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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 are Read 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 comes Read More…

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iDevices iGrillmini review

on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The Gadgeteer Kid and I are huge carnivores, as are many of our friends and family members. We barbecue year-round, especially during the summer months. As many of you aficionados of the grill know, cooking everyone’s meal to perfection can be a challenge. Well, the folks at iDevices have recently introduced the iGrillmini, a smaller, Read 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 where Read 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 roof Read More…

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As seen on TV: Stone Wave Microwave Cooker review

on Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

Do you eat out more than you cook at home? What if you could make an omelet in less than 5 minutes or an “apple pie” in 3 minutes? Would that make you consider staying home instead of going out? The Stone Wave Microwave Cooker from Telebrands (As Seen on TV) lets you cook foods quick Read 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 own Read 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 a Read More…

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As seen on TV: Turbo Roaster review

on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

TV infomercials are ingenious advertisements that draw us in with a slick sales pitch, grab our attention, pique our curiosity and then our wallet. I’ve been given the opportunity to review a couple “As seen on TV” products to see if their claims stand up to a real world test and if they are worth Read More…

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Folding Firebox Nano is a camping stove small enough to fit in your shirt pocket

on Saturday, October 12th, 2013
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

The Folding Firebox Nano is a 3″ stainless steel camp stove that when folded, will fit in your pocket. It weighs in at less than 6 ounces (170 grams) and is about .25 inches thick when collapsed. It doesn’t requires any assembly or tools to set it up. Just unfold, add sticks, twigs or a Read 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 reaches Read More…

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Zing Anything Aqua Zinger, Citrus Zinger and Salad Zinger review

on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

We all know that to stay hydrated, we should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. The only thing is though, that water is… well… boring. My beverage of choice used to be Diet Coke, but I was able to wean myself off of it by switching over to ice tea. I Read 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 being Read More…

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Click & Grow Smartpot flowerpots get even smarter

on Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Last month I posted a review of the Click & Grow Smartpot flowerpot and had a positive experience with it except for one important thing… Trying to grow a plant in Southern Indiana during the winter months, even with an auto watering flowerpot, just doesn’t work that well due to short sunlight hours. The folks Read More…

Pack Away Kettle – A Collapsible Teapot

By: Karen Nelson
on Monday, August 8th, 2011
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Wacky Practicals has developed a new take on the conventional tea kettle, a collapsible version that is made of silicone.  The Pack Away Kettle has a stainless steel base that does conduct heat so it will stay hot after boiling.  It is safe for all heat sources, electric, conduction, and gas stoves.  Now you can Read More…

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Just Indulge ‘Em: Crust Cutter

By: cobinrox
on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

My parenting or kid-monitoring skills are simplistic: just shut ‘em up if there is little or no work on my part.  These crust cutters (this one available from Amazon, $7) is the type of gadget that fulfills that philosophy. For anyone who just doesn’t want to deal with crust (pie crust not included, of course), Read More…

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Your iPad Can Help You Make Cookies This Holiday Season

on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

About this time every year, I start buying cookie cookbooks.  I always have the fantasy that this will be the year that I’ll actually make some holiday cookies.  I never do, but I do like thinking about this.  This year, Martha Stewart has an iPad app that lets me combine my cookie plans with my Read More…

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Paprika Recipe Manager App for iPad

on Monday, October 4th, 2010

The Paprika Recipe Manager App lets you use your iPad to collect and organize recipes from websites and add your own custom recipes.  You can easily download recipes from some major recipe sites, and you can also copy and paste recipes from any website.  You can create your own categories and use the built-in search Read More…

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Stainless Steel Notebook Grill

on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

The A+R Store has a portable grill that will make camping and picnicking more convenient this summer.  The Stainless Steel Notebook Grill has a stainless surface with a waterproof finish.  It has a 250 square-inch cooking surface on a stainless steel grate.  It has cut-out handles for easy carrying.  It’s 21″ X 19″ X 1″ when Read More…

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Darwin BBQ – A Wearable Charcoal Grill

on Saturday, July 17th, 2010
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

Ok, you don’t wear it while you’re grilling… That would just be crazy What we have here is the Darwin BBQ. It’s an all steel constructed charcoal grill that folds up into a nice little package for easy storage and portability. It looks like it could be the perfect companion on a camping trip for Read More…

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Charcoal Companion Steak Station Review

on Sunday, July 4th, 2010

The Charcoal Companion Steak Station was designed to make your time at the grill more productive and relaxing by letting the Steak Station keep track of the meat temperature while you relax and enjoy your beer.  So does it work?  How does it compare to those digital meat thermometer forks that we have all used Read More…

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Chef’s Choice PizzellePro Review

on Saturday, May 1st, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, Reviews

I really look forward to doing kitchen gadget reviews when the purpose of the gadget is to make something yummy. Today I want to show you the Pizzelle Pro Express Bake 834 from Chef’sChoice. If you are not familiar with pizzelles, they are crisp thin cookies that originated in Italy. Jeanne has wanted one forever, Read More…

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See Through Toaster – Don’t Believe it Till You See it

By: cobinrox
on Saturday, May 1st, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Well I think this is legit.  While most postings for a see-through toaster make note that the designs are just concepts, I found the Magimix Vision see-through toaster (“coming to Williams Sonoma stores in Spring 2010″) on actual web sites, for sale as of right now.  JohnLewis.com claims it has “more than 10 in stock” Read More…

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When stirring is just too much trouble…

on Sunday, March 14th, 2010
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

You can buy the Autonomous Saucier from Hammacher Schlemmer. It’s a battery powered sauce stirrer. No longer will you need to slave over a pan of gravy when you have this little gadget. It sits in the pan and automatically spins and revolves around to keep everything mixed and smooth. The three legs made of Read More…

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Set your grill on fire with a rifle or a fishing pole – No lie

on Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Posted in: Home, Kitchen

You really gotta love our redneck brothers and sisters and all their wacky gadgets. Case in point: 14.5 inch long butane backyard BBQ lighters shaped to look like a rifle or a fishing pole. I guess you have to love Nascar racin and possum huntin to figure this un out. Get one now for $9.99 Read More…