Coffee drinkers know what they like. Walk into any coffee shop for a demonstration. As the line moves forward, patrons order their favorite beverages with more precision than that of a fine steak. Rare, medium, and well done are the basic gradations for steak; but when it comes to coffee, numbers come into play. In the past, one lump or two was suffice enough to determine coffee preferences. But in today's world, a dozen different sweeteners and creamers are available--not to mention temperature-specific preferences. As diverse as the world of coffee (and caffeine in general) has become, there is … Read more
Having a second appliance at the ready to do our culinary bidding is the well-deserved right of the modern human. After all, once upon a time the only kitchen gadget that existed was a stick. When early humans moved inside, they brought their fire with them, and for millennia a home-cooked meal was made with this one and only "appliance." Eventually this gave way to the wood-burning stove, but the concept remained the same: one place to cook every meal. Then somebody, somewhere brought home the first toaster and all of a sudden home cooks everywhere had to … Read more
Mornings can be fraught with difficulty. Navigating the treacherous confines of the refrigerator all too often leads to breakfast dashed upon the shores of our kitchen counters. Some of us seek morning sustenance in a manner that is as easy as can be, and have learned that to get through those fateful first minutes of the day the best advice is to simply keep it easy. This evolution of understanding has made it clear that nothing more complicated than a toaster is safe to operate in the morning. As such, bread products are the favored breakfast item--until faced with the … Read more
The calendar may have flipped over to a new page, but it is certainly still winter out there. The cold, sleet, and snow may be unavoidable aspects of the season, but there is another tradition that has been going on in full force for the last month and a half or so: cooking up a storm. The cooks among us may look forward to the start of a new year if only for the chance to give the stove a rest. However since we all still have to eat (and homemade meals will never be out of season), might as … 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
At some point in the long history of toasters, some enterprising individual realized that setting the thing on its side and giving it a door would create a whole new appliance. Thus the toaster oven was born. All of a sudden, and using practically the same amount of counter space, toasting and heating possibilities were exponentially increased. Since that moment in time, french bread pizza never looked back.
While it is true that the toaster oven is capable of everything from cooking frozen pizza to reheating leftovers, there are a few things the multitalented device has simply not been able … Read more
I have come to really like panini grills. They suffer a strange fate, however, due simply to their name. Panini grills. I mean, paninis are nice and all, but really do we need a grill just for them? The answer, of course, is no, but the good news is they do so much more. This one, however, even looks good doing it.
Whether or not you enjoy the occasional panini is beside the point, because this DeLonghi Retro Panini Grill is handsome enough to always leave out on the kitchen counter. Capable of cooking more than pressed sandwiches, the grill … 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
It may be official barbecue season and that may draw many of us outside to cook, but sometimes you just don't want to. As delicious as grilling may be, sometimes it is convenience we want. Problem is, cooking in the house can be just as time-consuming. If you are using more than the microwave to cook an entire meal, you usually have to turn on the oven. Which, in turn, heats up the kitchen. With the kitchen being uncomfortably hot, we are, once again, drawn outside. This cycle of cooking confusion can be brought to a halt with the … Read more