In a perfect world (or at least kitchen), all flat surfaces would be multitasking areas ready to be put to use for any manner of task. While countertops do offer the ability to be put to use for everything from a staging area to a prep work zone, they become severely limited when transformed into cooking areas via countertop appliances. In a not-so-delicious twist of irony, the most convenient and popular of these appliances feature usefulness that is inversely proportional to countertop versatility. In short, the better a countertop appliance is, the more apt it is to be left in … Read more
Some foods in the kitchen require patience to make, but it's not always about delicate operations such as cooking a soufflé. Even relatively sturdy foods at times require us to slow down and take things one step at a time. When it comes to cooking pancakes for a crowd, the griddle can quickly become a crowded landscape with the only option being to work in batches. Though waiting to dig in to a plate of pancakes can be an unwanted exercise in patience, keeping them warm and at the ready is always a good thing.
Indoor grills offer a quick and easy way to prepare a variety of meals. Throw in the versatility of a griddle as well, and suddenly you have a machine that's capable of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From bacon and eggs in the morning to steaks, burgers, and chops at night, grill and griddle combinations offer a complete solution for cooking throughout the day.
The Viante Indoor Grill with Griddle Plate combines convenience and versatility into one countertop appliance, and costs around $200. With a 200-square-inch cooking surface, the unit provides plenty of room and is capable of preparing entire … Read more
On the surface, it may seem that a griddle is a griddle. There aren't a lot of fancy features that are easy to add to your average pan. But as the Scanpan Professional Griddle can show, quality construction and a careful design can make a world of difference between a professional-quality pan and something that you'd find in the typical home kitchen. The Scanpan Professional Griddle starts with 100-percent recycled aluminum. That base has a nonstick coating that's safe with the use of metal utensils and can be used in the oven (up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit). … Read more
There is no doubt some appliances try a little harder than others. While having kitchen gear that does one thing really well is always appreciated, having that same piece of equipment do double duty is always worth so much more. Considering that counterpace is always in demand, versatile kitchen appliances will always be popular--and if said appliance can also make bacon, then all the better.
The $90 Wolfgang Puck 1,800-watt reversible grill and griddle is versatile enough to be used morning, noon, or night. The 1,800-watt device has a reversible cooking plate; one side comes ribbed for ever-popular … Read more
New York has the highest bedbug infestation rates out of any city in the States, but the latest invasion at our sister CBS building here in New York City has us all feeling terribly itchy this morning.
Well, it's either that or all the McDonalds breakfast we consumed for our annual Eat-McDonalds-right-before-the-4th-of-July-3-day-weekend holiday. Check out this Youtube video of our trip that Wilson shot, edited, and uploaded all on his new iPhone 4!
Always the smart one on the show, Jeff went for the sausage, egg and cheese sandwich, while Wilson took two bites of his breakfast burrito and … Read more
The La Plancha Cast-Iron Griddle offers up 14 inches of cooking surface--and you can take it anywhere. This heavy duty cast iron griddle can be used on the stovetop, on the outdoor grill and even in the oven for frying. If you've got veggies you're worried about falling into the grill, the griddle's got it taken care of; not only does it have a flat surface but also a high back that keeps food from getting away from you and falling over the edge. If you're craving cookout flavors but the grill isn't an option, … Read more
In a perfect world, etiquette may dictate that when attending a potluck with a dish that requires heating (or reheating), it would be advisable to bring whatever is necessary to prepare it for serving. However, beyond most slow-cooker recipes this simply isn't feasible, so it is often overlooked, and etiquette becomes a phone call to the host beforehand to inquire about cooking logistics. This forethought is usually enough to satisfy for any cooking style that may need to be done on-site, but it never hurts to play it safe.
Individual tastes are a tricky thing, especially when preparing food for a crowd. When eating out at a restaurant, everybody gets to choose exactly what they are craving, but try to host a dinner party and the fun, communal atmosphere of a shared meal can quickly turn from tasty to nightmarish. Planning around this eventuality is of course an option, but sometimes it's just easier to let people serve themselves.
I haven't been to many crepe parties (OK, none), but it seems like it might be a good idea. People can construct their own and cater to their … Read more
A griddle is an important addition to the kitchen. The flat real estate offered by the countertop appliance is like a blank canvas. (A canvas that just screams to be covered in pancakes.) Sometimes, however, it's OK to bypass the mural and just settle for a snapshot. As handy as it is to have the large wide-open area a griddle normally provides, all that negative space can at times be just a waste.