This Solar-Powered Lunch Box makes it possible, managing to bring hot food to … Read more
Like many of my colleagues, I pack my lunch when I go to work. One thing that has always bothered me is the number of plastic bags that go to waste as a result. I try to reuse them as many times as possible, but I can't help but be bothered when I throw them away because I know that they'll end up in a landfill or in the ocean. What's worse is that the plastic utensils my work provides are just as bad at biodegrading as these plastic bags are. As of late, I'd like … Read more
I host meals in my home at least twice a month, and usually more often than that. And because I am competitive by nature, I am constantly trying to, well, show off a little with my table settings, recipes, presentation, and so on. A girl's gotta have a creative outlet, right?
Until recently, I didn't own "good" silverware. I have multiple sets from Target (my kitchen is kosher, so I have separate sets for meat and dairy), but nothing fancy.
And then, one day, I decided that I would buy myself silverware that I love. And … Read more
You've got to love rice cookers. While it is not so difficult to prepare a pot of rice using conventional methods, keeping that rice warm and at serving temperature can prove to be difficult. Sometimes it is necessary to keep a supply of cooked rice at the ready. When I quit smoking (well, one of the times...), I dove for a fresh cup of rice every time I had a nicotine craving. I don't know of any rice cooker manufacturers that place that feature in their literature, but it (eventually) worked for me. Since then, I have always … Read more
In the effort to go green, I'm focusing on small changes that add up to big wins. I've owned up to the fact that I'm not going to give up using my dryer, for example, but I have stopped buying paper towels. Napkins are up next. I'm also encouraging my children to use real plates and silverware when we're at home, and to save the disposable things for picnics and school lunches.
However, with the beautiful summer weather upon us, I love eating outdoors. I love the mess-free kitchen after a meal eaten outside, and … Read more
Grilling outdoors is great fun, and that fun is usually best shared with friends and family. I don't just mean hanging out with them and enjoying their company; I mean putting them to work. I have previously noted that engaging your guests is a good way to ensure a good time for all, but sometimes you just want to rule the grill.
Guarding the grill may give you the added benefit of constant meat moderation, but then you miss out on sharing time with your guests. The simple solution is to trust your guests and just monitor while you … Read more
Entertaining outdoors is always a lot of fun. Heck, you don't even need to entertain to have a good time. Set me up with a grill and something to put on it and I'll be happy. But for those times when a little more social interaction is wanted, I like to get my guests involved. I believe this to be true not only in the kitchen, but also in the back yard. If you involve the guests, they will have a better time. Besides, then you get to hang out with your family and friends.
Appliance giant Electrolux has been around for a long time yet is still keeping one eye on the future. Its Design Lab competition has given us snapshot glimpses of some appliances that we may be seeing in the future. Today, Electrolux unveiled two more designs based upon trends, of today and for tomorrow. While these are not actual products, Electrolux stresses that the technology is available today, and therefore these are closer to reality than they may appear at first glance.
The Rendez-vous table is designed with the idea in mind that the kitchen is a social gathering spot of … Read more
Deep fryer's can be a lot of fun, but I've always held off picking one up. Aside from the obvious health implications of owning a device that turns anything and everything into a cardiologist's nightmare, the fact is, most deep fryers are just plain ugly. Boxy and almost always draped in stainless steel, deep fryers for home use give more than one reason to (by)pass on owning one. If deep-fried goodness I need, there are plenty of restaurants that are willing to serve it to me.
Sometimes it's OK to show off. Certainly everybody does from time to time. I may not be qualified to give reasoned speculation as to why we do this, but I certainly understand that it goes better with food. The Blue Ember iQue combines favorite grill features with an integrated computer for precision control and fun bragging points.
A touch-control onboard computer monitors time and temperature during the cooking process for easy grilling. Select your type of meat and desired level of doneness and the grill handles the rest. In tandem with the integrated temperature probe, the computer maintains the … Read more