A fully stocked liquor collection can be intimidating. Whether it's at the liquor store, the neighborhood watering hole, or just on the kitchen counter, whenever a bunch of bottles come together, it's only a matter of time before someone tries to mix the contents. And that's where things get murky. If staring at a wall of booze results in a blank stare and an empty glass, there are plenty of helpers out there designed to inspire.
A funny thing happened on the way to home automation: dumb appliances got smarter. Now that's not to say everything has up and sprouted a brain, for some of the most useful pieces of kitchen gear are best left dumb, such as the tried and true kitchen knife. (Then again, having password or fingerprint protected cutlery might come in handy...) In any event, a progression has occurred, and one of the more interesting advances of recent years actually has been around for decades.
Induction cooking is nothing new; induction cooking with style, efficiency, and smarts is relatively new. And … Read more
Throwing away food is a bad habit to get into. Unfortunately, it is easy to do because having a fridge and pantry overflowing with food strikes our fancy right at home; a cornucopia of comfort right in our own kitchen can only be a good thing, right? Except, even cornucopias go bad and then nobody gets to enjoy the bounty. Luckily, ways have been devised to slow food spoilage and keep that food fresh for a while longer. And now at least one of those solutions looks good while doing it.
You are what you eat, and what you eat also happens to be fodder for a new iOS app called Countertop, which works in tandem with the Prep Pad smart scale. The kitchen helper is set to be released in November and is available for preorder now at $149.95. The kitchen scale and app, an offering by The Orange Chef Company (previously Chef Sleeve, makers of tablet-friendly kitchen accessories), are designed to be everyday accompaniments in the kitchen supplying nutritional data to users in a seamless environment.
The scale itself features a nice clean design that doesn't bog … Read more
Fresh herbs raining down upon a freshly prepared meal is a sight to behold. This is not necessarily because of the visual aspect of it, but more so because of the knowledge that deliciousness will soon follow. A sprinkling of freshly chopped herbs added to a meal can enhance and brighten the flavor. But let's go back to that imagery of fresh herbs raining down from the sky: turns out there's a way to make that into an everyday reality.
Caffeinated beverage makers come in all shapes and size, but what really matters are results. Be it coffee or tea as the preferred beverage, makers of incredible designs can be had as well as basic models that have no bells or whistles. Usually, however, the beverage maker of choice only does one job; lucky then, that there exists a solution that can brew coffee or tea, and do it at an extremely reasonable price.
The Cuisaid Duo Convertible French Press Coffee Maker & Tea Infuser (Borosilicate Glass) offers a long product name, a low price (currently around $15), and simple … Read more
When one thinks of food on the go, often pizza can come to mind. Pizzerias populate the landscape from coast to coast with many of them offering up slices quickly and easily. Grabbing a utility slice for a quick meal on the go is an easy way to fuel up without sacrificing deliciousness. But there is another side to the pizza pie: those long, leisurely meals spent over an assortment of pizzas -- or better yet, building and cooking pizza from scratch.
Pizza parties exist for a reason. Choosing the toppings, cooking the pizza, and finally eating it are fun … Read more
The kitchen has no shortage of mysteries. But for every eternal question like who ate my lunch or if the refrigerator light really turns off when the door is closed, there are an equal number of down-to-earth considerations to ponder. For example, when that expensive steak is cooking, just where in the spectrum of rare to well-done does it fall? Unlike questions of evil co-workers or refrigerator gnomes, knowing when to pull the steak is of great practical concern. (Well, stolen sandwiches are, too, but let's move on.)
Nothing can substitute for experience, except maybe a bright multicolor light. … Read more
Just when you thought it was safe to back away from the grill. (Not that one would ever necessarily want to.) Here we are at the end of summer and it is back to school time. The grill has enjoyed a nice season of delivering flame-licked food and soon it will be time to start cooking in the kitchen again. But that big ol' box that we call an oven can wait, because there are still recipes to explore outside.
Making pizza on the grill is one of those activities that combines a bit of necessity with a smidge of … Read more
Whether it is marked by the clanging of a steel bar against a metal triangle or a pinging of a kitchen timer, the call of "it's ready!" is one that is and will always be met with great anticipation. The instant satisfaction that you get from seeing a hot meal placed before you is one that is primal yet somehow tinged in sophistication -- especially when the meal is ready when you want it to be.