Forget space, it seems as if the kitchen is the final frontier for computing. Companies have tried for years to create a computer that offers the right mix of design, functionality, and price so that people feel comfortable incorporating it into the household hub. (See also 3Com's Audrey, or even our recent post on Pandigital's kitchen TV.) As our Webware colleagues tend to roll their eyes at "yet another social network," so we kitchen geeks often scoff at yet another kitchen computer.
I recently had some time to scroll through the shortlisted entries in Designboom's Dining in 2015 competition, in which industrial designers were encouraged to conceptualize products that will fit how we eat in 2015. Though the winning entry, the Leaf Spoon, was stunning in its simplicity, I much preferred the anthropomorphized grater pictured above, called Scratch my back. I'm dying to recruit this guy to help me out in the kitchen. (Do you hear me, Alessi?)
For a while now, it seems we've been reading about Batter Blaster everywhere. For whatever reason, the food blogging crowd has been simply captivated by the latest addition to the food-in-a-spray-can family.
Batter Blaster, a spray can of pancake (or waffle) batter, started hitting store shelves in the fall. Even though it's still available only in select stores, it caught the attention of food and kitchen bloggers immediately. Some praised it for its brilliant simplicity. Others scoffed because...well, because it comes in a spray can. Most early reviewers just seemed to love it for its kitsch value. … Read more
Got some stuff sitting in your pantry that's been there a little too long? The expiration date is just around the corner, and you want to cook something new that doesn't require going to the store? Lucky for you there's SuperCook, a service that lets you figure out things to eat based on what you've got. Unlike some other services that do this, SuperCook separates the wheat from the chaff (poor choice of phrases I know) by showing you the recipes you can make with what's in your kitchen, and those that require a few … Read more
In our day, most dorm rooms got by with makeshift "kitchens" that consisted of a hot plate and maybe a toaster oven. But that was back in the days when space was at a premium because the stereo--and stacks of vinyl LPs--took up half the room.
Now we have "personal" microwave ovens to do the job, some of them barely bigger than a breadbox. The "iWavecube," for example, will heat up frozen pizzas like the best of 'em while occupying under a cubic foot of space and weighing just 12 pounds.
It may not … Read more
Attention, parents of school-age children. Are you worried about a growing Purell addiction? CleanWell has the hand sanitizer for you.
The San Francisco-based company has come out with an alcohol-free, all-natural hand sanitizer. I got some samples at the ThinkGreen conference last week and my hands have been free of epidemic-causing bacteria ever since.
The company claims it kills Listeria monocytogenes, Candida (we can make it together) albicans, Streptococcus pygenes, and Salmonella enterica. You can't spray it on chicken, but the salmonella killing would be great for kitchen sanitizing. Spray CleanWell on your hands and it kills over 99 … Read more
Even though fresh herbs beat the pants off their dried, ancient counterparts, most people I know don't have any kind of herb garden at home.
That can be for a lot of reasons. For one thing, most of us city folk don't have a lot of space. And even those lucky enough to have some outdoor space might not live in herb-friendly climates. Indoor gardens can be tricky (not to mention major countertop hogs in a space-challenged kitchen), and the AeroGarden gets only mixed reviews.
So what's a cook to do when she needs that extra flavor … Read more
Sur La Table announced on Tuesday a new line of specialized utensils based on classic tools like the butter curler, melon baller, turning fork, and grapefruit knife.
The new line, called Things Cooks Love, consists of several dozen utensils with solid wooden handles and an old-timey style. For inspiration, the company looked for vintage kitchen tools here and abroad to find those that have withstood the test of time and remain useful, despite being highly specialized in some cases. The "tomato shark," made for expertly removing the tops of tomatoes or strawberries, was a new one to me. … Read more
Amazon.com announced on Monday a new celebrity chef section of its Web site. The Celebrity Chef Blog will feature recipes and tips from celebrities including Dinner Impossible's Robert Irvine, Helen Chen, and Mollie Katzen, as well as gift suggestions from a handful of Amazon's section editors.
The blogs will have places for reader comments, too, so if Irvine's recipe for oyster stuffing isn't all he said it would be, you can let him know about it.
It's not the first time Amazon has used original content to spice up its product offerings. It launched … Read more
With Thanksgiving only a few days away, the holiday season is near. For some, it's a time to begin taking stock of the past year. For example, did you stick to your New Year's resolutions? (Eat more chocolate? Check!)
For others--namely, holiday bakers--it's a time to take stock of what's in the pantry. You want to be sure that pumpkin cheesecake with bourbon sauce is going to turn out just right. So, you open the pantry, upend all the baking staples and check the "best by" dates.
You save the spices for last … Read more