Gadget Geek

KitchenAid 3 Quart Bowl and Combi-Whip

KitchenAid 3 Quart Bowl and Combi-Whip

Hi, my name is Sylvia and I have a kitchen gadget obsession. I know I'm not alone. Stores like Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, Crate and Barrel, not to mention Amazon.com love us. Where some people buy shoes, we buy kitchen ware: appliances, cookware, bakeware, tools,...

It slices, it dices, it makes the bed!

It slices, it dices, it makes the bed!

Well, actually it just peels, cores and slices apples, pears, and potatoes. However, by using this nifty gadget making an apple pie becomes almost effortless. Apple pie was one of the first things I learned to bake almost twenty years ago....

La Fille Chanceuse

La Fille Chanceuse

I celebrated a birthday recently and must have been a very good girl last year because I was gifted two Le Creuset cast iron pans. My generous husband gave me a deep covered sauté pan in a beautiful blue. Poor dear searched high and low for this pan. I admired it in a...

Recipe Holder

Recipe Holder

Like many home cooks, I collect an over abundance of recipes, either in the form of cookbooks, magazine articles, Web sites, and food blogs. One problem I have with cookbooks is that they're hard to keep clean and keep open to the correct page. The first time I make a...

FoodSaver

FoodSaver

Our refrigerator is about 13 years old. It's a not-so-lovely beige Maytag which still works fairly well. My two complaints are 1) that it's kind of ugly and outdated and 2) that the freezer seems to have a temperature fluctuation causing freezer burn to happen...

A Tale of Two Mixers

A Tale of Two Mixers

If you seriously get into baking, you'll likely find yourself lusting after a stand mixer. It's the kind of appliance that seems expensive at first and then you wonder how you ever lived without it. It is so much more efficient at mixing thick cookie doughs and you...

Oven Safe Knobs

Oven Safe Knobs

On the Cooks Illustrated Forums, I came across a lively thread about the No-Knead Bread phenomenon that has been sweeping the country. In November of 2006, the New York Times ran an article and video about an ingenious method to make hearth bread at home easily. You...

The Dough Also Rises

The Dough Also Rises

  I've been on this bread making kick lately. Blame Cooks Illustrated who had a two page spread last issue on bread making tips. They recommended stand mixers over hand kneading or bread machines. I have a bread machine. It works well, but is hard to store so is...