Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

Freshy Baked USB Drives

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It seems as though it is becoming a trend to have USB drives that don’t look like plain old memory sticks. From wooden sticks to (slightly disturbing) Barbie, the drives come in all shapes and sizes. Food items seem to be some of the most popular, with sushi, yakisobaand other asian favs, such as takoyaki, being high on the list. I haven’t seen the appeal of plugging fake food ... Read More »

Mother’s Day gift ideas for foodie moms

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Mother’s Day is the time of year to take a moment to tell your mom how much you appreciate what she has done for you over the years. In theory, perhaps, you should probably tell her this more than once a year, but the 2nd Sunday in May is the only time you can do it with a spot-on greeting card. Naturally, you might want to include a ... Read More »

Keyboard waffle iron

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Maybe it’s the nerd in me, but I just adore this keyboard waffle iron, which bakes up crisp waffles in what was once a traditional typewriter. The recycled, reborn appliance was created by artist/designer Chris Dimino as part of an exhibit at the School of Visual Arts. Unfortunately, this gadget isn’t for sale, so we’re stuck with more traditional models for now. Does anyone want to design ... Read More »

A knife just for lettuce

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Those of you who don’t like the idea of “unitasker” kitchen implements should look away now, because this knife was designed to cut only one thing: lettuce. These knives are made of plastic or nylon and have serrated blades. Supposedly, these materials are superior for cutting lettuce because they will make lettuce less likely to turn brown at the edges than metal knives. Now, I have ... Read More »

Measuring spoons get groovy

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I have several sets of measuring spoons, in both plastic and metal. I also have several spoons that have managed to detach themselves from the rest of their sets and now float freely around the kitchen. They’re not the most exciting kitchen tool, but they are certainly vital to most culinary tasks – especially when you’re into baking.It looks like some designers want to bring ... Read More »

CI’s best kitchen tools

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Cooks Illustrated is known for their willingness to exhaustively test different recipes,  ingredient combinations and kitchen gadgets in their pursuit of the very best. When it comes to their recipes, I have been known to disagree with them from time to time when their perceptions of what a recipe should be differ from my own, but they tend to be very close to the mark on the ... Read More »

Virtual baking with Cake Mania

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Reading a food blog about cakes and baking could be deemed “virtual baking,” but even though you can often see the process from start to finish, it’s a pretty passive experience. To get your virtual hands a little dirtier, you might want to check out a game called Cake Mania. It’s a computer game (now available for Nintendo DS) where you run your own virtual ... Read More »

Silicone or metal whisks?

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There has been a definite upswing in the number of silicone products in the kitchenware department of most stores. Some of the products, like spatulas, basting brushes and pot holders, work wonderfully. Others don’t. Silicone bakeware, for example, continues to pop up in new shapes and sizes despite the fact that it never performs as well in comparison tests with more traditional (metal, glass, pyrex, etc.) bakeware. One silicone ... Read More »

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