When I'm making a grilled cheese sandwich, I want cheese slices thin enough to melt before the bread burns. When I'm snacking on slices of cheese with crackers, I need a more substantial slice. The Cuisipro Adjustable Cheese Slicer can handle both needs: its stainless steel blade can be adjusted to four different thickness ranging from paper thin to a quarter of an inch thick. Adjusting the slicer is a matter of turning the knob on the side. It uses a roller that keeps the slicer from sticking to a block of cheese, as well as fitting the … Read more
It's not often I come across something on the Web that makes me cringe, but it happened earlier Wednesday when I spotted a sculpture of Steve Jobs' head made out of mozzarella cheese.
The sculpture (if we can call it that) was created by "Ken" over at The Cooks' Den. Dubbed Steve Jobs Cheese Head, the Apple CEO's dome is made from two blocks of mozzarella cheese, ground pepper (for the hair, people, c'mon!), and glasses to finish off the look.
Ken calls himself a "Mac fanboy" and plans to be in line … Read more
Aunt Jill Schlesinger joins the show today to talk about the value of bagels. That's right, for the last two days, Wilson has started the show by munching down on his new brunch fave: an onion bagel with lox and vegetable cream cheese. She makes her recommendations for the best bagels in town, and you might be surprised to find out that she's in love with a bagel made by a Vietnamese guy. In the meanwhile, she tells Justin that given his meager investments of 16 cents in his IRA, he should just file the 1040EZ.
When we finally get into some questions, Jill spreads her financial love. First up was a question about whether you should pay down student loan debt first or shove cash under your pillow. Aunt Jill says the equation is simple. First, have about 6 to 12 months of living expenses saved up. Second, pay down your debt if the interest rate is higher on the debt than your savings, which more than likely is the case now.
Next, we had a question about whether to throw your money into a 401(k) account. One listener doesn't trust the market, but given his age, Jill says he should man up and put his money into the market. He has 40 years of work left and during that time the market is going to go up. There will be some downs, she says; however, she believes there will be more ups than downs. Jeff thinks at the rate Social Security is going, though, that he might have another 70 years left of working.
We got a lot more questions answered on this surprisingly educational episode of The 404. Just to keep it in the tech world, we asked Jill if there were any technology-related investments we should make. Jill points out that this is the ultimate "put all your eggs in one basket" for people who work in tech! Spread the risk! Wilson thinks that he should take all his money out of APPL right now.
As usual, we love having Jill on the show. If you have any more questions for her, be sure to add her on the Twitter at @jillonmoney. In the meantime, add The 404 at @the404, or the rest of the guys at @rhapsodyartist, @jeffbakalar, and @malusbrutus. Plus, you can check out her daily ramblings at CBS MoneyWatch. Call in and leave your Jill love at 1-866-404-CNET (2638). Tomorrow, we have the lovely Alison Rosen on the show to talk all manners inappropriate.EPISODE 530 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video
The Acacia Box Cheese Grater was inspired by a hard-cheese grater from Italy. It comes with two stainless-steel blades that you can switch out--one is meant for hard cheeses, while the other is meant for soft. The box is constructed from Malaysian acacia, which is a renewable wood. Each grater is unique, due to the light and dark contrasting grains in the wood. It has an internal drawer that catches cheese as you grate it and which can be easily emptied into a bowl. If you'd rather, you can even serve cheese in the box since it's so … Read more
When I have people over, I find that a cheese tray is the easiest way to prepare a tasty treat without having to put in a lot of effort. The Butcher Block End Grain Board just made that task even easier. Not only does it include four cheese knives that will allow guests to help themselves without having to touch the cheese with their bare hands, but it also offers a stainless-steel cutting wire, mounted on the board with a built-in chrome arm, that makes slicing cheese very easy. The cutting wire is replaceable, if need be, although the board … Read more
There are tons of different cheese slicers out there that all promise to cleanly cut pieces off that big brick of cheese in your fridge. But all you really need is a wire. The Cheese Wire is one of the simplest cheese slicers you'll ever see: it's a length of heavy-duty wire attached to two wooden handles, which protect your hands as you cut. To use, you just place the wire on your cheese and pull down. The Cheese Wire will glide through, leaving you with clean slices.
The Cheese Wire actually incorporates piano wire: it's food-grade, … Read more
RatMaster is a fun and challenging puzzle game in which users reconfigure mazes to allow their rat to reach the cheese at the end, all while avoiding snakes and other potential dangers. The simple premise and sometimes difficult puzzles make this game easy to get hooked on.
The program's graphics and interface didn't totally blow us away, but they are definitely above average. The music and sound effects were appropriate and added to the game's experience, but they can be turned off if desired. Game play is intuitive, and a Help file explains the basic rules of … Read more
If you're cooking an Italian recipe, the odds are pretty good that it will call for fresh mozzarella. It's tempting to use pregrated mozzarella or another less-than-fresh alternative--it can take extra work to slice up fresh mozzarella--but you'll be missing out on an amazing flavor. Mario Batali has the Mozzarella Slicer, which will make the process simple enough that you won't have an excuse to not use fresh mozzarella in every recipe. The slicer uses stainless steel wires to slice the soft cheese into perfectly round slices that you can add to pizza, salads and anything … Read more
Cheese goes well with cheese. Few other food groups can claim that to the extent that cheese can. Besides crackers or bread, nothing seems to go quite as well with cheese other than more cheese. With such a wide variety of cheeses available it's possible to have a cheese-based meal, while still experiencing an exciting depth of flavors. From hot-and-gooey to the strong-and-smelly, cheese is easy to get carried away with.
The kitchen can be a dangerous place. Sharp knives and tools lurk around every corner. Electrical outlets harbor gadgets and gizmos tantalizingly close to the kitchen sink. Even a simple thing such as grating cheese can become a delicate process when you consider how close your fingers come when you are grating the last nub of cheese. Faced with a room full of peril-in-waiting, it is comfortable to note that at least in the case of cheese graters, scratched knuckles and nicked fingers can finally relax.