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
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
European appliance giant Gorenje has already earned a reputation for their signature blend of unique designs and advanced technology, and by enlisting the help of younger French designer Ora-?to, they hope to bring the futuristic kitchen to a younger generation … Read more
I had this apartment complex manager with whom I waged a two-year war over whether I could have a grill. I finally gave in and started broiling my steaks.
But Ariete, an Italian kitchen gadget maker best known for its espresso makers, seems to have developed a solution: the SteakHouse Grill. This grill isn't precisely a grill--it's vertical and runs on electricity. Its exposed heating elements, however, seems to do a good job of cooking a steak, right down to the grill marks. Furthermore, the vertical nature of the SteakHouse Grill allows fat to drip off, making for … Read more
It's no pro model, but this Kenmore 30-inch freestanding electric range is a more affordable, dependable workhorse for buyers who aren't seeking extras.This self-cleaning oven (retail about $499) has four coil elements (two 8-inch and two 6-inch) and accompanying porcelain drip bowls on the stove top.
The oven uses push-to-turn control knobs (located in the back, so you have to reach), and electronic controls and has a timer and digital temperature display.
With options for three time-based levels of cleaning, this oven locks to clean and unlocks after a cleaning cycle is finished.
There's a roomy … Read more
We at the CNET appliance blog network are no strangers to portable appliances; we've already shown you the perks of portable grills and portable ride-on freezers. But in our busy-bee age, where almost everything has been resized and reshaped to be more conveniently transportable, single portable appliances just don't seem to be enough anymore. So how do we satisfy our appetite for portability? By combining all of the appliances that we'd ever need into one all-inclusive, gloriously compact package.
Enter the Transportable Kitchenette. Powered by only a wall socket plug, the unit includes a stowaway cubby for … Read more
A few years ago, I downsized from an apartment with a huge, light-filled kitchen to one that was (to put it gently) more compact. Though the change was jarring at first, I've really come to appreciate the forced efficiency of a smaller kitchen.
Still, even this convert is amazed at the compact Instant Kitchen from Hansen Living, which was on display at the recent International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York. The credenza-like unit contains everything you'd need in a kitchen, including an oven, gas jets, electric power, refrigerator, and water. You just hook up the water and … Read more
TurboChef's Speedcook oven has grabbed some serious attention over the past year, nabbing Sex and the City co-star Kim Cattrall as its spokes-actress and the support of top chef/kitchen stuff endorsers like Charlie Trotter. Fawning articles in Forbes, the New York Times, and Business Week are piling up faster than the oven can roast a chicken.And boy, can this oven cook fast--up to 15 times faster than any other conventional oven, finishing a rack of lamb in about the time it takes me to shower. It looks pretty spiffy, too, while dusting the competition. (Take that, slow … Read more
Who says huge global companies don't have a sense of humor? In the same week that Nintendo releases the highly anticipated Wii Fit, they tip the scales in the other direction with the promotion of Major League Eating: The Game. As an officially licensed title by the top league (hopefully the only league) in speed eating, well-recognized stars such as Joey Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi will be playable characters. The WiiWare title is touted as a fighting game that "requires players to master a smorgasbord of offensive and defensive weapons including bites, burps, belches, mustard gas, and jalapeno … Read more