The hunt to find contrast in the kitchen is a never-ending one. Luckily, it is also a delicious one. Well, usually. For every wonderful taste combination that is uncovered, chances are a few mistakes litter the path that was taken to get there. That's OK, though; meandering away from bland and homogenous food is worth the effort. All it takes is a little imagination and a willingness to take an extra step -- but that doesn't have to mean traveling very far.
The small confines of the average home kitchen don't embrace excessive maneuverability, but that doesn't have to stop the search. Creating meals that are as diverse as they are delicious, the T-fal Balanced Living WO400852 Wok with Steamer (around $80) opens up horizons from a small footprint on the kitchen countertop. The electric wok offers an easy-access way for users to stir fry meals at a moment's notice, or to go another route and steam a healthy meal.
The differences in textures and flavors that result from steaming or stir frying are pronounced. Here, the 1,650-watt appliance uses a stackable stainless steel steamer basket insert to get the job done. The 12-inch appliance reaches temperatures of up to 400 degrees and facilitates the process with a removable temperature dial and extra-large handles. The steamer insert as well as the tempered glass lid are both dishwasher safe, so you have more time to search for the perfect spicy and sweet, chewy and crunchy meal.