The kitchen is a wonderful place to be. That is, it's a wonderful place to be until you want to leave it and there is a roast in the oven and a boiling pot of water on the stove. The water is easy enough to stall from boiling (either by watching the pot or just turning it off), but other food items require attention. For those times you need a thermometer, there is a leash-free solution.
LAS VEGAS -- CTA Digital already conquered the realm of the bathroom with a toilet paper holder that doubles as a tablet stand and the iPotty, an iPad toilet-training arrangement for kids. Now the company has set its quirky sights on the kitchen with a line of cutting-edge tablet holders.
For people with precise knife control skills, there's the $34.99 Bamboo Cutting Board with Stand for iPad and Knife Storage. It elevates your iPad just a bit above the cutting surface and includes knife slots along the side. Just be careful when you're slicing away not to peel a bit off your screen. For people who may be a little more klutzy, there's a $24.99 bamboo cutting board with a screen shield that should also keep your precious tablet protected from flying vegetable peels and meat juices.… Read more
Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion is designed to provide access to a large library of free recipes and tools on your iPad, while providing advanced tools for paid monthly members. The result is a feature-rich app that suffers from some performance and interface issues that make browsing all of that content unnecessarily complicated in some instances.
When you start the app for the first time, you're prompted to enter if you have an existing Weight Watchers account. For those that do, you can access even more information, but if you don't, the free version still has significant depth with … Read more
Family, friends and food. These three things tend to come together this time of year. Now, as we close out 2013, we can look back at the last couple of months and reflect calmly upon the flurry of excitement and activity that so often defines the season -- as well as all those incredible messes that were made in the kitchen.
Before the platters of cookies, cakes, and sweets get set out for all to enjoy, they must of course, be made. That entails a lot of mixing, chopping, and all-around messiness. At least for one common kitchen task, the … Read more
MacGourmet for Mac is designed to provide a central storage and organizational system for your recipes within OS X. It works seamlessly in this regard, providing dozens of useful tools that are reminiscent of iTunes in many ways, making it easy to organize recipe files, create new ones, share them with friends, or print recipes to index cards or other media from your desktop.
After installation, you will be prompted to select the layout and interface for MacGourmet when it opens. You can change any of these options later from the preferences menu but this will affect how the app … Read more
With a reasonable $1,399 sticker price, the LG Smart ThinQ Single Oven Range with Infrared Grill LRE3027ST incorporates new technology along with features you'd find in a traditional freestanding range and oven. In some cases, this LG takes those predictable elements and adds some flair and utility, such as a pair of dual-element burners for rapid boiling, and an infrared broiler. It's also one of the first large cooking appliances on the market with smartphone connectivity.
Unfortunately, glitches with the app and less-than-useful features mean the LG's smart functions aren't really enough to set this … Read more
Blenders are fun, but buying the wrong one is anything but. With countless models available at a wide range of price points, it can be hard to tell the upgrades from the downgrades. Are more watts always better? How much does the shape of the jar matter? Could a top-of-the-line blender be the smartest upgrade you'll ever make? The dumbest?
If your head spins just thinking about it, don't worry -- our handy blender roundup will help you find the perfect machine for your needs, whether you're looking to spend $50 or $500.
My knowledge of actual ninjas is limited to obscure pop-culture references, but I generally think of them as being two things: quiet and lethal. The Ninja Ultima BL810 blender is hardly quiet, but as far as the other goes, if "lethal" means "ridiculously effective" in blender-speak, the Ninja is aptly named. It was a consistent top performer and kept pace with its more expensive competitors like the Vitamix 7500 and Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender, for half the price.
I own the Ninja Kitchen System 1100, which retails for $159. The 1100 features different accessories than … Read more
The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender is a reasonably-priced blender, especially when you consider all of the things it's capable of. With a generous, 60-ounce pitcher and elegant, vintage-looking design, the $149 KitchenAid offers high-quality performance with a wallet-friendly sticker-price. For all of its modest pricing and design, the KitchenAid would be a welcome addition to any small appliance lineup.
We reviewed seven blenders in what I've been calling the CNET Blender Bonanza. Some models cost upwards of $400 and feature higher-powered motors. I'd be lying if I told you that I began testing this product with high … Read more
LG must have had a lot of success with its current door-in-door refrigerator models, because the company just introduced three more to the lineup. If you don't already know, LG offers the door-in-door design on select French door models, and it's basically a special storage space contained within the right refrigerator door. This compartment is magnetically sealed and allows you to access that area with the push of a button without having to open the whole fridge. This easy-access design is ideal for your very favorite fridge items. And the good news is that all three of these … Read more