December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays from Kitchen Contraptions - 2010


We want to wish all of our readers a Happy Holiday, and we'll be back next week. The upcoming 2011 year is a big one for us - 7 years on the web writing about Kitchen Contraptions, and we are just as excited as the day we started. Thanks again to all of our loyal readers for visiting us each day, and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

See you next week.

- Jay & Maya

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December 22, 2010

My Very Own Toy Kitchen


We just love this little half moon kitchen for kids featuring Pots, Pans, cooking utensils, Microwave, Conventional oven, and more. There's even a cell phone and grill area. We've had something similar to this in our kids play room since year one, and they still love it.

At American Plastic Toy My Very Own Kitchen

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November 29, 2010

CyberMonday Kitchen Contraptions Deals - Get the Best CyberMonday Kitchen Stuff

cybermonday_kitchen.jpg is once again doing a gold box and ongoing set of CyberMonday kitchen deals, along with deals on just about anything else you might be looking for this holiday season. You may also want to check out the $50 they are giving away over at Single Serve Coffee celebrating CyberWeek. You simply have to sign up for their mailing list to win $50 from

Our Holiday gift guide is also out with links to the best kitchen stuff we've featured over the past year with our comments on why it's a great gift. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

At CyberMonday Kitchen Deals and Single Serve Coffee $50 Giveaway

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October 26, 2010

Music for Elegant Dining - Beethoven is Best


We've been looking at finding something different than just contraptions here at Kitchen Contraptions, and happened upon a thought - music for dining. Yep - what music should you choose for after you've created that masterpiece in your fully loaded kitchen? Might we recommend Beethoven? With pieces like moonlight sonata and others you should really give the old guy a shot. Even if you don't want to listen to this dining, we think it also makes a great record to enjoy while cooking.

At Beethoven For Elegant Dining

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October 13, 2010

How to Save Time and Avoid Headaches in the Kitchen

Photo by Dan Lewis.

We often feel the sting of the over prepped meal. You spend the entire time getting ready to cook, and very little of it cooking because you need to be so neat. Food writer and home cooking authority Mark Bittman tells us how to stop inflicting such pain in the kitchen and just get cooking.

The article over at Lifehacker has a few key tips and of course there's a lot more to read and learn as well:

  • Stop Mincing
  • Keep Your Knives Sharp
  • Don't Over-Prep
  • Use Kitchen Workhorses: Mandoline Slicers and Immersion Blenders

Bittman, a regular writer at the New York Times and author of the kitchen bible How to Cook Everything gives some great advice, and also how to get cooking and have fun in the kitchen.

At Mark Bittman on Saving Time and Avoiding Headaches in the Kitchen

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October 12, 2010

Eco Solutions Solar Powered Digital Window Thermometer


We're always on the lookout for the perfect kitchen thermometer so we know what we're up against before starting the day, and we think we've found one. This solar powered window thermometer displays the current outdoor temperature and MIN/MAX (high/low) temperatures of the day. The daytime solar charging powers the unit through the night and low-light conditions.

At Eco Solutions Solar Powered Digital Window Thermometer

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October 8, 2010

Kitchen Contraptions Mobile App for iPhone, Android, and Other Smart Phones

Our mobile app has been discontinued.
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September 27, 2010

How to Remodel Your Kitchen When You're Keeping It


Ever wonder what tips and tricks you would give yourself when remodeling your own kitchen you'll use instead of reselling when you flip your house? Think enjoyment, not resale value. You'll also want to not think about the most expensive things you can put into the kitchen but what you'll use. Consumer reports has a big list of what you should be focused on boiled down into 4 useful statements:

  • How much will it all cost?
  • Don't rush
  • Don't get stuck on size
  • Beware of budget busters

Good advice, and check out the rest of the tips at Kitchen Remodeling from Consumer Reports.

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August 25, 2010

Live the 50's Lifestyle in your Kitchen with Shabby Apple Aprons


Shabby Apple has the latest or not so latest designs to ensure you feel as if you're in the 50's when you're baking. Made out of designer cotton fabrics, this apron is a frilly, flirty half apron with gathered ruffles adorning the hem, and a contrasting pocket. One size fits all and you can cold machine wash and hang it out back to dry.

At Blue Print Half Apron with Detailing at Hem

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July 9, 2010

Bicycle Doubles as a Folding Shopping Cart


We're always on the lookout for a dual purpose kitchen contraptions, and the Ville bicycle which doubles as a folding shopping cart fits the bill. The bike has two storage baskets and folds up from the middle hinge at the touch of a button to become a small grocery cart for shopping at the supermarket. Ville recently won the Bronze Prize at IDEA Design Awards 2010.

Via PSFK at  Hyuk-Jae Chang

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