New things can be intimidating. New things in the kitchen are even more so. It hits us on a primal level, whether it be a new food or a new preparation. When it comes to cooking sous vide, any hesitation makes sense -- after all, we've been cooking with fire forever; somehow cooking with water just doesn't seem right. Until it's time to taste the results, that is.
A bread maker in the kitchen is more than just a time-saver, it is encouragement. If not for the bread machine, chances are loaves would come straight from the store shelves. Although the offerings from the store are rich and varied, nothing can compare to the delicious comfort of freshly baked bread. But why should Western-style loaves have all the fun?
The universe of bread is big, wide, and delicious. But one thing all bread holds in common, no matter what it is designed to hold, is that freshly baked is better. The Rotimatic, from the firm Zimplistic in Singapore, … Read more
Lots of people rely on an iPad in the kitchen. In addition to using cooking-specific apps, you can look up recipes on Web sites, and drop the tablet into a book stand and have a pretty decent stand-in cookbook that can also double as a measurement converter and cooking encyclopedia for definitions and techniques.
Sharp wants to go one better. It's currently looking at bringing to market the Chop-Syc, a high-tech chopping board prototype with an embedded touch-screen LCD tablet and built-in scale for weighing ingredients. Designed by Siobhán Andrews as the winning entry in Sharp's #GetItDownOnPaper competition to win a two-month internship, the idea is to make healthy cooking and portion control much easier. … Read more
Just as the seasons turn, so do our palates. Big, warming food becomes popular again, and appetites dream of what's to come. Always on the horizon, of course, is the big food day of the year. No, not Halloween -- contrary to popular belief, candy does not constitute a meal -- but rather that other food holiday: Thanksgiving. And while tradition dictates much of the menu, every once in a while, something new sneaks in. Or at least a new preparation.
All cooking methods have some bit of mystery associated with them. Behind the closed doors of the microwave or wall oven, magic is happening. The same could be said for something simple like frying something on the stovetop. The transformative process that happens to our food when we apply heat may be understood on a primal level, but that doesn't necessarily translate to an innate understanding about how and why food cooks the way it does.
Waffles hold a certain appeal for some individuals. Chances are, just saying the word "waffles" brings a particular image to mind (and a rumble to the stomach). Be they Belgian waffles, with their deep pockets waiting to be filled with deliciousness, or chocolate waffles with their deliciousness woven right into the batter, waffles present a challenge in that there are so many possibilities, yet only one breakfast per day.
Orchestrating the construction of a whole meal is an endeavor that requires timing and patience. After the perfect combination of that classic trilogy of protein, vegetable and starch has been decided upon, the next task is to prepare it. With finding balance such an important aspect of meal-making before and during the event, a kitchen gadget that can help tie everything together in the race to the finish line, is a welcome addition to the kitchen. Especially if it knows how to subtract.
Every day has to start somewhere. For millions of Americans, nothing happens until the coffeemaker kicks into action. The dark elixir that is coffee fuels us forward with the all-important first caffeine jolt of the day. Others prefer a bite before heading into action; for them, perhaps the toaster is the first appliance of the day. Then, of course, there are those who must attend to more practical matters first: recharging the phone because of forgetting to plug it in.
A funny thing happened on the way to home automation: dumb appliances got smarter. Now that's not to say everything has up and sprouted a brain, for some of the most useful pieces of kitchen gear are best left dumb, such as the tried and true kitchen knife. (Then again, having password or fingerprint protected cutlery might come in handy...) In any event, a progression has occurred, and one of the more interesting advances of recent years actually has been around for decades.
Induction cooking is nothing new; induction cooking with style, efficiency, and smarts is relatively new. And … Read more
The Belkin WeMo Light Switch comes with a switch, a faceplate, and four wire connectors. If you aren't familiar with electrical wiring, please enlist help from a handy friend before getting started. If you've installed a switch before, this shouldn't take more than 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish.
Step 1: Turn off power to your light switch at your circuit breaker. Use a voltage tester if you want to be absolutely sure that the power to that switch is turned off. This tester can cost as little as $10 at your local hardware store.… Read more