Q: My mother just gave me several silicone microwave cookware products from Lekue in an effort to help me cook healthy meals quickly. She sent a steam case, microwave pot, egg poachers, omelet maker and silicone bag for reheating leftovers. Do your readers have advice for where to start with trying out this kind of cooking?
Q: I want to get my girlfriend a KitchenAid stand mixer and I would appreciate some guidance. She bakes a lot and I want to make the job a bit easier for her since her right arm is not in perfect condition.
But now, the questions. Bowl-lift or tilt-head? Series? Capacity?
My husband has been in hot pursuit of the flawless French omelet for months, studying our stove's quirks and calibrating the ratio of butter to pan surface (I cover my eyes at this point). He would be appalled to learn that his hard-won mastery may be jeopardized by a shortcut in that most modern of machines, the microwave. Can a one-minute microwave omelet challenge the greatness of the classic omelet?
I've spent a lot of time at the beach, in rental houses, and as a guest in other people's vacation homes, so I know what I can't live without. (You should see the list of beauty products I need for a week!) Here are the five things I must have in my beach kitchen:
Item:Ankarsrum Original Mixer Price: $699 for the basic package, which includes all the mixer attachments; $39 extra for the citrus juicer; $89 extra for the blender. Overall Impression: Smooth, stylish, incredibly versatile, and especially great for bread bakers. My new favorite stand mixer! (But oh, it's so much more than just a mixer!)
I first heard of Swedish-made Ankarsrum back in March while attending the Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. I was smitten over the array of colors available and intrigued by the unusual design and the promise it could replace, well, practically every other appliance in my kitchen. Could it really live up to all that? I put one to the test recently, and here's what I think about it so far:
Q: My blender is on its way out — literally one smoothie away from never working again. I know Vitamix is the ultimate, but it's out of my budget. Any suggestions for alternatives that are cheaper yet still reliable?
I am a huge fan of the slow cooker. It's not for everyone, but for me, I love being able to assemble a slow cooker meal in the morning (when I have time) and know that it will be hot and delicious by dinner (when time is in short commodity). I've gotten pretty good at spotting recipes with slow cooker potential over the years. Here's my best advice.
I absolutely love the smooth chicness of anything matte black, particularly in the kitchen. With so much that's already bright and shiny in that room — stainless steel appliances! Shimmering tile! Glossy ceramic plates! — I find matte textures a welcome diversion. They're understated yet still glamorous. Here are a few matte black kitchen and dining things I've had my eye on lately, from a simple faceted vase to a mind-blowing Bertazzoni range. (Guess which one I will not be purchasing anytime soon.)
A Vitamix is a hefty (yet worthy!) investment and if you've taken the plunge, you might now be wondering whether you really need to spend more on an additional Dry Grains Container. How different is it from the Vitamix's Standard/Wet Blade Container? Here's what we found...
Our four-legged friends may be happy to eat whatever food falls on the floor, but we know they deserve something a little better! Have you ever made homemade dog biscuits or pet treats? You may be perfectly happy baking them in the oven, but if not, you could always try this Pet Treat Maker from Holstein. It looks like a panini press or sandwich maker, but it presses out dog biscuits instead. (And yes, they're bone- and- paw-shaped!)