Sometimes we need all the help we can get when trying to maintain a healthy diet. We learn little tips and tricks that help us get through our day. Perhaps we don't walk by that co-workers desk that always has always has treats and candy available for all (all meaning you), or maybe on the drive home, we take the long way so as to avoid as many fast-food eateries as possible. The worst though is when we are at home, safely ensconced in our own dominion, and we're done in by something so trivial that we didn'… Read more
Overachieving kitchen appliances can be good for consumers. Having one appliance that can handle only one task at a time can waste time, space and money. Add another feature however, and suddenly you have a combination appliance, quite often with enough multitasking abilities to prevent us from purchasing a second, similar appliance.
With one 500-watt motor, the Cuisinart PowerBlend Duet Blender/Food Processor supplies the power and usability of two popular kitchen appliances. Featuring interchangeable work vessels, the machine is capable of a variety of tasks. In food processor mode, the appliance allows users the ability to slice, shred or … Read more
Homemade soup made from scratch is perhaps one of the best things ever invented. However, it doesn't happen enough because it has a reputation of being a long, drawn-out process. And in truth, some aspects of the soup-making experience are cumbersome: it takes time to build flavor and cook the ingredients, and when completed, quite often the final result needs to be transferred to a food processor in batches in order to achieve the desired consistency. Skipping this last step can be avoided altogether with this one little addition to the kitchen.
There's something quite satisfying about hitting a button and having a task accomplished automatically. In the kitchen this is especially true; nobody likes to wait around when hungry. When prepping foods, it can almost be like having an extra helping hand: hit a button, and suddenly you're multitasking. This convenience can be seen in all manner of countertop appliances, from the microwave to the toaster oven. But those aren't the only cooks' tools that offer that helping hand.
As we turn the corner into spring, the dream of warm weather will start to become more than just a fantasy. Soon enough, the cold weather and rainy days will be behind us, and we will re-emerge from dark interiors back into an outdoor mindset. Which means, that not only will the chores of everyday life be less of a task, but also that outdoor activities will only be a weekend away. And all this outdoor living is sure to draw up a thirst.
The concept of blender jars used as serving devices is nothing new. For example, as far back as anyone can remember, sitting down to enjoy a milkshake almost guaranteed the little bit extra that didn't fit in the glass would come to the table in a shiny (and cold) blender vessel. For reasons unknown, however, it seemed to take decades for this concept to extend into the home (losing the traditional glass in the process). Now, single-serving blenders are commonplace, but perhaps something was lost in the transition.
Though it won't reverse the hustle and bustle of the … Read more
This time of year, there's a lot of cooking going on. While roasts, turkeys, hams, and side dishes galore mean lots of food on the table, they also mean there will be lots of leftovers in the refrigerator. When faced with a well-picked-over turkey or ham, one final dish comes to mind: soup. By using the leftover protein to make a stock or broth, a flavorful base is created that can be taken in any direction. However, to get that smooth consistency to which you can later add veggies, meat, or noodles, first you are going to need to … Read more
I remember the blender my mom used from the time when I was young. Not only was it surprisingly loud for something that seemed to have only one moving part, but it also sure had a lot of buttons for that one little blade. They were push-style buttons, lined up neatly in a row. The 10 or so settings all had esoteric meanings, certainly for a young kid who couldn't fathom why one spinning sharp thing needed so many options. While I am still not sure about Grate as a blender function, I have come to terms with others … Read more
With the BAM! Machine from Emeril Lagasse, you can clean off your counters. This 3-in-1 food processor chops, blends, makes dough, emulsifies, juices, and takes care of a half dozen other tasks that you would otherwise need individual gadgets for. Using the food processor is just a matter of switching out blades and discs, and occasionally swapping the blender jar for the bowl. The base of the machine even includes a drawer for storing all those blades and discs, so they don't get lost in your kitchen.
The BAM! Machine is easy to take apart, as well as to … Read more
Kitchen appliances rarely come ready to do your culinary bidding straight out of the box. Usually, some form of accessory or additional gadget is needed (and manufacturers are more than happy to supply you with). Usually the worst that happens in any well-stocked kitchen is a quick search through drawers and cabinets for an elusive tool, but sometimes, that much-needed tool goes unfound. This can result in a muttering chef wandering about the kitchen wondering why the manufacturer just didn't include such-and-such right on the machine. And then, sometimes, the manufacturers do.