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Sharp gets steamy in the kitchen

The SuperSteam oven can cook a roast, and it doubles as a microwave.

After a long day at the office, you'd like nothing better than to follow simple instructions and get a great, home-cooked meal--without a lot of effort. The second-generation SuperSteam oven from Sharp (model AX-1200) can help.

Steamed to perfection. Sharp

The oven offers six different preprogrammed meals for two, so that an entrée and two side dishes--such as chicken breasts with sweet potatoes and asparagus, beef kabobs and corn-on-the-cob, salmon served over brown rice and peas, fajitas, or even a brunch medley--can be cooked simultaneously in the oven for time savings and convenience.

It's a whole new level of plug and play. Each balanced meal cooks in 25 minutes or less and has fewer than 500 calories per serving.

The oven uses SuperSteam convection technology to brown and crisp foods without added oils, fats, or sauces. In addition, it can also cook using regular convection, conventional steam, and even microwave technology--all in a single appliance.

It's a nice addition to a small kitchen, and it works well for smaller families looking to prepare home-cooked meals in a more energy efficient way. In addition to the preprogrammed meals, the oven's large LCD display offers 43 settings that automatically determine the correct time, temperature and cooking method for a variety of popular foods, such as bone-in or boneless chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, fish steaks, baked sweet potatoes, and even convenience foods like frozen pizza or chicken nuggets. And, of course, you can use the oven's manual settings to cook whatever you want, however you want. If you want to.

Look for the SuperSteam oven in March, for about $1,000.