Kitchens can never have enough counter space. Trying to create even the simplest of dishes requires a good workable area. From chopping vegetables to marinating meats, it is essential to have room to work with. Unfortunately, many small kitchens offer very little workable area. Luckily, there are solutions. From tables to additional stands, there are products designed to address this very need. However, the island is the one piece of kitchen furniture that I have found that I cannot live without.
Remember your New Year's Resolution? No? It's not surprising that you don't. It's not the type of thing you want to remember anyways. Well, today is your lucky day and I'm here to remind you what it was. It was to lose 10 pounds, right? Well, no wonder you let that one slip. Losing weight is no fun. Except if you do it right, there is no need to sacrifice flavor. Drinking juice is certainly a delicious and healthy way to help you to get back in shape in the coming months--if done in moderation.… Read more
Dicing garlic is, obviously, not my forte. Otherwise I would have been a chef extraordinaire instead of dishing out literature on Crave Asia.
Not too long ago, I played a tiny role in preparing homemade steamed mussels with garlic and tomato broth. The shellfish dish was cheap, easy to prepare, and delicious, but there was a tiny problem. The garlic left a pungent smell on the fingers. Sure, the condiment's great for flavoring, but the lingering odor negates any after-dinner plans.
Which is why I think the Garlic Zoom is a brilliant kitchen accessory. Pop a peeled clove in … Read more
There's a moment in the movie "Shrek" that is just hilarious, when Lord Farquaad tortures the Gingerbread Man for names, and he caves in saying: "OK, I'll tell you. Do you know...the Muffin Man?" Well, do you know the...T-Man? No? Too bad, since designer Jeewon Jung's concept tea strainer just begs to be produced as a quirky addition to an eccentric lineup of dude-shaped accessories. This won't put hair on your chest, but it'll add some manly fun to the next tea party for your Ya-Ya sisterhood of friends. … Read more
About two years ago, a more carefree version of myself started buying fresh cut fruit at the grocery store. Sure, it was more expensive, but with four kids and a busy work schedule, who has time to slice pineapple?
Fast forward to the current financial state of my own personal union, and suddenly I find myself with more time than money. So I'm back to slicing my own fruit. And yet, still, who the heck wants to slice up a pineapple?
Two blocks away from my apartment is a little kitchen supply shop called The Brooklyn Kitchen. Inside the modest space, you'll find the best selection of kitchen staples and crazy gadgets in the neighborhood, along with a superfriendly staff and a calendar full of cooking classes to choose from. March is Bread Month in The Brooklyn Kitchen, and in celebration of our favorite freshly baked carbohydrate, the store is featuring this Bread Bin by Joseph Joseph on its Web site.
Joseph Joseph is a company started by twin brothers Antony and Richard Joseph. They built on a family glass … Read more
To continue our celebration of Bread Month at The Brooklyn Kitchen, a shop in my neighborhood that's the best go-to spot for appliances and kitchen gadgets, I'm introducing you to this odd-looking blade that breadmakers know as a lame (lah-may).
Maybe you've already been introduced to this curved-blade tool, also known as a grignette. But if you're like me and it's new to you, here's the deal: this little guy is responsible for the pretty patterns that show up in the crust of freshly baked breads like baguettes and round boules. Chefs use the … Read more
I rely on my stand mixer for everything from bread dough to mashed potatoes. My only disappointment with the machine is the fact that it never seems to mix in any batter on the side of the bowl or any flour at the bottom. I know the mixer's designers didn't want to bump the various metal attachments up against the mixing bowl, but I need something that gets a little closer.
The BeaterBlade does just that, as well as handling more delicate tasks like folding whipped egg whites in a batter for a chiffon or souffle.
Rather than … Read more
Every now and then we come across weird concoctions that tickle our funny bones. But this particular VHS toaster is a cut above the rest.
While we're impressed by the way a working toaster can be jam-packed into a vintage VHS machine chassis, it's the VHS toast marks that really make the connection for us. All you'll need to complete the delicious techie breakfast is a glass of milk, two fried eggs sunny side up, bacon, and a dollop of butter. Yummy!
What would you say to a new kitchen that started at around $5,500? Pretty good deal, even if it is outdoors.
That's right, we've got another contender in the outdoor kitchen category--Atlantis Outdoor Kitchens. Weatherproof perma-panel engineering and custom wood designs in teak and cypress give these outdoor kitchens a unique look and full functionality.
The polymer construction of these cabinets can withstand well over 100-degree heat or temperatures below freezing without warping, cracking, or deteriorating over time. It's specifically designed for outdoor use.
The best part? Clean it with a garden hose and a … Read more