Cooking

Knork – A friend for your spork

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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Click & Grow Smartpot flowerpots get even smarter

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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Pack Away Kettle – A Collapsible Teapot

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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Just Indulge ‘Em: Crust Cutter

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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Your iPad Can Help You Make Cookies This Holiday Season

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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Paprika Recipe Manager App for iPad

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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Stainless Steel Notebook Grill

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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Darwin BBQ – A Wearable Charcoal Grill

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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Charcoal Companion Steak Station Review

Steak Station

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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Chef’s Choice PizzellePro Review

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

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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When stirring is just too much trouble…

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 …

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

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 …

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Now THIS is flatware…

If you’ve ever packed for a hike, camping trip, or other activity in which saving precious space is paramount, you know how difficult it can be.  Behold Fozzils ThinkFLAT!  Part origami, part tableware, each item–be it bowl, cup, spoon or otherwise–can hold hot liquid without leaking, but can be collapsed completely flat.  Made from durable …

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Crazy folding spoons for kids

Hogwild Beetle Spoons and Sporks have a wacky design that allows the folded wings to rotate 180 degrees from the closed position to the extended and ready-to-use position. They are dishwasher safe and come with an individual travel case that slides neatly into backpacks, lunch boxes or picnic baskets. They just might help you bribe …

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