Waffles hold a certain appeal for some individuals. Chances are, just saying the word "waffles" brings a particular image to mind (and a rumble to the stomach). Be they Belgian waffles, with their deep pockets waiting to be filled with deliciousness, or chocolate waffles with their deliciousness woven right into the batter, waffles present a challenge in that there are so many possibilities, yet only one breakfast per day.
Orchestrating the construction of a whole meal is an endeavor that requires timing and patience. After the perfect combination of that classic trilogy of protein, vegetable and starch has been decided upon, the next task is to prepare it. With finding balance such an important aspect of meal-making before and during the event, a kitchen gadget that can help tie everything together in the race to the finish line, is a welcome addition to the kitchen. Especially if it knows how to subtract.
Generally speaking, slow cookers do not need a lot of attention. The basic idea is for the average home cook to throw a bunch of stuff in the pot and let it cook for a long time. Not only does this process bring out a lot of flavor in foods, but it also allows for less expensive cuts of meat to be used in a variety of recipes thanks to a long cook time. This tried-and-true method of cooking has been successful for generations. But just because slow cookers are slow doesn't mean the innovation has to stop.
The … Read more
A funny thing happened on the way to home automation: dumb appliances got smarter. Now that's not to say everything has up and sprouted a brain, for some of the most useful pieces of kitchen gear are best left dumb, such as the tried and true kitchen knife. (Then again, having password or fingerprint protected cutlery might come in handy...) In any event, a progression has occurred, and one of the more interesting advances of recent years actually has been around for decades.
Induction cooking is nothing new; induction cooking with style, efficiency, and smarts is relatively new. And … Read more
You are what you eat, and what you eat also happens to be fodder for a new iOS app called Countertop, which works in tandem with the Prep Pad smart scale. The kitchen helper is set to be released in November and is available for preorder now at $149.95. The kitchen scale and app, an offering by The Orange Chef Company (previously Chef Sleeve, makers of tablet-friendly kitchen accessories), are designed to be everyday accompaniments in the kitchen supplying nutritional data to users in a seamless environment.
The scale itself features a nice clean design that doesn't bog … Read more
When one thinks of food on the go, often pizza can come to mind. Pizzerias populate the landscape from coast to coast with many of them offering up slices quickly and easily. Grabbing a utility slice for a quick meal on the go is an easy way to fuel up without sacrificing deliciousness. But there is another side to the pizza pie: those long, leisurely meals spent over an assortment of pizzas -- or better yet, building and cooking pizza from scratch.
Pizza parties exist for a reason. Choosing the toppings, cooking the pizza, and finally eating it are fun … Read more
The kitchen has no shortage of mysteries. But for every eternal question like who ate my lunch or if the refrigerator light really turns off when the door is closed, there are an equal number of down-to-earth considerations to ponder. For example, when that expensive steak is cooking, just where in the spectrum of rare to well-done does it fall? Unlike questions of evil co-workers or refrigerator gnomes, knowing when to pull the steak is of great practical concern. (Well, stolen sandwiches are, too, but let's move on.)
Nothing can substitute for experience, except maybe a bright multicolor light. … Read more
Just when you thought it was safe to back away from the grill. (Not that one would ever necessarily want to.) Here we are at the end of summer and it is back to school time. The grill has enjoyed a nice season of delivering flame-licked food and soon it will be time to start cooking in the kitchen again. But that big ol' box that we call an oven can wait, because there are still recipes to explore outside.
Making pizza on the grill is one of those activities that combines a bit of necessity with a smidge of … Read more
Whether it is marked by the clanging of a steel bar against a metal triangle or a pinging of a kitchen timer, the call of "it's ready!" is one that is and will always be met with great anticipation. The instant satisfaction that you get from seeing a hot meal placed before you is one that is primal yet somehow tinged in sophistication -- especially when the meal is ready when you want it to be.
For those who have been patiently waiting for a sous vide cooker to come down to the realm of the everyday budget, a quickly funded Kickstarter project might just be the answer. The Sansaire is an affordable solution for those looking to dive into the relatively new method of sous vide cooking. Judging by the campaign reaching 4.5 times its funding goal only about halfway through the period, it's probably safe to say that many have been waiting for just this opportunity.