Gear & Gadgets

Gear Guide: The Best Blender for Your Buck

We like the Cuisinart Velocity Ultra ($100) for its powerful motor that can crush ice for our Raspberry-Lime Rickey Slushies just as easily as it blends hearty ingredients like fresh kale to smooth perfection. This blender handles big jobs, too: The lightweight, BPA-free plastic jar holds up to 7 cups, making it possible to puree soups like our Golden Gazpacho all […]

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Biolite BaseCamp: Charge Your iPhone While Grilling Dinner

When it comes to camping, I’m always searching for the next great gadget—a tent that’s truly rain proof, a mattress that stays inflated, a camp chair with a cup holder designed for my Scotch glasses—and I may have found it in the BioLite BaseCamp, a grill funded by crowdsourcing that will cook your food while also charging your electrical gadgets via […]

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My Favorite Earth-Friendly Find: Epicurean’s Recycled Milk Jug Cutting Board

The love for the Earth is palpable today. (It is Earth Day, after all.) That’s why I wanted to share with you my newest favorite eco-friendly kitchen find. With as much plastic waste is there is in the world, I appreciate a genius (and handy) way to recycle. Epicurean’s Recycled Plastic Cutting Boards (starts at $20, epicureancs.com) are made from an […]

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5 on Friday: Fun Kitchen Finds Under $25

Some girls splurge on nail polish, lipstick, and perfume. Some girls splurge on designer labels, expensive shoes, and high-dollar dresses. I splurge on kitchen gadgets. And it’s not really even a splurge. Most small kitchen gadgets are a few ten dollar bills. I like the bigger ones, too (looking at you, KitchenAid mixer), but when I need a pick-me-up, I […]

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Product Review: The All-Clad Pressure Cooker is a Game Changer

Listen up. If you’ve never cooked with a pressure cooker (you need to) or even if you have with mixed results, your world is about to change. All-Clad’s recent introduction of their PC8-Precision Pressure Cooker is a welcome addition to a marketplace chock full of a number of indistinguishable pressure cookers. At around 300 bucks, it’s at the high end price-wise (it’s […]

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Quick Guide to Woks

CHOOSING the best wok for stir-frying is simple: Go for one made from carbon steel with a flat bottom that can sit on the stove. You’ll get great seared flavor and aroma, referred to as wok hei, using high heat and little oil. SEASONING a new wok is important for removing any metallic taste and creating a seal: Stir chives […]

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Five on Friday: 5 Uses for Andrew Zimmern’s Clever Cleaver

Ok, so you can’t use Andrew Zimmern‘s cleaver-style Shiwu Chef’s knife to core a tomato, but I took it for a spin in the Test Kitchen and found myself reaching for the sturdy (and rather handsome) instrument far more than I expected. And the price is right—at 60 bucks, this versatile blade is worth adding to your arsenal. Use it […]

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Get Coffee Shop Quality Brew In 1 Touch

Our favorite cup of coffee? The one that’s easiest to make. That’s why we like the Bonavita 8-cup Coffee Brewer—with only one button, it makes the best cup of coffee every time (in just six minutes!). The stainless steel carafe acts like a thermos, keeping leftover coffee warm for hours without scorching the flavor. When you’re done, the carafe lid, filter basket, […]

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4 Great Gifts for Coffee Lovers

We recently tested 10 of the newest coffee machines on the market. These four really stood out for their quality and capabilities, so if you have a coffee fanatic on your gift list, one of these just might be the perfect present. For the In-a-Hurry Connoisseur Bonavita’s new 8 Cup Coffee Brewer with Stainless Steel Lined Thermal Carafe streamlines perfect coffee down to one […]

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The Holiday Gift Every Gadget-Head Needs

Far from just another excuse to look at your phone, iDevices‘ bluetooth-enabled Kitchen Thermometer finds the sweet spot between extravagance and functionality that the gadget-lover cook will find irresistible. Yes, it’s “just” a kitchen thermometer. But the up-to-the-second cook temperatures as well as other useful info (such as the rate at which your food is cooking) delivered straight to your […]

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