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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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The Netchef G2 is a kitchen recipe reader developed by Sungale that is powered by the Android operating system and features a 1024x768 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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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), [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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" [...]

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