Category Archives: kitchen

Trust Me. You Don’t Know How to Scramble Eggs

Gordon Ramsay will enlighten you. I tried his technique and it works! Enjoy!


Are You Sous Viding?

Sous Vide is wonderful. Not as wonderful as my juicer (I have become addicted to celery juice in the morning before coffee). But addicting none the less. Why? It is a gentle way to achieve perfection, especially for meats that tend normally to the rubbery.

Here are 4 recipes that you might try out with you Anova

The Next Frontier? High Tech Composting?

The word “compost”may  evoke some negative thoughts of smelly and gross yucky stuff sitting in a bin in your back yard. If you have that negative idea, consider this about the “Zera”

The WiFi– and bluetooth-enabled electronic box, which looks like a sleek trash receptacle, is as useful for avid gardeners as it is for resourceful apartment-dwellers with garden boxes. It has the capacity to process eight pounds of scraps at a time and features a built-in sensor that moves material to the bottom of the device, where it’s heat-processed to kickstart the decomposition process. The result: two pounds of fresh fertilizer made with stuff you would have just thrown away — and much happier plants.

Hmmm … did you notice the word “fresh” at the end of the paragraph?

For years, folks have been trying to get consumers to waste less food. These efforts have been — for the most part — unsuccessful. It may be that to change our routines, we need to see a positive reward from the change.  Does the Zera do that for you? Will it “disrupt” the composting market?

The link that offered the above quote has a few more options for your consideration.  And here is a peek at the “Zera”, the high tech option

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Want more? Here is the lead in from the “design engine” webpage

While most traditional food composts are made to be kept outside, the Zera designed by Whirlpool’s WLabs, is an attractive indoor food recycler. As part of an Indiegogo campaign, the company claims the Zera can convert a week’s worth of food waste into homemade ready-to-use fertilizer in just 24 hours.

The Zera aint cheap (the price tag is over one grand) but it gets the job done — a job that usually takes one month — in 24 hours. I know I could just put my scraps in a paper bag and bury them, but I can’t halp myself! I want a Zera! Then again, I confess, I am a self-confessed  kitchen gadget junkie.

Did they just say 24 hours?


Does Your Coffee Maker Encourage a Bloom Stage?

A what?

The bloom stage is something baristas like to see. It happens in the intitial pouring of water over the grounds – just enough – to allow that special “thing” to happen.

If you are into that sort of thing, Oxo has a coffee drinder(brewer for you! Wired gives a review.

Two main complaints – it is a big machine on your counter, and it makes relatively small cups (around half of a mug). That may be a deal breaker for power drinkers.


Introducing the Kuhn-Rikon Swiss Pull Chop

Did  I mentione that I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets?

Do you need a cutting device that makes it easier to dice veggies? Proably not, especially if you are Jaques Pepin or his skills with a knife. But do you want something that does this job very well?

I do. I will get one and let you kn ow how it works!


Perfect ice Cubes — Again?

`I have to agree with Max Falkowitz.

The perfect little things in life make the crappy big things in life less of a bother. And that means, finding the perfect ice cube maker is worth our attention, if just for a moment.

I do have a set of these for single huge round ice cubes. They are delightful for keeping a cocktail cool. But ice cube trays? I am deficient in ice cube trays! I admit it!

Max has the solution from Oxo. Now where is my credit card …


Yes, You Need a New Coffee Dripper

When I first saw the headline, I was skeptical.

This May be the Best-Designed Drip Coffee Maker Ever!

To be clear, I am a french press guy. Have been for decades. Every now and then I pull out my espresso maker. But pressed coffee won me over long ago. And I never bought into the electric drip machines. Which is surprising, since I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets.

But perhaps it was because the drip coffee machines I have tried were not properly designed! Perhaps it was because they were not … adjustable!

That is the pitch for the December Coffee Dripper.

Unlike other drip coffee makers, the contraption has three settings that control the speed with which water is released into the mug. Nicholas Cho, one of the designers of the December Dripper, explains in his Kickstarter video that how fast or slow water is let out from the maker depends on how many cups of coffee you’re making. Too fast for one cup and you won’t get the full flavor of the roast. The maker was also specifically made to have a flat bottom to encourage even distribution of water over the grounds.

Of course! Will I join their kickstarter campaign? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, check out the video at the above link. It is fun … with coffee.