Toaster ovens may be multitaskers by design, but quite often, they seem to not live up to their potential when actually in use. Sure, you can reheat pizza or broil an open face sandwich, but when it comes to actually cooking something (other than, well, toast), they often seem to fall short of the mark. No longer is that the case, as the toaster ovens of today offer a host of features.
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
When it comes to baking, you're limited to what your oven can handle. If you want to bake more than one thing, you often have to wait to get your baking done. But the Breville Stainless Steel Smart Oven provides the ability to bake in a small space--even while you've got your oven going. The Smart Oven cooks food perfectly with 1,800 watts of power, more than enough to handle even the high temperature needed to turn out a great pizza.
The Breville Stainless Steel Smart Oven can easily be preset: included in its controls are nine … Read more
I'm afraid the search will never end. The search for delicious pizza, that is. And why would I want it to end? As they say, "getting there is half the fun." But sometimes it isn't easy. While I may lament the selection of real pizzerias in my neck of the woods, that doesn't mean I'm going to stop searching anytime soon. However, as much as I enjoy the hunt, sometimes I am ready to settle for something known to be less than spectacular.
I'm talking about frozen pizza here. As delicious as "… Read more
San Francisco is not well known for its pizza. It's sad, but true. And while there is a smattering of decent pizza available, the options are few and far between. As a result, I did what any rational pizza-starved adult would do: I formed a pizza club.
So far this 'club' consists of just me and a fellow pizza-hungry buddy searching about for delicious area pizza. There's not much to it; basically, we find a promising spot and go eat there. No pictures. No arguing over thick or thin crust, to fold or not to fold; just a … Read more
If you're looking for a recipe or meal idea, BigOven for iPhone is a satisfactory mobile representation of what the Internet database and desktop recipe finder can do. The search bar, favorite button, and glossary are clearly defined, as are buttons to jump forward and back, to flag a recipe for later, and one to return you to the Home screen. The recipes render perfectly in portrait mode, but don't expect to view any horizontally; you'll be disappointed. You should also know that you can save and tag recipes only after you've logged in to a … Read more
Here's one way to weather the economic downturn: Stop paying restaurant prices for wood-fired pizza and artisanal bread, and instead invest that money in a Kalamazoo Outdoor Artisan Pizza Oven.
Made of stainless steel for safe outdoor use, the Kalamazoo oven echoes the classic dome shape of Italian wood-fired ovens. The cooking surface is a crust-friendly professional composite baking stone, while the low, arched top reflects heat back at your food for even cooking. Using your choice of liquid propane or natural gas, the oven heats to temperatures ranging from 250 degrees to 800 degrees Fahrenheit; an integrated wood … 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