Cooking and eating outside is always a lot of fun and offers a flavor that just can't be beat. Sometimes, however, it's just not practical. Whether it's raining or you just can't get away, opportunities exist to at least capture the flavor of the great outdoors and bring it inside. While the big sky, green grass, and rolling hills won't be making an appearance inside your kitchen (thankfully), the essence of the outdoors can be captured with smoke.
Kitchen gadgets have been around for a long time. Toasters first appeared in the early 1900s, and it seemed gadget hounds have been filling their kitchens with them ever since. Luckily, they have progressed somewhat from their earlier, more dangerous days. But there are some items that deserve a second look as possibly being the best solution to a given task.
The Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper is a classically styled, vintage-inspired design that uses good old-fashioned arm strength to accomplish the task. Popcorn is popped directly on the stovetop. Simply place kernels and oil in the pot and start cranking. … Read more
I have always been of the mind that the fastest way to ruin a good nut is to coat it in some sort of flavoring. Obviously--as evidenced by the massive selection of candied and spiced nuts on the market--I am in the minority. However, I am sure there are some chocolate lovers out there who feel the same way, albeit about chocolate. Luckily, there are plenty of nonchocolated nuts out there, while there also happen to be plenty of non-nutted chocolates. You see? We can all get along.
With the holiday spirit in mind, I took it upon myself to … Read more
Stoves may not immediately come to mind when you think of cool gadgets, but that perception could change when you see the Izona CookSurface from New Zealand-based Fisher & Paykel. The colors alone make it look like something out of Tron. An LED indicator tells you how hot the burner is, according to Appliancist, and beside that there are dials to control the flame. But the coolest feature isn't digital at all: The pan supports retract. This means that, when not in use, the CookSurface looks entirely flat. The result is much more surface area to do stuff like … Read more