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Mark your baked goods with your name

on Monday, April 14th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

You work hard to make beautiful, tasty pie crusts, cookies, and other pastries, so you should be proud to have everyone know you made them.  With a Personalized rolling pin from ValekRollingPins on Etsy, you can have a rolling pin custom engraved with your name.  The rolling pins are made of beech, and they areRead More…

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Cut like a caveman

on Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

The Primative Stainless Steel Knife brings the flint flake tool of prehistoric time into the present.  This 8.7″ handleless knife is made of a single piece of stainless steel.  The top has a ridge for gripping, and the shape tapers to the front and bottom to form a sharp edge for precise cutting.  It comesRead More…

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Get ready for grilling season with the Grillbot

on Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

There are robots to clean your floors and robots to clean your windows, so why can’t a robot clean your grill?  Get a Grillbot, and a robot will use three powerful electric motors and three brass or stainless steel brushes to scrub your grill clean as a whistle.  You don’t have to do anything otherRead More…

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Shake up your kitchen and make your own butter

By: Greg Carter
on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

If you’ve ever thought that it might be cool to make your own butter, but stopped short of buying an old wooden butter churn, there’s a new and fairly inexpensive gadget just for you called the Buttercup™ Butter Maker from Chef’n. This clever device is a fun and educational way for kids to learn whereRead More…

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Prevent damage to your expensive pots and pans with Glideware

on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

In our old house, we had room in our kitchen for a big, ceiling-mounted pot rack.  In our new place, there’s no room for the rack in our tiny kitchen.  We have to fit all our expensive All-Clad cookware in a cabinet under the cooktop, and we have resorted to putting paper plates between theRead More…

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for soft serve ice cream!

on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Summer’s coming, and there’s going to be many people making ice cream for dessert for their cookouts.  Instead of hauling out the old-fashioned electric – or hand-cranked – maker that requires rock salt and a lot of ice, why not use the Cuisinart ICE-45 Mix It In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker?  The double-insulated freezer bowlRead More…

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Why bother with delivery? Make your own pizza in this wood-burning oven

on Monday, February 24th, 2014

If cost is no object for a great-tasting pizza, you might try your hand at making your own in this wood-fired pizza oven.  You’ll need a safe outdoor area to set up this Italian-made oven.  According to the product information, the Rapid Heating Wood Burning Pizza Oven from Hammacher Schlemmer “has an electrogalvanized powder-coated steel roofRead More…

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Eight tools in one for small kitchens

on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

If you have a small kitchen without much storage space, you may find that you don’t have room for tools that you won’t use frequently.  With the All in One Kitchen Tool Set from the MoMA Store, you’ll be able to store eight tools in the space of a bottle of oil.  This plastic bottleRead More…

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Do you hear that? It’s the death knell for SodaStream and other at-home cold beverage systems…

on Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Coca-Cola announced yesterday that it is purchasing approximately a 10% stake in the Green Mountain Coffee Roasting (GMCR) company.  Why does that impact SodaStream?  Part of the the partnership between the two beverage companies is their plan to “cooperate to bring the Keurig Cold™ beverage system to consumers around the world.”  Right now, GMCR producesRead More…

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Netchef G2 is an Android powered digital cookbook for your kitchen

on Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Netchef G2 is a kitchen recipe reader developed by Sungale that is powered by the Android operating system and features a 1024×768 8-inch touchscreen. This counter-top cooking companion comes preloaded with over 500 recipes and has 4GB of internal memory and up to 32GB of external memory that can be used to store your ownRead More…

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The elements of potent potables

on Monday, January 20th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

These coasters  may have been inspired by the logo for Breaking Bad, or they may be been designed by someone with a scientific bent.  They certainly appeal to the chemistry geek in me!  The set of four Studio Vertu Element Chart Coasters look like cells from the periodic table of the elements, but these “cells”Read More…

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The world’s most flexible lunchbox comes from Norway

on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

You spend time each morning carefully crafting your lunch sandwich just the way you like it, then you wrap it in waxed paper or a plastic zipper bag and put it in your lunchbag.  When lunchtime comes, you pull out your lunch only to discover your sandwich has fallen apart into a mess, with condimentsRead More…

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Let the salt and pepper shakers pass themselves

on Monday, January 6th, 2014

If you like kitschy in the kitchen, these salt and pepper shakers will fit right in.  These are actual wind-up robots that can walk themselves over to the diners needing some seasoning for their food.  They’re made of food-grade plastics, so you’ll have no worries using them on your table.  The Salt and Pepper Wind-upRead More…

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Let your iPhone tell you when your steaks are grilled to perfection

on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The iGrillmini from iDevices is a meat thermometer with an attached probe. Nothing new there right? But pair it with your iOS device and now you have a smart thermometer that you can remotely check the temp of the meat cooking outdoors on your grill. The iGrillmini conveniently mounts to your grill or smoker with aRead More…

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This Victorinox knife block also serves as a tablet stand

on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

There are a lot of cooking apps and videos available for tablets.  You can watch videos as you cook to learn new techniques or follow a recipe in your virtual recipe box, but whatever you’re doing on a tablet in the kitchen, you’ll need a stand to keep it safe and viewable.  There are countlessRead More…

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Tailgate in style with these cooking appliances

on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Whether you want to have a nice spread for your tailgate party before the big game or travel in an RV, you’ll appreciate these Max Burton appliances.  They plug into a car’s 12V power outlet and prepare a meal as you travel.  The Digital Stove to Go (top, left) has a 1.5-qt capacity and reachesRead More…

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Become the master of your domain… err, dishes!

on Friday, September 20th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

In my search for retro, mid-century items, I stumbled upon an interesting item for the kitchen that really does qualify as a gadget.  The Dishmaster was developed “in 1948 in the post-war years when the American kitchen was being re-invented”, and it replaced a typical faucet with a gadget that could make washing dishes easier.  The DishmasterRead More…

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The Summit AUTOSEAL Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle keeps its cool when it’s hot

on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to be a good steward to Mother Earth. One way I do this is by using a water bottle instead of buying bottled water. The issue I have with most water bottles (and bottled waters for that matter) is that they don’t keep myRead More…

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Propellant-free briquettes burn hotter and cleaner than normal charcoal

on Friday, June 28th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

If you like cooking outdoors on a grill but don’t like the chemical aftertaste in your food, you’ll be interested in the Afire Koko Coconut Charcoal from Williams-Sonoma.  Afire makes this charcoal from renewable coconut shells (left overs from other coconut uses) with no added propellants or other chemicals, fillers, glues, or nitrates.  The hole inRead More…

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Knork – A friend for your spork

on Sunday, June 16th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

You’ve no doubt heard of a spork which looks like a spoon with short fork-like tines on the edge. Campers and EDC fans like them because they combine two tools into one. Enter the Knork which looks like an ordinary stainless steel fork till you take a closer look. The outside tines have been beveled without beingRead More…

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Add a pouring spout to make life easier in the kitchen

on Friday, June 14th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

This little doodad can keep things neater while you’re working in the kitchen.  The Silpoura spout was the brainchild of  a couple who are avid campers and needed a way to dispose of cooking grease without dumping it in the woods.  Gail suggested there should be “a ‘Thing’. Like a spout. That you could clipRead More…

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Star Wars Cookie Cutters for your next May the 4th Be With You party

on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

If you want to be a real Jedi Master party host at your next May the 4th Be With You celebration, hop in your T-16 Skyhopper and brave the Jundland Wastes to score a set of these Star Wars Heroes & Villains Cookie Cutters from Williams-Sonoma.  They include the four iconic likenesses of Darth Vader,Read More…

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Keep your coffee hot during your morning commute

on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Are you still trying to figure out what to give your dear old Dad for Father’s Day? If he’s a coffee or tea drinking commuter, the ThinkGeek Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug might be a good option. This insulated mug features a 12-volt DC adapter that you can plug into your car’s power socket toRead More…

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Put a little Zing in your water, vodka and salad dressings

on Friday, May 17th, 2013

I was finally able to kick my daily 20 oz Diet Coke habit several months ago by using a 24 oz. Bubba Brands Hero insulated steel bottle. I fill with 5 ice cubes from home and when I get to work, I fill it with cold water and 2 Twinings Cold Brew iced tea bags.Read More…

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Keep fresh herbs fresh longer with the Herb Savor

on Friday, May 17th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

If you like to use fresh herbs in your cooking but you’re tired of how quickly those expensive packets from the grocery store wilt, you need the Herb Savor from Prepara.  The Herb Savor has been proven to keep herbs fresh for up to three weeks.  You just place the herbs in the basket withRead More…