The scent of a freshly baked loaf of bread might possibly be the best smell ever. Sure, a case could be made for chocolate chip cookies or a sizzling pan of bacon, but when it comes down to instinct, nothing beats a hot loaf of bread. It's probably even in our DNA. Thousands of years of mastering the cultivation of wheat has led us to the point that we can now simply push a few buttons and have fresh baked bread in our homes. After assembling the ingredients first, that is. I still haven't seen a home-delivery service … Read more
The other day a friend and I were discussing which was better to own: a toaster or a toaster oven. Toasters, being specialized appliances, tend to do a really good job at making toast. Toaster ovens however, sometimes fall short. But when it comes to practicality, the toaster oven is perfect for a multitude of tasks. In the end there is really no debate, as the only answer is simply to have one of each. While that may seem a bit overkill to some, it certainly isn't if the appliance you choose is more oven than toaster.
After a long day at the office, you'd like nothing better than to follow simple instructions and get a great, home-cooked meal--without a lot of effort. The second-generation SuperSteam oven from Sharp (model AX-1200) can help.
The oven offers six different preprogrammed meals for two, so that an entr?e and two side dishes--such as chicken breasts with sweet potatoes and asparagus, beef kabobs and corn-on-the-cob, salmon served over brown rice and peas, fajitas, or even a brunch medley--can be cooked simultaneously in the oven for time savings and convenience.
It's a whole new level of plug and … Read more
If your oven has been leaving you feeling uninspired to cook, take a look at BlueStar's new gas wall oven. Available to the public this year, the oven comes in 24, 30, and 36-inch widths. The 24-inch oven has a door that swings open left to right, and the two larger models have French doors. Cool. Or, you know, hot.
All three sizes come in single and double oven versions--and you can choose from 190 colors, like this gorgeous red.
But this isn't just another pretty oven. Inside, it has a powerful 24,000 BTU burner and a … Read more
So maybe you're planning on getting yourself the Bella Professional coffee maker and milk frother, and you're wondering what you'll eat while you're sipping your morning beverage. How about toast? Now, if Brian had his way, you'd be drawing on your food or marveling at the warming rack on a time-traveling machine. I've got a different suggestion.
The extra wide and deep slots are perfect for bagels. And don't worry; you've got a bun-warming rack. With the back-lit controls … Read more
If you've been wanting to add a convection oven to your kitchen but don't have a lot of space, a convection oven built to sit on your countertop may be the answer. The Hamilton Beach Countertop Convection Oven fits nicely on most counters: it's 12.5 inches by 17.5 inches by 13.66 inches. You might assume with that small of an exterior a convection oven wouldn't have much cooking space, but the Hamilton Beach Countertop Convection Oven has a 1.1 cubic foot interior--that's enough room to cook a five-pound chicken or even … Read more
It's just not fair. All the really cool appliances seem to be in Europe--like LG's SolarCUBE, a sophisticated oven with microwave and grill functions that comes as a free-standing oven but can be transformed into a built-in appliance.
The whole thing sounds like something from a futuristic superhero world. The SolarCUBE's "light-speed cooking technology" lets you make dinner up to four times faster than in a conventional oven, and it eliminates the need for preheating. So what exactly is the cooking technology here? The SolarCUBE uses a combination of four heat sources--grill, microwave, electricity, and … Read more
The DuoChef MC8088HLC was just announced last week at the IFA--that's the Internationale Funkausstellung in Berlin, of course, the world's largest consumer electronics trade fair (according to the Web site, anyway). And what two features does the DuoChef combine? Well, it's a combination oven and microwave--the first convection microwave oven with a double convection system, which uses two fans to improve baking and defrosting performance.
The two … Read more
When I pop a plate of food into the microwave, the turntable rotates so that the food cooks evenly. But, when I slide a roast into the oven, it just sits there, which is fine for some foods that can handle having crispier bits, but can present quite a challenge for other. Many ovens have hot spots, so even after careful basting you wind up with a chicken with over-roasted thighs, for example, but no crispy skin on the breast.
Convection cooking solves this problem--sort of. The circular element at the rear of the oven distributes the heat more evenly … Read more
The Whirlpool Velos SpeedCook oven/microhood is a big, powerful appliance that taps the latest technology to let you cook four ways with one oven.
With 2 cubic feet of space, this oven is also roomy enough for large family or group use. (However, it weighs a whopping 88.9 pounds, something to think about if you are considering an over-the-range option.)
The SpeedCook is versatile, functioning as a microwave, an oven, a convection oven, and a steamer, so it does everything from defrosting meat to making popcorn to baking cookies to speed-heating a roast for dinner.
Different power levels … Read more