.08.17 - By Nona Raybern

A Potato Ricer is the Secret to Perfectly Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

You would think that mashed potatoes wouldn’t be hard to make. Really, you just boil some potatoes and mash them until they’re smooth, right? But what if I told you that a potato ricer can give you the consistency you crave? The main issue with making mashed potatoes comes from over-processing them. When you use […]

11.03.17 - By Nona Raybern

To Wet-Brine or Dry-Brine? That Is the Gobble Gobble Question…

Ah, the Thanksgiving turkey. Many have fretted over it and only handfuls have perfected it. So what’s the secret to a perfectly juicy turkey? According to most expert cooks, brine. Yes, it might seem that salt on meat is counterintuitive to keeping a moist bird since salt usually draws moisture out. But whether you’re using […]

10.30.17 - By Nona Raybern

These Caramel Apple Mummies Will Liven Up Any Party of the Undead

Caramel Apple Mummies

Caramel and candied apples can be a difficult Halloween treat to master. But these Caramel Apple Mummies take all the guess work out…and you don’t even need a candy thermometer! First, let’s make some eyeballs. If you missed your chance to pick up a pack of those Wilton Candy Eyeballs, fear not! It’s easy to […]

10.25.17 - By Nona Raybern

10 Spooky Treats Sure to Bring the Scare This Halloween

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Halloween! Okay, so that phrase is normally reserved for Christmas, but if you’re anything like us here at RSVP International, a little bit of Hocus Pocus is just what the witch doctor ordered. I see you Bette Midler and I love you. Of course, one of the […]

10.23.17 - By Nona Raybern

How to Make Crispy Sweet Potato Fries at Home in the Oven

Sweet potato fries seem to be invading menus across restaurants everywhere. But is there a healthier alternative to deep frying and can you make them at home? Yes! This version makes sure your potatoes come out crisp and ready to dip in your favorite sauce. It’s the perfect afternoon snack for the kids or a […]

10.18.17 - By Nona Raybern

A Comforting Pumpkin Zucchini Lasagna That’s Delicious AND Healthy!

Pumpkin Zucchini

Pumpkin is the quintessential Autumn squash, so when you combine that with the green power of Zucchini squash, you get this delicious Pumpkin Zucchini Lasagna! It may seem a bit labor intensive, since there are four different layers. There are tools that can definitely help speed along the process, like the RSVP Mandoline Slicer. You […]

10.04.17 - By RSVP International

It’s Apple Picking Season! Here’s What You Need to Know:

It’s officially fall, which means it’s time for a fall favorite – apples! Not all apples are created equal. If you’re planning to head out to an orchard or indulge in a delicious apple-inspired dessert this season, here’s what you need to know. Picking the Perfect Apple Whether you’re picking apples right from the tree […]

09.12.17 - By RSVP International

Kitchen Organization Tips

A well-organized kitchen can make life easier. But limited cupboard and counter space can make it a challenge to find a functional set up for cooking, eating, and entertaining. If you’re struggling to organize your kitchen and keep it clean and functional, try these handy kitchen organization tips and tricks. Label your food items Between […]

08.31.17 - By Nona Raybern

Poached Cod in a Spicy Coconut Lime Sauce

With the impending grayness of Autumn approaching, we decided that we should give you an easy weeknight recipe for something on the bright side. This Poached Cod in a Spicy Coconut Lime Sauce is the perfect pick-me-up to those grey Fall evenings. For this recipe, we are going to use the Endurance® 18″ Fish Poacher. […]

08.22.17 - By Nona Raybern

Rustic Dark Chocolate Sweet Cherry Tart

Rustic Dark Chocolate Sweet Cherry Tart

Stone fruit season is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have one last dessert hurrah. This chocolate cherry tart proves just the right amount of effort for delicious pay off. Here at RSVP, we are gatherers and firm believers that the right equipment goes a long way. Today we’ll be using […]

08.20.17 - By Nona Raybern

The Perfect Blackberry Sparkling Lemonade to Brighten Your Mood

With the dog days of summer rolling to an end, there’s nothing that reminds us of kicking back on the patio more than a refreshing glass of lemonade. Add in some seasonal blackberries and a bit of sparkling water, and you have the perfect drink to cap off your summer! It also helps that today […]

08.17.17 - By RSVP International

5 Kitchen Essentials for Your College Dorm Room

Just because your college dorm may not have a kitchen doesn’t mean you won’t occasionally skip the crowded dining hall in favor of your own room. If you’ve started your college shopping, you’ve probably already got the dorm kitchen essentials – plates, bowls, spoons, and cups – that you’ll need to eat your Ramen, cereal, […]

08.09.17 - By Nona Raybern

You Don’t Need a Campfire to Make These Grilled Peach S’mores

grilled peach s'mores

There’s never a time in my life where s’mores seem like a bad idea; but without an open flame, sometimes s’mores seem like a really inconvenient dessert to crave. WELL, NOT TODAY! In honor of National S’mores Day, we’ve created an alternative method to create these campfire treats sans campfire. All you need is a […]

07.25.17 - By Nona Raybern

Take Your Potato Salad to the Next Level by Grilling Your Potatoes

Everyone loves potato salad. That’s just a fact. But most potato salad is creamy and mayonnaise-based and leaves you feeling just a little too full on a warm summer day. That’s why this Grilled French Potato Salad will be your elevated side dish at the next BBQ you bring it to. Based in an lemon-garlic […]

07.19.17 - By Nona Raybern

A Simply Fresh Summer Dessert: Grilled Fruit Pizza with Honey & Ricotta

Raise your hand if you don’t like pizza! Put your hand down, of course you like pizza. And you know what’s good as pizza? DESSERT. Specifically, a dessert fruit pizza! Stone fruit and berries are currently in season (the raspberries were actually from my parent’s backyard!), so why not turn them into something easy for […]

07.14.17 - By RSVP International

Grilling Tips from the Experts

grilled vegetables

The smell wafting through the air. The sizzling sound. The perfect char lines. The delicious flavor. There’s so much to love about grilling, isn’t there? For about 75% of Americans who own a grill, it’s an essential part of their summer traditions. While everyone has their own unique way manning the flames, here are a […]

07.11.17 - By Nona Raybern

Outdoor Appetizer: Grilled Corn and Jalapeño Dip

For every corn dip recipe I’ve found on the internet, the term “crack” is always used. I wasn’t exactly sure why this correlation was happening until I made this Grilled Corn and Jalapeño dip… I couldn’t stop eating it. That’s how good this is. I actually had to force myself to put it in the […]

07.03.17 - By Nona Raybern

Homemade Coleslaw That’s the Perfect Partner to Your BBQ

Do you find chopping to be boring? Cumbersome? Would you rather be doing anything other than standing at a cutting board making something like coleslaw? Well, I have one word for you: Mandoline. Turns out Barry Manilow wasn’t singing about a girl named Mandy. He was probably singing about the MANDY from RSVP International! (Kidding, […]

07.03.17 - By Nona Raybern

Shred Pulled Pork for Your 4th of July BBQ!

Nothing says America like an all day BBQ. And on this 241st year celebrating BREXIT 1776, you should try your hand at a slow-smoked pulled pork. The prep work for this is fairly easy, but the cook time is long, so plan accordingly. This 6.5 pound bone-in pork shoulder took about 10 hours to get […]

06.20.17 - By Nona Raybern

Make It at Home: The Cold Brew Macchiato

cold brew macchiato

Ah, cold brew coffee. Let me count the ways that I love you. Sweetened, unsweetened, cold, warmed, frothed, blended. Quite frankly it doesn’t matter, because it is delicious! And this recipe for a Cold Brew Macchiato will knock your socks off. The Caramel Macchiato took Starbucks by storm when it first introduced, but there is […]

06.18.17 - By Nona Raybern

RSVP How-To: Cold Brew Coffee

Here at RSVP International, there is one thing that everyone in the office can agree is a necessity: COFFEE. And now that summer is here, we like our coffee as a cold brew. So that’s why we said, hey, let’s make a cold brew coffee maker! Now introducing for 2017: So what’s the big deal […]

05.19.17 - By Nona Raybern

The Jalapeño Popper Grill Rack is Here to Spice Things Up!

jalapeño popper

What do you dream about at night? Sometimes I dream about being a superhero or super awesome spy, but most nights, I dream about the almighty and spicy Jalapeño Popper. Is it stuffed with cheese? Always. Do I put bacon or sausage in it? Why not both? Bake it or grill it? Well, with the RSVP […]

05.01.17 - By RSVP International

10 Ways to Create a Greener Kitchen

The kitchen is our favorite room in any home. It’s where we gather, cook, relax, and visit with loved ones. We’re up for anything we can do to make our favorite space a little healthier. We all know that fresh, natural foods are better for you, and a green, wholesome kitchen is too. We happen […]

04.27.17 - By Nona Raybern

Easy Guacamole Made in Your Authentic Mexican Molcajete!

So you think you can guacamole? Honestly, nobody guacamoles the way that we can guacamole here at RSVP International. We do it so well that we’ve actually turned guacamole into a VERB. That’s how you know it’s legit. But don’t take my word for it! Let me show you how we guacamole and you can […]

04.27.17 - By Nona Raybern

How to Season an Authentic Molcajete

Ah, the molcajete. You bought one from the store and the first time you used it, you ended up with little bits of rock in your guacamole. “Gross!” you thought, as you chipped another tooth. “Why doesn’t this taste like the restaurant guacamole?” Like a good cast iron pan, an authentic molcajete made from lava […]

04.21.17 - By Nona Raybern

7 Favorite Smoothies You’ll Find in the RSVP International Office

Is there anything better than a nutrient-packed and easy-to-travel meal? Especially in the mornings when you’re already running around like a crazy person because you hit the snooze button one too many times. Well, lucky for you, the folks at RSVP International would like to share their favorite smoothies with you! And show you some […]

03.29.17 - By Nona Raybern

Our Favorite Recipes: Wholesome Blueberry Crisp with Thyme Crumble

Oh boy, oh boy! It’s practically April already, which means that fresh berries are almost back in season! Sure, you can use frozen berries for dessert. But when you’re making a blueberry crisp that’s as heavenly as this one, you want to make sure it’s fresh! The best part of this recipe? It’s so good for […]

03.03.17 - By Nona Raybern

Our Favorite Recipes: Strawberry Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Strawberries and cream. We all know the combination is a classic. If you ask someone whether they want some strawberries and cream and they say no, they’re probably lying. Which is why this Strawberry Cake with Vanilla Buttercream is a light, refreshing, and easy dessert you should make the next time you’re feeling like something sweet. […]

12.16.16 - By Nona Raybern

Holiday Favorites: Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Ginger

Is there truly anything that better encapsulates the smell of the holidays better than gingerbread? Some people might argue and say that sugar cookies or, heaven forbid, something citrus-y reminds them of the holidays. Even peppermint tops the list. But me? Gingerbread is my Christmas-trigger and this recipe for Gingerbread Cupcakes from Sally’s Baking Addiction […]

12.09.16 - By Nona Raybern

Holiday Favorites: Christmas Savory Breakfast Pudding

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You know why? Because people don’t judge you for eating every carb in sight during the holidays. Yeah, sure, family and friends are nice, but let’s get real here. You can eat an entire plate of bread pudding and nobody is going to give you a second […]

12.02.16 - By Nona Raybern

RSVP International Holiday Food Drive!

Normally here at the RSVP International offices, we get into the holiday spirit by giving each other little gifts and eating all of the cookies that we can muster. This year, however, we decided to take a different approach (we’re still eating the cookies though). The holiday season is one of giving and to really […]

11.18.16 - By Nona Raybern

Thanksgiving Appetizer: Pancetta Cranberry Brie Bake

During the holiday season, we’re all looking for an easy, yet enticing, appetizer to take to all the parties and gatherings that we’re invited to. You spend hours browsing recipes online and nothing really seems to catch your fancy. But you know what everybody loves during the holidays? Carbs. CARBS. ALL THE CARBS. And cheese! […]

11.04.16 - By Nona Raybern

Keep Steady with the RSVP Classic Rotary Food Mill

With food processors, blenders, stick blenders, and sieves already a part of the modern kitchen, you might be asking yourself, “Do I need a food mill?” The short answer, we believe, is YES! The food mill is one of those classic pieces in the kitchen that everyone should have in their cupboard. From applesauce, to […]

10.28.16 - By Nona Raybern

Halloween Special: Vampire Sugar Cookies

Today we pay homage to the dark and grisly Dracula by making….COOKIES! What undead lord of the night wouldn’t want to eat some cookies? I mean, seriously. Look at this guy. Doesn’t he look like he could use a vampire bite sugar cookie? Okay, so let’s talk about the recipe. We used this incredible recipe […]

10.21.16 - By Nona Raybern

The Era of Plastic is Ending, So Say Hello to Stainless Steel Straws!

Stainless Steel Straws

From the Industrial Revolution to technological advancement, you can’t say that the world overall isn’t interested in making life more easy and more convenient. But what about more sustainable? Whether you believe in global warming or climate change or not, most assuredly we can say that human beings create a lot of stuff, thereby creating […]

10.14.16 - By Nona Raybern

Halloween Special: Candy Corn Cream Cheese Brownies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Which means it’s time to eat candy corn and make brownies! But wait, what if we could combine the two to make Candy Corn Cream Cheese Brownies? “No, we can’t,” you say to yourself, thinking about how the explosion of flavor might actually ruin all other brownies […]

10.07.16 - By Nona Raybern

Easy Pumpkin Soup in Tiny Pumpkin Bowls

Pumpkin Soup 1

When you’re hanging out with kids, sometimes the last thing that you want to do is spend 2 hours planning and cooking a meal. Whether you’re a mom or dad, cooking nutritious and easy meals sometimes seems like a difficult task. That’s why this three ingredient Pumpkin Soup is one of the easiest (and most […]