December 9, 2011
One of the best gifts you can give during the holiday season is hope. Hope for a better world, and yet hope for an upgraded kitchen. Easy Upgrades helps readers solve their most frequent complaints about the spaces in their homes. From chapters on All-in-the-Family Kitchen, The Colorful Kitchen, to The Right Kitchen for You and The Budget Kitchen, Easy Upgrades: Kitchens shows readers the smartest and most cost effective improvements they can make to increase the value and livability of their homes. We think this will make a great gift for someone wanting some change in the New Year and especially in the most important room in the house - the kitchen.
At This Old House Easy Upgrades for Kitchens
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December 8, 2011
Emson was sent us their Emson Electric 5Qt Indoor Pressure Smoker, and we have to say right up front we're impressed. The indoor pressure cooker smoker can cook up to 4-pounds of food at once, and even cold smoke cheeses. For us in the Northeast outdoor smoking ends in October, and indoor smoking? Well we would have never thought such a thing existed until now. And now with the Emson indoor smoker we think our long winter ahead looks smoky and bright.
You see the Emson Electric 5Qt Indoor Pressure Smoker is safe for indoor use, and cooking times are reduced by 50-percent. Pressure cooking also is a perfect match for smoking as the results are moist, juicy, and smoky. We used apple chips for the 12 pieces of chicken - 6 thighs and 6 legs in 35 minutes. Also people have asked - is this going to produce a ton of smoke in our house. Our answer - no. We didn't have any noticeable amount of smoke except smoky cooking smell which we love.
Continue reading: "Review: Emson Electric 5Qt Smoker- The Only Indoor Pressure Smoker"
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December 7, 2011
Pancakes with syrup and butter are our favorites, but sometimes, pouring syrup on top of your pancakes just isn't enough. Why? You want to be able to dip them in the syrup. This plate created by designer Jon Wye has a slope and bank to store the syrup right on your plate. The syrup pools together because of the slight slope and stays in a spot for maximum dipping. Set of two costs $45, and given a long term investment in syrup technology you're belly will thank you for it.
Via Gizmodo at Uncommon Goods
Read More in: Serving Wares
December 6, 2011
You know - we never think to get a fun corkscrew - just one that works and is touted to do the job. In our experience hiring a Captain like Captain Banana should probably do the job just fine after a few glasses of wine. Designed by Stefano Giovannoni in 2009, the parrot sitting on top of the "captain" turns as you place it over your wine bottle.
At A di Alessi Captain Banana Corkscrew
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December 5, 2011
We for one are tired of simple square or round waffles with no interactivity. This design concept of a waffle maker that makes maze filled waffles is pretty interesting. The only problem - once you solve the maze you'll be pretty bored with these waffles.
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December 2, 2011
You can make the same sized cookie every time with this sturdy metal scoop which makes uniformly sized cookies. The OXO soft grip handles absorb pressure when squeezed to release dough, and the 1-1/2 tablespoon scoop of dough yields a 2-3/4-inch cookie. It's also useful for making small ice cream balls, and is dishwasher-safe to boot.
At OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop
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December 1, 2011
November 2011 was another amazing month of Kitchen Contraptions - filled with kitchen gadgets, small appliances, and other kitchen wonders. We covered the Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte Maker and also the Bodum Bean Ice French Press fueling our coffee maker obsession.
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Kitchen Radios & TVs
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November 30, 2011
Dubbed the S5, the Sonos Play 5 All-In-One Wireless Music Player has 5 integrated speakers powered by 5 digital amps for room-filling sound. We think given the control you can do with your iPod or iPhone this makes for a great kitchen radio. You can enjoy unlimited music, wirelessly play iTunes, free Internet radio, Pandora, Napster and more. They've even recently updated the Sonos to use Spotify and others. The simple setup and wireless expandability to play different songs in different rooms (you can sync up multiple Sonos boxes for around the house sound) makes this an amazing product. Sonos requires a high-speed Internet connection and wireless router.
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November 29, 2011
Don't you just want to finish the last part of the game while you make a little dinner, or perhaps watch some re-runs of Lassie? We do and this 7-inch widescreen LCD display with built-in ATSC digital TV tuner for high quality viewing is perfect for doing both. It features under-cabinet mounting for clutter-free kitchen counters, and the flip-down display panel saves counter space. There's even a MP3 Link with stand for portable music playback, and a magnetic remote control for convenient mounting onto fridge. We're not sure if we need yet another cooking timer but there's even one built in.
At Philips Kitchen Clock Radio with 7-inch TV
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November 28, 2011
The Sunbeam Mini Donut Maker allows you to enjoy fresh baked homemade donuts. This mini donut maker without creates mini donuts without frying. It's uniquely designed to create 7 delicious donuts in under 4 minutes. The warm up & ready lights indicate that the doughnut maker is on and heating, and the cord storage neatly wraps the cord for safe and convenient storage. We can imagine making some small blue Smurf like donuts, and even some Strawberry Shortcake inspired mini donuts as well.
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