One of my favorite desserts to cook is cheesecake, but I always wind up spilling at least a little of the batter as I put the pan in the oven. I can't clean it up until the oven cools down and, by that time, it's baked on to the bottom of the oven and takes major cleaning to remove. The Chef's Planet Oven Liner eliminates that heavy-duty cleaning. It sits on the bottom of an oven and catches any spills, protecting your appliance. For minor spills, the oven liner wipes clean. For major messes (like baked-on cheesecake), … Read more
Toast is always in fashion. Perhaps that's why when we raise our glasses to celebrate something we call it a toast--or maybe not. (Actually, it may just be.) Whether toasted bread and toasting drinks have anything historically to do with each other, the fact of the matter is that toast is delicious, and we need a way to make it.
Toaster ovens are convenient little contraptions offering much more versatility than the simple toasters of the past. The DeLonghi Six-Slice Toaster Oven marries that versatility with convenience and packages it into one attractive unit. Featuring clean lines reminiscent of … Read more
Last night, the kids wanted pizza. My 30-minute pizza recipe calls for heating the oven to 500 degrees. I live in Houston. It is June. It was, shall we say, slightly warm in my house last evening. I do not enjoy heating the house just to feed my children.
I'm not sure a Sun Oven would solve my problems, but it is a cool concept, and a nice way to experiment with greening your footprint a little.
The Sun Oven can be used for anything you'd cook in a conventional electric or gas oven and most things you … Read more
Having a handy second oven is a convenience like no other. It doesn't have to be big like an oven-oven, just big enough to accommodate side dishes or small meals. If that small second oven contains a rotisserie, then it's all the better.
The Wolfgang Puck 23L Digital Convection Oven with Rotisserie replaces your toaster oven and adds more features. Measuring 18.75 wide inches by 15.25 inches deep by 10.25 inches tall, the oven doesn't take up much room, and provides more than just toast.
An included rotisserie spit with forks (along with the … Read more
In high school and college, I finally discovered the arcade classics, and my all-time favorite was Pac-Man. It was easy enough for me to master, and just complicated enough to be challenging and interesting. I'd visit arcades with friends and plunk quarter after quarter into … Read more
"You know what we need to get you for Mother's Day?" my almost-10-year-old asked me last night. Off the top of my head, I could think of at least 47 things that I need--want--from a full-time housekeeper to a MacBook Pro, or, heck, even an iPhone. But my daughter had something else in mind. "An oven mitt," she said.
I will admit that my first response was disappointment. An oven mitt? Really? But my daughter did have a point--I have decreased sensitivity in my extremities, so by the time I react to heat, I've … Read more
Pizza is an amazingly complex thing for a food item so seemingly simple. Bread, cheese, sauce, that's it. That's enough to get you going. Oh sure, you can drown your pizza in a sea of toppings, but the essential structure starts from basic everyday ingredients. The deceptively complex nature of pizza is both a good thing and a bad thing. Endless varieties abound, and there are certainly great pizzas to be found, but it is all too easy to order up a lousy pizza. Good thing you can bake your own.
But don't pick up that pizza … Read more
When you're baking, the time your recipe has to stay in the oven can vary incredibly from what the cookbook says. That's due, in part, to the fact that whenever you open the oven door, heat escapes. Gaggenau has come up with a unique approach to the problem: because hot air rises, the Lift Oven opens in such a way that all the hot air stays inside the oven. Rather than have a door that opens on the front of the oven, the base of the Lift Oven lowers to let you access whatever you're cooking, leaving … Read more
Microwave ovens are overrated. Oh, sure, they can do some things really well, but for other tasks, they fall quite short. Personally, I like an appliance that is capable of doing more than softening butter and popping popcorn. (OK, I know that's an understatement, but bear with me.) Considering how manufacturers love to integrate several appliances into one (usually with toasters, it would seem), it should come as no surprise that the ubiquitous microwave oven is finally starting to diversify.
The other day a friend and I were discussing which was better to own: a toaster or a toaster oven. Toasters, being specialized appliances, tend to do a really good job at making toast. Toaster ovens however, sometimes fall short. But when it comes to practicality, the toaster oven is perfect for a multitude of tasks. In the end there is really no debate, as the only answer is simply to have one of each. While that may seem a bit overkill to some, it certainly isn't if the appliance you choose is more oven than toaster.