Mornings can be treacherous things to navigate, and most of us have developed some kind of ritual to help us get through those choppy waters. Coffee and tea have always been popular day-starters, and how we get it varies as much as how we like to enjoy it. Some of us rush about, grabbing our beverage of choice so quickly that the sloshing in the cup threatens to spill onto the floor. And others like to sit back, relax, and let the early morning stares take over. For those who belong to the latter group, here's something you might … Read more
Your grandma had a mechanical egg timer that dinged a bell. Your granddad had a stopwatch from his track-and-field days. You can still buy either new, but it's probably quicker and easier and certainly cheaper to download Cook Timer, a free desktop timer for Windows. That's great for the kitchen, you say, where you use your laptop for recipes. But what about out and about? What takes the place of granddad's stopwatch? Cook Timer, that's what. At 239.5 KB, it's smaller than some ringtones, and it has no dependencies so it's completely portable … Read more
Rep. Tom Price, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, said yesterday that this week's elections will provide "an opportunity for our Republican principles to shine through our policies."
But what that means for privacy, Net neutrality, and other regulatory areas that affect Internet companies isn't entirely clear.
The Contract from America, a set of grassroots-derived governing principles signed by some incoming Republicans and backed by dozens of Tea Party groups, stresses evaluating the constitutionality of government programs but doesn't specifically address technology. Neither does the Republican Party's 2010 Pledge to America.
This should … Read more
If you're looking to bring a little levity to your morning cup of tea--and who isn't?--you'll appreciate this fun infuser from RSVP International. The infuser is made of 18/8 stainless steel. Fill it with loose tea leaves and drop it in your hot water. Then, when your tea has brewed the proper amount, there's no need to fish around for the infuser or to dirty a spoon. Simply lift Ducky out and place him into his handy drip cup. It's about $10 online, and makes a cute gift for any tea lover.
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Some kitchen appliances are meant for bigger and better things. Leaving underachievers behind, toasters have transformed into toaster ovens and indoor grills have become combination grills and griddles. With all these appliances just begging to become combination appliances, it would only make sense that a coffeemaker could strive for something more and become a coffeemaker with the ability to also serve hot water on demand.
The Cuisinart CHW-12 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Hot Water System provides a logical combination of coffeemaker with a hot water dispenser. After all, at the heart of all coffeemakers is the ability to heat water, … Read more
Tea drinkers are a specific bunch. Just the choices available for types of tea can be overwhelming. From oolong to puer, there is a variety for every palate, and that doesn't even account for how one might take it. With all these choices available it may seem like there is no chance for tea drinkers to ever come together in anything resembling a consensus about anything, but they all do have at least one thing in common: water.
Without water, there is no tea, and without hot water, there is no hot tea. That's pretty simple stuff one … Read more
I don't do so well in the mornings: When I hear the alarm clock go off, I need caffeine immediately. To make matters worse, I'm not the biggest fan of coffee. The Teasmade Alarm Clock by Swan offers a simple alternative. In addition to waking you up, it brews a cup of tea so you'll immediately be able to drink down a cup and start your day.
While there have been plenty of automatic coffee pots, it seems it's much harder to find an option for morning tea.
The Teasmade Alarm Clock, which sells online for … Read more
A computer can be a truly useful kitchen gadget. Don't believe me? Just point your browser to Steep.it and behold! It is a handy chart of tea-steeping times and temperatures, with a timer functionality that works with visual and aural cues, and the flexibility to work it any way you want. You can type various commands right in your browser's address bar: steep.it/2minutes30seconds or steep.it/herbal, for example.
The timer counts down with a color-changing screen effect and dings (and displays a pop-up) when your tea is ready. You can even navigate away from … Read more
Automation is a wonderful thing, and sometimes it can even be fun too. The kitchen is one area where one doesn't expect to see an automatic conveyance too often (including the pop-up toaster might be a stretch). While we wait for the future to arrive, with robots and automatic jetpacks supplying our food and cooking our meals, we can at least enjoy a little glimpse of the automated future right now--and savor a nice cup of tea while at it.
The Breville Gourmet Tea Brewer & Variable-Temperature Kettle provides entertainment while automatically brewing and steeping a pot of tea. … Read more
Tea infusers tend to be pretty standard: a metallic mesh container that you can fill with tea leaves and drop into a pot of hot water. You let the leaves steep for a while and soon you have fresh tea. The Big Heart Tea Infuser is identical in use to other infusers, but its shape makes it stand out. This infuser is heart-shaped and is a little bigger than normal. It measures two inches across, offering more than enough space to make tea for two. If your sweetheart likes drinking tea, the Big Heart Tea Infuser may be a thoughtful … Read more