With summer in full swing, now is the perfect time to go camping. When I was younger, it was a tradition in my family to go find a spot in the middle of nowhere, try desperately to set up a tent before it rains, and eat charred food that even squirrels wouldn't touch. Then in the morning we would rise from our piles of nylon and sit around the campfire sipping coffee that had the consistency of tar. Now that I've reached the age where I'm ready to take my family into the woods against their wishes, … Read more
It's starting to warm up around here, and I'm getting a real craving for ice cream. I've been looking at ice-cream recipes, and it looks as if I have just about everything I need to make up a quick cone of my own. Milk, sugar, vanilla--I've got it all. But I think I need some help getting from the ingredients to the stuff that tastes good in a cone.
This device is billed as a Waffle Dogger/Crepe On A Stick Maker, but I think that might be a little shortsighted. All food tastes better when it's served on a stick; it's a well-known fact.How an appliance like this doesn't have a name such as the "Stick-o-Later," or even the "Tastee-Stick" is beyond me. Instead, the manufacturer, Cecilware, includes this model in its waffle-maker line as the rather vague sounding WD-120. One thing for certain, though, is that whatever the name, this high-class iron would be put through the paces in … Read more
When summer rolls around, it's time to gas up the boat, blow up the inner tubes, and head for the lake. In the old days if you wanted to combine your nautical adventures with your culinary ones, you were forced to lug your hibachi onto your boat and hope that you didn't hit a rough wake sending burning coals everywhere. Weekend warriors around the world longed for someone to step up to the plate and combine their two loves: boats and cooking raw meat.
Someone has finally come through for all of us and invented the BBQ Donut, … Read more
If you are like me, your patio has more in common with a dirty playground than the "indoor living room with complete kitchen amenities," that appliance maker Dacor envisions.
That's a nice vision. If it's your vision...and a big ol' cooler on the patio or porch doesn't cut it during backyard parties, and a full-size fridge is totally out of the question (next to the garden is rather excessive), this refrigerator from Dacor might be the thing for you.
This front-loading Kenmore HE5t steam washer promises to clean better with blasts of hot steam. And with a roomy 4 cubic feet of washing space, this king-size plus washer easily tackles a king-size quilt.
At about $1,699, the energy-efficient steam model is pricier than the Kenmore HE5t king-size model without the steam, which retails at about $1,299.
The steam washer combines cleaning with SteamCare technology that "virtually eliminates the need for pretreating," clothes stained with everything from blood to oil, according to the company.
The washer works by slowly heating the water and releasing hot steam … Read more
Samsung is exploring the world of designer refrigerators. The company has enlisted the help of Jasper Morrison, a designer with a knack for slick modern tableware, electronics, lighting, and anything else he turns his mind to.
His work on the Samsung Side-By-Side refrigerator line has made for appliances that wouldn't look too out of place in a museum exhibit. Samsung will be selling them in a variety of finishes, but--based on the pictures on Morrison's site--the true design aficionado will want one in white.
Beyond the smooth, minimalistic appearance of the Samsung fridge, it offers plenty of … Read more
A few years ago, I saw a feature segment about the Microsoft Smarthouse kitchen. The kitchen had virtually every technological feature you would ever need to impress the modern chefs in your life, including a computer that projected recipes right onto your countertop.
Most memorable for me was the ingenious electronic inventory system, that not only would keep track of what you had in your cabinets, but would predict what you were making by what you began removing from the cabinets (in other words, if you took out the flour, sugar, and baking soda, and put them on the counter, … Read more
Your average blender may be good for a smoothie, or even smoothing out a vegetable soup, but when's the last time it pulverized anything? I think just about all of us want a blender that can take anything we throw at it.
The Vita-Mix 5200 can do just that: It can get a smooth juice out of whole foods, even if you toss in the seeds, the skin, and the stem. It can even turn a bag full of rice (uncooked) into rice flour, with a grind even enough that you can easily use it. Admittedly, the 5200 looks … Read more
Combination appliances always freak me out. I can't help but imagine someday everything will be fused into one gigantic (I suppose I should say ginormous) monstrosity that can cook, clean, and even eat all of our meals for us. Little did we know that when manufactures first started putting seemingly innocuous little clocks into their devices that we were paving the way for our eventual robot overlords.
Appliance paranoia aside, this particular device does seem like a mostly good idea. The microwave has long been heralded as the go-to cooking device for heating up food in a flash, but … Read more