The kitchen can be a mysterious place filled with wondrous things. And that's before any food enters the room. Imagine a time traveler, stumped by the box that is the microwave. Depending on the era, they could probably riddle out the use of the hearth and the icebox, or rather the oven and the refrigerator, but other things might not be so obvious to our friend out of time.
Just as the seasons turn, so do our palates. Big, warming food becomes popular again, and appetites dream of what's to come. Always on the horizon, of course, is the big food day of the year. No, not Halloween -- contrary to popular belief, candy does not constitute a meal -- but rather that other food holiday: Thanksgiving. And while tradition dictates much of the menu, every once in a while, something new sneaks in. Or at least a new preparation.
All cooking methods have some bit of mystery associated with them. Behind the closed doors of the microwave or wall oven, magic is happening. The same could be said for something simple like frying something on the stovetop. The transformative process that happens to our food when we apply heat may be understood on a primal level, but that doesn't necessarily translate to an innate understanding about how and why food cooks the way it does.
Waffles hold a certain appeal for some individuals. Chances are, just saying the word "waffles" brings a particular image to mind (and a rumble to the stomach). Be they Belgian waffles, with their deep pockets waiting to be filled with deliciousness, or chocolate waffles with their deliciousness woven right into the batter, waffles present a challenge in that there are so many possibilities, yet only one breakfast per day.
The UK is on a breakfast roll -- or at least on a roll regarding what Americans generally consider breakfast items. Recently, we saw the iKettle, a Wi-Fi-enabled hot water kettle that can be controlled with a smartphone. Neat idea for those that never know when they'll be ready for a spot of tea. Given that there probably isn't a mysterious 'toast time' we Americans know nothing about, now they have a toaster over there specifically designed to be able to keep toast warm until it's time to eat.
Orchestrating the construction of a whole meal is an endeavor that requires timing and patience. After the perfect combination of that classic trilogy of protein, vegetable and starch has been decided upon, the next task is to prepare it. With finding balance such an important aspect of meal-making before and during the event, a kitchen gadget that can help tie everything together in the race to the finish line, is a welcome addition to the kitchen. Especially if it knows how to subtract.
Every day has to start somewhere. For millions of Americans, nothing happens until the coffeemaker kicks into action. The dark elixir that is coffee fuels us forward with the all-important first caffeine jolt of the day. Others prefer a bite before heading into action; for them, perhaps the toaster is the first appliance of the day. Then, of course, there are those who must attend to more practical matters first: recharging the phone because of forgetting to plug it in.
You are what you eat, and what you eat also happens to be fodder for a new iOS app called Countertop, which works in tandem with the Prep Pad smart scale. The kitchen helper is set to be released in November and is available for preorder now at $149.95. The kitchen scale and app, an offering by The Orange Chef Company (previously Chef Sleeve, makers of tablet-friendly kitchen accessories), are designed to be everyday accompaniments in the kitchen supplying nutritional data to users in a seamless environment.
The scale itself features a nice clean design that doesn't bog … Read more
Fresh herbs raining down upon a freshly prepared meal is a sight to behold. This is not necessarily because of the visual aspect of it, but more so because of the knowledge that deliciousness will soon follow. A sprinkling of freshly chopped herbs added to a meal can enhance and brighten the flavor. But let's go back to that imagery of fresh herbs raining down from the sky: turns out there's a way to make that into an everyday reality.
When one thinks of food on the go, often pizza can come to mind. Pizzerias populate the landscape from coast to coast with many of them offering up slices quickly and easily. Grabbing a utility slice for a quick meal on the go is an easy way to fuel up without sacrificing deliciousness. But there is another side to the pizza pie: those long, leisurely meals spent over an assortment of pizzas -- or better yet, building and cooking pizza from scratch.
Pizza parties exist for a reason. Choosing the toppings, cooking the pizza, and finally eating it are fun … Read more